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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Photo:  Renato De Vecchi Marins is a key player for South Hobart [PlessPix]

The NPL Tasmania competition promises to deliver a barnstorming finish this season.

Next weekend marks the two-thirds stage of the season and the leading four teams are separated by only 3 points.

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Photo:  South Hobart coach Ken Morton was delighted with Sunday's win over Olympia, a side he has coached in the past [PlessPix]

This coming weekend, which is Round 14, is crucial for the top four sides.

Leaders Devonport City and fourth-placed South Hobart have the easiest fixtures on paper.

Devonport host sixth-placed Kingborough Lions United on Saturday and will be favoured to win, while South Hobart host second-last Northern Rangers on Sunday and should also win.

That would keep Devonport on top with 32 points, while a South Hobart victory would give them 29 points.

Long-time leaders Launceston City are now second on goal-difference and they entertain third-placed Hobart Zebras in the match of the round.

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Photo:  Hobart Zebras' assistant coach Enzo Botte is in charge on match days [PlessPix]

Both sides will be desperate for a win, while a draw would be a boon for Devonport and South Hobart.

South Hobart coach, Ken Morton, was pleased with Sunday’s 4-1 away win over fifth-ranked Olympia Warriors.

“[It was] a good win on the weekend in difficult conditions for both sides, but I was pleased with the way we went about the game and, especially, in the second half against the breeze,” Morton said at a media conference today.

“We had good control. [It was ] a very good performance and I think it’s a very good three points for us.

“It’s a big three points. I think there’s still a lot of room for team improvement.”

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Photo:  South Hobart's Renato De Vecchi Marins is down while Olympia's Jonathan Griffiths in the background contemplates his own fate [PlessPix]

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Photo:  Marins heads off for treatment [PlessPix]

Morton said Olympia’s Jonathan Griffiths should have been sent off.

He fouled South Hobart’s Brazilian import, striker Renato De Vecchi Marins, early in the game and was shown a yellow card.

Marins required treatment but was able to resume.

Griffiths later committed another foul involving shirt-pulling and conceded a free-kick but was fortunate not to be shown a second yellow card.

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Photo:  Renato De Vecchi Marins  -  is he the most marked man in the NPL? {PlessPix]

“He’s [Marins] the most marked man in the league,” Morton said.

“Teams probably don’t mark Brayden [Mann] as much or wallop him as hard, and other players as well.

“He [Marins] certainly takes some stick.”

Morton was reluctant to single out referees as being at fault in not protecting players.

“If they do their job, he‘ll do his, and I’m sure the players will respect that in the end.”

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Photo (L-R):  South Hobart coach Ken Morton, striker Renato De Vecchi Marins, and technical director Chris Oddie [PlessPix]

Morton is not too worried about goal-difference at this stage and said the emphasis for his side was on winning.

“If we keep picking up the points, we’ll be knocking on the door come the end of the season.”

The Eastern Shore derby on Saturday sees bottom-side Clarence United hosting fifth-ranked Olympia Warriors at Wentworth Park.

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Photo:  Clarence coach Alan Jablonski (second from left) must be at his wits' end [PlessPix]

Olympia have lost their past three games, whereas Clarence have yet to win a game this season and were thrashed 9-0 by Hobart Zebras on Saturday.

It is difficult to see Clarence winning this one, even though Olympia hardly inspire confidence.

Olympia president George Mamacas seems resigned to fifth spot this season, making coach Dale Itchins’s position safe.

