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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Bellini and Gorrie - Copy

Photo:  South Hobart's Adam Gorrie in possession against Olympia's Thomas Bellini [PlessPix]

(League Cup Final, Grove Road, Saturday, 9 September 2017)

South Hobart 7 (N Morton 22’, 51’, 53’, D Hall 64’, 67’, J Turner 81’, B Hamlett 91’)

Olympia Warriors 0

HT: 1-0   Ref: S Plomaritis

South Hobart: K Brown - Gorrie, Thomas, D Brown (Feral 63’), Quaile - Kemp, Turner, Morton - Hall (Kass 70’), Leszczynski (Hamlett 46’), Walter (Subs not used: Brennan, Moncur)

Olympia Warriors: Cole - Wadawu (Hickey 70’), Hill, Vandermey, Sammut - Ortmann, Mearns, Bellini - N’Koso (Vincent 52’), Sklenar, Undy (Subs not used: Leaman, Little, Stalker)

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Photo:  South Hobart's Alex Walter is surrounded by five Olympia defenders.  This means South must have had at least four players free.  This summed up the tactical situation in this final. [PlessPix]

South Hobart inflicted their biggest ever defeat on Olympia Warriors when they won the League Cup Final 7-0 at Grove Road on Saturday.

South Hobart played as a team, while the Warriors played as individuals, and that showed in the score-line.

Only one goal separated the sides at the interval, and that goal came in the 22nd minute and featured an excellent attack starting from the back with the goalkeeper. In midfield, Darcy Hall passed to Alex Walter, who released fullback Liam Quaile down the left and his low cross somehow found its way past three Olympia defenders before Nick Morton slid the ball home.

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Photo:  Jakub Sklenar kicks off for Olympia.  He, or an Olympia team-mate, got to do this eight times in the game. [PlessPix]

It was not until the 6th minute of the second half that South Hobart increased their lead and, again, it was poor defending, Lucas Hill’s attempted clearance cannoning off the foot of Morton and into the net.

Morton completed his hat-trick in the 53rd minute, but it should never have happened as Olympia’s free-kick was illegal. Hill’s free-kick from inside the box after an off-side decision was played to Jake Vandermey, who was inside the box and kicked the ball upfield. It came straight back and Morton fired home a low shot that seemed to beat keeper Jakob Cole in slow motion.

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Photo:  Olympia defender Joel Sammut (No.11) is unable to prevent South Hobart's Darcy Hall from scoring [PlessPix]

In the 64th minute, Alex Walter picked out Darcy Hall on the left of the box and, although Joel Sammut had come across, he exerted little pressure and Hall stroked home South Hobart’s fourth goal.

Three minutes later, a Sammut headed clearance went straight to Hall, who fired home from 25 metres to make it 5-0.

Olympia’s heads were well and truly down by now and they offered only token resistance.

Nine minutes from the end, Quaile again attacked down the left and his angled drive was parried by Cole, but only to the feet of Hall, who completed his brace with a tap-in from 6 metres.

A minute into stoppage time, South Hobart were allowed to take a short corner with no pressure from Olympia and, when Connor Kass crossed towards the far post, Hill collided with Oscar Thomas and the ball was smashed home by substitute Ben Hamlett to make it 7-0.

Olympia's only decent chance came from a splendid shot by Hugh Undy that was brilliantly saved by South Hobart keeper Kieran Brown.

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Photo:  Olympia's Jakub Sklenar (left), the winner of the Golden Boot in the league this season, got very little change from the South Hobart defence in the final.  Here he is tightly marked by South Hobart's Oscar Thomas. [PlessPix]

It was an insipid display by the Warriors to end a disappointing season for a side that finished second in the league, a massive 12 points behind champions South Hobart.

That 12-point gap was justified going on the performance served up by the two sides in this game.

South Hobart were light years ahead of their opponents and it will be interesting to see how they go against the Brisbane Strikers on Sunday in the NPL Finals series.

South coach Ken Morton may make one or two changes, but he has a strong squad and any combination is good enough.

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Photo:  South Hobart's Darcy Hall takes on Olympia's Joel Sammut [PlessPix]

Daniel Brown came off and appeared to be carrying a back strain, while Quaile did well to see out the match after appearing to suffer a corked thigh early on after a collision with Warren Wadawu. Quaile was limping for a while but continued on bravely and was credited with two assists. It would be interesting to know how he finally pulled up and how he felt the following day.

