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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L Huigsloot beats Feral

Photo:  Zebras' Luke Huigsloot gets away from South's Loic Feral [PlessPix]

(PS4 NPL Tasmania, South Hobart Oval, Sunday, 26 June 2106)

South Hobart 0

Hobart Zebras 1 (L Huigsloot 57’)

HT: 0-0   Att: 400   Ref: K Barker

South Hobart: Wilson - Quaile, Lewis, D Brown, Feral - A Hess, Turner, Morton, Walter - Hall, Leszczynski (Subs: M Hess, K Brown, Ludford, J Brennan, Schmidt)

Hobart Zebras: Wright - Toghill, Harrison, Stevens, Hey - Walsh, Undy, Sherman, Muller - Huigsloot, McKeown (Subs: Ackerley, Pace, Ferguson, Stuart, Ly)

G Wright is kicked

Photo:  Zebras keeper Graham Wright gets a kick in the side.  He needed treatment for several minutes before the game could continue. [PlessPix]

South Hobart will find it very difficult to win the league title this season after they lost 1-0 to Hobart Zebras in a game that saw South Hobart have three players sent off and an assistant coach banished to the stands.

The result leaves South Hobart in third place, 8 points behind leaders Devonport City and 4 adrift of second-placed Zebras.

The opening half saw some half-chances for both teams that fell to South Hobart’s Darcy Hall and Jack Turner, and to Zebras’ Luke Huigsloot, Mattias Toghill, Dwayne Walsh and Jayden Hey.

The significant factor was that South’s Turner and Liam Quaile collected yellow cards, as did Daniel Brown early in the second half.

The goal came in the 57th minute when an under-hit back-pass by Daniel Brown put his goalkeeper James Wilson in all sorts of bother as Huigsloot went in pursuit of the ball. Wilson had no option but to kick the ball as hard as he could in an attempt to clear. Unfortunately for the goalkeeper, the clearance cannoned off Huigsloot and into the net to put Zebras in front.

South Hobart coach Ken Morton later said he felt the ball had cannoned off Huigsloot’s hand, but the goal stood and Zebras led 1-0.

D Walsh shoots past keeper

Photo:  Zebras' Dwayne Walsh (left) beats South Hobart keeper James Wilson with a low shot [PlessPix]

L Quaile saves situation

Photo:  South Hobart's Liam Quaile clears Walsh's goal-bound shot [PlessPix]

Hall and Walter - the latter after an amazing leap to connect with a cross - then squandered chances for South, while Adam McKeown headed over the bar for Zebras.

South replaced Alfred Hess and Walter with Jacob Brennan and Matt Hess with 15 minytes to go in an effort to inject fresh legs and gain an equaliser.

The world then began to go pear shaped for the home side as Brown collected a second yellow card for a tug on Huigsloot’s shirt, resulting in his dismissal.

Two minutes later came disaster for South as both Leszczynski and Hall were shown straight red cards after a melee following Morton’s tackle on Huigsloot. Players came flying in from all sides and, as some tried to defuse the situation, others inflamed it. There was shirt pulling, grappling and shoving and the two South players were dismissed for violent conduct. The puzzle was that Huigsloot was the only Zebras player shown a yellow card. And, before the game could continue, the assistant referee summoned the referee, who promptly sent South’s assistant coach, Nick Lapolla, to the stands. To his credit, South’s goalkeeping coach, Mark Moncur, did his best to calm players and spectators down.

A McKeown heads the ball

Photo:  Zebras' Adam McKeown wins a header but he was unable to direct it on target [PlessPix]

With 9 minutes remaining, one could hardly tell that the game had become an 8 versus 11 contest. South stayed on the offensive, while Zebras often retreated and played the ball around at the back in acres of space. The visitors appeared content to hold on to their lead and collect the 3 points.

Zebras’ keeper Graham Wright was forced to tip one effort over the bar, receiving a kick to the side in the process.

