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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Taroona player evades tackle - Copy

Photo:  A Taroona attacker evades a Kingborough defender's tackle [PlessPix]

(Women’s State-Wide Cup Final, KGV Park, Monday, 11 June 2018)

Taroona 3 (Z Horgan 3’ pen, L Hulton 33’, A Ayton 90’+1)

Kingborough Lions United 1 (L Davis 63’)

HT: 2-0   Att: 600   Ref: E Mathews

Taroona: Lucas; P Blackwood-Coyle, Cropp, Dick, Maeve Dunbabin, Marion Dunbabin, Horgan, Hulton, Minstrell, Painter, Tolman (Subs: Ayton, Birch, Cane, Cruickshank, D Raymond)

Kingborough Lions United: Gardner; Clifford, Dadswell, Davis, De Smit, Furness, Lawson, McKay, Moore, Tatton, Watkins (Subs) Hale, Hickman, Iseli, MacKintosh)

Minstrell and stand - Copy

Photo:  Penalty area action in the women's cup final before an excellent crowd.  Admission was free for quite a while and the grandstand was full before gatekeepers appeared and began charging for admission. [PlessPix]

Taroona got off to the perfect start with a penalty in the 3rd minute, possibly for handball. The spot-kick was despatched by Zoe Horgan to goalkeeper Olivia Gardner’s left.

Taroona seemed stronger physically than their opponents and attacked relentlessly.

Kingborough battled bravely and had the ball in the net midway through the half, but the effort was disallowed for an earlier foul.

Taroona cross the ball - Copy

Photo:  A Taroona attacker gets to the goal-line to cross [PlessPix]

In the 33rd minute, they made it 2-0 following a corner from the left by Horgan. The Kingborough defenders failed to cut out the ball and Lily Hulton was left unmarked to turn the ball into the net from close range with her thigh.

The Lions survived a Taroona shot against the woodwork shortly after the resumption and they appeared to rally as their confidence and self belief grew.

This psychological transformation was shown to be real as they began to fashion intelligent and dangerous counter-attacks.

Cropp takes on Clifford - Copy

Photo:  Taroona's Eli Cropp takes on Kingborough skipper Phoebe Clifford [PlessPix]

In the 63rd minute, Kingborough pulled a goal back when Laura Davis went on a long run down the left which ended with a shot past keeper Peri Lucas to make it 2-1.

Kingborough had two close shaves when Hulton twice struck the woodwork, but the Lions continued to create counter-attacks and extra-time from an equaliser seemed a clear possibility.

With the game in stoppage time, substitute Adelyn Ayton made the game safe for Taroona when she cut inside from the left and scored from 35 metres with a looping shot that struck the inside of the far right-hand post and nestled in the net, making it 3-1.

Ishka McKay swings arm across the face of Ashlee Tolman - Copy

Photo:  Taroona's Ashlee Tolman gets an arm across the face from Kingborough's Ishka McKay [PlessPix]

Phoebe Clifford tackles Taroona opponent - Copy

Photo:  Kingborough captain Phoebe Clifford (right) tackles a Taroona opponent [PlessPix]

Taroona Pirates 11 June 2018 - Copy

Photo:  The Taroona Pirates with their prize [PlessPix]

Michael McIntyre and Marion Dunbabin 11 June 2018 - Copy

Photo:  FFT Acting CEO Michael McIntyre presents the trophy to Taroona captain Marion Dunbabin [PlessPix]

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+9 #4 Sammy 2018-06-13 06:21
Quoting questionable:
Quoting TinkyWinky:
If some of those challenges occurred in a men's game there would have been six yellow cards in the first 30 minutes.
Why are refs so reluctant to give women cards for bad challenges?


How stone didn't get a yellow for his challenge on schmidt early on was amazing. he then later picks up a yellow after persistent fouling throughout. as the commentators state Kopra did well not to ruin a cup final with a red but should have given a yellow for that early challenge


What about Turner's awful late challenge on Mann in the first few minutes? He also accumulated about 10 fouls and still didn't get a booking... Very lucky too but that's football.
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-7 #3 questionable 2018-06-13 02:33
Quoting TinkyWinky:
If some of those challenges occurred in a men's game there would have been six yellow cards in the first 30 minutes.
Why are refs so reluctant to give women cards for bad challenges?


How stone didn't get a yellow for his challenge on schmidt early on was amazing. he then later picks up a yellow after persistent fouling throughout. as the commentators state Kopra did well not to ruin a cup final with a red but should have given a yellow for that early challenge
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+9 #2 lol 2018-06-12 23:47
Quoting TinkyWinky:
If some of those challenges occurred in a men's game there would have been six yellow cards in the first 30 minutes.
Why are refs so reluctant to give women cards for bad challenges?

You clearly didn’t stick around to watch the men’s game then...
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+7 #1 TinkyWinky 2018-06-12 10:20
If some of those challenges occurred in a men's game there would have been six yellow cards in the first 30 minutes.
Why are refs so reluctant to give women cards for bad challenges?
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