Who Is Walter Pless?

Walter_Pless

A teacher by profession, but is now in his 38th year as a football writer. Has written for "Soccer Action" (Melbourne), "Australian Soccer Weekly" (Sydney) and "World Soccer" (London), as well as for several Tasmanian newspapers. Currently contributing to "Goal!Weekly" in Melbourne and the Australian magazine "Soccer International". Played for Croatia-Glenorchy, Caledonians, Metro, Rapid and University in Tasmania, as well as in the United States of America. Coached University, Metro and Croatia-Glenorchy.

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Brennan and Sekunda - Copy

Photo:  South Hobart's Jacob Brennan (white shirt) in a heading contest with Hume City's Zachary Sekunda [PlessPix]

[Pre-season Friendly, South Hobart Oval, Friday, 19 January 2018)

South Hobart 1 (A Walter 14’)

Hume City 3 (Kaya 4’, Kubilay 80’, Blumenthal 91’)

HT: 1-1   Att: 300   Ref: S Plomaritis

South Hobart: K Brown - Gorrie, Ludford (Demar 64’), D Brown, Schmidt (Douce 75’) - Kemp, Feral (Saracino 64’), N Morton (Degetto 70’) - J Brennan (Cook 58’), Hall, Walter (Sub not used: Moncur)

Hume City: Weier - Kaya, Groenewold (Tennant 72’) , Govan (Taylor 81’), Sukunda (Baricevic 72’) - Morgan (Bozdugan 87’), Hegarty, Konyit (Pawiak 49’) - Lyvidikos (Blumenthal 64’), Ofli (Trajcevski 78’), Sweet (Kubilay 49’) (Sub not used: Tapia)

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Photo:  Hume City keeper Michael Weier takes a cross ahead of South Hobart's Nick Morton [PlessPix]

South Hobart were unlucky not to salvage at least a draw against Hume City at South Hobart Oval this evening in the visitor’s first game of a two-game visit to Hobart this weekend.

Hume City ran out 3-1 winners, but the last two goals did not come until the final 10 minutes.

The Victorians had the luxury of having four or five left-footers in their line-up and the balance that this gave the side was clearly visible.

Hume City often sprayed long diagonal passes to the wings and their technical qualities were superior to the home side, especially in midfield, where player-coach Nick Hegarty, a 30-year-old Yorkshireman, directed traffic.

Captain Blair Govan, another left-footer, was excellent at the back and managed to contain a determined Darcy Hall, who led the home side’s attack.

Hume City took an early lead when Ersin Kaya bent a low free-kick from the inside-right position around the defensive wall and inside the right-hand post past a despairing and slightly late keeper, Kieran Brown.

South Hobart were level in the 14th minute when an attack down the right ended with a cross to the far side of the box by Kobe Kemp and Alex Walter beat keeper Michael Weier with a superb diving header.

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Photo:  South Hobart's Alex Walter sends a diving header towards goal [PlessPix]

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Photo:  And it's a goal.  Hi=ume City keeper Michael Weier looks in despair as Alex Walter's diving header goes in to make it 1-1. [PlessPix]

A brilliant double save by Kieran Brown in the 28th minute prevented Hume City from regaining the lead. Brown did well to dive to his right and parry a shot by Hegarty, and he somehow managed to turn the follow-up shot from Gideon Sweet over the bar when the Hume man should have scored.

South Hobart squandered a wonderful opportunity to take the lead in the 35th minute when Kemp picked out Nick Morton in the box, but Morton blazed over the bar from 12 metres.

In the 39th minute, Walter was brought down in the box on the left to earn a penalty for South Hobart, but Hume keeper Weier saved Kemp’s weak spot-kick.

Three minutes after the resumption, Weier did well to deflect Hall’s angled drive from close range on the right after good approach work by Morton to concede a fruitless corner.

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Photo:  Hume City keeper Michael Weier saves Kobe Kemp's penalty [PlessPix]

On the hour, keeper Kieran Brown charged out of his box and flattened Attila Ofli, who was put through by a clever pass from Hegarty. There was a huge sigh of relief from the home side when Brown was only shown a yellow card.

In the 67th minute, Oliver Kubilay sent a powerful drive narrowly over the South Hobart crossbar.

Both sides then continued to introduce several substitutes in order to give everyone a run.

Kieran Brown did well in the 78th minute to scoop away Kubilay’s shot, but within a minute, Hume City regained the lead. Captain Govan sent a long left-footer wide to the right, where Hergarty, who had switched to the right wing, took the ball down beautifully with his heel while on the run and he centred for Kubilay to score from close range and make it 2-1 for the Victorians.

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Photo:  Hume City's Zachary Sekunda (right) challenges South Hobart's Darcy Hall [PlessPix]

In the 89th minute, an error by South Hobart substitute Odaine Demar allowed Oliver Kubilay to break through on the left, but his low shot rolled centimetres wide of the far right-hand post.

A minute into stoppage time, Kubilay took advantage of Demar’s mistake to cut the ball back from the left for Bradley Blumenthal to score Hume’s third goal.

Hume City will meet Hobart Zebras tomorrow [Saturday] at South Hobart Oval at 5pm.

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Photo:  Hume City keeper Michael Weier pounces to snatch the ball from the feet of South Hobart's Nick Morton.  Morton went off injured late in the match. [PlessPix]

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Photo:  Hume City's Nicholas Groenewold tackles South Hobart's Jacob Brennan [PlessPix]

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+2 #4 Richo 2018-01-20 13:23
Walter - your photos are brilliant.
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0 #3 Marty Nidorfer 2018-01-20 09:36
Hi Walter,
Great to keep up with all football news on your site.
I post now, because I've just seen Peter Shilton at my local north Hobart watering hole. His hair is a little different and I believe he's been playing at South for the last 35 years. :)
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+3 #2 Olli 2018-01-19 13:22
Interesting read walt. I felt south were the more dangerous side for majority of the game and lost their threat after the morthogs injury. Nick G struggled. Few quality players in that hume side however.
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+10 #1 Sniffer clark 2018-01-19 11:00
Always enjoy watching mainland teams.thought south played well but didn't take their chances seems always the way when they play mainland sides.
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