South again almost caught their opponents out in the 85th minute, but Harrison saved on the line with his chest. Morton claimed later that the ball had appeared to hit the top of Harrison’s arm.

With time running out, Quaile saved South from conceding a second goal when he cleared off the line from Walsh’s effort after he was put through by Huigsloot.

In scenes reminiscent of the 1960s, the officials received a hostile reception as they left the field. But, no police were required and there were no attempts at assault, which was the norm in that earlier decade.

M Lewis denies Walsh

Photo:  South Hobart defender Matt Lewis foils Zebras' Dwayne Walsh [PlessPix]

South Hobart coach Ken Morton said:

“I think 3 points got away. Obviously, we’ve not got anything out of the game again. I thought the first half was a bit awkward as it was nip and tuck and everybody was kind of covering each other and not much in it.

“Second half, I thought we started to get on top and create a few openings. Darcy [Hall] was going outside and getting past Jayden Hey and getting a few crosses in and then, things started turning against us.

“It was a bad goal we gave away and the manner in which it was given, but I think, overall, we worked hard and did enough to get the points today.

“[I saw the dismissals as] harsh. Albie [Leszczynski] got in the way of Walsh to stop five of their players going to Darcy [Hall]. It happens, and it happens, but how a couple of their players didn’t go either is amazing, but never mind, it happens and you move on.

“I think we could have got back to 1-1 definitely as we had enough pressure but with 8 men you don’t expect to win, but we still had a go and I think Loic [Feral] had one kicked off the line, so great spirit from us and a great effort today and I’m very proud of them and we’ll regroup on Monday and Tuesday and it’s up to us now to win every game we play and we’ll go and play with some character.”

Fracas a

Photo:  Referee Kim Barker tries to restore order [PlessPix]

Hobart Zebras coach Chris Hey said:

“Yes, it was [a controversial game]. I’m not sure what happened there in that short period of time [the two South Hobart dismissals] but, from our perspective, I thought it was a bit of a slugfest. It was a hard physical game and we got three points and we move forward.

“I always thought that if we drew, I think both teams would struggle to catch Devonport, and that a losing team would find it hard to get those points back.

“Overall, I thought it was a great team effort. Toghill didn’t put a foot wrong today and I’m happy with all the lads.”

J Sherman appeals for calm

Photo:  Zebras' James Sherman appeals for calm [PlessPix]

PS4 NPL Tasmania League (As at 26 June 2016)

TEAM

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Devonport City

13

12

0

1

42

8

36

Hobart Zebras

13

10

2

1

34

15

32

South Hobart

13

9

1

3

61

12

28

Olympia Warriors

13

7

0

6

37

31

21

Launceston City

13

4

1

8

15

40

13

Kingborough Lions

13

3

1

9

20

38

10

Clarence United

13

3

0

10

14

46

9

Northern Rangers

13

0

3

10

14

49

3

Stuart is foiled

Photo:  Zebras' Jake Stuart is foiled and a goal goes begging [PlessPix]

Comments   

+3 #43 Rent seeker 2016-06-30 07:27
Quoting morons everywhere:
Quoting Big Heart:
The keeper was scared, relying on booting it out instead of using his hands, a courageous keeper would of put his body on the line, that's what you do for your team mates. Who is South's goal keeper coach? Teach them to use their hands & attack the ball, the onus then would be on Huigi having to adjust to the situation.



Not only was the ball on the outside of the box, but it was a deliberate backpass from Brown (regardless of the poor pass) so could not have picked it up anyway. 9.5 time out of 10 that doesn't happen, it was just unlucky.

