Who Is 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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Pace Stuart and ball - Copy

Photo:  Zebras' Matthew Pace gets his head to the ball ahead of Clarence United's Jake Stuart [PlessPix]

(Summer Series, KGV Park, Wednesday, 7 March 2018)

Clarence United 1 (R Snell 52’)

Hobart Zebras 3 (M Sanders 23’, J Hey 26’, A McKeown 82’)

HT: 0-2   Ref: A Cooke

Clarence United: Voss - Price, O’Neill, Demar, Lush - Hardwick, Palmer, Randall - Stuart, Hedge, Viney (Interchange: Reibel, Dyson, Lange, Snell)

Hobart Zebras: French - Walsh, Charuza, Robinson, Pace - Hey, Huigsloot, Muller - Sanders, Sklenar, Van Doorne (Interchange: McKeown, Kamara, Ackerley, Burt, Riley)

Hedge and Robinson - Copy

Photo:  Clarence's Adam Hedge controls the ball ahead of Zebras' Ben Robinson [PlessPix]

Hobart Zebras finally showed what they are capable of with this comfortable 3-1 win over Clarence United in the NPL Summer Series.

They played neat one- or two-touch football that at times mesmerised their opponents.

The debut of import Iskander Van Doorne had a lot to do with Zebras’ transformation. A right footer, he played on the left wing and showed speed, skill and vision and made the first two goals.

Zebras’ other import, Jan Charuza, a 30-year-old Czech, steadied things at the back.

These two acquisitions will prove valuable this season, judging from tonight’s display.

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Photo:  Zebras' Iskander Van Doorne (left) under pressure from Clarence's Alex Viney [PlessPix]

Clarence keeper Jason Voss had an excellent game and produced two outstanding saves in the opening half from Jakub Sklenar and Dwayne Walsh.

Voss had to be substituted late in the second half after a collision with Sklenar left him with a leg injury. Sklenar was cautioned for the incident.

Zebras took the lead in the 23rd minute when a low cross from the left by Van Doorne found Sklenar. Voss miraculously denied Sklenar from his initial shot, but the ball fell again for Sklenar, who scored at the second attempt.

Three minutes later, Van Doorne cut the ball back from the left for Jayden Hey to lash the ball home from close range.

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Photo:  Clarence's Adam Hedge wrong-foots Zebras' Ben Robinson [PlessPix]

Clarence youngster Cody Snell pulled a goal back for Clarence early in the second half, finishing clinically after he gained possession following an error by James Ackerkey.

Clarence rarely looked like equalising, but it took until 8 minutes from the end for the Zebras to make the game safe.

A cross from the right sneaked past several defenders and, when the ball reached Adam McKeown on the left, he had time to pick his spot to make it 3-1.

This performance was better than Zebras’ first-half showing against South Hobart some weeks ago and it augurs well for their chances once the league campaign starts.

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Photo:  Clarence keeper Jason Voss punches clear while under pressure from Zebras' Jakub Sklenar [PlessPix]

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Photo:  Zebras' Matthew Pace (left) in a battle with Clarence's Jake Stuart [PlessPix]


+7 #5 Anonymous 2018-03-08 08:02
The cross from the right to set up the 3rd goal was an excellent piece of work from James Ackerley
+5 #4 Improvement 2018-03-08 03:51
The team may improve but how the club puts up Makaj appalling antics from the side lines is very hard to believe. I would have thought that he would have learnt from last year. Someone needs to tell him to grow up. It is bad for the club, the players and sets a really bad example to any of the youth who are watching.
+10 #3 Nice 2018-03-08 03:02
Quoting Structure important:
Good to see gab gave youngsters ago for the first few weeks.with their u18 making the final it's helped them.now as season opener gets closer we get to see real zebras team. Good to see zebras looking after its youth for once.it will benefit the club for future

I really hope DJ sticks to Markaj. Zebras desperately need someone at the helm for a decent period of time. Whilst he may have had a rough first year in Tasmania I believe we'll see a big improvement this year.

I did read on another "site/blog" (Facebook Group) that they were trying to replicate a "Barcelona Play-style" and should go back to basics. Yet Walter has praised Zebras play-style. Whilst I appreciate what that "site" does, I'll never take it seriously.
+12 #2 Game time 2018-03-07 23:48
Was a good tough game to watch.
Enjoyed good passages of play from both sides. Zebras clear winners but Clarence are showing great improvement.
+14 #1 Structure important 2018-03-07 22:20
Good to see gab gave youngsters ago for the first few weeks.with their u18 making the final it's helped them.now as season opener gets closer we get to see real zebras team. Good to see zebras looking after its youth for once.it will benefit the club for future

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