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Photo:  South Hobart's Ben Hamlett, Adam Gorrie, Alex Walter, Alex Leszczynski, Liam Quaile, Connor Kass and Darcy Hall celebrate their win [PlessPix]

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Photo:  South Hobart's Jack Turner (left) tries to swap shirts with Olympia's Lucas Hill, who is a former South Hobart player, before the game is over [PlessPix]

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Photo:  Olympia's Jakub Sklenar tightly marked by South Hobart's Daniel Brown.  South's centre-backs, Daniel Brown and Oscar Thomas, didn't let Sklenar breathe in this game.  He was forced to control the ball with his back to goal and, when he did attempt to attack them with the ball, he invariably ran into a brick wall. [PlessPix]

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Photo:  South Hobart skipper Daniel Brown tackles Olympia's Hugh Undy [PlessPix]

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Photo:  South Hobart's skipper Daniel Brown pops the cork on the champagne bottle as the team celebrate their League Cup Final win [PlessPix]

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0 #25 scott green 2017-09-17 07:21
Quoting Confused:
Quoting Kerser:
Apparently Nick Naden is having a year off and is going to play footy for clarence? Wish him best of luck, i am sure he will do well.

I'm confused, is he having a year off or is he playing footy for clarence?
Or were you talking about a game that barely involves feet?


playing 8 ball i think
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0 #24 Confused 2017-09-15 11:56
Quoting Kerser:
Apparently Nick Naden is having a year off and is going to play footy for clarence? Wish him best of luck, i am sure he will do well.

I'm confused, is he having a year off or is he playing footy for clarence?
Or were you talking about a game that barely involves feet?
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-1 #23 Anonymous 2017-09-15 07:32
Quoting Delusional:


If we were only playing for pride... why are players asking for match payments. Pride went out of the top teir when players such as Mike M went back and played a division below to get paid by Metro. He isnt the last. Look at Knights trying to buy their way back up.


SO RONALDO ISNT A PROUD MAN?
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+3 #22 anon 2017-09-14 22:59
The money being paid is not the issue. It's up to the coach to make sure the money side is kept separate from the playing side.

Once any sort of deal is made, the player should be subject to the same selection issues as the whole squad.

If the paid player is not performing, he should be dropped just as a player who is not being paid.

The club can whinge and moan about money being spent for nothing but it would show the whole squad that there was no favouritism and encourage the dropped paid player to raise his standards.
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+7 #21 Delusional 2017-09-14 07:46
Quoting Anon:
Quoting Class is permanent:
Who cares. It's a nothing cup. The simple fact of the matter is that South ran through Olympia. They had something to prepare for in the NPL game this week. Olympia just went through the motions. It's a gap filler between the season and the NPL final series.

There is a thing called pride and when you have been beaten by the same club 3-6 times any game should be to get back at them..
Lame excuse South far to good for Olympia and it will stay that way until players hurt enough to finally make a we will not be pushed around by South and give 150% not70 %.


If we were only playing for pride... why are players asking for match payments. Pride went out of the top teir when players such as Mike M went back and played a division below to get paid by Metro. He isnt the last. Look at Knights trying to buy their way back up.
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+10 #20 Anon 2017-09-14 06:16
Quoting Class is permanent:
Who cares. It's a nothing cup. The simple fact of the matter is that South ran through Olympia. They had something to prepare for in the NPL game this week. Olympia just went through the motions. It's a gap filler between the season and the NPL final series.

There is a thing called pride and when you have been beaten by the same club 3-6 times any game should be to get back at them..
Lame excuse South far to good for Olympia and it will stay that way until players hurt enough to finally make a we will not be pushed around by South and give 150% not70 %.
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-4 #19 Finally 2017-09-14 04:50
Quoting Class is permanent:
Who cares. It's a nothing cup. The simple fact of the matter is that South ran through Olympia. They had something to prepare for in the NPL game this week. Olympia just went through the motions. It's a gap filler between the season and the NPL final series.


Could not agree more. It is the biggest waste of time. There is no progression. No crowds. No interest.
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+12 #18 Anon 2017-09-14 02:10
#16.Disagree about the cup being a gap filler.This should have been Olympia's opportunity to really take it up to South and prove that the recent drubbing they received at Darcy St was an off day.They actually proved otherwise.Says a lot about coaching staff and players in my opinion.The dislike between the two camps is very well known so it should not have been difficult for Olympia to put up a good show. Obviously not.
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-4 #17 Kerser 2017-09-14 02:06
Apparently Nick Naden is having a year off and is going to play footy for clarence? Wish him best of luck, i am sure he will do well.
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0 #16 Class is permanent 2017-09-13 21:13
Who cares. It's a nothing cup. The simple fact of the matter is that South ran through Olympia. They had something to prepare for in the NPL game this week. Olympia just went through the motions. It's a gap filler between the season and the NPL final series.
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