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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Strikers penalty - Copy

Photo:  Jeremy Stewart sends South Hobart keeper Kieran Brown the wrong way and scores with his penalty to give Brisbane Strikers a 3-0 lead [PlessPix]

PS4 NPL Elimination Final (South Hobart Oval)

South Hobart 2 (J Turner 72’, 79’) lost to Brisbane Strikers 4 (R Palmer 8’, J McLean 10’, 90+1’, J Stewart 62’ pen)

Crowd at SH - Copy

Photo:  The attendance at today's game was 900 [PlessPix]

Crowd at SH 2 - Copy

Photo:  Weather conditions were perfect and the South Hobart Oval pitch was in excellent condition for today's match [PlessPix]

South Hobart pitch - Copy

Photo:  The South Hobart pitch was mowed this morning and FFA insisted on the pattern in order to help the assistant referees judge off-side.  The RAAF aerobatic team, the Roulettes, performed over the Domain in commemoration of the Battle of Britain and that provided a nice backdrop to the occasion from the grandstand. [PlessPix]

South Hobart v Brisbane Strikers ticket - Copy

Photo:  A match ticket for today's game [PlessPix]

[Match report, line-ups and action photos will be posted later.]

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-2 #18 Uip 2017-09-20 21:32
Saturday would have got more people in
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-12 #17 crowd 2017-09-19 02:13
might have been more if held at KGV
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+3 #16 anon 2017-09-18 07:42
Quoting Chris Waddle:
Well all I can say is those fans missed an opportunity to see a very good game today. One that was much better in quality.Sad to see the US verse them mentality that denied people the chance to see mainland clubs who ooze with class the opportunity to see real football.
It's not often that we have good clubs coming to our shores.


Beats me why supposed fans don't turn up and watch classy mainland clubs play good football in perfect weather on a good pitch.
was going but live stream won me over
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+4 #15 Anon 2017-09-18 04:14
#14. You mentioned the operative word, 'class'.There are one or two clubs in Tasmania who lack this quality.They ooze in other areas but class is something they can only spell and I doubt that also.Silly thing about it is that these clubs may have learnt a thing or two from The Strikers for next time their club may be in a position to play an interstate team.It would have been a great opportunity to see how a more professional outfit goes about their work.However I believe that may be a long long long way away.
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+8 #14 Chris Waddle 2017-09-18 01:17
Well all I can say is those fans missed an opportunity to see a very good game today. One that was much better in quality.Sad to see the US verse them mentality that denied people the chance to see mainland clubs who ooze with class the opportunity to see real football.
It's not often that we have good clubs coming to our shores.

Beats me why supposed fans don't turn up and watch classy mainland clubs play good football in perfect weather on a good pitch.
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+9 #13 Anon 2017-09-18 00:39
#6.I hope you are a thirteen year old kid.If not you must lead a very miserable life.I feel sorry for you.
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+20 #12 Anon 2017-09-17 19:53
Quoting Anonymous:
Oh what a shame. Bring these arrogant so and so's back down to earth.

At least these arrogant so and so's gave an effort not like a club who I won't name.
Grow up you idiot
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+6 #11 Anon 2017-09-17 16:06
Quoting Anonymous:
just shows that the Statewide Cup final (2,500) remains the fans' favourite.

Well all I can say is those fans missed an opportunity to see a very good game today. One that was much better in quality.Sad to see the US verse them mentality that denied people the chance to see mainland clubs who ooze with class the opportunity to see real football.
It's not often that we have good clubs coming to our shores.
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-5 #10 Outside Left 2017-09-17 13:44
I cannot decipher Tasmanian football fans?

2500 turned out for Knights v Olympia in the FFA Cup Final.

1300 turned out to watch Olympia v APIA in the FFA Cup on a freezing, but thankfully still night.

900 turned out today to watch South v Brisbane Strikers in perfect weather.

I have a message for all those fans reading this who didn't bother to attend South v Strikers. Both teams played good football in the best game I've seen at South Hobart. You missed out big time sad sacks, moaners and harbingers of doom.

On the cold night at KGV, Sydney's APIA played superb football. All the sad sacks, moaners and harbingers of doom, who were too lazy to attend also missed out big time.

Good NPL teams come to play football in Tasmania, perform on the day, yet supposed Tasmanian football fans don't turn up and go hiding.
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+7 #9 Arrigo Sacchi 2017-09-17 12:59
Quoting Anon:
Brisbane strikers showed their class and deserved to win.


We can talk up football in Tasmania but we still have a long way to go in standards to compete with the big mainland clubs.
Well done South on your second half performance.





There wasn't much in that game today.

Strikers squeezed better as a collective unit when South had the ball. This forced South to play at a faster tempo than they were used to.

The Strikers players' first touch, 1v1 evasion skills and handling speed was better.

South's midfield of Morton, Kemp and Turner struggled to keep their shape under Brisbane pressure in the first half.

It was a good game to watch on a decent pitch.
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