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Photo:  Dale Itchins reluctantly accepted the senior coaching role at Olympia this season[PlessPix]

NPL Tasmania Standings (As at Sunday 8 July 2018)

TEAM

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Devonport City

13

9

2

2

39

13

29

Launceston City

13

9

2

2

37

14

29

Hobart Zebras

13

8

2

3

43

25

26

South Hobart

13

8

2

3

38

21

26

Olympia Warriors

13

5

1

7

23

30

16

Kingborough Lions

13

3

2

8

26

30

11

Northern Rangers

13

3

1

9

23

44

10

Clarence United

13

0

2

11

10

62

2

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Photo:  Zebras team manager James Robinson (left) and assistant coach Enzo Botte swap notes before the NPL game against Olympia [PlessPix]

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Photo:  Meanwhile, on the other side of the fence, Zebras coach Gabriel Markaj watches the game [PlessPix]

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Photo:  Markaj was on the step ladder against at KGV Park on Saturday for Zebras' game against Clarence, but minus the Ninja gear [PlessPix]

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0 #21 John Fort 2018-07-13 05:45
Quoting European:
Quoting John Fort:
Quoting anon:
[quote name="pretenders"]oh dear, it looks like launceston city wheels are falling off



Well known fact up north, massive internal issues at club, president gone, committee members gone
Interesting what someone with money can do to a club in a short period of time. Culture over $ any day.

Get the right coach and culture $$$ can mix like in Europe semi pro leagues and be really successful just getting the proper set up


Is culture pushing people who have been there supporting the club through the tough times out the door?
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+6 #20 European 2018-07-12 23:24
Quoting John Fort:
Quoting anon:
[quote name="pretenders"]oh dear, it looks like launceston city wheels are falling off



Well known fact up north, massive internal issues at club, president gone, committee members gone
Interesting what someone with money can do to a club in a short period of time. Culture over $ any day.

Get the right coach and culture $$$ can mix like in Europe semi pro leagues and be really successful just getting the proper set up
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+5 #19 John Fort 2018-07-12 10:37
Quoting anon:
Quoting pretenders:
oh dear, it looks like launceston city wheels are falling off



Well known fact up north, massive internal issues at club, president gone, committee members gone !!


Interesting what someone with money can do to a club in a short period of time. Culture over $ any day.
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0 #18 FFTASS 2018-07-12 02:31
Its a strange comment that Dale Itchens "reluctantly" took up the senior coaching role. His involvement in football for the past 20, surely he knows who are suitable and experienced coaches in Tas. I can't recall any advertisement placed by Olympia seeking a first grade coach. Certainly Mr. Mamacas is capable of funding too. Perhaps Dale should focus on his strength, youth development is his passion.
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-11 #17 Leonardo 2018-07-11 03:24
Thought Dan Brown just created conspiracy theories but apparently now stars in one himself in Tasmania, itself a scrambled code for “I am Satin”..,oohooo h! there a little cabal of black hooded referees (reefers) meet each south game eve and chant ..”no yellow for brown no red for brown! “ and each new ref needs to be initiated into this strange and inexplicable cult...really!? ! , keep the candles burning guys.
Mr man’s methods are much more effective,you just get right up into the quivering young refs grill and give him a right gobful at every possible opportunity and they’ll be whistling the same tune as you before you know it !
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+12 #16 anon 2018-07-11 03:06
Quoting pretenders:
oh dear, it looks like launceston city wheels are falling off



Well known fact up north, massive internal issues at club, president gone, committee members gone !!
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-11 #15 Leonardo 2018-07-11 01:24
Thought Dan Brown wrote conspiracy theories but apparently is also now the subject of them .. where does this cabal of hooded refs meet to chant
“No yellow for brown no red for brown”... how is each new ref initiated?..rea lly? Think mr man’s technique is more effective just get up in that quivering young refs grill and give him a right gobful at every opportunity. They all have their techniques
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+3 #14 OHS 2018-07-11 01:02
Quoting official warning:
Just as well the Zebras coach isnt on a construction site, not quite up with his OH&S !!!!
Instant dismissal for standing on top of ladder should be 3 rungs down. No Vest
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+16 #13 Mmm 2018-07-10 11:36
Tend to agree that Ken’s comments may be a tad hypocritical given Dogga’s free reign over past years. Many a striker has been Dogga’s mark, regardless of cards applied. As you sow......
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+10 #12 Sammy 2018-07-10 07:50
Quoting pretenders:
oh dear, it looks like launceston city wheels are falling off


I’d hate to be the bloke bankrolling them. What happens when the well dries up or disappears? Unrest
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