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:  Olympia's Innocent Michael (left) gets away from a University opponent [PlessPix]

(Women’s Promotion/Relegation Play-off, KGV Park, Sunday, 9 September 2018)

Olympia Warriors 6 (O Bomford 35, Bonnie Davies 36, 70, Jade Williams 47, Innocent Michael 49, 62)

University 0

HT: 2-0   Ref: C White

Olympia Warriors: Allanby; Black, Bomford, Chambers, Crawford, Cure, Davies, Flack, Leszczynski, Mamic, Michael, Puli, Quinn, Russell, Williams

University: George; Bowditch, Burley, Dandolo, Fraser, Leon, Lovell, Muir, Refael, Tadros, Tantari, Ven Beek, Ward, O Young, S Young

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Photo:  Olympia's Bonnie Davies (left) is congratulated by Georgia Crawford after scoring her second goal [PlessPix]

This was the heaviest defeat University had suffered this season and, sadly, it spelled relegation for them.

Olympia will be promoted back to the Women’s Super League next season as a result of this win.

Football Federation Tasmania needs to look closely at how the women’s competitions are run as this sort of outcome could, in fact, be a Pyrrhic victory.

University did well to contain Olympia for the first half an hour of this match through clever and resolute defending and fine goalkeeping by Mikalha George.

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Photo:  Olympia's Olivia Bomford (left) pursued by University's Sophie Young [PlessPix]

Olympia dominated possession but poor shooting often let them down.

University managed the occasional breakaway and counter-attack, but these came to nothing.

Goals by Olivia Bomford and Bonnie Davies finally broke the deadlock and Olympia led 2-0 at the break and it was clear there would be no miracle for the Students.

Innocent Michael crosses

Photo:  Olympia's Innocent Michael netted twice [PlessPix]

Second-half goals by Innocent Michael, who netted twice, Davies and Jade Williams completed the 6-0 win.

Having won several games by double figures this season, the Warriors had been expected to easily vanquish their opponents, but this was not to be as the Students fought like Amazons to contain the score-line to a reasonable figure.

It was a credit to coaches Amey Jambekar, Patrick Watts and John Hargrave, and particular to the University players.

Olympia certainly are back to where they should be, but it’s a pity University won’t be.

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Photo:  Olympia captain Georgia Crawford holds the play-off trophy as a beaming Olympia president George Mamacas looks on [PlessPix]

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Photo:  Mikalha George was brilliant in goal for University [PlessPix]

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Photo:  Amey Jambekar, the University coach [PlessPix]

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Photos:  University assistant coach Patrick Watts, and University goalkeeping coach John Hargrave talks to match manager Tony Peart [PlessPix]

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+2 #17 anon 2018-09-19 08:09
Any whispers about the Japanese players being back in 2019?
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-3 #16 All losers 2018-09-12 11:31
Which bit and why?
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-2 #15 Wonder 2018-09-12 08:11
Quoting All losers:
Both the WSL and the Women's Southern Championship would have been better, more interesting competitions if Olympia had been in WSL in 2018.

FACT!

The women's game was the only loser in all this (and Uni in the end)

IF Olympia actually broke any rules there should have been a public tribunal and a public decision handed down.

Then FFT should have actually stopped for 5 minutes and thought about a sensible and appropriate penalty that would punish Olympia but not damage the competition.

Very poorly managed from the beginning.

An opinion that I for one do not agree with.
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-11 #14 Another Mum 2018-09-12 07:31
I agree with the last message, it is toxic.

No Olympia parents were trying to bring anyone else down or have a go at any other clubs or players, unlike the rest of you.

They just wanted an open, transparent and honest process from FFT, with an opportunity to respond and an outcome that made sense and was best for football. What was wrong with that?
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-12 #13 Anov 2018-09-12 07:04
12 and 10
What a toxic community football is in tasmania with its tribal Neanderthal outlook.
No wonder it's gone backwards in the last 20 years.
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+19 #12 mum 2018-09-12 03:16
Quoting Anonymous:
#2 took their medicine like babies spitting and screaming all along.

The players were fine but their parents....
Stay off social media.
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-10 #11 All losers 2018-09-12 01:43
Both the WSL and the Women's Southern Championship would have been better, more interesting competitions if Olympia had been in WSL in 2018.

FACT!

The women's game was the only loser in all this (and Uni in the end)

IF Olympia actually broke any rules there should have been a public tribunal and a public decision handed down.

Then FFT should have actually stopped for 5 minutes and thought about a sensible and appropriate penalty that would punish Olympia but not damage the competition.

Very poorly managed from the beginning.
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+26 #10 Anonymous 2018-09-11 10:37
#2 took their medicine like babies spitting and screaming all along.
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+19 #9 A LITTLE STRANGE 2018-09-11 09:47
If Uni had beaten Olympia in this one off game
Then the team that came last in Super League would have been handed a trophy :)
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+11 #8 More Double Headers 2018-09-11 09:34
FFT next season please bring back the old format, where the Championship women’s team play before the Super League team.
Playing for one team on a Saturday and then having to bench on a Sunday for Super League is tough on players, coaches, parents, mothers, bosses, partners etc etc
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