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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Blacktown

Tuesday 14 June 2011

The Qantas Olyroos recorded a 6-0 victory over the Singapore U23 team in a training match held in wet and windy conditions at Blacktown Olympic Park this afternoon.

The training match was originally scheduled to be played on Sunday at Bluetongue Stadium, but due to heavy showers on the Central Coast the match was rescheduled to Blacktown Olympic Park today.


The Qantas Olyroos got off to the perfect start when Kofi Danning found himself unmarked, and with the ball, inside the penalty box in the 6th minute. Danning drove his shot from an acute angle into the goal giving the Singaporean goalkeeper, Izwan Bin Mahbud, little chance of saving.

Aaron Mooy doubled the Qantas Olyroos lead in the 14th minute after he dribbled into the box following a pass from Matthew Foschini. Mooy then neatly slotted home from close range.

The Qantas Olyroos continued to dominate for the remainder or the first half and Mooy had a very good chance to double his tally just after the half hour mark but his cracking long range shot was just marginally wide of the target.

Singapore’s best chance to reduce the deficit occurred just before half time when their captain, Hariss Harun, hit a left footed shot which produced a fine save out of Qantas Olyroos goalkeeper Dean Bouzanis.

The second half saw the Qantas Olyroos continue to dominate possession and in the 52nd minute they extended their lead when Rocco Visconte set-up Jason Hoffman for him to side-footed into the goal from inside the six-yard box.

Three minutes later Marko Jesic added his name to the score sheet when he was played in from a quick free kick and then unleashed a 25-yard bomb into the top right-hand corner of the goal.

On the hour mark Qantas Olyroos Head Coach Aurelio Vidmar made seven changes to his team to rest some players and give others a much needed run.

In the 69th minute one of those substitutes, Mustafa Amini, scored a similar goal to Jesic’s from general play after a good period of build-up. Amini’s well-struck long range shot hitting the under-side of the crossbar before it billowed out the back of the net.

The scoring was completed in the final minute of the match when Aziz Behich took on three defenders down the left side, cut back inside and then carefully placed his shot into the goal out of reach of the diving Singaporean goalkeeper.

Speaking after the match, Aurelio Vidmar was not so concerned with the final score line, but more than happy with the solid hit-out in the lead-up to this weekend’s Olympic Qualifier against Yemen.

“It was frustrating not to play on Sunday afternoon due to the rain, but full credit to the Blacktown City Council and Blacktown Olympic Park to host this match at very short notice,” said Vidmar.

“Going into today’s match it was very important for us to have a good work-out leading into our matches against Yemen.

“Although the score was a little flattering I was very pleased with the way we played and the intensity that we played at for the whole ninety minutes.

“It was also good to see some of the younger players who haven’t played much with us to get some valuable game time and they all fitted in very well.

“We will now continue our preparations and really focus on the upcoming matches against Yemen,” concluded Vidmar.

The Qantas Olyroos will continue to train on the Central Coast for the rest of the week to prepare for their two matches against Yemen on the 19th June (Gosford) and 23rd June (Newcastle).

The Qantas Olyroos need to win these two matches on aggregate to progress to the next round of qualification which sees the 12 winners from Round 2 divided into three groups of four teams each.

The teams in each group will then play in a home-and-away format from 21 September 2011, to 14 March 14, 2012, with the winner of each group directly qualifying for the London 2012 Olympic Games Football competition.

The three second-placed teams from the third round will clash in a playoff at a centralised venue from March 25 to 29, 2012, and the winners of this group will meet the representatives of CAF (Africa) for a berth in the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Tickets for the two Preliminary Round 2 - 2012 London Olympic Games Asian Qualification Matches between the Qantas Olyroos and Yemen are on sale from Ticketek (19 June) and Proticket (23 June) respectively.

