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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Photo:  South Hobart skipper Daniel Brown pumps a long ball forward, which led to a goal [PlessPix]

(NPL Tasmania, Warrior Park, Sunday, 8 July 2018)

Olympia Warriors 1 (W Wadawu 42)

South Hobart 4 (R Marins 2, 3, I Degetto 33, C Schmidt 73)

HT: 1-3   Att: 159   Ref: J McInerney

Olympia Warriors: Johnson - Hill, Stevens, Vandermey, Griffiths (Ebini 89) - Ortmann, Castaneda (Curtis 89), Sammut - Wadawu, Gurson, N’Koso (Bellini 81) (Subs not used: Murfitt, Smithies-Sharples)

South Hobart: K Brown - Gorrie, D Brown, Thomas - Schmidt, Feral (Cook 89), Kemp, Morton - Turner, Marins, Degetto (Legendre 70) (Subs not used: Bowman, Walter, Wright)

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Photo:  South Hobart's Jack Turner shows his technical skills inside the Olympia penalty area [PlessPix]

South Hobart remain stuck in fourth place on goal difference after this 4-1 away win over fifth-placed Olympia Warriors at Warrior Park today.

Hobart Zebras are third and level on 26 points with South Hobart and Zebras can thank their 9-0 demolition of bottom-side Clarence United on Saturday for having their noses in front of South Hobart.

Olympia have become notorious for poor first-half performances and markedly better second-half displays.

South Hobart, on the other hand, have been noted for their slow starts and strong finishes.

South Hobart scored early against Launceston City last weekend and put in a strong finish to win.

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Photo:  Olympia's Gordon Gurson employs his futsal skills against South Hobart's Nick Morton and Daniel Brown [PlessPix]

Today, they again began like a whirlwind and their Brazilian striker, Renato De Vecchi Marins, struck after just 1 minute and 10 seconds, lofting the ball in from the left and just inside the far angle of crossbar and post to stun the home side.

After 2 minutes and 50 seconds, Marins made it 2-0. Connor Schmidt struck a tremendous shot against the crossbar and Marins was on hand to sweep home the rebound as the ball came straight down and back into play off the woodwork.

A long ball out of defence by skipper Daniel Brown in the 33rd minute led to South’s third. Jack Turner gained possession and saw his shot well saved by Olympia keeper Brett Johnson. But, as the ball ran away from goal, Isaac Degetto chased it and turned sharply before driving it past Johnson and making it 3-0. The long-ball game does produce results at times.

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Photo:  Olympia's Warren Wadawu scored the easiest of goals from an impossible angle [PlessPix]

Three minutes before the break, Olympia showed how easy breaching the South Hobart defence could be. Jonathan Griffiths released Warren Wadawu down the left and he cut inside along the goal-line and stunned everyone by scoring from an impossible angle.

Olympia were a different side in the second half. Orchestrated by Eduardo Castaneda in midfield, their cohesiveness improved, as did their attacks and they went close to scoring on several occasions.

The diminutive centre-forward, American Gordon Gurson, started to look very dangerous as his team-mates found him by playing the ball to his feet. In the first half, he had largely been a lone attacker in the middle, confronted and easily subdued by two of the tallest defenders in the league in Daniel Brown and Oscar Thomas.

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Photo:  One against three  -  South Hobart's Jack Turner faces Olympia keeper Brett Johnson and defenders Jonathan Griffiths (No.14) and Thomas Little.  Griffiths showed some excellent skills to get out of tight situations and put his team into attack, but he could easily have collected a second yellow card, which would have seen him dismissed. [PlessPix]

Gurson had two excellent chances - one from an overhead kick - but he failed to find the net.

Wadawu also had chances, but he was either wide with his shots or saw his efforts blocked.

South Hobart managed to increase their lead in the 73rd minute after an excellent attack down the left.  The ball was then played inside for Connor Schmidt to smash home from 20 metres and make it 4-1.

South Hobart brought on their new Canadian import, left-winger Anthony Legendre, with 20 minutes remaining. He appears to have pace and made some promising passes and runs down the left.

