Who Is Walter Pless?

Walter_Pless

A teacher by profession, but has been a football writer for 33 years. 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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BEACHSIDE 1-1 METRO
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Metro could not be satisfied with this draw as Taroona won earlier in the day and moved to the top of the Division One ladder with a 2-point lead over them.

It was a hard, physical encounter, which saw three send-offs and four other bookings.

The small ground was even more crowded as neither side tried to use width and both teams sometimes occupied only one quadrant of the pitch.

With space at a premium, players had little time to control the ball and, if their technique was slightly deficient, they were caught in possession.

Consequently, the ball was often punted upfield anywhere, and there were some mad chases for the ball and crunching tackles.

Orr’s late tackle on Robinson earned the Scotsman a yellow card and this would prove crucial later in the match.

How Davis stayed on the pitch for as long as he did (an hour) is anyone’s guess. He appeared to strike Orr early on and then conceded a penalty later as he brought Orr down.

He and Orr were finally given their marching orders after an hour following a goalmouth scramble that saw Orr just fail to put Metro ahead.

All hell broke loose after the dismissals and players, coaches and officials had to intervene to restore order.

Beachside supporters standing near the dressing rooms were very vocal as the game wore on and there were quite a few verbal exchanges between them and Metro players who were substituted and were making their way back to the change rooms.

Beachside attacked strongly in the opening stages of the match and only a fine save by Metro keeper Simon Land denied Bernhard Klasen.

Beachside forced a couple of corner in quick succession, but the visitors held out.

The penalty came in the 14th minute and Orr tucked it away with ease to give Metro the lead.

Ten minutes before the break, Davis rose at the far side of the box at a corner and nodded home the equaliser. His gestures towards the Metro bench as he ran back for the restart were less than complimentary.

Neither side could break the stalemate in the second half, although Beachside keeper Alex Bigg was the busier of the two custodians and produced two fine saves to deny Metro a winner near the end.

The referee had his hands full once he blew the final whistle, which, incidentally, came about 70 seconds before the 45 minutes were up.

He had also refereed the reserve curtain-raiser.

He was surrounded by players and supporters before he left the field. Orr was out there questioning him, and the referee also threatened to report one club if one particular individual did not move away.

FFT should clearly have ensured that there were three fresh officials available for a match of such importance.

It was, after all, the only game in town at that time of the evening.

The referees’ ‘room’ is part of the Beachside dressing room and only separated from the players by a small partition, which is hardly an appropriate arrangement.

Metro's latest Scottish signing was at the game, having arrived in Tasmania only that morning. I wonder what he thought of it all?

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  • Beachside coach, Nathan Robinson, said:

“I thought we were magnificent.

“We had a late withdrawal in Colin Shepherd, who has a virus, but who was here tonight.

“Sebastian Milford was out and he normally scored a few goals for us.

“We had to change tactically with a player sent off, but I just thought it was a terrific game.

“It still is two points we’ve lost and the onus was on us as the home team to get forward and score a goal.

“We couldn’t quite manage that in the second half, but saying that, I couldn’t fault the players.

“They were superb and they’re improving all the time. Those games, those crucial games in the Cup against the Northern Premier League team and against Zebras, and our practice game against South Hobart, are slowly starting to get us up to Premier League standard, because that’s what Metro are with their Scottish boys.

“So, I thought it was a good result and it keeps us alive for the season.”

  • Metro coach, Darrin Chaffey, said:

“Pretty disappointing. I’m not disappointed with the result because I don’t think we deserved to win.

“We didn’t play better, not that I thought Beachside did as well.

“It’s a pretty even result.

“It was a pretty important game for us and to have one of our strikers and myself sent off in the latter stages of the game, it’s going to affect for us a couple of weeks.”
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Beachside: A Bigg; P Bigg (Howarth 25), McDonald, Lowe, Robinson, Wain, Szoka, Klasen, Atkin, Douglas (Reason 85), Davis (Substitute not used: Ryan)

Booked: Douglas, Davis

Sent-off: Davis

Goals: Davis 35

Metro: Land; Rahni, Gasparin, Malcolm, Sweeney, Dawes, Orr, Jackson (McQueen 80), Hawkins, Marney, Hunt (Chaffey 70) (Substitute not used: T Kent)

Booked: Orr, Dawes, Jackson, McQueen

Sent-off: Orr, Chaffey

Att: 100

Ref: C Ware
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SOUTH HOBART 6-0 HOBART OLYMPIC
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This was South Hobart’s biggest ever defeat of Hobart Olympic.

