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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Iskander Van Doorne 19 March 2018 - Copy

Photo:  Iskander Van Doorne is already proving to be a valuable recruit for Hobart Zebras [PlessPix]

Hobart Zebras’ new Canadian recruit, 25-year-old Iskander Van Doorne, has already stamped himself on the team and on the NPL Tasmania competition.

The winger scored in Zebras’ opening NPL game at North Hobart last Friday when his side beat reigning champions South Hobart 5-3.

He is also the master of assists and set up a couple of goals for his team-mates.

In the recently completed Summer Series for Southern NPL sides, Van Doorne also scored a goal and had three assists.

Van Doorne hails from Calgary in Canada and was playing for Grand Rapids in the U.S.A.

He was delighted with Zebras 5-3 win over South Hobart.

“I think we always knew it was going to be a wild game, just being the first one for the season,” said Van Doorne.

“We gave a good account of ourselves, I thought, staying in the game after a couple of mistakes, I thought.

“It was really important, not only for the Zebras community, but for ourselves as well to prove what we’ve been working on will work if we just stick to it.

“It was really important to us and the club and even to the whole State to see that we can do it.”

Iskander Van Doorne at media conference 19 March 2018 - Copy

Photo:  Iskander Van Doorne  said Friday night's game against South Hobart had been a wild affair [PlessPix]

Van Doorne said Zebras had a game plan which included building up from the back, but the game had developed into a frantic affair with end-to-end play.

He said Zebras had a lot of firepower up front and this had told in the end.

“It was crazy,” he said. “To keep our composure was the key, especially when going down a goal and then coming back, and then going down again and coming back, and then going up.

“To stay in the game and to keep sticking to our strengths was really good.”

Asked to comment on his goal, Van Doorne was modest and said that anyone could have scored that goal and that Jakub Sklenar’s assist was superb and he only had to tap it in.

“It was really important because I’ve only been here about two or three weeks and I was the last one to roll in,” he said.

“It’s important to get that chemistry going with Sklenar and Mathew Sanders and with the experience they have, and with Jayden Hey, as well as with our midfield and our back-four.

“It’s important for us all to link up. I mean, we scored some really nice goals. The two up top make it pretty easy because they’re really clinical and it’s amazing what they do.

“It’s all good and takes a weight off my shoulders.

“I’m used to playing with younger guys because I’ve just been at university and the leagues you play in in the summer are mostly between 18-and 23-year-olds, so you don’t really have that experience and leadership that they [Sklenar and Sanders] bring with them.

“Some of the stuff they say before and after a game or in training or just during the game, their ability to make intelligent runs and everything [is so important].

“It really helps younger players and players like me.”

Van Doorne and Muller - Copy

Photo: Iskander Van Doorne (left) and team-mate Jordan Muller head for the half-time break [PlessPix]

Van Doorne said the team would improve and would like to concede fewer goals.

“We have to stay healthy and keep working,” he said. “We mustn’t get complacent and just keep trying to get better and better every week.”

Van Doorne said some of his friends who had played in Tasmania convinced him to come here.

He was at school with Nick Groenewold, who starred with Hobart Zebras last season, and he was a room-mate with Niko Giantsopoulos, who is now the goalkeeper at Launceston City, for four years at school.

Tyler Fischer, also at Launceston City, was a former team-mate in America one summer.

“Nick, Tyler and me all played for Grand Rapids in Michigan one summer,” Van Doorne said.

Groenwold, who is back in America, will play for Grand Rapids again this season.

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+12 #14 The Bottom line 2018-03-22 05:38
Quoting Aristotle:
Anon #12...Philosophy, score more goals than the opponent and get 3 points..

Best answer I have seen in ages, gave me a good chuckle.
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+14 #13 Aristotle 2018-03-22 00:56
Anon #12...Philosoph y, score more goals than the opponent and get 3 points..
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-17 #12 Anon 2018-03-21 22:02
#4 . And what is his philosophy if you don't mind me asking ?
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+19 #11 Anon 2018-03-21 07:53
Quoting Anonymous:
#8 Morton said in the paper spiel last week that they were favourites. I wonder if you really think that after we played you guys off the park? Or is this just South Hobart Spin again like being a poor club so we do not pay players?

Why all the negative comments in Tasmanian Football. Support the game, clubs and players within it.
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+5 #10 Anon 2018-03-21 05:54
#9. Be careful with your over confidence at this time of the year.This happens every year and every year.......well we all know what happens.Say no more.
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-5 #9 Anonymous 2018-03-21 03:12
#8 Morton said in the paper spiel last week that they were favourites. I wonder if you really think that after we played you guys off the park? Or is this just South Hobart Spin again like being a poor club so we do not pay players?
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+13 #8 Go south 2018-03-20 22:21
Quoting Anon:
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting anon:
Funny how all the Markaj haters have gone quiet this week.
He is good for Tasmania, adds colour adds spark and passion.
But more importantly adds a quality entertaining football philosophy.


I’m not quiet, he’s won one game! If Zebras win the league and laka cup, then that can be classed as a successful season. I’m still of the opinion that Markaj and/or the Zebras team will implode at some stage.


Settle down, Zebras have beaten a very average South side, probably the weakest South side for many seasons. Ken will earn his money this season if they are retain the title.

South have a lot of young talent and we will be there it’s just this season a lot of clubs have seriously improved their squads
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0 #7 Anon 2018-03-20 21:26
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting anon:
Funny how all the Markaj haters have gone quiet this week.
He is good for Tasmania, adds colour adds spark and passion.
But more importantly adds a quality entertaining football philosophy.


I’m not quiet, he’s won one game! If Zebras win the league and laka cup, then that can be classed as a successful season. I’m still of the opinion that Markaj and/or the Zebras team will implode at some stage.


Settle down, Zebras have beaten a very average South side, probably the weakest South side for many seasons. Ken will earn his money this season if they are retain the title.
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+13 #6 Anonymous 2018-03-20 10:10
Quoting anon:
Funny how all the Markaj haters have gone quiet this week.
He is good for Tasmania, adds colour adds spark and passion.
But more importantly adds a quality entertaining football philosophy.


I’m not quiet, he’s won one game! If Zebras win the league and laka cup, then that can be classed as a successful season. I’m still of the opinion that Markaj and/or the Zebras team will implode at some stage.
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-8 #5 Jiop 2018-03-20 09:01
Ok zebs won and deservedly. But the type of football GM wants to play didnt work its when they smashed it up to that lethal front 3 is when they got going. Get it forward to the thrilling trio. Sanders sklenar iskerrrr
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