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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Nowicki shoots

Photo:  Knights' Mathew Nowicki shoots wide [PlessPix]

(Southern Championship, North Warrane, Wednesday, 12 July 2017)

Nelson 0

Glenorchy Knights 2 (M Nowicki 61’, D Brown 70’)

HT: 0-0   Ref: A Cooke

Nelson: De Carpentier; Batchelor, Brownless, A Gaskell, B Gaskell, Jackson, McKernan, A Mills, N Mills, R Mills, Stalker (Subs: Anderson, Burdon, Hoppitt, Lang, Wardle)

Glenorchy Knights: Nester; Bellini, D Brown, Clay, E Engels, H Foley, Harrison, James, Nandan, Nowicki, Sherman (Subs: C Brown, Heggie, Le Rossignol, Moore, Herbert)

Nathan Wardle and Sam James 12 July 2017 - Copy

Photo:  Nelson's Nathan Wardle (No17) tries to stop Knights' Sam James from passing the ball [PlessPix]

I was 20 minutes or so late for this game at a freezing North Warrane and it was still 0-0 when I arrived. A 6.15pm kick off was a little early for me.

Instead of watching the game when I arrived, however, I was mesmerised by the sight of the International Space Station passing silently and brightly overhead at an altitude of 400km and a speed of 7.66km per second, or 27,600 km/h. There is a crew of three on board - two male and one female astronaut, who will be relieved by another crew in about three weeks’ time. Watching the ISS passing over North Warrane, I was reminded of the ingenuity of humans and their technical expertise.

Once the ISS had faded out of sight, my eyes were drawn back to the game. There was some technical expertise and some speed on view, but not to the same level as the ISS.

Engels misses cross - Copy

Photo:  Another missed chance by the Knights, this time from Ethan Engels [PlessPix]

The Knights had the better of play, but they wasted chance after chance against a plucky but outclassed Nelson. Time and time again they fired narrowly wide. Mathew Nowicki had one powerful angled drive that glanced off the bar, or was it off the attachments above the bar that form part of the Rugby goals? The home side managed the occasional breakaway, but I’m sure Knights goalkeeper Dmitri Nester must have been absolutely frozen by the end of the 90 minutes as he had very little to do. In contrast, Nelson keeper Nicolas De Carpentier was a busy man as he kept the Knights at bay.

It took an hour for the Knights to finally open the scoring as Nowicki volleyed a looping ball past De Carpentier to calm the nerves of the Knights players and supporters.

Nine minutes later, it was game over as Declan Brown made the most of twin brother Callum’s flicked pass to beat De Carpentier and make it 2-0.

Mills and Nowicki - Copy

Photo:  Knights' Mathew Nowicki holds off one of the Mills brothers [PlessPix]

Nelson kept battling away and Knights kept shooting just wide, to the frustration of their supporters, but they had the precious three points which takes them up to second spot and to within a point of leaders Beachside and with two games in hand over the leaders.

The ISS was due to reappear over Hobart skies before the end of the match, I didn’t see it. Its orbit the second time round was far too low for me to see. One would have needed to know precisely where it was to appear on the horizon as it was visible for only 30 seconds or so on that second pass, in contrast to the four minutes it had been visible on the earlier pass.

But, the Knights' star was in the ascendant after this result.

De Carpentier - Copy

Photo:  Nelson keeper Nicolas De Carpentier makes yet another save [PlessPix]

Nelson coach, Adam Mills, said:

“We fought pretty hard. I was pretty happy in the first half. We restricted them pretty well and it was nil-nil at half-time. We were okay with that.

“We came out at the start of the second half and they moved the ball quite well and got a bit of time and space to turn, which probably hurt us, and a couple of nice strikes.

“For 60 or 70 minutes we battled pretty hard, but for the last 20, we sort of dropped our heads after the second goal. They controlled most of the ball and itw as disappointing not to take the three points, but, I mean, they’re a class team.

“We took it up to them for as long as could.”

Hugh Foley misses - Copy

Photo:  Knights' Hugh Foley just cannot reach a rebound [PlessPix]

Glenorchy Knights coach, Franco Previdi, said:

“I thought the result speaks for itself. We had a lot of possession, a lot of shots and we created a lot of opportunities. We just needed the goals.

“The opportunities in the first half, it was a bit frustrating. I said to the guys to be composed and just put the ball in the net.

“We missed a lot of opportunities that weren’t too far away from goal.

“I’m happy with the performance. It’s good.”

