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:  Zebras' Adam McKeown (left) races Olympia's Seung Yong Jin for the ball [PlessPix]

Olympia Warriors collected their second trophy this season when they beat Tilford Zebras 4-2 in the Milan Lakoseljac Memorial Trophy final before almost 1200 fans at KGV Park yesterday.

The Warriors, who won the Summer Cup at the start of the season, went into this final as the underdogs but inflicted a second defeat on Zebras at this venue this year.

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Photo:  Zebras' Aaron Cairns battles for possession with Olympia's Jeong Bin Kim [PlessPix]

Olympia had given the Zebras a 5-1 spanking on this artificial surface in the Victory League on 7 April, and had drawn 1-1 with Zebras on their own artificial pitch at Warrior Park last week.

The match was a disaster for the Zebras.  Their fly-in goalkeeper from Sydney FC gifted Olympia the equaliser and was then sent off 7 minutes from the end.

Aaron Cairns put the Zebras ahead in the 26th minute when he ran onto a through-ball from Jonathan Ladic before stroking the ball past the advancing keeper Dmitri Nester, who had been preferred in goal to Colombian import Juan Cale, who was still suffering the effects of jet lag after returning on Sunday from his university graduation ceremony in the USA.

Nester had denied Kurt Engels in the opening minutes with a fine save and he twice blocked efforts from Alex Leszczynski just past the half-hour mark as Zebras threatened but failed to add to their tally.

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Photo:  Zebras' Jonathan Ladic (left) and Olympia's Lachlan Nichols in a scrap for the ball [PlessPix]

With 5 minutes of the opening half remaining, Zebras keeper Ryan Norval inexplicably gave the ball straight to Emmanuel Tsakiris while attempting to clear and the Olympia striker, playing his final match before heading overseas on holiday, netted easily to make it 1-1.

Two minutes after the resumption, Nester again thwarted Engels, but in the 49th minute, at the other end, Hugh Undy’s shot took a slight deflection and looped over Norval and into the net to give Olympia a 2-1 lead.

Olympia now smelled blood and Tsakiris grabbed his second goal of the match when he turned a Ben Phillips cross from the left past Norval to make it 3-1.

Zebras steadied their ship when Paul Palmer came on in midfield in place of defender Andrew Clark, but Tsakiris almost completed his hat-trick in the 63rd minute when he rounded Mark Page on the right and cut inside, but his shot cleared the bar.

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Photo:  Zebras' Adam McKeown gets to the ball ahead of Olympia's Lachlan Nichols [PlessPix]

Olympia were full of confidence now and Jeong Bin Kim headed against a post in the 66th minute.

Seconds later, Leszczynski gave Zebras a glimmer of hope when he drove a low shot from the edge of the box past Nester to make it 3-2.

The Zebras seemed to have their second wind now and Andrew Telega headed a corner centimetres wide in the 69th minute, while in the 77th minute, Ladic blazed wide of the target.

Two minutes later, Nester again showed his class when he blocked a shot by Cairns in a one-on-one situation in which the Zebras man seemed certain to score.

Cairns tested Nester again in the 81st minute, the keeper just getting his fingers to the Scotsman’s low shot and turning the ball wide for a corner.

Two minutes later, Norval ran out of his penalty area and crudely upended substitute Gift Ochaya, who had left the Zebras defence in his wake and was bearing down on goal.  Mr Kopra produced the red card and ended Norval’s third game in Tasmania prematurely.

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Photo:  Clarence's Emily Nellis (right) pressures an Olympia opponent [PlessPix]

Zebras sacrificed Mattias Togill to bring on substitute keeper Rob Kay, but he was beaten immediately as Undy scored from the free-kick that Norval had conceded.

Olympia held on for the rest of normal time and 8 minutes of stoppage time to collect this trophy for the first time in their history.

“I think it was a fantastic game and I think the spectators would be happy with the spectacle,” said Olympia coach, Glen McNeill.

“It was a great game and could have gone either way.

“When we led 3-2, I felt really stressed.

“For me, the deciding factor was when their keeper was sent off.  I rate him very highly and then, obviously, Hugh [Undy] putting away the free-kick killed off the game.

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Photo:  Olympia coacvg Glen McNeill (left) and striker Emmanuel Tsakiris, who scored two goals in the final, with the Milan Lakoseljac Memorial Trophy at today's media conference [PlessPix]

“Zebras are a quality side and we were never allowed to feel comfortable on the ball, but fortunately, we prevailed.”

Zebras coach Tommy Fotak said his side failed to take their chances in what was a typical cup final.

“They took theirs,” Fotak said.  “I thought Dmitri Nester had a really good game for them in goal.

“At 3-1, I still backed us to get back into it and we got it to 3-2 and were playing pretty well but then we lost Ryan [Norval].

“I don’t think he’ll put this one down in his scrapbook as his best game.

“He was disappointed with coughing up that first goal, but I’ll encourage my keeper to play out every time, so, unfortunately, that happened today and not some other day.

“The send-off?   It happens when keepers come out.  There’s always that risk.

“They’re worthy winners.”

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Photo:  Clarence's Loren Johnson about to clear the danger [PlessPix]

It was also the second trophy Olympia won yesterday, their social side having picked up the State-wide Vase with a 3-2 win over Devonport City.