Olympia gave a senior debut to Jackson Ebini in the closing minutes, but they obviously miss the injured central defensive pairing of Lucas Hill and Alex Holmes.

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Photo:  Olympia could have done with Lucas Hill (left) and Alex Holmes, both of whom were injured [PlessPix]

Olympia are certainly out of the title race and have sixth-ranked Kingborough Lions United edging closer and breathing down their necks.

South Hobart are one of four sides - Devonport City, Launceston City and Hobart Zebras are the other three - who are in with a real chance of the title.

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Photo:  South Hobart's Daniel Brown keeps a tight rein on Olympia's Gordon Gurson [PlessPix]

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Photo:  Olympia's Eduardo Castaneda has South Hobart's Kobe Kemp breathing down his neck [PlessPix]

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Photo:  South Hobart's Nick Morton the contortionist [PlessPix]

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Photo:  South Hobart's Loic Feral clears his lines [PlessPix]


-11 #17 El Greek 2018-07-10 07:51
Quoting Anon:
Quoting Eheh:
Castaneda is the local 'brazilian' and is only 18; could not be kept on the bench with the usual promises... good try though, it works with most... Eheh!

El Salvador I do believe

Yeah, but he plays better than a Brazilian
+3 #16 Anon 2018-07-09 23:38
Quoting Eheh:
Castaneda is the local 'brazilian' and is only 18; could not be kept on the bench with the usual promises... good try though, it works with most... Eheh!

El Salvador I do believe
+1 #15 Ethan 2018-07-09 13:43
Quoting Cold Hard Fact:
Quoting anonymous:
All that great youth and you have 3 imports on the books now , Wright ,Legendre and Marins .
Poor form South , you just lost Eduardo and Conforti , I hear many more to join the exodus in 2019 , been a long time coming but finally they are waking up.

REALLY, Eduardo & Conforti were not part of the south senior squad and didn't look like they were going to make it. Eduardo joined a much lower team and has been getting smashed every week, Conforti is not getting that much senior game time (however more then at south). The point is no real loss and actually South have been winning since they left.

Hey smartie, some in South rotten playing in Challenge for years and years to come... Football is better played than watched, especially when you are 17 ;) and even if you are fifth on the ladder, see the convenience?
+2 #14 Eheh 2018-07-09 13:24
Castaneda is the local 'brazilian' and is only 18; could not be kept on the bench with the usual promises... good try though, it works with most... Eheh!
+7 #13 Anno 2018-07-09 10:42
Quoting anonymous:
CARD HOLD FACTS , look at the South Bench now , quite ordinary since losing 2 quality youth players and some injuries ,thus Kenny grabs an import to bolster his fledgling bench.

Come on 2 quality players? On the South bench were, Walters, Cook, Wright and Bowman not a bad bench, with Ludford and a couple of other in Challenge league, some depth.
+5 #12 Anonymous 2018-07-09 10:15
Quoting Big fat Sam:
4-1 on the worst surface in Tasmania football history. It doesn’t do the Greek club any favours!

South on track to win the league.

Actually South on target to finish 4th
+9 #11 So true 2018-07-09 07:20
Quoting anonymous:
Got to Love all the South Hobart Army sticking up for imports at South
When all they have done is bag others for having imports , how quick they change their ways .
Youth out the window and straight to other clubs with open arms.

They always go on about we only promote youth.Now they go and get three imports.cause they scared as other clubs are catching up this season .same when they get beat always say set pieces about opposition never they played really well against us
0 #10 anonymous 2018-07-09 05:14
CARD HOLD FACTS , look at the South Bench now , quite ordinary since losing 2 quality youth players and some injuries ,thus Kenny grabs an import to bolster his fledgling bench.
+3 #9 anonymous 2018-07-09 05:11
#6 He wasn't even playing first team , had a couple of hit outs , you really clutching at straws now.
+7 #8 anonymous 2018-07-09 05:10
#6 don't get too excited mate , he's playing u/18 at the moment.
Time will tell where he ends up in the football world , money might bring him back to Olympia .

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