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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Photo:  Daniel Brown appears to have scored for South Hobart but the goal was disallowed for a foul on the keeper [PlessPix]

(Summer Series, South Hobart Oval, Saturday, 10 February 2018)

South Hobart 4 (A Saracino 14’, 23’, E Castaneda 53’, E Grigg 83’)

Kingborough Lions United 0

HT: 2-0   Ref: L Hargrave

South Hobart: Wright - Gorrie, D Brown, Ludford, Feral -  Kemp, N Morton, Cook - J Brennan, Sculthorpe, Saracino (Interchange: Becker, Castaneda, Conforti, Douce, Grigg)

Kingborough Lions United: Stalker - Zammit, T Pearce, Schuth, Harris - Herweynen, C Di Martino, Bostock - Kenyi, Cowen, Kantzos (Interchange: Butler, Calvert, W Davis, Hall, Reynolds)

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Photo:  Pajari Sculthorpe is in excellent goal-scoring form for South Hobart [PlessPix]

All four South Hobart goals were from youngsters who had not scored in the top flight before, so once again, coach Ken Morton has unearthed some gems.

Graham Wright was in goal for South Hobart in the absence of Kieran Brown, while Antonio Saracino was given his chance in attack and he took it, scoring a brace.

Eduardo Castaneda, a budding Australian Joey, netted the third and newcomer Ethan Grigg the fourth.

South Hobart hit the woodwork no less than five times, so the Lions were fortunate to concede only four goals.

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Photo:  Kingborough's head coach, Mark Broadbent (background), with assistants Greg Calvert, Andrew Duncan and Nick Di Martino [PlessPix]

It was a surprise that Kingborough had no reserve goalkeeper. When Mitchell Stalker was injured and did not appear for the second half, his place was taken by the Lions’ captain, Danny Cowen, an attacker. He did well to be beaten only twice.

Given that Kingborough have invested in a strong coaching staff to support Mark Broadbent, and which includes goalkeeping coach Andrew Duncan, it came as shock to see Cowen in the green jersey and gloves after the break.

Saracino put South Hobart ahead in the 14th minute with a powerful shot from the edge of the box on the right, while he smashed home his, and the team’s, second from 20 metres following a corner midway through the opening half.

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Photo:  Kingborough's Trent Pearce heads a corner clear [PlessPix]

Castaneda’s tap-in in the 53rd minute made it 3-0, while interchange player Ethan Grigg added the fourth 7 minutes from the end.

Kingborough rarely looked like scoring and they suffered the ignominy of having Joel Schuth sent off near the end after collecting a needless second yellow card.

Both teams applauded referee Lauren Hargrave from the pitch at the end of the game to recognise her contribution to Tasmanian football. A lawyer by profession, this was Hargrave’s final game in charge here before moving to Melbourne to pursue her legal career. She is on the W-League refereeing panel already and so I assume she will also continue her career as a match official in Melbourne and in much more convenient circumstances.

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Photo:  Referee Lauren Hargrave has the situation under control after an injury to Nick Morton.  It was Hargrave's final game in charge in Tasmania. [PlessPix]

On the way to the ground, I ran into an old pal, Walter Worsey.  The diminutive Scotsman used to score over 40 goals a season in Tasmanian football in the 50s and 60s and once scored 63.  He played for Caledonian (Kingborough merged with Caledonian to form Kingborough Lions United) and Hobart Juventus and was a Tasmanian representative player, as well as a professional sprinter.  How the Lions could use a young Walter Worsey these days.

Herweynen and Morton - Copy

Photo:  Kingborough's Tobias Herweynen stops South Hobart's Nick Morton [PlessPix]

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+1 #27 Joe 2018-02-15 06:28
If kingborough is relying on youth for success in 2018 can someone tell us how there challenge 18s and 16s finished last year?
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+8 #26 Prediction part 2. 2018-02-15 05:41
Quoting ridiculous:
Quoting Prediction part 2.:
Few points

- South too good. Great depth and will win comfortably

- Oly and Dev both with some good pickups this year and I predict they will battle out second place

- Zebras will be good enough to beat the lower placed teams, not good enough to beat the higher placed teams

- Interesting to see how Rangers and Launnie go, some good pickups! May even be competitive against Zebs at times

- We all know Kingo and Clarence will battle out the wooden spoon. I rate Kingo's chances to get up.

- Clarence to be replaced:

Beach and Knights to really battle it out in the Championship, and winner here will smash the northern winner!

Thoughts from others? (Again, all my predictions :))

It goes to 10 teams next year. Clarence will remain.


My mistake - Clarence to be relegated at the end of 2019 then.
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-1 #25 ridiculous 2018-02-15 04:13
Quoting Prediction part 2.:
Few points

- South too good. Great depth and will win comfortably

- Oly and Dev both with some good pickups this year and I predict they will battle out second place

- Zebras will be good enough to beat the lower placed teams, not good enough to beat the higher placed teams

- Interesting to see how Rangers and Launnie go, some good pickups! May even be competitive against Zebs at times

- We all know Kingo and Clarence will battle out the wooden spoon. I rate Kingo's chances to get up.

- Clarence to be replaced:

Beach and Knights to really battle it out in the Championship, and winner here will smash the northern winner!

Thoughts from others? (Again, all my predictions :))

It goes to 10 teams next year. Clarence will remain.
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-1 #24 anon 2018-02-15 03:47
I think that the best 10 teams in the state are
South
Devonport
Olympia
Knights
beachside
Zebras
Somerset
Rangers
launnie City
Uni
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+3 #23 Prediction part 2. 2018-02-15 00:48
Few points

- South too good. Great depth and will win comfortably

- Oly and Dev both with some good pickups this year and I predict they will battle out second place

- Zebras will be good enough to beat the lower placed teams, not good enough to beat the higher placed teams

- Interesting to see how Rangers and Launnie go, some good pickups! May even be competitive against Zebs at times

- We all know Kingo and Clarence will battle out the wooden spoon. I rate Kingo's chances to get up.

- Clarence to be replaced:

Beach and Knights to really battle it out in the Championship, and winner here will smash the northern winner!

Thoughts from others? (Again, all my predictions :))
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+2 #22 Prediction part 1. 2018-02-15 00:48
My prediction!

1. South (To win comfotably)
2. Olympia (To battle out 2nd and 3rd with Dev. Will just get up)
3. Devonport (To battle out 2nd and 3rd with Oly. Will just go down)
4. Zebras (Few points behind 3rd, few points above 5th)
5. Launceston City (To battle out 5th and 6th with Rangers. Will just get up)
6. Rangers (To battle out 5th and 6th with Launnie. Will just go down)
7. Kingborough (Another battle, with Clarence, will get up early Round 3.)
8. Clarence (Another battle, with King, will go dowwwwwn)
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0 #21 Anon 2018-02-14 11:44
Quoting Master Builder:
With all due respect The Pyramids were built quicker than Kingborough rebuild.I may be stretching the time lines a tad.

Rome wasn't built in a day either
Sorry it took me 6 days to work out how to build Rome 1 day to build lol
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+5 #20 Anon 2018-02-14 04:49
#16. In case you havent noticed, it is a 10 team comp in 2019 according to FFT.
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+3 #19 Master Builder 2018-02-14 04:23
With all due respect The Pyramids were built quicker than Kingborough rebuild.I may be stretching the time lines a tad.
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+3 #18 Anon 2018-02-14 04:22
#12 . 'Balls up of last year' is an understatement. People have put up their hand for a job not many would want or have the balls to attempt.It cant get any worse than where the club currently is.The club appears to be on the right track at this early stage but things need to change and some basic things at that.
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