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.

Who's Online

We have 53 guests and no members online

Hey and Turner - Copy

Photo:  Zebras' Jayden Hey (left) puts pressure on Olympia's Jack Turner [PlessPix]

(Summer Series, South Hobart Oval, Saturday, 10 February 2018)

Hobart Zebras 2 (A McKeown 18’, M Sanders 77’)

Olympia Warriors 4 (W Wadawu 5’, H Undy 48’, 90’, J Turner 86’)

HT: 1-1 Ref: S Plomaritis

Hobart Zebras: French - Walsh, Statella, Huigsloot, Akakpo - Muller, Hey, Burt - Sanders - Sklenar, McKeown (Interchange: Ackerley, Pace, Reid, Backhouse, Bloomfield)

Olympia Warriors: Johnson - Griffiths, Hill, McGee, Vandemey - Ortmann, Mearns, Undy - Wadawu, Turner, Nkoso (Interchange: Bellini, Little, Randall, Sammut, Smithies-Sharples)

Sanders and McGee - Copy

Photo:  Olympia's second American recruit, cetre-back Ryan McGee wins a header against Zebras' fly-in from Melbourne, Mathew Sanders [PlessPix]

Hobart Zebras can consider themselves somewhat unfortunate to have not earned at least a draw in this opening game in the Summer Series for NPL clubs, plus Glenorchy Knights.

Former Olympia striker Jakub Sklenar side-footed an attempt narrowly wide as early as the 2nd minute when he should have scored. He was, after all, the NPL’s leading marksman last season.

And, with the score at 2-2 with 13 minutes remaining - Zebras had twice come back to equalise - the referee missed a blatant shirt-tug by Lucas Hill on Mathew Sanders and allowed play to go on. Hill knocked a long ball down the right to Joffrey Nkoso, who crossed for Jack Turner to score and give the Warriors a 3-2 lead.

Turner and McKeown - Copy

Photo:  Olympia's Jack Turner (left) in a fight for possession with Zebras' Adam McKeown [PlessPix]

Zebras’ heads dropped at that stage and they conceded a fourth goal in the final minute when Hugh Undy skipped over keeper Jake French and walked the ball into the net.

French, filling in for Sheku Kamara, who was in Melbourne on compassionate leave, did well for Zebras and his two saves with his feet in quick succession against Undy and Warren Wadawu on the hour were excellent.

Wadawu put Olympia ahead in the 5th minute when he beat defender Chris Akakpo on the right and fired home from just inside the box.

Sklenar and McGee - Copy

Photo:  Zebras' Jakub Sklenar (left) in a tangle with Olympia's Ryan McGee [PlessPix]

Adam McKeown, given a surprise start, justified his inclusion when he levelled in the 18th minute, getting around Olympia’s new American keeper, Brett Johnson, and sliding the ball home from the left.

Zebras moved Luke Huigsloot from centre-back to midfield and dropped defensive midfielder Jordan Muller to centre-back midway through the opening half as they attempted to shore things up at the back. They allso took off Lachlan Burt and brought on Matthew Pace. With the interchange rule operating, changes were aways on the cards and situations could be retrieved.

Three minutes into the second half, uncertainty at the back allowed Undy to round French and restore Olympia’s lead.

Statella clears - Copy

Photo:  Zebras' Mattia Statella clears the danger as team-mate and goalkeeper Jake French looks relieved [PlessPix]

In the 56th minute, French rewarded coach Gabriel Markaj’s faith in him with a fine and brave save in a one-on-one with the powerful Turner.

Zebras equalised for the second time when, in the 77th minute, Sklenar broke down the left and crossed a low ball for Sanders to tap home at the far post.

Four minutes from the end, Olympia fortuitously regained the lead instead of conceding a free-kick for Hill’s foul on Sanders, and Undy’s second goal on the stroke of full-time was of no consequence really as Zebras were already beaten.

Markaj was involved in a confrontation with referee Plomaritis during the second half. It appeared to have something to do with being inside the technical area as the referee was pointing to the ground and the boundary of the technical area. Markaj waved his arms but somehow avoided explusion. Make up your own mind based on the photograph. This is something Zebras president Nick Di Giovanni may have to nip in the bud now.

