Who Is Walter Pless?

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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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Sanders evades Thomas - Copy - Copy

Photo:  Zebras' Mathew Sabders tries to evade South's Oscar Thomas [PlessPix]

(NPL Tasmania, North Hobart Oval, Friday, 16 March 2018)

Hobart Zebras 5 (M Sanders 33’, 49’, J Sklenar 44’, I Van Doorne 52’, A McKeown 90’)

South Hobart 3 (K Kemp 10’, A Gorrie 43’, N Morton 51’)

HT: 2-2   Att: 615   Ref: J McInerney

Hobart Zebras: Kamara - Walsh, Bighin, Charuza, Pace - Hey, Muller, Huigsloot, Sanders - Van Doorne, Sklenar (Subs: Ackerley, Burt, French, McKeown, Pullen)

South Hobart: Wright - Gorrie, D Brown, Thomas, Schmidt - Feral, N Morton, Kemp - Saracino, Degetto, Walter (Subs: Bowman, J Brennan, K Brown, Castaneda, Sculthorpe)

Morton and Markaj - Copy

Photo:  Zebras' coach Gabriel Markaj and South Hobart coach Ken Morton watch the action [PlessPix]

Hobart Zebras president Nick Di Giovanni’s decision to host a game at North Hobart proved a resounding success tonight.

A larger-than-usual attendance of 615 for an NPL game must have been satisfying, while the perfect pitch and good lighting made for an exciting match.

And, Zebras won 5-3 against the reigning champions to make it a perfect start to the 2018 NPL Tasmania season.

It was Zebras’ coach Gabriel Markaj’s ninth NPL game in charge - eight with Kingborough Lions United and the first with Hobart Zebras - and only his second win.

South Hobart conceded the most number of goals in a single match in the club’s NPL tenure and since the Victory State-wide League was formed in 2013.

Gorrie and Huigi

Photo:  Zebras' Luke Huigsloot about to run into South's Adam Gorrie [PlessPix]

Luke Bighin, 17, made his NPL debut for Zebras and produced a solid performance at centre-back, where he partnered Czech import Jan Charuza.

Zebras defender Dwayne Walsh was playing his 200th game for the club. He was injured late in the game but managed to continue. His team-mate, Luke Huigsloot, was not so fortunate. He was injured a fierce tackle in a 50/50 situation and limped on for a while before being replaced.

Markaj’s substitution of midfield tough man Jordan Muller late in the second half was a surprise as he had been winning tackles and holding the fort well.

Graham Wright was a surprise starter in the South Hobart goal and his distribution left a bit to be desired, while he was stranded way out of his goal when Jakub Sklenar equalised on the stroke of half-time to make it 2-2 at the break.

Morton and Huigsloot

Photo:  South Hobart's Nick Morton shoots at goal [PlessPix]

Zebras keeper Sheku Kamara didn’t cover himself in glory, either. His basic error after 10 minutes allowed Kobe Kemp to fire South Hobart into the lead, while he conceded a goal at his near post to Adam Gorrie in the 43rd minute to give South Hobart a 2-1 lead.

The game was physical and the tackles ferocious and Zebras probably won the midfield battle.

Zebras managed to hit back almost immediately each time South Hobart got their noses in front and three goals in 8 minutes broke the back of their opponents.

Kemp put South Hobart in front after 10 minutes with a long-range shot that Kamara should have kept out easily and it was not until the 33rd minute that Mathew Sanders levelled.

Gorrie restored South’s lead 2 minutes before half-time when he beat Kamara at the near right-hand post, but South keeper Wright was caught out of position a minute later and Jakub Sklenar rolled the ball into an empty net to make it 2-2 at the interval.

Sanders and Kemp

Photo:  South's Kobe Kemp tris to dispossess Zebras' Mathew Sanders [PlessPix]

Sanders gave Zebras a 3-2 lead early in the second half, but Nick Morton made it 3-3 two minutes later, although there appeared to be a handball by a South Hobart player in the build-up that was not noticed by the referee or considered accidental.