The previous biggest winning margin was in 1996, when South Hobart won 5-1.

Olympic defended bravely for the opening half-hour, with Chris Tsimiklis prominent at the centre of the defence, but their wayward passing made it impossible for them to launch any effective attacks.

South Hobart pushed Liam Scott forward on the left and he presented some danger to the visitors.

Julius Ross, who went on to score two goals, also produced some glaring misses, the first as early as the 2nd minute.

South almost hit the front in the 28th minute when Dmitri Nester had to claw a ball out of the goal before it crossed the line following a free-kick from wide on the right by Jim Pennicott and a close-range header.

In the 34th minute, Scott bent a nice shot against the far right-hand post and the rebound was bundled over the line, but the effort was disallowed for off-side.

A minute later, David Abbott was presented with a good opening, but he drove the ball into the side-netting.

Seconds later, South went ahead when Jonathon Ladic floated a free-kick from the left towards the far post and Kostas Kanakaris, the former Olympic striker, nodded the ball across the face of goal for Scott to score.

Lee Mason, one of Olympic’s best performers, had to leave the field after the goal through injury and was replaced by Youssef Mohamad, who was himself to be substituted later in the match.

Kanakaris made it 2-0 in the 38th minute when he raced onto a ball down the left from Scott and beat Chris Tsimiklis before cutting inside and shooting past a hesitant Chris Tsakiris and inside Nester’s right-hand post.

It should have been game over in the 40th minute when Chris Tsakiris inexplicably gave the ball away in midfield to Kanakaris and he slipped it through to Ross, who advanced on goal, only to miscue his shot wide with the goal at his mercy.

The second half was one-way traffic as Julius Ross added South’s third in the 55th minute with a rocket into the roof of the net from Kanakaris’s cross.

Ladic made it 4-0 from another Kanakaris cross after good initial work down the left by Abbott, but Ross then missed another sitter after being set up by Abbott.

Ross did add his second, and South’s fifth, 8 minutes from the end following Shae Hickey’s dangerous chip to the far post. Nester could only palm the ball down to Ross’s feet, and the striker scored into an empty net.

In the 78th minute, Ladic cut the ball back from the right and Abbott laid it into the path of Heerey, but he blazed wildly over the bar.

With two minutes remaining, Hickey put Abbott through and he nut-megged goalkeeper Nester for South’s sixth.

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  • South Hobart coach, Ken Morton, said:

“Well, happy in the end. A little bit of relief.

“I don’t know when the first goal came, but we battled away and had some chances in the 6-yard box and missed them, so I thought it was going to be another one of those days.

“But, we got a fullback forward into the 6-yard box and he scored and after that we played some good football and got in behind them.

“There were some good crosses today and we got two or three people in the box, which we hadn’t been doing, so that was quite pleasing.

  • Hobart Olympic coach, Farrell Shaw, said:

“They were always going to win this game.

“They had a lot of pressure in the first half and we did a lot of defending in the first half and it was quite pleasing to see that we defended quite well.

“Ten minutes before the first half ended, they got two easy goals.

“In the second half, again, we started off really well and we had another ten minutes of down play and they scored two and from then it was all over.

“It’s disappointing for the lads. Some of the lads really out in there, but, it’s frustrating when you get a team that’s there to be taken and you don’t take them.”
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South Hobart: Moncur - Pennicott, Ludford, Heerey (Bladel 74), Scott - Abbott, Ladic, Hickey, Cooper - Kanakaris, Ross (Substitutes not used: Upton, Hill, Eaves)

Goals: Scott 35, Kanakaris 38, Ross 55, Ladic 56, Ross 82, Abbott 88

Hobart Olympic: Nester - Lebski, Tsimiklis, C Tsakiris, Kaproulias (E Tsakris 70) - Saric, Mason [(Mohamad 36) Banks 83], Richardson, Larzabal - Bulis, Kunwar (Substitute not used: Plomaritis)

Booked: Larzabal 51

Att: 113

Ref: C Phillips
Taroona became the new leaders of the Division One competition when they beat Northern Suburbs DOSA 2-1 away at the Showgrounds this afternoon.

The result put them two points ahead of previous leaders Metro, who were held to a 1-1 draw by third-placed Beachside in a fiery encounter at Sandown Park last night.

Fourth-placed Nelson Eastern Suburbs had to be content with a 2-2 draw with sixth-ranked Christian United.

