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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Two Browns and a Gorrie - Copy

Photo: Declan and Callum Brown come to grips with South Hobart's Adam Gorrie [PlessPix]

(Summer Series, South Hobart Oval, Saturday, 3 March 2018)

South Hobart 1 (A Gorrie 20’ pen)

Glenorchy Knights 6 (M Nowicki 17’, 33’, S Kurdistan 24’, T Kadisha 28’, C Brown 40’, N Naden 80’)

HT: 1-5   Ref: S Plomaritis

South Hobart: K Brown - Schmidt, Bowman, Gofton, Gorrie - Castaneda, N Morton, Conforti - Brennan, Saracino, Walter (Interchange: Douce, Grigg, Oh, Aitken, Grigg, Wright)

Glenorchy Knights: Nester - Kupsch, Harrison, Kadisha, Warrener - Naden, D Brown, S Kurdistan - C Brown, Nowicki, Bellini (Interchange: Hallard, Marney, Moore, Nandan)

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Photo:  South Hobart's Jack Bowman and Knights' Siyar Kurdistan stretch for the ball [PlessPix]

Glenorchy Knights produced their best display of the pre-season to down South Hobart 6-1 in the Summer Series on Saturday at South Hobart Oval.

The Knights were on fire and striker Mathew Nowicki played what would have been one of his finest games, scoring twice and making two other goals.

The score should have been much closer as South Hobart missed some good chances - Nick Morton alone somehow missed out on a hat-trick - and Knights keeper Dmitri Nester was in outstanding form and saved his side on several occasions.

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Photo:  A tussle for the ball between the Knights' Alex Bellini and South Hobart's Eduardo Castaneda [PlessPix]

Neither side was at full strength, with South Hobart missing Daniel Brown, Hugh Ludford, Loic Feral and Kobe Kemp, while the Knights were without Jonathon Ladic, George Hallard (he was on the bench but not used), Ethan Engels, James Sherman and Hugh Foley.

Nevertheless, it was an emphatic win for the Knights and the result was a disappointment for South Hobart coach Ken Morton, who said he felt he could have tweaked his starting line-up a little better.

Nowicki threw his weight around and showed speed and skill in a man-of-the-match performance. He opened the scoring in the 17th minute when he headed home a corner.

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Photo:  Brave South Hobart keeper Kieran Brown dives at the feet of Knights' Sayir Kurdistan [PlessPix]

South Hobart equalised three minutes later when they were awarded a somewhat dubious penalty for a foul on Morton. Adam Gorrie struck home the spot-kick.

Siyar Kurdistan restored the Knights’ lead in the 24th minute when he was left unmarked at the far left-hand post and slotted home a low cross from the right by Nowicki.

Teddy Kadisha made it 3-1 in the 28th minute when he ventured forward and hit a bullet from range past keeper Kieran Brown.

Nowicki again popped up at a corner in the 33rd minute to steer home his second and the Knights’ fourth.

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Photo:  Knights' Luke Warrener battles with South Hobart's Alex 'The Ball' Walter [PlessPix]

Callum Brown made it 5-1 at the interval. Some clever footwork to outwit his marker by Nowicki, followed by a precise pass, set Brown up in the 40th minute.

South Hobart revived somewhat in the second period and Nester had to be at his best to prevent the home side reducing the Knights’ advantage. A couple of glaring misses by South also contributed to then failing to make up the leeway.

Ten minutes from the end, Nicholas Naden scored the Knights’ sixth to complete a notable victory.

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Photo:  The Knights' Mathew Nowicki looked as if he was ready to go through brick walls in this game.  Here he decides not to go through South Hobart keeper Graham Wright.  [PlessPix]

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Photo:  South's Nick Morton shows off his agility to the Knights' Jack Kupsch [PlessPix]

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0 #16 Really 2018-03-21 08:01
Quoting Anon:
#14.If your comments are correct, that some of the players did not want to play NPL , maybe stop going on about how Knights should be in the NPL before other clubs bla bla bla bla .People are sick of it.Are all the players that did not wish to play NPL before now willing to play ?? What a load of rubbish.
If Knights go back into NPL will those same players play with Knights or will they leave because they cant or wont commit to NPL? You are a joke.



Your the joke mate facts are facts some of the players had stopped playing all together and got coaxed back to playing for the $ and not npl.
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-1 #15 Anon 2018-03-16 00:05
#14.If your comments are correct, that some of the players did not want to play NPL , maybe stop going on about how Knights should be in the NPL before other clubs bla bla bla bla .People are sick of it.Are all the players that did not wish to play NPL before now willing to play ?? What a load of rubbish.
If Knights go back into NPL will those same players play with Knights or will they leave because they cant or wont commit to NPL? You are a joke.
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0 #14 really 2018-03-14 00:38
Quoting Strange:
If the Knights players are so good why aren't they playing NPL
And why didn't they play for knights when they were in the NPL before then knights might still be in the NPL
If they didn't want to play for them when they were in the NPL then why will they want to play for them if they get back into NPL


Good question.
Some of the players did not want to play npl at the time due to work,family and personal choices.

When knights come chasing with the cheque book waving to play in the championship they took it.
Why wouldn't they smart move bu the players.
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-4 #13 Strange 2018-03-12 04:50
If the Knights players are so good why aren't they playing NPL
And why didn't they play for knights when they were in the NPL before then knights might still be in the NPL
If they didn't want to play for them when they were in the NPL then why will they want to play for them if they get back into NPL
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-13 #12 Anon 2018-03-10 06:17
I suspect knights will get back into npl and have a moderate first season then 3 years later will be back where they were 2 years ago.
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+5 #11 tip dwellers 2018-03-09 07:46
Quoting anonymous:
#7 Keep dreaming , it's only a matter of time when Knights will be making all the excuses under the sun of why they lost , as we keep saying have taken over the mantle from Olympia as the most unpopular club in all competitions.
Fools like you don't help their cause.

I think you're forgetting clarence. Nobody likes them
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+2 #10 AT 2018-03-09 05:56
I guess we will just have to wait and see on the night who wins
#8
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+7 #9 sadells 2018-03-09 00:46
South don't ever seem to match up well to Knights.
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-11 #8 anonymous 2018-03-08 23:06
#7 Keep dreaming , it's only a matter of time when Knights will be making all the excuses under the sun of why they lost , as we keep saying have taken over the mantle from Olympia as the most unpopular club in all competitions.
Fools like you don't help their cause.
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+10 #7 AT 2018-03-08 11:42
Pretty stupid how people are making up excuses as to why south lost. Knights had players missing also and knowing Ken if he didn’t think his team could beat knights or so on he wouldn’t have been frustrated during the game as he obviously expects better from the players that played and I’m sure that same team that played could beat the likes of Olympia and zebras anyday as south and Ken are just that good. Watched the game and was very impressed with the way knights played, a lot of quick passing and brilliant movement offf the ball and they attacked with speed which south couldn’t handle. Their backline of Warrener, Tyler, Teddy and Kuscph were strong. Warrener and Kadisha are a good pick up for knights and Kadishas goal was brilliant especially for a cb.
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