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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Calvert and Wild - Copy

Photo:  Jacob Calvert of Olympia shields the ball ahead of a Clarence opponent [PlessPix]

Olympia Warriors started strongly and their passing and positional play worried their Eastern Shore rivals.

It took them a while to get the goal they were seeking, however, and Clarence were starting to get their measure.

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Photo:  Jacob Leaman (right) is congratulated by his team-mates after putting Olympia ahead [PlessPix]

Jacob Leaman finally broke the deadlock with a low shot inside the far left-hand post and Olympia led 1-0 at the interval.

Early pressure in the second half by Clarence was rewarded when Angus Hardwick netted the equaliser, also with a low shot after a neat build-up.

Olympia received a shock when Joshua Burgess then put Clarence ahead and it was all hands to the pumps for the home side.

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Photo:  Clarence's Andrew Bennetts crosses the ball [PlessPix]

Olympia managed an equaliser but it was a close call.

A corner from the right was directed at goal in a goalmouth scrimmage by Will Robbins and Clarence keeper Jarrod Bugg accidentally knocked it over the line before it was cleared.

Assistant referee Roan Gillam, himself a goalkeeper, indicated the ball had crossed the line, much to Olympia’s relief and Clarence’s disappointment.

Neither side could break the deadlock after that, despite some close calls, and the bitter rivals had to settle for a share of the points.

Angus Hardwick tackles Jack Callan - Copy

Photo:  Olympia's Jack Callan (No.14) tackles Clarence's Angus Hardwick [PlessPix]

(Challenge League, Warrior Park, Sunday, 14 May 2017)

Olympia Warriors 2 (J Leaman, J Bugg og)

Clarence United 2 (A Hardwick, J Burgess)

HT: 1-0   Ref: A Powell

Olympia Warriors: Stalker; A Alexander, B Allan, J Callan, J Calvert, J Ebeni, Lochlan Hardwick, J Leaman, J Lesek, M Ortmann, J Sammut (Interchange: S Hills, N Meredith, W Robbins, N Zammit)

Clarence United: Bugg; A Bennetts, J Burgess, C Flynn, A Hardwick, Lachlan Hardwick, H Lush, S Randall, N Rees, J Stevens, R Heath (Interchange: S Jacob, L Marsh, S Wild)

Joel Sammut clears - Copy

Photo:  Olympia's Joel Sammut clears the ball [PlessPix]

Lochlan Hardwick on the ball - Copy

Photo:  Olympia's Lochlan Hardwick in possession and weighing the options [PlessPix]

Lochlan Hardwick tackles Sam Randall - Copy

Photo:  Olympia's Lochlan Hardwick (left) tackles Clarence's Sam Randall [PlessPix]

Powell and Rees - Copy

Photo:  Clarence's Nathan Rees gets a pass away against Olympia [PlessPix]

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Photo:  Olympia's Mark Ortmann tries to get in on the action [PlessPix]

Rees and Leszek - Copy

Photo:  Nathan Rees of Clarence (left) shoulder-to-shoulder with Olympia's Jairus Lesek [PlessPix]

Sammut and Angus Hardwick - Copy

Photo:  Olympia's Joel Sammut under pressure from Clarence United's Angus Hardwick [PlessPix]

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0 #2 Anonymous 2017-05-15 11:52
#1 You are right we spend the same amount on the men as we do the women.
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+2 #1 Anonymou$ 2017-05-15 09:54
I guess depth isn't worth the expense.
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