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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Photo:  Hobart Zebras' Jayana Moate (right) races for a pass in the game against Calder United [PlessPix]

(Women’s Pre-season Friendly, KGV Park, Sunday, 4 February 2018)

Hobart Zebras 0

Calder United 8 (Alek Sinclair 2, Catherine Zimmerman 2, Alana Burn, Holly Boldiston 2, Emma Robers)

HT: 0-4   Ref: L Hargrave

Hobart Zebras: Jenna Farrow; Freya Crocker, Mady O’Brien, Georgia Burt, Monique Undy, Erin Delaney, Kayla Mason, Lucy Johnson, Sarah Morris, Hayley Arnol, Alessia Colanzi, Janaya Moate, Alana Colanzi, Eli Cropp.

Calder United: Jenna Ibrahim; Jasmine Arezzolo, Rachel Binning, Holly Boldiston, Alana Burn, Raquel Deralas, Polly Doran, Alycia Eicke, Sarah Lorca, Mackensy Matthews, Kasha Meyer, Marie Rampal, Emma Robers, Aleksandra Sinclair, Catherine Zimmerman, Ayana Ayoyagi, Sarah Di Nucci, Alicia Herrera, Caitlin O’Bryan

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Photo:  Hobart Zebras' Alessia Colanzi (right) in action against a Calder United opponent [PlessPix]

It’s almost unbelievable, but Tasmanian women’s champions, Hobart Zebras, were given an 8-0 hiding by visiting Calder United at KGV Park on Sunday morning.

It’s true that the Zebras side was not exactly the same as that which won last year’s title, but an 8-0 loss is not exactly a good advertisement for the game here.

Calder United netted four goals in each half, and it could have been more. Zebras hardly threatened.

Alek Sinclair, Catherine Zimmerman and Holly Boldiston each netted a brace for the visitors, while Alana Burn and Emma Robers also got on the score-sheet.

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Photo:  Hobart Zebras' Hayley Arnol (left) tangles with a Calder United player [PlessPix]

Calder were playing their second game in less than 24 hours and this result spoke volumes for their fitness. They had beaten Taroona 5-0 the night before.

Zebras will need to pull a rabbit out of the hat based on this result if they are to mount a credible defence of their title.

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Photo:  Calder United's Holly Boldiston about to score past Zebras keeper Freya Crocker [PlessPix]

Hobart Zebras coach, Chris Hey, said:

“I was extremely disappointed with our inability as a club to provide a strong competitive side against a Mainland club such as Calder as it would have afforded a lot of our players an opportunity to test themselves and, given the success we had last year in the local competition, it was very disappointing that more players didn’t make themselves available.

“The game itself was, I think, an eye opener in relation to where the game is here in comparison to Mainland States and it simply says that the women’s game in Tasmania has a long way to go to be competitive at club level against Mainland opposition.

“The complimentary thing is, given that Calder had an average age of 19 years, they were extremely fit, well-structured and well-coached, and it was a pleasure to watch them play.”

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Photo:  Hobart Zebras' Alessia Colanzi (right) prepares to tackle a Calder United attacker [PlessPix]

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Photo:  Hobart Zebras' Monique Undy heads clear [PlessPix]


+2 #2 Yep 2018-02-07 12:00
And thats with Zebras gaining a lot of the best talent from the competition in the off-season...

I'd hate to think how other teams would go against Calder
+1 #1 Heji 2018-02-07 10:21
Spot on mr hey

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