Who Is Walter Pless?

Walter_Pless

A teacher by profession, but is now in his 37th 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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Kingborough Lions United looked as if they might get something out of this game during the first 45 minutes.

But, there were warning signs of impending doom.

Goalkeeper Sheku Kamara played as a sweeper-keeper and almost got caught out a couple of times. But, he did make fine saves from Jake Vandermey and Hugh Undy in the latter stages of the first half.

Undy caught him out badly with Olympia’s third goal, however, and the keeper needs to be a little more judicious about his method of play.

The Lions lost Ben Robinson through injury after just 11 minutes and he had to be replaced by Jackson Nugent.

Jack Gates was accomplished at left-back and central defender Chris Akakpo looked sound.

There were too many misplaced passes, however, and the build-ups usually petered out to nothing.

Olympia were little better in the opening half as they overdid the build-ups, which broke down when the final pass failed to find the intended recipient.

Everything changed in the second half as the ball found the next six times.

Kingborough took the lead in the 54th minute after an error by Thomas Little, whose poor back-pass left keeper Jacob Cole in strife and he was beaten by Ben Kovadio.

Two goals in 3 minutes turned the tide and spelled the end for the Lions.

Alfred Hess equalised in the 72nd minute and Jakub Sklenar put the visitors ahead in the 74th minute.

Hugh Undy made it 3-1 in the 84th minute before Sklenar completed his brace in the 86th minute to make it 4-1.

Shane Cartwright netted against his former club in the last minute to provide Olympia coach Ian Shaw with a satisfying return to his former team’s home.

The day’s organisation was up to Kingborough’s usual high standard. The pitch was excellent, the ground announcer informative and the ball-girls efficient.

The on-field performance of the team will need to improve, however, for coach Gabriel Markaj to retain any air of plausibility about his methods.

PS4 NPL Tasmania (Lightwood Park, Saturday, 18 March 2017)

Kingborough Lions United 1 (B Kovadio 54’)

Olympia Warriors 5 (A Hess 72’, J Sklenar 74’, 86’, H Undy 84’, S Cartwright 90’)

HT: 0-0   Ref: C Phillips

Kingborough Lions United: Kamara - Cowen, Akakpo, P Markaj, Gates - Ntale, Robinson (Nugent 11’), T Pearce (Lokoes 60’), Mtwale - Herweynen, Kovadio (Subs not used: McEldowney, Rickards)

Olympia Warriors: Cole - Vandermey, Little, Stevens (Hickey 76’), Conway (Thomas 87’) - Ortmann, Hess, Mearns, Undy - Sklenar, Cartwright (Subs not used: Bellini, Smithies-Sharples, Stalker)

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-1 #28 Anon 2017-03-20 23:59
#27 Yes but Olympia much worse last year than this year.Reference was to the current Kingborough side. Your comment therefore does not make sense.
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+1 #27 anon 2017-03-20 06:33
regardless of who the coach is the result may not be too different. Just a thought and observation.


But didn't they beat Olympia last season 5-2 ???????
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+11 #26 Mmmm 2017-03-20 06:23
It's no coincidence that Olympia played better when Hickey came on. Without him they are headless. Can't Shaw see the obvious?
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+11 #25 Anon 2017-03-20 01:21
Olympia not convincing at all. Looked very ordinary for most of the game. Didn't begin dominating Kingborough until they ran out of legs 20 mins into the second half.Woeful ! Maybe some local coaches are not as bad as people first thought.Maybe too early to tell yet however judging by some players that started for Kingborough, maybe the quality and depth is not there and regardless of who the coach is the result may not be too different. Just a thought and observation.
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-10 #24 anon 2017-03-20 00:29
“We have a lack of conditioning at this stage.” - But that is all you do is run, you don't do any soccer sessions at training and you are training 3-4 nights plus morning sessions, so what are you doing then !!!! At least I train properly now and get spoken to like a human..

“We had 5 players out and that doesn’t help.”- Excuses, Excuses, please explain who are they ??????? From what I know , you weren't missing any....

-These answers are a joke and a load of rubbish...

This is obviously someone that wasn't good enough to make the final cut at Kingborough. Trying to get revenge on a blogsite - Sad, very sad!
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+11 #23 Anonymous 2017-03-20 00:19
Quoting Analysis:
Hey,
Rather than a slinging match, does anyone have analysis on the kingborough shape and game plan?


It doesn't look like they play with much structure or shape at all. Just individuals thrown into a side and expected to perform while "sir" berates them from the sidelines.
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+15 #22 Footballfan 2017-03-19 21:07
Quoting Wikipedia coach:
A very informative link .....
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gabriel_Markaj

Make your own mind up....god or goofy



Can't anyone put stuff on Wikipedia? Perhaps Gabriel should make a career change and become a fiction writer.
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-2 #21 Anon 2017-03-19 10:25
Borough lost it when they made the 2 subs at same time. Poor coaching
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+14 #20 Holliday stint 2017-03-19 09:59
I have just seen this on the slice of cheese site:

Gabriel Markaj was perplexed by the last 20 minutes, “what didn’t happen is the question!”

“We knew in the last twenty minutes we were going to struggle because that happens every time.” - Well you have only played 1 90 min game so what are you talking about !!!

“We have a lack of conditioning at this stage.” - But that is all you do is run, you don't do any soccer sessions at training and you are training 3-4 nights plus morning sessions, so what are you doing then !!!! At least I train properly now and get spoken to like a human..

“We had 5 players out and that doesn’t help.”- Excuses, Excuses, please explain who are they ??????? From what I know , you weren't missing any....

-These answers are a joke and a load of rubbish...
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-8 #19 anon 2017-03-19 09:38
I HAVE YOU TO THANK
YOUR CONSTANT REMARKS WHEN OLYMPIA GET BEATEN
INSPIRES ME.
CANT WAIT FOR A GOOD COMMENT ABOUT OLYMPIA WHEN THEY PLAY .
THINK BACK TO WHEN THEY WON THE CHAMPIONSHIP AND PLAYED A BRAND OF FOOTBALL THAT WAS ENJOYABLE TO WATCH
PS I DONT MIND YOU BAGGING THEM WHEN THEY PLAY CRAP BUT FOR ONCE IN YOUR LIFE GIVE THEM CREDIT WHEN THEY DESERVE IT
IVE GOT NO COMPLEX TO WORRY ABOUT BECAUSE UNLIKE YOU
I CAN GIVE COMPLEMENTS TO ANY CLUB OR PLAYER WHEN IT IS DESERVED.
WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU GAVE OLYMPIA A COMPLEMENT .
YOU SEEM TO HAVE THE KNACK OF KNOCKING OLYMPIA ALL THE TIME.
I HAVE SEEN YOUR REMARKS ABOUT OLYMPIA AND THE KNIGHT WHEN THEY WHERE NOT DOING WELL .
BUT I HAVE NOT READ ANY GOOD COMMENTS ABOUT THESE CLUBS.
SO HOW ABOUT YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THE GOOD WHEN EARNEF.
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