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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Holden chip at goal - Copy

Photo:  Michael Holden chips for goal, but the ball came back off the crossbar [PlessPix]

(Lakoseljac Cup Final, KGV Park, Monday, 11 June 2018)

South Hobart 0

Devonport City 1 (M Barnard 15’)

HT: 0-1   Att: 1200   Ref: B Kopra

South Hobart: K Brown - Gorrie, Bowman, D Brown - Schmidt, Feral - Morton, Turner, Walter - Sculthorpe, Marins (Subs: Cook, Douce, Ludford, Thomas, Wright)

Devonport City: Pitchford - Lazcano, Mulraney, Smith - Bidwell, Krusa, Stone, Blizzard - Mann, Barnard, Holden (Subs: Andrews, Jesse Dance, Knott, Pearce, West)

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Photo:  South Hobart's Loic Feral must have felt like the meat in the sandwich [PlessPix]

A goal by Miles Barnard on the quarter-hour gave Devonport City the Lakoseljac Cup and passage to the Round-of-32 in the nation-wide FFA Cup as Tasmania’s representatives.

Beau Blizzard earned a free-kick in midfield on the right when Jack Turner nibbled at his heels. Gediminas Krusa floated the free-kick into the box and Brayden Mann flicked it on to Barnard, whose header was parried by keeper Kieran Brown, but only to Barnard, who powered the ball home with his left foot from close range.

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Photo:  Devonport's Miles Barnard goes to ground after scoring [PlessPix]

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Photo:  Barnard (second from right) was quickly back up onto his feet and he wheeled away to be mobbed by his Devonport team-mates [PlessPix]

South Hobart missed Oscar Thomas at the heart of defence, while the versatile Isaac Degetto was also absent. Both are medical students and had exams. The South Hobart line-up, therefore, wasn’t quite what the doctor ordered, and it showed.

The experienced and powerful Hugh Ludford was kept on the bench. He may have bolstered the defence had he played.

Too many South Hobart players were not quite at their peak, which helped Devonport impose their authority on this match, but the North-West Coast outfit were worthy winners.

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Photo:  Devonport direct a header at the South Hobart goal [PlessPix]

They should have scored again in the second half when South keeper Brown was caught in no-man’s land outside the box and Michael Holden, sizing up the situation, chipped for an empty goal, only to see the ball come back into play off the crossbar.

Both sides appeared to play with just three at the back, utilising a midfielder to assist in defence when they were under pressure.

Devonport did better in this regard and their tall defenders didn’t give an inch against the sporadic South Hobart attack.

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Photo:  South Hobart's Renato De Vecchi Marins takes on Devonport defender Dom Smith [PlessPix]

South’s Brazilian attacker, Renato De Vecchi Marins, was well held by man-of-the-match Guillermo Lazcano. Marins often tends to hold on to the ball for too long instead of passing, but this failing also almost saw him win a penalty when he dribbled in from the left in the first half and went for goal. A defender got a touch of the ball to put it out of reach, while a second defender then appeared to bring him down. Mr Kopra, however, was unmoved.

South’s Alex Walter was not his usual dangerous self. His touch was not exact and he squandered two good chances, one from a header, from which he might normally have scored.

Brown, in South Hobart’s goal, looked a little nervous and his handling of the ball was not as safe as it usually is.

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Photo:  Devonport's Joel Stone slide-tackles South Hobart's Adam Gorrie [PlessPix]

Nick Morton is one of South’s most dangerous players on his day, but he was largely subdued and was unable to exert a decisive influence.

Devonport were more of a unit than their opponents and they showed steel in the tackle when required. They were mobile and quick and ultimately deserved the win in a match that could and should have had more goals.

Krusa and Stone were the destroyers and creators in midfield, while the mobility of Mann and Michael Holden in attack proved a handful for the South Hobart rearguard.

Barnard’s height and aggressiveness always spelled danger and it was fitting that he scored the only goal of the contest to put Devonport back on the national stage.

Pitchford clears from Gorrie

Photo:  Devonport keeper Nathan Pitchford clears a split second before clattering into South Hobart's Adam Gorrie [PlessPix]

Nathan Pitchford was the least busy of the two keepers, which was telling in terms of the balance of the game.

This win must give Devonport enormous confidence for the rest of the season, including in the league. I’d say they now have the scent of a league title in their nostrils, so current league-leaders Launceston City cannot say they haven’t been warned.

As for South Hobart, well, they haven’t quite got the mix right yet. The absence of certain players disrupts their flow and, until they find a settled combination, they will be unstable.

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Photo:  South Hobart's Pajari Sculthorpe clips and upends Devonport's Michael Holden [PlessPix]

Marins takes on two defenders - Copy

Photo:  South Hobart's Renato De Vecchi Marins takes on two Devonport defenders [PlessPix]

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Photo: Devonport's Guillermo Lazcano tackles South Hobart's Alex Walter [PlessPix]

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-7 #24 Rossi 2018-06-14 12:59
Quoting anonymous:
#20 you poor soul , the less games Zebras have live feed the more money they make at gate , so do you really think they want all these live feeds ?
maybe they should become boring like yourself.

Your dump enough to reply everyone knows who you are there end as the lessons!
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+4 #23 Anon 2018-06-14 10:18
Quoting Anon:
Zebras game to get a live feed this weekend certainly get looked after !!!!!!!

You are a goose tell us what game should be on live feed this week.
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+2 #22 anonymous 2018-06-14 06:58
#20 you poor soul , the less games Zebras have live feed the more money they make at gate , so do you really think they want all these live feeds ?
maybe they should become boring like yourself.
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+2 #21 Live Stream 2018-06-14 06:20
Quoting Anon:
Quoting anonymous:
#17 That’s what you get when you actually in top four and playing the in form team in Devonport . Would you prefer South v Clarence ?


Or you have friends in the right places all about to change .

Or you are playing the only NPL game on Sunday so there is no choice of which game to stream.
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-5 #20 Anon 2018-06-14 05:03
Quoting anonymous:
#17 That’s what you get when you actually in top four and playing the in form team in Devonport . Would you prefer South v Clarence ?


Or you have friends in the right places all about to change .
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+7 #19 anonymous 2018-06-14 00:58
#17 That’s what you get when you actually in top four and playing the in form team in Devonport . Would you prefer South v Clarence ?
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0 #18 Views 2018-06-14 00:35
#cufc yes he does struggle kennys teams dont tend to win when they play opponents that are also strong and quick like them. Struggled to beat strikers in 16 like this year also most of their FFA cup games and npl winners cup games. Think they've only won 1 against mainland NPL out of how many?
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-12 #17 Anon 2018-06-13 22:05
Zebras game to get a live feed this weekend certainly get looked after !!!!!!!
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+5 #16 Anon 2018-06-13 06:50
Quoting CUFC:
2009 final pretty good too
South were tactically outdone then also
Seems Kenny struggles tactically when he doesn't have the best players ... thoughts?


Stop stirring the pot, This clearly is not a person from CUFC as the next year in the laka final Kenny’s tactics were spot on and we lost in 2010
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+7 #15 Meter maid 2018-06-12 23:58
Nice photo of the Devonport Bus , Walter (in previous thread)...good to see it parked in the appropriate place this year!
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