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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Markaj and Cristy - Copy

Photo:  Zebras' Paolo Markaj gets away from Rangers' Daniel Cristy [PlessPix]

(NPL Tasmania, KGV Park, Sunday, 3 June 2018)

Hobart Zebras 6 (I Van Doorne 8’, M Sanders 9’, 36’ pen, 81’, J Sklenar 39’, O Conforti 57’)

Northern Rangers 0

HT: 4-0   Att: 150   Ref: C White

Hobart Zebras: Kamara - P Markaj, Robinson, Dillon, Hey - Conforti, Muller, Van Doorne - Ackerley, Sklenar, Sanders (Subs: Bighin, Burt, French, Huigsloot, Pace)

Northern Rangers: P Lanau-Atkinson, Fulton, Roberts, Lucas - Humphrey, Thannhauser, Youd - Cristy, Jones, N Lanau-Atkinson (Subs: Anderson, Monticchio, Ngor)

Chest trap by Sklenar - Copy

Photo:  Zebras' Jakub Sklenar controls the ball with his chest while under pressure from Alex Fulton [PlessPix]

This 6-0 win was a romp in the park for Hobart Zebras.

Luke Huigsloot was left on the bench as a precautionary measure, while Dwayne Walsh and Adam McKeown were out injured. It is the end of the season for McKeown. He ruptured an Achilles tendon at the end of a training session on Saturday.

Alexsander Markaj is still recovering from a head injury and did not play, while centre-back Jan Charuza was suspended for one game after accumulating five yellow cards.

Zebras led 2-0 after 9 minutes as Iskander Van Doorne and Mathew Sanders scored easy goals after fine build-ups in the 8th and 9th minutes, respectively.

Muller and McCallum-Smith - Copy

Photo:  Zebras' Jordan Muller launches himself at Rangers' Lachlan McCallum-Smith [PlessPix]

Sanders netted a penalty in the 36th minute to make it 3-0, while Jakub Sklenar made the most of Van Doorne’s pass from the left to add Zebras’ fourth in the 39th minute.

Rangers had not a single strike at goal and Sheku Kamara was having an easy time of it in the Zebras goal.

Olaf Conforti made it 5-0 with a direct free-kick from just outside the box on the right in the 57th minute.

Nine minutes from the end, Sanders nodded home a cross from the left to complete his hat-trick and make it half a dozen for the home side.

Iskander Van Doorne and Nick Lanau-Atkinson - Copy

Photo:  Rangers' skipper Nick Lanau-Atkinson (right) launches a slide tackle on Zebras' Iskander Van Doorne [PlessPix]

Everyone knows Rangers are missing their Argentinian striker Federico Cano, but the rest of the side are not doing themselves any favours with this type of performance.

Rangers did threaten a few times in the second half, but it all came to nothing.

Coach Lino Sciulli has much work to do in order to get the players to believe in themselves and offer more than just token resistance.

The win lifts Zebras into fourth place at the expense of Olympia Warriors, who went down 3-0 away to Devonport City the previous day.

Rangers remain third-last and just 2 points ahead of second-last Kingborough Lions United.

Shaun DJ and Sunday - Copy

Photo:  Adam McKeown (right) talking to Zebras president Nick Di Giovanni (centre) and supporter Shaun Toghill.  McKeown ruptured an Achilles tendon at the end of a training session on Saturday and will miss the rest of the season. [PlessPix]

Bighin and Cristy - Copy

Photo:  Zebras' Luke Bighin (left) looks for a passing opportunity as Rangers' Daniel Cristy bears down on him [PlessPix]

Sklenar and Roberts - Copy

Photo:  Zebras' Jakub Sklenar (left) about to take on Rangers defender Simon Lucas [PlessPix]

Nick and Jordan - Copy

Photo:  Rangers' captain Nick Lanau-Atkinson (left) tries to get past Zebras' Jordan Muller as referee Charles White, wired for sound, gives a running commentary [PlessPix]

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0 #16 anon 2018-06-07 05:09
#14 maybe teams shouldn't train at all in case someone might get injured.
God give me strength!
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+1 #15 Spectator 2018-06-07 05:08
Quoting Anonymous:
#13 they may have looked sharp but you need the men on the park.

To win a league, you need a squad larger than just 11 to be fit and prepared.

No one can afford for such a player to be injured long term from what appeared to be an extra training session, just before a game.

We have seen a negative that comes from training the day before.

With several losses and fourth I think on the ladder, it is up to Markaj to explain why he would train on the day before an important match.


Markaj doesn't have to explain anything to anyone, in my opinion; the quality of his game last Sunday gave all the necessary explanantions. By the way, injurioes are part of this game, if some people don't know that yet. I am astonished that this State has so many experts on this site but the quality of the game is so poor.
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+1 #14 Anonymous 2018-06-06 23:31
#13 they may have looked sharp but you need the men on the park.

To win a league, you need a squad larger than just 11 to be fit and prepared.

No one can afford for such a player to be injured long term from what appeared to be an extra training session, just before a game.

We have seen a negative that comes from training the day before.

With several losses and fourth I think on the ladder, it is up to Markaj to explain why he would train on the day before an important match.
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-1 #13 anon 2018-06-05 21:57
Quoting On the Sidelines:
Not wishing to strir the possum, nor professing to be a medical expert, just wondering if it is wise to train the day before a game. Not done in my day, and I am sure Sunday wishes they had not!


They certainly looked sharp, so maybe other teams should consider training the day before the game.
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+7 #12 anonymous 2018-06-05 11:07
#10 really ???? Please explain what they missed out on .
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0 #11 On the Sidelines 2018-06-05 10:02
Not wishing to strir the possum, nor professing to be a medical expert, just wondering if it is wise to train the day before a game. Not done in my day, and I am sure Sunday wishes they had not!
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-5 #10 Anon 2018-06-05 04:55
Quoting Post op care:
Hopefully Adam receives support from Zebs during his recovery .
Plenty haven’t.

Clarky and Solo spring to mind
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+8 #9 Anonymous 2018-06-05 01:52
Absolute shame for Sunday and Zebras. Hopefully it's not too serious, would love to see him in full flight again!
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+10 #8 Andy TYE 2018-06-05 00:20
Sorry to hear that Sunday hurt his achilles in training.

Wish him a quick recovery as the league needs more who can score goals.
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+13 #7 anon 2018-06-04 23:53
Quoting Waste Of Time:
Northern Rangers & Clarence are nothing but pub sides.

Don't put Rangers down there with clarence. At least Rangers try to play, clarence just try (unsuccessfully ) to minimise the damage. It's horrible to watch
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