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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Brown and Griffin

Photo:  Knights' Declan Brown is fractionally late in preventing Zebras Callen Griffin from getting a pass away [PlessPix]

(Challenge League, KGV Park, Friday, 14 April 2017)

Glenorchy Knights 1 (J Dingjan 45’)

Hobart Zebras 2 (T Riley 4’, 17’)

HT: 1-2   Ref: A Powell

Glenorchy Knights: A Woodham; C Brown, D Brown, Chusri, Dingjan, Kang, Nandan, Orchard, Otte, Roberts, Thorne (Sub: Moore, Melling, Graham, Fuemtes)

Hobart Zebras: Formant; Ackerley, Backhouse, Bighin, Buga, Griffin, Herbert, Kadisha, Pace, Riley, Sousa (Subs: Reid, Rose, Brcic, Ditton)

Brown slips

Photo:  Knights' Samuel Orchard in pursuit of Zebras' John Buga [PlessPix]

Two well-taken early goals by Thomas Riley paved the way to this Hobart Zebras victory against Glenorchy Knights.

Riley showed composure and clinical finishing to take advantage of hesitant Knights defending to score twice before much more than a quarter of an hour had passed.

Joshua Dingjan pulled a goal back on the stroke of half-time, but it was not enough to salvage the game.

Zebras had a couple of chances late in the game but were thwarted by Knights keeper Alex Woodham.

Knights did enough to win this match, despite falling two goals behind early on, but some excellent goalkeeping by Zebras’ American import, Michael Formant, kept them at bay. Formant is being kept out of the Zebras’ senior side because the club already has three imports in their PS4 NPL side, including Brazilian keeper Marcello Mercuri.

A key moment came in the second half when Knights outnumbered the Zebras defenders three to one but when Joshua Dingjan received a cross from the right, he fired straight at Formant.

Dingjan eyes ball

Photo:  Knights' Josh Dingjan prepares to control the ball while under pressure [PlessPix]

Glenorchy Knights coach, Andrew Brown, said:

“Disappointing for us, but take nothing away from them. Tommy Riley had two chances and scored two goals and we were chasing the game from then on. We lacked composure.

“We had some great chances. Their goalkeeper - I don’t know where he’s been - was great. He pulled off two really good saves, and I said that to him afterwards. His shape and his talking and his shot-stopping were great.

“We had enough chances to win the game but we didn’t execute. We didn’t play very well.”

Roberts and Zebras

Photo:  Glenorchy Knights' Will Roberts (left) marks a Zebras attacker [PlessPix]

Hobart Zebras coach, Sergio Pace, said:

“With our Challenge League side, we’ve got a bit of a struggle this year. We knew we were up against it and we didn’t really know what to come up with against this Knights side. They’ve got some good players in there, particularly the Brown boys. They’re first-team material.

“But, our boys stuck to it. I thought, in the game, we took our chances and were on top in the first half, but let them back into it towards the end. In the second half, apart from about 10 minutes there, I thought we had pretty much of the control of that and it’s just that they showed a bit of ticker.

“We’ve had some indifferent results this year, but they showed a bit of heart today and you can’t ask more than that.”

Brown attacks

Photo:  Knights' Declan Brown launches his side into attack [PlessPix]


-5 #16 Walt 2017-04-16 23:13
#15 Saynomore, on what evidence do you say that I favour those three clubs? I can assure you I have no allegiances whatsoever. I did play and coach one of the clubs you mentioned, but that was eons ago. You perplex me with your accusations. I've reported on the game for almost 40 years and only those who are themselves biased would accuse me of bias in favour of a team or teams.
+8 #15 Saynomore 2017-04-16 21:48
Quoting Walt:
#12 Saynomore, all right smarty. Tell me which are my favourite clubs. You have absolutely no clue about the craft of football reporting.

Let's see I'm sure you favour south,Olympia and knights. As for craft of reporting football I'm sure to be a good reporter you need to be objective and un biased.
-6 #14 Walt 2017-04-16 13:46
#12 Saynomore, all right smarty. Tell me which are my favourite clubs. You have absolutely no clue about the craft of football reporting.
-6 #13 Anonymous 2017-04-16 13:32
Quoting Anon:
I wonder if all the knights challenge league players will follow brown to his fifth club in five seasons next year.

Not really sure about the motivation for this post. Hopefully Browny stays. Good to see the players integrating with other squads. AB himself has been very positive with the larger group. KRO.
+8 #12 Saynomore 2017-04-16 12:06
Quoting Oldfarats:
Why are not all comment's added seems like you're being a little picky walter

We all know he has his favourite clubs and does not post comments about them.6
+8 #11 Oldfarats 2017-04-16 08:42
Why are not all comment's added seems like you're being a little picky walter
-16 #10 Development 2017-04-15 11:31
Well done Zebras, some upcoming talent in that Challenge league squad and a great bond with the senior men. Keep fighting for your places in the first team. Those with the commitment and the drive will win through.
Some players in the Championship clubs challenge show some great promise and should go where their talent takes them. To NPL.
+10 #9 Needglasses 2017-04-15 11:13
Quoting Laka cup:
Hey, anyone know the fixtures for the laka cup? Can't find them anywhere. Not advertised, not on Facebook and not in sporting pulse

It on the fft website open your eyes it's not that difficult to see
-8 #8 Anonymous 2017-04-15 10:28
Quoting Anonymous:
I thought Zebras challenge no good as mainly all youth , no more to be said after tonight.

Zebras defeated a challenge league team from a championship club.... it's nothing to get excited about.
+10 #7 Anonymous 2017-04-15 06:59

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