Luke Wallace and Joe Vanderslink netted for Nelson, while Matthew Sly netted both goals for Christian.

Beachside began strongly against Metro and only a fine save by Simon Land prevented the hosts from taking an early lead in a match that saw three players sent off and four others cautioned.

Beachside’s Ben Davis, and Metro’s Ricky Orr and Darrin Chaffey, were sent off, while Beachside’s Andrew Douglas and Metro’s Jason Dawes, Wayne Jackson and Kye McQueen were cautioned.

Orr gave Metro the lead with a penalty in the 14th minute after a foul by Davis, but Davis headed Beachside level in the 35th minute.

Davis was fortunate to still be on the pitch at that stage as his behaviour had probably warranted several yellow cards.

Beachside goalkeeper Alex Bigg produced two good saves in the closing minutes to deny Metro a win.

First, he saved bravely at the feet of Aaron Marney, and then he turned another fierce shot over the bar for a fruitless corner.

With this match being the only one on at that time of the day, it is a mystery why FFT could only allocate one official to handle it.

The official had to call on two club persons as his assistants, which is hardly satisfactory for such an important fixture.

There was at least one other referee in attendance as a spectator.

Things got very heated by the end of the match and the referee was even confronted by spectators and players at the end of the match and had to walk unescorted from the field.

The incident where Orr and Davis were sent off threatened to erupt into an all-out brawl and it was only the timely and level-headed actions of officials and some players from both clubs that prevented the situation from getting completely out of hand.

How FFT can expect one referee to handle such a situation is beyond belief, especially with no other games on at that time.

It is no wonder that the referee appeared ashen-faced as he sat behind a small partition - which acts as the referees’ changing room - in the Beachside dressing room after the game.

I must emphasise that no Beachside players did anything to make the referee uncomfortable in that situation after the game, but such a set-up surely cannot be tolerated as referees should not have to share dressing rooms with either team.

The door was locked at half-time as Beachside had their break and, at first, the referee could not even get in to have a breather.

And, one other point - the referee had already handled the reserves game before he officiated in the senior match.

Another interesting point was that the game ended just short of the 44th minute of the second half. Given the send-offs and the mayhem that followed, as well as several substitutions, this seems odd.
Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League leaders Tilford Zebras were held to a 3-3 draw by sixth-placed New Town Eagles at Clare Street this afternoon.

Second-placed Glenorchy Knights closed the gap on Zebras to 5 points with a 3-1 win over fifth-placed Clarence United at KGV Park on Friday night.

Third-placed South Hobart halted their run of three consecutive losses by trouncing Hobart Olympic 6-0 at South Hobart today, their biggest ever victory over Olympic.

And, bottom-side University collected only their second point of the league campaign by holding fourth-placed Kingborough Lions United to a 1-1 draw at home at Olinda Grove this afternoon.

Two goals by Ricky Self and one by second-half substitute Ben Crosswell near the end appeared to have given Zebras a 3-2 win over Eagles, but Adam McKeown ensured the home side of a draw with an equaliser with the last kick of the match.

McKeown and Nick Ferrall scored the other goals for Eagles.

Terrible defending was at the heart of Clarence’s loss to Knights, who took the lead through Amadu Koroma in the 29th minute.

Luke Cripps equalised in the 54th minute, but late goals by Alex Holmes, in the 85th minute, and Corey Smith, in the 87th minute, gave Knights the three points.

South Hobart squandered several easy opportunities before Liam Scott put them ahead in the 35th minute, scoring from close range after Kostas Kanakaris had nodded Jonathon Ladic’s free-kick into the 6-yard box.

Former Olympic player Kanakaris made it 2-0 three minutes later when he raced onto a ball down the left from Scott and beat Chris Tsimiklis before cutting inside and shooting past a hesitant Chris Tsakiris and inside Dmitri Nester’s right-hand post.

The second half was one-way traffic as Julius Ross added South’s third in the 55th minute with a rocket into the roof of the net from Kanakaris’s cross.

Ladic made it 4-0 in the 56th minute from another Kanakaris cross, while Ross added his second, and South’s fifth, 8 minutes from the end following Shae Hickey’s chip to the far post, which seemed to confuse Nester, who could only palm it down into Ross’s path.

David Abbott nut-megged goalkeeper Nester for South’s sixth after being put through by Hickey’s pass.

South’s previous best win against Olympic was in 1996, when they won 5-1 against a far better Olympic side than this one.