Match Details

Qantas Olyroos            6 (Kofi Danning 6’, Aaron Mooy 14’, Jason Hoffman 52’, Marko Jesic 55’, Mustafa Amini 69’, Aziz Behich 90’)

Singapore U23             0

Blacktown Olympic Park, Rooty Hill
Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Referee: Kurt Ams

Assistant Referees: Scott Edeling & Murray Wilson
Fourth Official:
Kevin Peddie

Qantas Olyroos line-up: 18.Dean Bouzanis (gk) (1.Andrew Redmayne (gk) 46’), 2.Sebastian Ryall (3.Ryan McGowan 61’), 4.Matthew Jurman (19.Sam Gallagher 61’), 5. Aziz Behich, 6.Oliver Bozanic (c) (13.Diogo Ferreira 61’), 8.Aaron Mooy, 9.Jason Hoffman, 11.Rocco Visconte (16.Mustafa Amini 61’), 14.Marko Jesic (21.Matthew Fletcher 61’), 17.Kofi Danning, 20.Matthew Foschini (15.Scott Neville 61’)

Substitutes not used:, 12.Mark Birighitti (gk)

Yellow Cards: Jason Hoffman 56’

Red Cards: Nil

Singapore U23 line-up: 1.Izwan Bin Mahbud (gk), 2.Fazil Bin Ayob (15.Lou Zhenlun Eugene 53’), 3.Safuwan Bin Baharudin, 6.Shahir Bin Hamzah (4.Afiq Bin Yunos 58’), 7.Faris Bin Ramil (22.Navin Nigel Vanu 46’), 9.Khairul Nizam (8.Nazrul Bin Ahmad Nazari 46’), 10.Irwan Shah Bin Arismail, 14.Hariss Harun (c), 20.Firdaus Bin Kasman (5.Fairoz Bin Hasan 66’), 21.Ruzaini Bin Zainal (23.Ong Yu Min Emmeric 46’), 24.Shahdan Bin Sulaiman

Substitutes not used: 13. Zulfahmi Bin Mohd Arifin, 16.Ignatius Ang Yu Heng, 17.Safirul Bin Sulaiman, 18.Chan Yuhui (gk), 19. Abdul Hadi Othman, 30.Syazwan Bin Buhari (gk).

Yellow Cards: Faris Bin Ramil 15’, Shahir Bin Hamzah 35, Navin Nigel Vanu 49’

Red Cards: Nil

Qantas Olyroos Squad List

Preliminary Round 2 - 2012 London Olympic Games Asian Qualification Matches – 19 & 23 June 2011

Name

Club

Mustafa Amini

Central Coast Mariners

Aziz Behich

Melbourne Heart

Mark Birighitti (gk)

Adelaide United

Dean Bouzanis (gk)

uncontracted

Oliver Bozanic

Central Coast Mariners

Isaka Cernak

Melbourne Victory

Kofi Danning

uncontracted

Diogo Ferreira

Melbourne Victory

Matthew Fletcher

Sunderland, England

Matthew Foschini

Melbourne Victory

Sam Gallagher

Central Coast Mariners

Jason Hoffman

Melbourne Heart

Marko Jesic

Newcastle Jets

Matthew Jurman

Brisbane Roar

Ryan McGowan

Hearts FC, Scotland

Aaron Mooy

St Mirren, Scotland

Scott Neville

Perth Glory

Mitch Nichols

Brisbane Roar

Andrew Redmayne (gk)

Brisbane Roar

Sebastian Ryall

Sydney FC

Rocco Visconte

Brisbane Roar

As at 14 June 2011

Match and Ticket Details

First leg - Preliminary round 2 of 2012 London Olympics Asian Qualifiers

Qantas Olyroos v Yemen

Sunday 19 June 2011

Bluetongue Stadium, Gosford

Kick-off - 3:00pm

Gates open – 2.00pm

Tickets on sale now from Ticketek

Ticketek – 132 849

http://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=OLYROOS11

Second leg - Preliminary round 2 of 2012 London Olympics Asian Qualifiers

Qantas Olyroos v Yemen

Thursday 23 June 2011

Ausgrid Stadium, Newcastle

Kick Off - 6.30pm

Gates open – 5.30pm