Who Is Walter Pless?

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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:  Launceston City counter attack aaginst Knights [PlessPix]

(Victory League, KGV Park, Saturday, 27 April 2013)

 Glenorchy Knights 4 (A Marney 19, own-goal 27, S Johnson 42, A Robb 66)

Launceston City 0

 HT:  3-0   Att:  120  Ref:  C Phillips

 Glenorchy Knights:  Peter  -  Robinson, Booth, Johnson, A Robb  -  Kamba (Aldridge 71), D Foley, Hey, Marshall  -  Marney, David (G Kamano 46)  (Subs not used:  S Cornish-Young, Roberts)

Launceston City:  Farrell  -  Rossetto, D Egan, Bartlett, Jones  -  Smith (Kossman 46), Leonard, A Campbell, L Duncan, Kollie  -  J Duncan (Hill 67)  (Sub not used:  Tantari)

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Photo:  Knights' Jal David intercepts City's Sean Kollie [PlessPix]

Last-placed Launceston City came to KGV Park on Saturday with only faint hopes of upsetting second-last Glenorchy Knights in their Victory League bottom-of-the-table clash.

And so it turned out.  City were completely outclassed in the opening half and the Knights led 3-0 at the interval.  The home side played confidently and used the full width of the artificial surface to get behind the northerners’ defence and punish them.

To their credit, City seemed revived in the second period and made a fist of it, conceding just once more and having a ‘goal’ of their own nullified by the off-side flag.

But then, they made things hard for themselves when they had Nathan Bartlett sent off 15 minutes from the end after collecting a second yellow card for dissent.  Ill-discipline thus prevented them from getting back into this match and they eventually succumbed 4-0.

Aaron Marney continued his fine form by firing the Knights ahead in the 19th minute.  And, it was his low cross from the right in the 27th minute that was inadvertently turned into his own net by a defender to make it 2-0.

Jal David went close for the Knights on the half-hour when he robbed Bartlett of the ball, only to shoot narrowly wide.

It was 3-0 in the 42nd minute when central defender Sam Johnson squared his own personal ledger  -  he had scored an own-goal recently  -  by heading home Marney’s corner.

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Photo:  Knights' Aaron Marney moves in to stop City's Sean Kollie [PlessPix]

Both sides made changes at the break and this seemed to benefit City more than the Knights as they gradually came back into the game with more penetration up front.  In the 51st minute, City’s Josh Duncan headed at goal in what was his side’s first scoring effort.

Two minutes later, City substitute Brady Kossman had the ball in the back of the net, but it was disallowed for off-side.

Knights hit back in the 56th minute as the dangerous and effective Marney headed narrowly wide of the left-hand post.

Andrew Robb made it 4-0 for the Knights in the 66th minute when he beat goalkeeper Patrick Farrell to the ball on the left of the box and poked the ball home.

A minute later, Mynonge Kamba rattled the City crossbar with a marvellous strike from 25 metres after initially appearing to take one too many touches to work his way past a defender before shooting.

City were unlucky in the 73rd minute when Alex Rossetto’s goal-bound shot struck the back of team-mate Bartlett to let Knights off the hook,

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Photo: Knights' Mynonge Kamba gets a pass away [PlessPix]

City, reduced to 10 men, continued to play as if they had a full complement and they almost scored twice in the closing stages.

In the 78th minute, Kossman released Aaron Campbell and his effort was cleared off the line by Harry Booth, while in stoppage time, Campbell was denied by a fine save by Knights keeper Ben Peter.

The result leaves City isolated at the bottom with no points from six outings and 4 points adrift of second-last Knights.

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Photo:  Launceston City's Josh Duncan gets past Glenorchy Knights' Ben Robinson [PlessPix]

Glenorchy Knights coach, Chris Hey, said:

“The conditions were atrocious.  Four goals, clean sheet, three points  -  you’ve got to be happy with that.

“It’s good to get some goals in the back of the net.  It’s probably something we’ve lacked, in penetration, in games to date, so, to put four in the back of the net is a good result.