Jog on


I think Big Heart is trying to win moronic comment of the year. He has set a high standard.
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+3 #42 Keith Roberts 2016-06-30 02:33
Just a note on the goal, Brown tried to pass the ball back (not header) so the keeper could only try to kick it clear. It is sometimes surprising to find that what you think happened is not the case. I find checking matches on the Slice of Cheese events/play is not what you recalled.
Now a bit of (usless?) trivia. A few World Cups ago they found actual time played was only 50/60%. I have analysed some recent games. Sunday's SouthvZebras match was 96min 30 secs long. During the match only 46 minutes was actual playing time, the remaining 50 mins was just messing about with frees, goal kicks, throw-ins etc: But credit to Zebras they did not waste any time once they hit the front.
Finally a trick question (no prizes), what happened to the free kick against Morten, & how many throw-ins during the match?
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+6 #41 morons everywhere 2016-06-29 23:50
Quoting Big Heart:
The keeper was scared, relying on booting it out instead of using his hands, a courageous keeper would of put his body on the line, that's what you do for your team mates. Who is South's goal keeper coach? Teach them to use their hands & attack the ball, the onus then would be on Huigi having to adjust to the situation.



Not only was the ball on the outside of the box, but it was a deliberate backpass from Brown (regardless of the poor pass) so could not have picked it up anyway. 9.5 time out of 10 that doesn't happen, it was just unlucky.

Jog on
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+2 #40 Anon 2016-06-29 23:34
#37 Beno. Grow up !It is an issue which has attracted the deserved criticism it is receiving.Noone is having a cry. Stupid comment by you.As you say, maybe the players ARE concentrating on this week's games and its is supporters commenting on the South issue. They have every right to , just as you comment on matters that get under your skin.
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+12 #39 Arthur 2016-06-29 23:26
I call on the FFT Board to check the viability of South Hobart FC. Recent official posts by that club has indicated a financial crisis which would put them in default of their NPL license. FFT cannot afford to have clubs in the league that cannot meet their fiduciary obligations. Or South Hobart FC could just pay the fines and suck it up like all the rest of us do and get on with it.
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+7 #38 Rent seeker 2016-06-29 21:58
Quoting Big Heart:
Huigi's goal displayed great determination, belief & a will to take the moment to score a great goal. Brown's pass was a hospital pass, no weight on it. The keeper was scared, relying on booting it out instead of using his hands, a courageous keeper would of put his body on the line, that's what you do for your team mates. Who is South's goal keeper coach? Teach them to use their hands & attack the ball, the onus then would be on Huigi having to adjust to the situation.



Wasn't the ball outside the box?
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-2 #37 Beno 2016-06-29 17:07
And Devonport City Strikers are just sitting nicely on top of the ladder and in the FFA Cup while everyone else is having a cry about the South Hobart red cards case. How about just moving on and worrying about winning this weekends games.
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+8 #36 keeper watch 2016-06-29 15:29
Quoting Big Heart:
Huigi's goal displayed great determination, belief & a will to take the moment to score a great goal. Brown's pass was a hospital pass, no weight on it. The keeper was scared, relying on booting it out instead of using his hands, a courageous keeper would of put his body on the line, that's what you do for your team mates. Who is South's goal keeper coach? Teach them to use their hands & attack the ball, the onus then would be on Huigi having to adjust to the situation.


The ball was outside the box...
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+12 #35 Bad day for football 2016-06-29 13:26
South's players & coaches are responsible for the actions that unfolded in the game. Brown's red followed a 2nd yellow so standard decision, you've got away many times before but not this time. Hall & Albie, disgraceful actions for a footballer, deserved straight red (both knew exactly what they had done by their body language shown). The ass coach, he has brought the game into disrepute, there should be a significant fine on the club for this, not the slap on the wrist they got.
South you won't win anything this year, better use the rest of the season to repair the damage to the game.
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+1 #34 Big Heart 2016-06-29 13:14
Huigi's goal displayed great determination, belief & a will to take the moment to score a great goal. Brown's pass was a hospital pass, no weight on it. The keeper was scared, relying on booting it out instead of using his hands, a courageous keeper would of put his body on the line, that's what you do for your team mates. Who is South's goal keeper coach? Teach them to use their hands & attack the ball, the onus then would be on Huigi having to adjust to the situation.
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