DEclan Brown and William Stalker - Copy

Photo:  Nelson's William Stalker (right) tries to get to Knights' Declan Brown [PlessPix]

SOUTHERN CHAMPIONSHIP (As at 12 July 2017)

TEAM

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Beachside

15

11

2

2

65

21

35

Glenorchy Knights

13

11

1

1

67

14

34

University

13

10

2

1

39

11

32

Taroona

14

7

2

5

33

24

23

New Town Eagles

14

7

0

7

27

28

21

Hobart United

14

5

1

8

29

35

16

Nelson

14

3

3

8

22

31

12

Metro

14

2

1

11

19

56

7

Southern FC

15

1

0

14

5

86

3

Bellini shoots

Photo:  Knights' Alessandro Bellini shoots...and misses [PlessPix]

Mathew Nowicki and Luke Batchelor - Copy

Photo:  Mathew Nowicki figuring out a way to get past Nelson's Luke Batchelor [PlessPix]

Harrison goes for header

Photo:  Knights' Tyler Harrison climbs above a Nelson opponent for a header [PlessPix]

Sherman on the ball - Copy

Photo:  Knights' James Sherman on the ball as team-mate Ethan Engels and opponent Adam Mills look on [PlessPix]

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+1 #44 Clarification 2017-07-21 00:38
Quoting Anon:
All clubs knew about the 3 games with top 4 playing each other and bottom 4 playing each other at the start of the season.

It disadvantages Taroona more than Glenorchy as they will likely finish 4th and have to play the top 3 teams where 5th plays the bottom 3 teams. (not sure how the Bye works in)

Surprise Surprise however there is only one club complaining about it.


There is no bye,it's the top 8 teams in both champ and champ 1 who'll be playing the final 3 games. 1-4 th and 5-8th.

It is for points and can effect the final ladder positions.
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+2 #43 Anon 2017-07-18 00:50
Quoting Anon:
Numerous draft and and a final draft roster was sent by Damian and then Glen, all of which clearly showed the 3 extra games. Knights are the only club which clearly didn't pay attention. Also not the first season this has been done. Knights should be asking their committee for answers, no one else

Stop playing your sad song .
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-5 #42 Anon 2017-07-17 10:06
Numerous draft and and a final draft roster was sent by Damian and then Glen, all of which clearly showed the 3 extra games. Knights are the only club which clearly didn't pay attention. Also not the first season this has been done. Knights should be asking their committee for answers, no one else
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+2 #41 Anon 2017-07-17 07:45
Quoting emails:
Quoting Anon:
Quoting Anon:
Quoting anon:
I could be wrong, but I haven't managed to find anything about it in the 2017 FFT Competition Rules.
Quoting Nope:
Rules state that 5th can not move higher up the ladder than 4th regardless.


It was sent out to clubs via Emails

FFT and Emails let's not go there it does seem selected one's get lost .


Or maybe it's not fft fault that some clubs have poor management that do not actually read the emails sent to them and pass it on to the committee, coaches etc.

FFT should be the last people to talk about poor Management.
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-4 #40 emails 2017-07-17 06:11
Quoting Anon:
Quoting Anon:
Quoting anon:
I could be wrong, but I haven't managed to find anything about it in the 2017 FFT Competition Rules.
Quoting Nope:
Rules state that 5th can not move higher up the ladder than 4th regardless.


It was sent out to clubs via Emails

FFT and Emails let's not go there it does seem selected one's get lost .


Or maybe it's not fft fault that some clubs have poor management that do not actually read the emails sent to them and pass it on to the committee, coaches etc.
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-1 #39 Anon 2017-07-17 03:55
Quoting Anon:
Quoting anon:
I could be wrong, but I haven't managed to find anything about it in the 2017 FFT Competition Rules.
Quoting Nope:
Rules state that 5th can not move higher up the ladder than 4th regardless.


It was sent out to clubs via Emails

FFT and Emails let's not go there it does seem selected one's get lost .
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+2 #38 Anon 2017-07-15 12:03
Quoting anon:
I could be wrong, but I haven't managed to find anything about it in the 2017 FFT Competition Rules.
Quoting Nope:
Rules state that 5th can not move higher up the ladder than 4th regardless.


It was sent out to clubs via Emails
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+1 #37 Anonymous 2017-07-15 01:18
Quoting Dreamer:


It's easy to bag FFT, but as a Club we received Draft Championship and Championship 1 Rosters in October last year which clearly shows the extra 3 rounds of top four & bottom four games.

Obviously like other Club's we either didn't see it as being an issue or we didn't think through any possible ramifications so we didn't query it at the time and it remained part of the roster.



I will bag FFT because as a professional organisation they should communicate better. If they said at a meeting of clubs - we're going to make 1,2,3&4 play each other at the end of the year for points everyone would've laughed - even you.
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+2 #36 Anonymous 2017-07-15 01:15
Quoting PC:
#16 and #19 and #20 - I agree with #18 go back to your committee for clarification! ( amazed that some players at championship clubs did not know about the structure of thief rosters )



there's a thief roster?
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+3 #35 Anonymous 2017-07-15 01:14
28 & 29 make good points on each side of the argument. Facts are however, Beachside won this game with a direct free kick (no headers), an own goal by Nandan (headed into his own net with the keeper flailing at mid air) and a good header from Cuthbertson at the far post from a corner.

The ONLY two games I've seen Beachside and Knights play where Knights have treated the game as must win were both wins to Knights at Sandown Park. The 2016 win at KGV was after Knights had won the title and the 2017 win (discussed above) was the week before the Cup where Knights were preserving players for the Cup Final the next week. Nester, Foley and Engels all rested.

We will see how Knights & Beachside perform in a more serious contest in a week or two.
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