Who Is Walter Pless?

Walter_Pless

A teacher by profession, but is now in his 37th 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:  Lions' Tim Belstead controls the ball while under pressure from Zebras' Imran Lewis [PlessPix]

(PS4 NPL Tasmania, Lightwood Park, Saturday, 8 July 2017)

Kingborough Lions United 1 (D Cowen 63’)

Hobart Zebras 1 (J Hey 93’ pen)

HT: 0-0   Ref: C Phillips

Kingborough Lions United: Kamara - Robinson, Nugent, Schuth, McEldowney - Belstead, Verdouw, Harms, Herweynen - Cowen, Hoddy (Subs: Duncan, Lane, Lokoes, Wakefield)

Hobart Zebras: Mercuri - Warrener, Groenewold, Lewis, Hey - Griffin, Huigsloot, Sanders - Ackerley, Pace, Gates (Subs, Bighin, reid, Brooks, Kadisha)

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Photo:  A pack of players vies for a header [PlessPix]

Hobart Zebras acting coach Gabriel Markaj returned to Lightwood Park to face his former club.

He was as animated and vocal as ever, but he had to settle for a point.

Zebras should have won on the chances, but it’s goals that decide football matches and not chances.

James Ackerley, Nicholas Groenewold and Jayden Hey all had reasonable chances early on but were unable to find the net.

The best counter from the Lions came from Tobias Herweynen, who landed the ball on the roof of the net.

Zebras were creating tantalising openings, but their front men just couldn’t get onto the end of them. When they did, they forced the ball wide.

Jackson Nugent scared Zebras goalkeeper with a free-kick, but Zebras were definitely the more dangerous animal.

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Photo:  Zebras keeper Marcello Mercuri tips a shot over the bar [PlessPix]

The half ended with Mathew Sanders missing a sitter, so the teams went in at the break scoreless.

The Lions took the lead in the 63rd minute when Zebras keeper Marcello Mercuri collided with the Lions’ Timothy Belstead amid cries for a foul. The ball fell for Danny Cowen, who smashed it hard and low inside the far left-hand upright.

It was all hands to the pumps then as far as the Zebras were concerned, but they made little headway.

The Lions goal led a charmed life at times, but try as they might, the Zebras could not find an opening.

In stoppage time, Nugent handled a cross from the left and that was the lifeline the visitors needed. Hey easily beat Kamara with his spot-kick and that meant a share of the spoils.

The Zebras would have been the more disappointed side as they continue to drop points.

The Lions, on the other hand, are picking up the odd point here and there and keeping their heads above water.

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Photo:  Zebras' Jayden Hey slide-tackles Kingborough's Phil McEldowney [PlessPix]

Kingborough Lions United coach, Mark Broadbent, said:

“The team performance was lovely. No comparison from last week. I think the mindset last week was already sold and done before we went out there. I think they [Hobart Zebras] expected to come away with a win today. They’re a great club. They’re a very nice club. We weren’t going to let them walk away with the points. If they want respect, they’ve got to earn it.

“We nearly got it. What I find exciting is the change of mentality and the structure. They’re starting to get a good understanding of structure and the level of intensity each player needs to put in to collectively out in as a group.

“I was very happy with the performance, but culture is very important to me.”

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Photo:  Callen Griffin wins a header against Danny Cowen [PlessPix]

Hobart Zebras’ Mathew Sanders said:

“It was frustrating, but I think two weeks ago we probably would have lost that game. The boys put in a lot of fire.

“Obviously, Gabriel [Markaj] took over today. It’s a lot different and it was a change and it was good. Everyone was pumped up. Obviously, playing against his old team, he wanted to win, but unfortunately, it was a draw.

“It was a point that we deserved. We probably deserved three, but you take it as football.”

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Photo:  Kingborough Lions United coach, Mark Broadbent [PlessPix]

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Photo:  Sergio Pace (left) and Gabriel Markaj were in charge of Zebras [PlessPix]

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+1 #14 anonymous 2017-07-12 11:54
Paul Stevens and Hugh Undy who also left for the big $$$ offered at Olympia missing from 2016
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0 #13 Anonymous 2017-07-12 04:38
Quoting Poil:
#11 They're missing Henry fagg, Tyler Harrison,Ben whitehall,Kurt Engels, James sherman plus the other 5 etc they took a big hit the off season. Some slack needs to be given. Because the so called youngsters other than Ryan backhouse will not be good enough for npl within the next 4 years.


Fagg and whitehall didn't even get in the starting 11 most of 2016.
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-1 #12 Poil 2017-07-10 15:42
#11 They're missing Henry fagg, Tyler Harrison,Ben whitehall,Kurt Engels, James sherman plus the other 5 etc they took a big hit the off season. Some slack needs to be given. Because the so called youngsters other than Ryan backhouse will not be good enough for npl within the next 4 years.
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+12 #11 Anonymous 2017-07-10 05:29
Quoting Peter:
Zebras seem to have struggled since Griffin and the youngsters have come in. Lack of depth? A team with Sanders, Huigi and Groenewold should beat Borough every time.


Zebras have struggled hugely since the injuries to Mckeown and Walsh attacking wise. They are creating nowhere near the sorts of chances the two mentioned above provide them.... The players that have filled their positions are nowhere near the same calibre which shows a lack of depth. Both Huigsloot and Sanders seem isolated with not much coming from wide which limits chances. Missing Muller as that screen and playmaker at 6 aswell has not helped either.
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-9 #10 Anon 2017-07-10 04:08
Quoting Anon:
Please DJ please
Appoint Gabriel for next yr
Match made in heaven

Gabriel is just a kid, he should be coaching sap. He took the kingborough job without a plan and made himself ridiculous. To coach at this level you need preparation and take your job seriously not mucking around at the pub with mates.
Tommy is rebuilding the club and should be given a contract extension.
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+8 #9 Gutsy 2017-07-10 03:46
I saw the game live, and just watched the hi-lights again.
Both goals contentious causing a lot of comment and angst - both decisions by the ref correct.
With the amount of people/ players shouting that he got them wrong, I wonder how many will go back to the ref and say "gee they were both gutsy calls and you were right both times".
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+2 #8 Nathan Meyers 2017-07-10 01:23
Zebra's keeper has a terrible kit but a great vertical
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+1 #7 Anon 2017-07-09 22:03
Ask the board .
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+5 #6 Miles away zebs 2017-07-09 21:50
Quoting Anon:
Quoting Peter:
Zebras seem to have struggled since Griffin and the youngsters have come in. Lack of depth? A team with Sanders, Huigi and Groenewold should beat Borough every time.

Who else can Zebras play??????????????

This is why zebras have no structure in youth & coaching like South Olympia Devonport they need good TD to sought it out & put in place
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+6 #5 Gibs 2017-07-09 12:22
How often do we hear the FFA coaching philosophy bunnies pull out 'structures, collectively,pl ayer tasks' blah blah
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