Markaj and Plomaritis - Copy

Photo:  Mr Plomaritis in a confrontation with Gabriel Markaj [PlessPix]

Zebras are in action again on Wednesday at 6.30pm at North Chigwell when they take on Southern Championship title-holders Glenorchy Knights. This is one game they cannot afford to lose.

McKeown crossing - Copy

Photo:  Zebras' Adam McKeown crosses as an Olympia opponent tries to block [PlessPix]

Comments   

+1 #12 Noel 2018-02-14 01:55
A photo only shows what is happening at that instance.We jump to conclusions and suddenly the referee is at fault.Did you see hear what was said prior to this photo being taken?Referee and his assistants were miked up and Stratos reacted to what was heard.He warned Markaj and told him to sit down. Markaj moved to corner of the technical area and stood his ground.Yes we have seen worse from other managers.Remark s directed at official from the technical need to stopped and to Markaj's credit he adjusted for the remainder of the game.WE are bringing more family's with young children to watch our games,is this what we teach them?Passion should not be taken away from the game by the players/support ers and coaches.These young players of the future look up to the senior players and coach's,we all need to set an example to then for their future learning on and off the field.A picture/photo can be interpenetrated in so many ways.
Quote
-7 #11 Really 2018-02-13 12:52
Quoting Anon:
Anyone else think stratos isnt helping the situation by charging up and getting in the coaches face, Gab barely moves, I've noticed this a couple of times with players and I think it only makes the situation worse.


Couldn't agree more, some refs just love to puff their chests out and make themselves feel important.

I was at the game and Gabriel did no more or worse than I've seen from other managers.
Quote
+5 #10 Observation 2018-02-13 11:32
Quoting Anon:
Anyone else think stratos isnt helping the situation by charging up and getting in the coaches face, Gab barely moves, I've noticed this a couple of times with players and I think it only makes the situation worse.
mate i dont think the ref is doing anything wrong .my opinion is that gabriel has had it for the officials since he was at the lions. He did it with charlie last year and now he is doing it again with stratos. Bottom line as he always says he knows the rules ! Right!
Quote
-4 #9 Anon 2018-02-13 08:40
Anyone else think stratos isnt helping the situation by charging up and getting in the coaches face, Gab barely moves, I've noticed this a couple of times with players and I think it only makes the situation worse.
Quote
+9 #8 ridiculous 2018-02-12 08:55
Quoting really:
Going to be a great game Wednesday night.

My money is on the knights.

Im more interested in how Knights go in the NPL ....oh wait a minute
Quote
0 #7 anonymous 2018-02-12 07:56
#4 we will worry about losses in the Npl not summer kick around or championship league where Knights are spending the season , but thanks for enlightening us Mr Knights .
Quote
+7 #6 Anon 2018-02-12 07:26
What did he actually do???? Get told off by a ref??? Get over it people if it wasnt any1 else we wouldnt even be talking about it
Quote
-7 #5 Anon 2018-02-12 05:53
markaj is risking to ruin all the good things he has done so far .
off the field he is a lovely kid but once a game starts he goes wild and that’s unacceptable .
Markaj if you are reading this, it’s time to change! Don’t let your club down . A lot of people are at zebras for you each player is backing you . You are doing an awesome job mate don’t let your players down .
Quote
+1 #4 really 2018-02-12 05:52
Quoting anonymous:
Wouldn’t be too worrried about wed as Zebras 3 games in 7 days and big one against Sth Hbt Saturday , I’m expecting mainly youth to take the field Wed night for good experience against a strong Knights outfit.
It’s a summer series Walter where you experiment and look after the squad in this stupid rostering of 3 big games in 7 days.


Sounds like you're making excuses for zebras loss already
Quote
+11 #3 Depth is key 2018-02-12 05:04
Quoting anonymous:
Wouldn’t be too worrried about wed as Zebras 3 games in 7 days and big one against Sth Hbt Saturday , I’m expecting mainly youth to take the field Wed night for good experience against a strong Knights outfit.
It’s a summer series Walter where you experiment and look after the squad in this stupid rostering of 3 big games in 7 days.

That's what squads & good youth structures for same all over the world
Quote

Add comment

Security code
Refresh