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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Sanchez and Ackerley - Copy

Photo:  Clarence's Andres Sanchez Calcedo gets the ball past Zebras' James Ackerley [PlessPix]

(NPL Tasmania, Grove Road, Saturday, 7 July 2018)

Hobart Zebras 9 (L Huigsloot 2’, 26’, M Sanders 5’, 23’, 36’, 74’, J Hey 62’, M Pace 83’, J Sklenar 90’)

Clarence United 0

HT: 5-0   Att: 120   Ref: T Peart

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

Clarence United: J Voss - Lush, Price, Palmer, M Voss - Randall, Ercan, O’Neill, Soukary - Sanchez, Snell (Subs: Dyson, Hatcher, Kannegiesser, Lange)

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Photo:  Clarence substitute Kane Hatcher (right) lunges to try and stop Zebras' Aleksander Markaj from clearing [PlessPix]

Hobart Zebras moved up a place to third on the NPL Tasmania standings by annihilating bottom-side Clarence United 9-0 at Grove Road today.

It was Clarence’s heaviest defeat in the NPL.

The same day, Devonport City took over top spot by downing previous leaders Launceston City 3-1 away at Buckby Landrover Park in Launceston. It was Launceston City’s second consecutive league loss after their unbeaten run of 11 straight matches.

South Hobart dropped a place to fourth, but they can regain third spot with a 4 or more goal victory over fifth-placed Olympia Warriors away at Warrior Park tomorrow.

Zebras destroyed Clarence with 5 goals in the opening half, the first coming after just 2 minutes through Luke Huigsloot.

Jakub Sklenar and Jonathan ONeill - Copy

Photo:  Zebras' Jakub Sklenar controls the ball ahead of Clarence's Jonathan O'Neill [PlessPix]

Mathew Sanders added the second in the 5th minute after a fine cross from Riley Dillon, who was to prove a major provider of assists in this game.

Sanders netted his second and Zebras’ third in the 23rd minute, while Huigsloot made it 4-0 in the 26th minute when he headed home Dillon’s free-kick from the right.

A shoulder injury in the 34th minute put paid to Jason Voss’s appearance in goal and he was replaced by Mathew Dyson.

Dyson had only been in goal for 2 minutes when Dillon, marauding down the left, set up Zebras’ fifth goal. Matthew Pace got to Dillon’s cross and hit the bar from close range, the ball rebounding to Sanders, who headed home to complete his hat-trick.

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Photo:  Clarence's Angres Sanchez Calcedo slide-tackles Zebras' Jayden Hey [PlessPix]

Jayden Hey got on the scoresheet just past the hour-mark to make it 6-0 and was immediately substituted.

In the 74th minute, Dillon’s corner was turned home by Sanders to take his tally for the match to four goals.

Seven minutes from the end, Pace netted Zebras’ eighth goal after a poor clearance by Clarence.

In the final minute, a deep cross from the left by Sanders was controlled by substitute Jakub Sklenar, who slotted the ball home to complete the scoring.

Sklenar has a heel injury but came on late in the game to keep up his match fitness.

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Photo:  Clarence's Sam Randall (right) challenges Zebras' Luke Huigsloot [PlessPix]

Hobart Zebras’ injured striker, Adam McKeown, said:

“It was an impressive performance by the boys. It was really good. They stuck to the game plan and moved the ball around and worked their defence quite well.

“I think we can still win the title [with a performance like that].

“My man of the match? Mathew Sanders got four goals, but Riley Dillon was quite good down the left side and he put in a lot of good balls.”

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Photo:  Mathew Dyson took over in goal for Clarence after an injury to Jason Voss [PlessPix]

Clarence United’s goalkeeper, Mathew Dyson, said:

“My height is an issue, but I’ve played enough senior games to be experienced enough to come on and do what I have to do [after Jason Voss’s injury].

“I think in the second half, in the first 20 or 25 minutes, I think we actually outplayed them. We had more shots, even though they weren’t lethal shots, than them. We outplayed them through the middle of the park.

“I think with Ibrahim, Sanchez and Ali in there, their quality - obviously they’ve played at a higher level in Canada - that’s good. When they’re on, they’re on, when they’re not, we probably need to work more defensively, maybe.”

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Photo:  Zebras' Aleksander Markaj clears the ball before Clarence's Kane Hatcher can intervene [PlessPix]

NPL Tasmania Standings (As at Saturday 7 July 2018)

TEAM

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Devonport City

13

9

2

2

39

13

29

Launceston City

13

9

2

2

37

14

29

Hobart Zebras

13

8

2

3

43

25

26

South Hobart

12

7

2

3

34

20

23

Olympia Warriors

12

5

1

6

22

26

16

Kingborough Lions

13

3

2

8

26

30

11

Northern Rangers

13

3

1

9

23

44

10

Clarence United

13

0

2

11

10

62

2

Both clubs observe a minutes silence 7 July 2018 - Copy

Photo:  The Hobart Zebras and Clarence United men's and women's teams observe a minute's silence in memory of the late Luke Cripps, who played for both clubs [PlessPix]

Pace advances - Copy

Photo:  Hobart Zebras' Matthew Pace on the attack [PlessPix]

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0 #6 LOL 2018-07-10 05:13
Quoting Anonymous:
If Clarence beat Olympia I reckon it would almost make the pain of the last 3 years worth it.


I would bet my cows and two chickens that would NEVER happen
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0 #5 Anonymous 2018-07-09 10:02
If Clarence beat Olympia I reckon it would almost make the pain of the last 3 years worth it.
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+4 #4 Anon 2018-07-08 06:14
Quoting Taxi:
Clarence have Olympia ay home and Port away next 2 games

Another loss away and may be a chance to get a point or points at home
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+6 #3 Taxi 2018-07-07 17:12
Clarence have Olympia ay home and Port away next 2 games
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+15 #2 drew port exile 2018-07-07 11:46
could be four clubs within 3 points, all games now add to the plot. 'six pointers' etc, pick a winner fans, for sure it is interesting.

zebs in form, port with good away win, souths looming dangerously.
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+9 #1 Anonymous 2018-07-07 11:30
You think? lol

"When they’re on, they’re on, when they’re not, we probably need to work more defensively, maybe."
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