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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Dillon and Ortmann - Copy

Photo:  Zebras' Riley Dillon (left) tries to get past Olympia's Mark Ortmann [PlessPix]

(NPL Tasmania, Warrior Park, Sunday, 1 July 2018)

Olympia Warriors 0

Hobart Zebras 5 (J Sklenar 12, 30, 87, M Sanders 37, I Van Doorne 39)

HT: 0-4   Att: 246   Ref: B Kopra

Olympia Warriors: Johnson - Griffiths, Vandermey, Hill, Little - Ortman, Castaneda, Sammut - Wadawu, Gurson, N’Koso (Subs: Curtis, Davis, Hills, Murfitt)

Hobart Zebras: Kamara - Dillon, A Markaj, Charuza, Walsh - Muller, Huigsloot, Sanders, Hey - Sklenar, Van Doorne (Subs: Bighin, Conforti, French)

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Photo:  Zebras' Jakub Sklenar wins a header against Olympia's Jake Vandermey [PlessPix]

Fourth-placed Hobart Zebras kept alive their NPL Tasmania title hopes with an easy 5-0 drubbing of a disappointing fith-ranked Olympia Warriors at Warrior Park on Sunday.

Zebras should have scored at least three goals in the opening five minutes as the Warriors were on their knees.

It took 12 minutes, though, for Zebras to crack the home defence and the marksman was Jakub Sklenar, who went on to net a hat-trick against his former club.

The Czech striker was again on target on the half-hour to make it 2-0, while Mathew Sanders and Iskander Van Doorne added goals within two minutes of each other in the closing stages of the half to make it 4-0 at the interval.

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Photo:  Zebras must have energey to spare.  All eleven Zebras players are in the Olympia penalty area to celebrate a goal. [PlessPix]

Olympia may have some claim to fame as a team that produces strong second-half performances, and they have come back from 2-0 down at half-time to win. But, a 4-0 deficit was a goal or two too far.

The Warriors did hold their own for periods in the second half, with young substitute Oliver Davis, who came on in the first half, impressing, but they never looked like making up the leeway.

They were certainly missing Alex Holmes in defence.

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Photo:  Zebras' Mathew Sanders and Luke Huigsloot spoil each other as they attempt to direct the ball at goal [PlessPix]

Three minutes from the end, Sklenar completed his hat-trick and Zebras maintained fourth spot, level on 23 points with third-placed South Hobart and 6 points adrift of league-leaders Launceston City.

Oh, and Zebras’ banned coach Gabriel Markaj watched the game perched on the back of a red car in the car park outside the ground.

Olympia raised $900 for the injured Southern FC goalkeeper and his family by donating $2 from every ticket sale, which was a wonderful gesture by the club.

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Photo:  Zebras' Iskander Van Doorne prepares to tackle Olympia's Eduardo Castaneda [PlessPix]

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Photo:  Zebras' Jakub Sklenar hassled by Olympia's Thomas Little [PlessPix]

Ortmann and Sklenar - Copy

Photo:  Zebras' Jakub Sklenar under pressure from Olympia's Mark Ortmann [PlessPix]

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+5 #27 ONU 2018-07-06 11:03
Quoting Vernon:
It's not the Gab hate train.
It's about FFT ensuring that if they issue a penalty it is enforced correctly.
It's a pointless suspension if he is still coaching.
They may as well just cancel it and let him back on the bench.

You are so envious... must be hard to see one team winning against all the injustice, Gab is still a free man, if you don't like it ask FFT to imprison him
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-2 #26 Anon 2018-07-06 07:24
Quoting Vernon:
It's not the Gab hate train.
It's about FFT ensuring that if they issue a penalty it is enforced correctly.
It's a pointless suspension if he is still coaching.
They may as well just cancel it and let him back on the bench.

Olympia after the points I suppose?
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+1 #25 Anon 2018-07-06 03:46
I think he should stay on that side of the fence.

Training pitch looks to be his strength, unsettling on match day by the looks.

Currently 2 weeks into a 5 week study.......
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-4 #24 Vernon 2018-07-06 03:35
It's not the Gab hate train.
It's about FFT ensuring that if they issue a penalty it is enforced correctly.
It's a pointless suspension if he is still coaching.
They may as well just cancel it and let him back on the bench.
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-5 #23 Anon 2018-07-06 02:34
Quoting Anon:
No different to gallo coaching 20 metres from the bench a relaying messages to the bench. Get off the gab hate train

Gallo not a show pony that is the difference .
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+6 #22 Anon 2018-07-05 22:43
No different to gallo coaching 20 metres from the bench a relaying messages to the bench. Get off the gab hate train
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-5 #21 anon 2018-07-05 22:39
#19. If what you say is true then the matter needs to be looked into.
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+1 #20 stayathome 2018-07-05 22:04
Quoting Vernon:
If a coach is suspended should he be able to relay messages via an injured player at KGV and also permitted to converse directly with players by yelling instructions from the street outside the fence at Warrior Park?
He was directly coaching players on the pitch at Warrior Park and they were answering him and relaying instructions to other players from him.


Herb Garden said enough about Gab, it's all about Broadbeans now.
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-6 #19 Vernon 2018-07-05 13:08
If a coach is suspended should he be able to relay messages via an injured player at KGV and also permitted to converse directly with players by yelling instructions from the street outside the fence at Warrior Park?
He was directly coaching players on the pitch at Warrior Park and they were answering him and relaying instructions to other players from him.
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+6 #18 Herb Garden 2018-07-05 09:56
Quoting #17 Anon
Enough of this Gab.
Only thing growing in my garden are Broadbeans but sadly the soil is very sandy and not doing too well. Cheers for the support need more of it ....
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