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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Sculthorpe brought down - Copy

Photo:  South Hobart's Pajari Sculthorpe is brought down by Pascoe Vale's Matthew Hennessy [PlessPix]

(Pre-season friendly, South Hobart Oval, Saturday, 3 February 2018)

South Hobart 2 (P Sculthorpe 27’, 88’)

Pascoe Vale 1 (L Prelevic 63’)

HT: 1-0   Ref: S Plomaritis

South Hobart: - K Brown - Gorrie, D Brown, Ludford, Schmidt -- Feral, Morton, Kemp - J Brennan, Sculthorpe, Walter (Subs: Cook, Wright, Bowman, Castenada, Conforti, Degetto, Douce)

Pascoe Vale: Paulidis - Talarico, Docherty, Hennessy, Abascal - Hatzikoftas, Ferrante, Ballan - Bernabo-Madrid, Van’t Schip, Osmancevic (Subs: Gonzalez, Recchia, Prelevic)

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Photo:  South Hobart's Kobe Kemp (left) and Pascoe Vale's Adrian Talarico have eyes only for the ball [PlessPix]

Veterans Daniel Brown and Hugh Ludford returned to the heart of the South Hobart defence for this game against Pascoe Vale after missing last week’s clash with Bentleigh Greens.

Goalkeeper Kieran Brown, Loic Feral and Jacob Brennan were also back in the line-up, but striker Darcy Hall was missing as he is on trial with Box Hill in Victoria.

There has never been any doubt about South Hobart coach Ken Morton’s ability to pick talent.

One South Hobart stalwart was heard to question the inclusion of the inexperienced 17-year-old Pajari Sculthorpe in the attack.

Well, Sculthorpe did not betray the faith that Morton placed in him.

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Photo:  Pajari Sculthorpe (left) controls Adam Gorrie's cross while tightly marked by Matthew Hennessy before turning and volleying the opening goal [PlessPix]

The youngster scored both goals as South Hobart won 2-1. Right-back Adam Gorrie again showed what a fine player he is when he set up both goals with long accurate crosses after racing down the flank in attack.

Gorrie also showed his ability to have a go for goal himself. In the 7th minute, his powerful drive from 30 metres just cleared the Pascoe Vale crossbar.

Two minutes later, Davey Van’t Schip, the star playmaker of Pascoe Vale and son of former Melbourne City coach and Dutch international, John Van’t Schip, almost gave his side the lead when his weak shot eluded South Hobart keeper Kieran Brown and came back into play off the base of the left-hand post.

In the 27th minute, Gorrie attacked down the right and his cross was controlled by Sculthorpe, while tightly marked by Matthew Hennessy, before turning and smashing home a left-footed volley from 15 metres.

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Photo:  South Hobart's Hugh Ludford holds off Pascoe Vale's Gonzalo Abascal [PlessPix]

It took Pascoe Vale until the 63rd minute to equalise. Amir Osmancevic broke down the right and found Luka Prelevic unmarked on the edge of the box and he beat Kieran Brown with a fierce shot into the roof of the net.

The winner came just 2 minutes from the end when Gorrie again made ground down the right and crossed to the unmarked Sculthorpe, who advanced on goal and scored just as Hennessy was about to tackle.

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Photo:  South Hobart's Jacob Brennan grabs Pascoe Vale's Ethan Dockerty by the shorts [PlessPix]

Pascoe Vale were better in terms of individual technique and their play often looked slicker than the home side’s, but they tended to overplay in attack and try to walk the ball into the net.

South Hobart were gritty and determined and matched it physically with the Victorians and ultimately deserved their win because of sheer endeavour and the quality of Sculthorpe’s two goals.

With Oscar Thomas and Alex Leszczynski still to return from injury, this South Hobart side should be up to the challenge of defending their league title.

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Photo:  South Hobart keeper Graham Wright foils Pascoe Vale's Davey van't Schip with a clearing punch [PlessPix]

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0 #2 Neil 2018-02-06 06:53
is Brennan related to Andy??
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+4 #1 Anon 2018-02-05 10:15
Great pics as usual Walt
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