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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Sklenar heads ball - Copy

Photo:  Olympia's Jakub Sklenar heads towards the Rangers goal [PlessPix]

PS4 NPL Tasmania

Olympia Warriors 1 (J Sklenar 37’) drew with Northern Rangers 1 (H Thannhauser 52’)

Bellini and Patrick - Copy

Photo:  Olympia's Thomas Bellini controls the ball on the edge of the box as Rangers' Patrick Lanau-Atkinson and Zachary Cross watch on [PlessPix]

PS4 NPL Tasmania Standings (As at 5 August 2017)

TEAM

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

South Hobart

19

17

0

2

78

17

51

Olympia Warriors

19

12

3

4

54

26

39

Devonport City

19

12

2

5

50

28

38

Hobart Zebras

19

8

5

6

41

17

29

Launceston City

19

5

3

11

25

49

18

Northern Rangers

19

4

5

10

22

44

17

Clarence United

19

3

3

13

18

65

12

Kingborough Lions

19

2

5

12

14

57

11

Sklenar heads for goal - Copy

Photo:  Olympia's Jakub Sklenat beats Rangers keeper Samuel Whatman to a cross [PlessPix]

PFD Women’s Super League

Olympia Warriors 6 (M Blackman, L Johnson, O Bomford, B Davies, I Michael 2) beat University 2 (E Norton, K Hart)

Bonnie Davis charges - Copy

Photo:  University's Zanna Dunstan about to clear the ball as Olympia's Bonnie Davies charges in [PlessPix]

Michael chest trap - Copy

Photo:  Olympia's Innocent Michael controls the ball before scoring [PlessPix]

Patrick stops Bellini - Copy

Photo:  Rangers' Zachary Cross and Patrick Lanau-Atkinson stop Olympia's Thomas Bellini as referee Lauren Hargrave, in charge of her first NPL game, watches on [PlessPix]

Cross and Bellini - Copy

Photo:  Rangers' Zachary Cross thwarts Olympia's Thomas Bellini [PlessPix]

Tanaka and Dunstan - Copy

Photo:  Olympia's Rina Tanaka prepares to take on University's Zanna Dunstan [PlessPix]

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+2 #25 Steve Lees 2017-08-10 01:21
Re 23# .just another observation. In 2015 South had golden boot winner (Mann) but Olympia won league with about double South's goal difference . This year Olympia have golden boot winner (Sklennar) and South win title with double Olympia's goal difference.
( Ps think south scored about 15 unanswered goals in last two rounds of 2015 which flattened this stat out a bit...in round 19 it was 61 to 31)
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+3 #24 Anon 2017-08-08 11:48
Quoting attendee:
#22 Anon. Just as an observation, from 2015 when Olympia won the league, only three of that squad remain in the current squad. South Hobart's current squad has eight of their 2015 squad.

That's my point Olympia have no depth South do.
It's great if players progress to mainland clubs but you need depth in squad.
South have depth and nurse it Olympia don't thus if injury suspension or player leaving for mainland club South wins hands down.
Money can buy you players but good structure builds a club and success
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+4 #23 attendee 2017-08-08 10:04
#22 Anon. Just as an observation, from 2015 when Olympia won the league, only three of that squad remain in the current squad. South Hobart's current squad has eight of their 2015 squad.
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+6 #22 Anon 2017-08-08 09:57
Quoting Anon:
#7.Who the hell would be feeling threatened by K Weston ? Weird comment

Must agree with you.
Kenny played South 2 times and did not collect 1 point.
He did get closer results.
The clear fact is South's squad was deeper and they beat Olympia 3 times.
3 seasons ago it was much closer because Olympia's squad was as equal to South's not now just goes to show what happens when you give the youth a go and they gel within a few years.
That's the difference between both clubs end of story.
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+7 #21 Anonymous 2017-08-08 08:51
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Confused as hell:
Can anybody actually clear up the reasoning behind Olympias WSL points deduction & what they have done wrong??

I think their lucky that they haven't had points deducted from the senior team.
Time for Olympia to put their heads down and bum up, work hard, be quite about the way you go about things and you never now what may happen.

Bloody good advice!
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+24 #20 So right 19 2017-08-08 02:33
The whole matter comes back to the fact they didnt have enough for two teams even with Japanese imports.
Why doesnt Olympia ask why the older women that came to play for them have left,women dont want to play for them. Why the senior women never seem happy with coach.
They were handed two teams by FFT and still cant get themselves organized.
Funny that when Kingsbourgh asked to move womens game Olympia told them to be more professional, what a joke .
I doubt they will even exist next year.
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+25 #19 Anonymous 2017-08-07 20:38
One rule is that to Register for Super League you must have enough plyayers for two teams. Olympia say they have but always fall short.
Why hasn't the club made an honest statement of what has happened?
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+3 #18 Anon 2017-08-07 13:11
Quoting Anon:
#10. If what you say is true FFT should change the rules . If it can be proved that a club has intentionally cheated then all the clubs teams in all competitions should lose points. If you wish to stamp out cheating then STAMP it out properly. Make the rule clear to all clubs and then see if they try it again.

It's hard to police but I do remember in my days when we played 1 and a half or 2 games on the weekend because numbers had declined.
So some times we are wrong in assuming it is deliberate.
On the other hand a lot of clubs are guilty of abusing the system.
Remember a certain club dropping half the senior team against a reserve team to try and win cup games.
Lot of good it did for them the lost final 5-1 and became laughing stock after the result.
PS that club was not Olympia so it's been going on for ages and is hard to stop.
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-11 #17 Anon 2017-08-07 08:05
#10. If what you say is true FFT should change the rules . If it can be proved that a club has intentionally cheated then all the clubs teams in all competitions should lose points. If you wish to stamp out cheating then STAMP it out properly. Make the rule clear to all clubs and then see if they try it again.
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+18 #16 Anonymous 2017-08-07 07:46
While players can choose to play where ever they like there are some issues with hte current situation that is not FFT's making

Having 15 rep players from the same rep team playing with the same club creates

a) an issue when they rep team as to play - this should be addressed at the start of the season not week by week
b) a potential conflict with coaches, administrators
c) lessens the players'exposur e to different styles/experiences
d) a potentially uneven league

If the club is sanctioned for forfeits etc it should not be perceived as a political attack on the players.
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