Who Is 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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8 Herweynen and Cook

Photo:  South Hobart's Ryan Cook tries to get past Kingborough's Tobias Herweynen [PlessPix]

Kingborough Lions United have hit rock bottom after being thrashed 10-0 by South Hobart at South Hobart Oval on Sunday.

The Lions are rapidly resembling the unfortunate Glenorchy Knights of two seasons ago in terms of huge scorelines against them.

9 Akakpo and Walter and ball

Photo:  South Hobart's Alex Walter turns sharply as he is shadowed by Kingborough's Godfrey Okello [PlessPix]

It’s difficult to know what coach Gabriel Markaj can do to stop the rot.

When he’s showing players during the warm-up how to create angles to receive or make passes during a passing exercise in a grid, alarm bells start to ring. If they don’t know those sorts of things by now, what hope do they have in the actual game?

The Lions appeared a team of individuals and, as such, there is potential. But, as a team, they seem to lack cohesion and team-work.

They quickly came unstuck against South Hobart, whose young goalkeeper, Kieran Brown, had nothing to do all afternoon except start attacks. Previous first-choice keeper Graham Wright has returned to the UK, while former number one, James Wilson, was on the bench.

10 Akakpo back header

Photo:  Kingborough's Godfrey Okello flicks the ball clear [PlessPix]

Alex Walter, who netted his first hat-trick at senior level, got off the mark in the 11th minute following a Jake Brennan pass.

Brennan made it 2-0 in the 29th minute when Kobe Kemp picked him out on the right and his shot was only partially stopped by Lions keeper Sheku Kamara, the ball carrying over the line.

It was 3-0 in the 35th minute when Brennan fed Walter down the right and he cut inside before scoring with a low shot from the edge of the box and inside the far left-hand post.

Two minutes later, Kingborough’s lack of understanding resulted in South Hobart’s fourth goal. Kamara left his box to take a free-kick from the left-back position. He inexplicably passed the ball square to Chris Akakpo, who was easily dispossessed by Nick Morton, who had an unimpeded run at goal and slotted the ball past the retreating Kamara.

11 Ntale tackles Quaile

Photo:  South Hobart's Liam Quaile is tackled by Kingborough's Mulonda Ntale [PlessPix]

The fifth goal came 4 minutes before the break when Morton released Walter down the left and he cut inside the box before being nudged in the back by Akakpo to concede a penalty. If that wasn’t bad enough, Akakpo, who had been shown a yellow card for the foul, protested and dissented and was shown a red card by Mr Plomaritis. Paulo Markaj had to be restrained by team-mate Godfrey Okello as Markaj pleaded with the referee and was fortunate not to be cautioned.

With order restored, Walter stroked home the penalty to complete his hat-trick and give South Hobart a 5-0 advantage at the interval.

It was 6-0 within 6 minutes of the resumption. Ben Robinson, in trying to clear, only managed to pass the ball straight to Brennan, who netted easily.

Kemp set up Morton for an easy goal on the hour, shooting past Kamara, who was obviously suffering shell shock and did little to attempt to save.

12 P Markaj and N Morton

Photo:  Paulo Markaj (left), one of Kingborough's busiest players, holds off Nick Morton [PlessPix]

Substitute Connor Schmidt made it 8-0 with his first touch after coming on, getting on to the end of a headed flick-on by Walter from Kemp’s corner from the left.

Kemp added South Hobart’s ninth in the 72nd minute when he steered home Liam Quaile’s deep cross from the left, while Schmidt completed the scoring with his second goal of the game, stabbing home from close range when left completely unmarked at Eduardo Castaneda’s corner from the left.

The reaction of the Kingborough committee to this disaster remains a mystery. Coach Gabriel Markaj said on television he does not mind being dismissed and that if he were to go, the dozen or so players he had brought to the club following his appointment would stay and see out the season. That remains to be seen.