Iskander Van Doorne’s fine goal in the 52nd minute put Zebras 4-3 ahead and South Hobart were unable to come back.

Van Doorne’s cross from the right on the 90-minute mark found substitute Adam McKeown on the left and he swept the ball home to kill off any hope South may have had for a late come-back and made the final score 5-3.

Mortona nd Charuza

Photo:  Nick Morton pressures Jan Charuza, Zebras' new Czech import [PlessPix]

Walter rushes at Walsh

Photo:  South Hobart's Alex Walter tries to stop Zebras' Dwayne Walsh from clearing [PlessPix]

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+10 #20 Anon 2018-03-18 23:34
As someone who hasn't been to a great deal of games since I stopped playing, the live streams have been great and have rekindled the flame so to speak. Because of this I now plan to head down and watch a few games.
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+6 #19 Anon 2018-03-18 08:13
Quoting Keith Roberts:
Ronnie Bolton asks when did South give away 5 goals in a league game. A search seems to suggest it was May 2005 in their 3-6 loss to Glenorchy Knights. It was Zebras best win v South since 1997.
Comments on the venue at North Hobart. The surface/amenities must have been a dream for the players. The crowd was also a good total. I did find it hard to be so far from the field of play. The best way to see how the goals were scored was watch the replay on the live stream. Overall a plus for Zebras on the night.

Interesting and good to see that Dogga Brown and Sanders still around from that game in 2005
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+7 #18 Anon 2018-03-18 06:35
Great game overall. An exciting goal scoring game of end to end football. A bit of rust would be gone now and look for these 2 teams to finish in the top 4 easily. South CB, whilst tall and combative, love to give the ball back to the opposition too much.
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+18 #17 Keith Roberts 2018-03-18 05:39
Ronnie Bolton asks when did South give away 5 goals in a league game. A search seems to suggest it was May 2005 in their 3-6 loss to Glenorchy Knights. It was Zebras best win v South since 1997.
Comments on the venue at North Hobart. The surface/ameniti es must have been a dream for the players. The crowd was also a good total. I did find it hard to be so far from the field of play. The best way to see how the goals were scored was watch the replay on the live stream. Overall a plus for Zebras on the night.
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+3 #16 Set up 2018-03-18 04:51
Quoting Live stream:
Quoting Pickles:
Quoting Brian Young:
I did not attend the match but followed it on the Slice of Cheese stream that was excellent in quality; kudos to them (again).

How many people watched the live stream instead of attending?
Just wondering if this is a good thing or not?

WoW imagine atmosphere in a small rectangular stadium

Live stream has 2000 views according to YouTube.
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+6 #15 Live stream 2018-03-18 00:44
Quoting Pickles:
Quoting Brian Young:
I did not attend the match but followed it on the Slice of Cheese stream that was excellent in quality; kudos to them (again).

How many people watched the live stream instead of attending?
Just wondering if this is a good thing or not?



Live stream has 2000 views according to YouTube.
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+9 #14 Anon 2018-03-18 00:40
Great game to watch, end to end stuff. I did think S.H. would win the game but Zebs effort was very good and they did deserve the win. Big ground did emphasis the defensive mistakes, and lets face it there was a few from both sides. All in all an enjoyable game well done Zebs, will shut a few knockers up, I'm sure it will give S.H. the incentive to improve the defence. Five goals against does say a lot. Felt sorry for Wright didn't think he deserved that against his record, from memory I can't recall any of the goals that could be put down to his fault. The overall North Hobt experience on the night gets my thumbs up. If I can I will be there on ANZAC day.
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+9 #13 Pickles 2018-03-17 22:03
Quoting Brian Young:
I did not attend the match but followed it on the Slice of Cheese stream that was excellent in quality; kudos to them (again).

How many people watched the live stream instead of attending?
Just wondering if this is a good thing or not?
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-8 #12 Anonymous 2018-03-17 09:37
Saw Damien Gill at North Hobart last night why would he be there? Coincidence or next in the big ceo chair..?
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+11 #11 Ronnie Bolton 2018-03-17 09:24
When was the last time South conceded 5 goals in a League game?
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