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Photo:  Launceston City's Josh Duncan controls the ball as Glenorchy Knights' Ben Robinson and Mynonge Kamba can only watch [PlessPix]

Launceston City coach, Dane Hudson, said:

“We came down with eleven fit players.  We’ve got nine injuries and unavailable players.  I think, for the squad we had, we did a really good job.

“There were probably two or three guys there that really weren’t at the fitness level that I want, but we’ve just got to play who we’ve got.

“I thought Knights did a really good job and pushed the ball around well, but like for like, I thought, you know, if we’d had our best team, it might have been...I’m not saying we would have won, but we might have had a little bit of a different showing than relying on the last eleven, if you like.”

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Photo:  Glenorchy Knights' Harry Booth settled well at centre-back [PlessPix]

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+1 #24 Darren Anderton 2013-05-06 02:39
#23"Your grammar maybe the worst in the blogesphere ever!"

That is a question and should end with a question mark not an exclamation, otherwise if you meant it to be a statement then "maybe" should be "may be".
Also I can't find the word "blogesphere" in the dictionary.
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+2 #23 Anonymous 2013-05-02 06:30
#22 Your grammar maybe the worst in the blogesphere ever!
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-1 #22 Anonymous 2013-05-02 03:24
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Anonymous:
Hope nites play booth and jonson at back on sunday


Are you an adult?


got 5 thums up :0)

Johnson scored and booth made team of the week. They also kept a clean sheet. Match before they were in defense, Olympia managed just ONE cracker and one own goal.After destroying Zebras. It is also seriously worrying you cant spell THUMB..


think youll find hay playd most of previous game in defense. nites wont be so silly to remove him from their on sunday - shoorly?
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+4 #21 Anonymous 2013-05-01 22:32
Not form City anon 8, from another club, however NPL standard has dropped. Two of the best clubs over the last 6 or 7 years best players are now playing in a higher league, and it is a much higher league, along with the fact that they then are limited by this u20 rule for no victory league players. What Im trying to say is, that the NPL would be much stronger if it were open age for all teams, rather than having resticitions on some. This ensures all the best players play.

Hopefully FFT change the rules for 2014.
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0 #20 Anonymous 2013-05-01 12:42
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Anonymous:
Hope nites play booth and jonson at back on sunday


Are you an adult?


got 5 thums up :0)

Johnson scored and booth made team of the week. They also kept a clean sheet. Match before they were in defense, Olympia managed just ONE cracker and one own goal.After destroying Zebras. It is also seriously worrying you cant spell THUMB..
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-1 #19 Anonymous 2013-05-01 09:18
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Anonymous:
Hope nites play booth and jonson at back on sunday


Are you an adult?


got 5 thums up :0)
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+2 #18 Bewildered 2013-05-01 08:52
I'd like to know how City is anymore arrogant than other clubs in particular?
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+5 #17 Anonymous 2013-05-01 03:51
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#13 Neither Clarence or Newtown have the resources finance support base to even consider VL. This was evident less than 12 months ago. Nothing has changed.

Correct because they refused to go into administration by dodging up their business plans to suit FFT's selection criteria.
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+5 #16 Anonymous 2013-05-01 01:22
Anon#15 Glorified Reserves Comp! that sounds like the before mentioned L'ton City arrogance to me, not to mention show no respect for the NPL. Devonport 2nd and Rangers 3rd are doing quite well in the NPL and NPL reserves as well as the V league, so why not City!!!!!!!!! Did they think along the lines of if they build it they will come, only to fined out they won't.
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-2 #15 Anonymous 2013-05-01 00:44
Anon 8 the problem is apart from Somerset the NPL is now a glorified reserve comp. This isnt being helped by restrictions being place on the 3 VL clubs who are now playing in a comp for prize money but really arent going to win it. Not fair to pay to enter a comp and then have restrictions made. Added to this it would be a stronger comp without any restictions.
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