13 Schmidt scores second

Photo:  Connor Schmidt scores one of the easiest goals he'll ever score to make it 10-0 [PlessPix]

(PS4 NPL Tasmania, South Hobart Oval, Sunday, 9 April 2017)

South Hobart 10 (A Walter 11’, 35’, 40’ pen, J Brennan 29’, 51’, N Morton 37’, 60’, C Schmidt 62’, 93’, K Kemp 72’)

Kingborough Lions United 0

HT: 5-0   Ref: S Plomaritis

South Hobart: K Brown - Gorrie, Thomas, Ludford (Feral 72’), Quaile - Walter (Castaneda 61’), Ludlow, Kemp - J Brennan (Schmidt 59’), N Morton, Cook (Subs not used: D Brown, Wilson)

Kingborough Lions United: Kamara - Robinson, Okello, Akakpo, Mtwale - Ntale (Herweynen 25’), P Markaj, Gates (Nugent 70’) - Cowen, Kovadio, Yuel (Bangura 70’) (Sub not used:: Rickards)

14 Morton shoots

Photo:  South Hobart's Nick Morton shoots at goal [PlessPix]

16 Schmidt scores first

Photo:  Connor Schmidt scores for South Hobart with his first touch after coming on as a substitute [PlessPix]

15 Keeper beats out a cross

Photo:  Two versus one.  Kingborough keeper Sheku Kamara beats the ball away to safety after being left on his own to face South Hobart's Nick Morton and Kobe Kemp [PlessPix]


+4 #13 Guru 2017-04-13 08:14
The Lions announce "We are coming". But where are they going and will anyone have a clue what to do when they get there?
+10 #12 Credibility 2017-04-12 21:09
The current Wiki page for Gabriel Markaj has a number of alerts and warnings on its header.

This site is officially labelled as being without credibility and is under threat of being deleted. It is also subject to regular hacking. It is quickly becoming an embarrassment for Markaj, his Club and FFT in general.

It is one thing to have an under performing club - conceding 27 goals in its first 5 games. It is another thing to have a coach who appears to be, at best, massively over claiming his standing.

A diligent, competent and decisive committee would be acting to have the site removed, be communicating with the community to explain its current plans for the role and making contingencies for replacement.

At the moment there is nothing but embarrassment for the game.
+3 #11 info 2017-04-12 02:00
Quoting Anon:
Can players leave clubs to other clubs In Tasmania throughout the season?

You can transfer to another club upto the last Thursday of May after this date it's prohibited.
+18 #10 Swedish Chef 2017-04-11 08:23
Borough board need to do it now, out with the coach this guy is making your club the laughing stock of Football. Saying he won't be their next year is like asking the gun to be loaded. The egg on your faces is starting to turn into an omelette. And then he says these players are the best players at the club in the last ten years, haha to comedy goes on.
+3 #9 Anon 2017-04-11 06:38
Can players leave clubs to other clubs In Tasmania throughout the season?
+8 #8 Anon 2017-04-11 05:46
Are people still of the belief that JUST because players/coaches are from interstate or overseas they are better than local people?
+12 #7 Anonymous 2017-04-11 02:37
Quoting Not so Fair Play:
Kingborough lost their coach and all bar Danny Cowen from their best starting line up. please stop with the Knights are such a good club BS. they will have their chance to get back into the state league in 2 years time, so please stop commenting on posts that have nothing to do with them.

Walter mentioned Knights in his article.
+16 #6 Top Ratings 2017-04-11 00:00
More interesting than the Wikipedia article itself, is all the editing history behind it:

Click on the edit history and it is obvious that Gabriel is sitting on his computer 24/7 trying to revert all the edits as soon as they are made
+9 #5 Not so Fair Play 2017-04-10 22:16
Kingborough lost their coach and all bar Danny Cowen from their best starting line up. please stop with the Knights are such a good club BS. they will have their chance to get back into the state league in 2 years time, so please stop commenting on posts that have nothing to do with them.
+15 #4 Anonymous 2017-04-10 12:40
What an unbelievable interview on win tonight , he has offers flooding in from Italy , New Zealand and Sth Aus ... I would say they are for u14 boys at best and he's thinking about whether he will take one of the positions flooding in ... that must make the board real happy that the kid may leave as quick as a drop of a hat.
I still am in disbelief like most of the football world.

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