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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Bowman in attack - Copy

Photo:  Jack Bowman on an attacking foray for South Hobart.  He replaced Hugh Ludford at half-time, possibly to save Ludford for the big clash against Devonport this Sunday. [PlessPix]

NPL Tasmania, South Hobart Oval, Sunday, 5 August 2018)

South Hobart 7 (K Kemp 2, N Morton 19, 75, R Marins 26, 49, J Turner 85, A Gorrie 87)

Clarence United 1 (P Palmer 45)

HT: 3-1  Att: 100  Ref: S Plomaritis (J Hamilton)

South Hobart: K Brown - Gorrie, O Thomas, Ludford (Bowman 46), Schmidt - Kemp, Feral, Turner, N Morton - De Vecchi Marins, Walter (Degetto 62) (Subs not used: Cook, Hart, Legendre)

Clarence United: Dyson - Lush, Hedge (Reibel 79), O’Neill, Houston - Randall, Price, Soukary - Stuart, Palmer, Smith (Lange 79) (Sub not used: Snell)

Lack of faithful - Copy

Photo:  The South Hobart fans were conspicuous by their absence [PlessPix]

This was basically a stroll in the park for reigning champions South Hobart and a win was a formality and kept them in the title race.

The game was played before the lowest crowd for a home game of the season for South Hobart and my figure of 100 may be an exaggeration.

Kobe Kemp put the home side ahead after just 2 minutes and one already sensed there was no way back for Clarence.

Morton takes on ONeill - Copy

Photo:  Nick Morton takes on Jonathan O'Neill.  Morton hit some semblance of form by scoring twice. [PlessPix]

Nick Morton made it 2-0 in the 19th minute and Renato De Vecchi Marins 3-0 in the 26th.

Paul Palmer, who was playing in attack and not in defence in this game, pulled a goal back on the stroke of half-time, but it hardly signalled signs of a comeback in the second half.

Marins emphasised that when he scored his second and South Hobart’s fourth 4 minutes after the resumption.

Morton grabbed his brace to make it 5-0 with 15 minutes remaining, while Jack Turner weighed in with South Hobart’s sixth 5 minutes from the end.

Smiling Gorrie - Copy

Photo:  It's all smiles from Adam Gorrie and his South Hobart tema-mates after Gorrie's magnificent strike.  The look on the faces of Clarence's Jeremy Price and Sam Randall says it all as far as Clarence are concerned. [PlessPix]

The goal of the game came with 3 minutes of normal time left, Adam Gorrie attacking down the right and rifling home a rising shot that beat Matthew Dyson all ends up and lodged in the far top corner of the net.

It was the type of goal that illustrated the difference in class between the two teams.

It’s the type of goal that South Hobart will need to reproduce next Sunday when they host league-leaders Devonport City, fresh from their FFA Cup Round-of-32 triumph over Northcote City in Melbourne.

If South Hobart lose, they will relinquish their title. If they win, the season will rise to a crescendo in the coming few weeks.

Morton tricks ONeill - Copy

Photo:  South Hobart's Nick Morton wrong-foots Clarence's Jonathan O'Neill [PlessPix]

One final question.  Where is Paul Bremner?  He is always listed on the official team list issued by Clarence and FFT on Thursdays, but then is not on the team sheet.  He hasn't played for weeks.  Dr Bremner is one of Clarence's most potent players and he is sorely missed.

Harrison Thomas watches Alex Walter shoot - Copy

Photo:  South Hobart's injured Harrison Thomas watches from afar and outside the ground as Alex Walter fires high over the bar [PlessPix]

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+4 #12 Stat Checker 2018-08-10 05:51
Quoting Stat Man:
Strikers have 11 players who have played every game and 3 that have missed 1.
Clarence top game player has played 10 out of a possible 17.


You might want to check those stats, I am pretty sure there are a number of Clarence players that have played 15 or more games!
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+3 #11 Benjamin Smith 2018-08-10 05:47
Players below have played all 17 NPL Tasmania games this season. Just inincluding the two teams you mentioned.

Devonport Strikers

E.Bidwell
M.Holden
B.Mann
K.Mulraney
D.Smith

Clarence United

M.Dyson
P.Palmer
J.Price

So I'm guessing you are looking at the stats from link below. They are very wrong.

http://websites.sportstg.com/comp_info.cgi?client=1-8296-0-467813-0&a=STATS&sgroup=scoring&sgstat=Goals
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0 #10 Anonymous 2018-08-10 03:46
Where is Daniel Brown?
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+1 #9 Anon 2018-08-10 02:54
Quoting jerry kruijver:
Quoting Anon:
This is why npl 8 tier is better who wants to pay to watch more pub teams. I think Devonport took more to Melbourne than what was at darcy street.

I realise that after your own illustrious professional career,we all remember anonymus the famous striker at real madrid,you think anything below that standard is dog shit Well all clubs here started of as pub teams and some are succeeding in rising a bit.However most pub clubs are containing the large majority of participants in the sport and many of todays so called stars started playing there.These clubs will always be the backbone of the sport and deserve a lot more support from officialdom then what they are getting.

Not la liga southern midland inside right so seen a few different standards
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-3 #8 Stat Man 2018-08-10 02:15
Strikers have 11 players who have played every game and 3 that have missed 1.
Clarence top game player has played 10 out of a possible 17.
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-5 #7 jerry kruijver 2018-08-10 01:04
Quoting Anon:
This is why npl 8 tier is better who wants to pay to watch more pub teams. I think Devonport took more to Melbourne than what was at darcy street.

I realise that after your own illustrious professional career,we all remember anonymus the famous striker at real madrid,you think anything below that standard is dog shit Well all clubs here started of as pub teams and some are succeeding in rising a bit.However most pub clubs are containing the large majority of participants in the sport and many of todays so called stars started playing there.These clubs will always be the backbone of the sport and deserve a lot more support from officialdom then what they are getting.
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-1 #6 Brian 2018-08-10 00:27
Some of your correspondents have short memories .

I can recall South Hobart winning but one game in two seasons .,

I suggest you all read your history books before commenting.

However I will concede I am considerably older than most of Walter's correspondents.
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+2 #5 Really 2018-08-09 23:42
What do you expect of a Clarence game.
Time to hand back your licence.
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+5 #4 Wtf 2018-08-09 19:56
Low crowd....Watchi ng a game involving Clarence is a step too far for most people.
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+4 #3 Anonymous 2018-08-09 12:34
What injury has Harrison Thomas been struck with?
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