Who Is Walter Pless?

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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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1 Burden gets to ball

Photo:  Nelson keeper Ollie Burdon gets down to a through-ball [PlessPix]

Nelson beat Hobart United 2-0 in a pre-season friendly at KGV Park this evening.

Football Federation Tasmania will undoubtedly receive a referee’s report in regard to one of the light towers being out of operation completely and thus leaving one quarter of the pitch in virtual darkness by the end of the match.

3 Header and shadows

Photo:  A Hobart United player wins the ball in the air against Nelson's Andrew Gaskell [PlessPix]

The game was played in three thirds of half an hour each.

Nelson took the lead through Tad Modzibanda in the third half-hour of the game after hesitation and an error by the Hobart United keeper allowed the Nelson player to stroke the ball into an empty net.

Hobart United had been unlucky not to hit the front in the second half-hour when a shot by Jackson Katif came back off Ollie Burden’s crossbar.

Shortly after, Burden parried another shot but managed to scoop up the loose ball before Hobart United could threaten.

Nick Watson made it 2-0 when he forced home an excellent Nathan Wardle cross from deep on the left.

Hobart United had basically a youth side as their senior players were being rested for the Multicultural Festival of Football scheduled for Olinda Grove this coming weekend.

2 Carmillo and ball

Photo: Nelson's Tom McKernan about to cut out a pass to Hobart United's Omar Carrillo [PlessPix]

They had some lively performers, but tended to overdo the dribbling at times.

Their defender Mitchell Howard was particularly robust and rarely allowed an opponent to pass.

Nelson, who were well organised at the back by Will Stalker, had some good passages of play and were rarely in trouble.

Apparently, they have yet to appoint a permanent coach and launch fully into pre-season training.

Adam Mills, who coached the side last season, is unable to commit this year. He played for only a brief spell this evening.

4 Tawana Madzbanda beats Omar Camillo

Photo:  Nelson's Tawana Modzibanda gets past Hobart United's Omar Carrillo [PlessPix]

The squads were:

Nelson: 2. Matthew Graham, 1. Ollie Burden, 14. Angus Anderson, 5. Tom McKernan, 4. Will Stalker, 6. Andrew Gaskell, 18. Stuart Bauld, 15. Tad Modzibanda, 17. Tawana Modzibanda, 20. Nick Watson, 11 Ryan Mills, 7. Adam Mills, 16. Nathan Wardle, 13 Matt Hillhouse, 9. Oliver Lang, 29. Locky Masters, 3. Tosh Hutchins, 23. Matt Scavone. [Coach: Matt Graham; Manager: Ethan Brighella; Trainer: Steve McLarin; Assistant Coach: Ollie Burdon.

Hobart United: 1. Joseph Mwarbu, 2. Andrew Ntumba, 3. Callum Cooper, 4. Bradley Burdon, 5. Mitchell Howard, 6. Jackson Khasif, 7. Peter Songa, 8. Richard Yates, 9. Jacob Bourke, 10. Omar Carrillo, 11. Mike ? 12. Abel Berhame, 13. Moin Davoud, 14. Max Waters, 15. Salah Abdi, 16. Moses Khasif, 17. Alex Trask [Coach: Dan Booth]

5 Wardle about to cross

Photo:  Nelson's Nathan Wardle (right) knocks a long ball forward [PlessPix]

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0 #7 Nathan 2018-02-02 03:19
Quoting Anonymous:


Who to contact if ur interested in coaching?


Contact Steve McLarin:
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0 #6 Anonymous 2018-01-25 22:46
Quoting Not pointless:
RE: #1

So because Nelson haven't named their senior coach, that means the players are not allowed to get some match fitness in? Jesus, in that case why are they even training?

Match fitness is crucial regardless of whether the coach has been appointed. Summercup is just around the corner and I imagine nelson would like a couple games before then!

As for Hobart, and I read you mentioned it, why not give the fringe players a run?! Reward those who have been training!

It's a PRACTICE match.. where you PRACTICE.



Who to contact if ur interested in coaching?
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+15 #5 Not pointless 2018-01-25 03:54
RE: #1

So because Nelson haven't named their senior coach, that means the players are not allowed to get some match fitness in? Jesus, in that case why are they even training?

Match fitness is crucial regardless of whether the coach has been appointed. Summercup is just around the corner and I imagine nelson would like a couple games before then!

As for Hobart, and I read you mentioned it, why not give the fringe players a run?! Reward those who have been training!

It's a PRACTICE match.. where you PRACTICE.
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+15 #4 Northern Knights 2018-01-25 03:17
Quoting Pointless:
So I'm just wondering, what was the point of this game when Nelson haven't yet appointed a senior coach and Hobart have other commitments this weekend which meant that they didn't use their full or strongest line up.
And before anyone says that it's an opportunity to give some fringe players a chance to show what they can do, it still doesn't make sense when both teams are missing their senior coaches to witness these fringe players during the game.


fitness and touch- seems worthwhile to me
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+9 #3 wrong 2018-01-25 02:31
I think you'll find Hobart united had their 2 coaches there . As for players it's a good for players that have been training to have a game regardless if they are champ, champ 1 or under 18.
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+4 #2 Nearly pointless 2018-01-25 02:06
Quoting Pointless:
So I'm just wondering, what was the point of this game when Nelson haven't yet appointed a senior coach and Hobart have other commitments this weekend which meant that they didn't use their full or strongest line up.
And before anyone says that it's an opportunity to give some fringe players a chance to show what they can do, it still doesn't make sense when both teams are missing their senior coaches to witness these fringe players during the game.


Dan Booth is the Hobart United senior coach.
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-12 #1 Pointless 2018-01-25 00:31
So I'm just wondering, what was the point of this game when Nelson haven't yet appointed a senior coach and Hobart have other commitments this weekend which meant that they didn't use their full or strongest line up.
And before anyone says that it's an opportunity to give some fringe players a chance to show what they can do, it still doesn't make sense when both teams are missing their senior coaches to witness these fringe players during the game.
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