Josh Clutterbuch, Savva Kaponas and Yiannis Tellyross netted for Olympia, while Tony Aherne and Jonathon O’Keeffe replied for Devonport City.

Olympia failed to make it a hat-trick of trophies on the day when their women’s side went down 2-1 to Clarence United in the State-wide Women’s Cup.

Paris Crowe put Clarence ahead after just 8 minutes with a low drive past Shelley Cook after Olympia’s Rani Cavarretta had rattled the Clarence crossbar with a terrific shot in the 5th minute.

Olympia’s efforts were rewarded in the 18th minute when Vanessa Johnson equalised with a chip from an acute angle on the left that sailed over keeper Amelia Van der Niet.

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Photo:  Olympia's Amelia Jones (right) escapes a tackle from Clarence United's Paris Crowe [PlessPix]

Van der Niet kept Clarence in the game with a marvellous save in a one-on-one situation early in the second half.

With the game seemingly destined for extra-time, a quick break by Clarence’s Bronte Davison resulted in a 90th minute winner as she beat a couple of defenders on her way to goal and rounded the keeper before slotting home.

South Hobart easily won the State-wide Under-20 Cup, downing Tilford Zebras 9-4.

South Hobart’s 17-year-old import from Victorian Premier League side Bentleigh Greens, Jordan Templin, netted four goals in a clinical display.

Darcy Hall hit a hat-trick and Max Clarke a brace for South Hobart, while Ethan Engels demonstrated what a talented striker he is by grabbing a hat-trick for Zebras, including a penalty.

Adam Lapolla scored the Zebras’ remaining goal.

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Photo:  Olympia's Maddy O'Brien heads the ball clear ahead of Clarence United's Madeline Gillbee [PlessPix]

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Photo:  South Hobart's Christian Di Martino clears the ball ahead of Tilford Zebras' Ryan Woodford [PlessPix]

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Photo:  Tilford Zebras' Ryan Woodford (left) and South Hobart's Ned Clarke go for the ball [PlessPix]

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Photo:  Players tumble for the ball in the Zebras versus South Hobart match [PlessPix]

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+1 #77 Anonymous 2013-06-14 07:42
Quoting Olympia Supporter:
Quoting McKenna lover:
I love mike mckenna


I luv Mike too xx


I love lamp ...... I love lamp
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0 #76 Olympia Supporter 2013-06-14 07:06
Quoting McKenna lover:
I love mike mckenna


I luv Mike too xx
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+3 #75 McKenna lover 2013-06-14 02:45
I love mike mckenna
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+2 #74 Moesblog 2013-06-13 22:20
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Anonymous:
Tommys coaching the best 20 man sqaud in the state,Like the kid,a lot but if he dosnt win a trophy with that group this yearplease dont make him into super coach,He had a honeymoon peroid like all new Coaches ,Now it is crunch How many coaches get and Ex sooceroos keeper than and A-League starnard one...Lets see how he goes over time like the guy question his abilty to coach anything a part from the 4-3-3 formation at the moment thought...For me Hey and his lackey doing a great job with limited cattle ,Dont be surprised to see Hey/Fotac team next year.


Cmon , the grammar gives this poster away . Want Hey out the way do you lackey ?



Even more, why would Fotak want knights!
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+4 #73 Anonymous 2013-06-13 21:39
Kids stuff really people accussing people of rubbish grow up !Get on with it and check your facts first you know s...t.
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+1 #72 Olympia Supporter 2013-06-13 20:53
Quoting Anonymous:
A coach doesn't shape a team in 5 weeks. Tommy may be imparting his direction on the Zebras but there is no way a group of amateur players will be following the coaches ideas 100% in 5 weeks. Early results for Tommy and the Zebras are more about the players motivation - thats as much to do with the personality trait for each player as something a coach can manufacture. It's until they play as a group for say 12 weeks before Tommy could be judged fairly. Whether that is positive or negative, time will tell. And to suggest Tommy must win silverware this year is a touch unrealistic since the team was like 8-10 points or whatever behind SH when Tommy took over.


depends what the situation was b4hand. a new coach can often have an immediate and last impact if hes bringing a fresh approach. also player selection can be important and i think fotak has probably got the best on the park than pitchy did?
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0 #71 G. K. 2013-06-13 13:47
Poppy the S. M , you having a go at me for my thoughts about a game , yet others are asking for Toms Head plus you tell every body that I'm back in the old days !!! Well are you going to answer their remarks ?? Mr P. T. S. M. You have no idea about coaching & you read and look at things you way , all I'm doing is passing my 40 years experience if that's doing our game wrong then we all should ask Walter to close his blog ,never have I bought Tom down & never will I do that to a youg coach so please put you name up and if you like we can have a few drinks and a chat and then and then only we will understand each other involving our game . The game on Tues , well a day I will never forget had dinner with the X players and sat in the stand with them something that will be with me for a long time but more important to hear what they had to say during the game &after the game . GK
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+4 #70 Anonymous 2013-06-13 11:42
A coach doesn't shape a team in 5 weeks. Tommy may be imparting his direction on the Zebras but there is no way a group of amateur players will be following the coaches ideas 100% in 5 weeks. Early results for Tommy and the Zebras are more about the players motivation - thats as much to do with the personality trait for each player as something a coach can manufacture. It's until they play as a group for say 12 weeks before Tommy could be judged fairly. Whether that is positive or negative, time will tell. And to suggest Tommy must win silverware this year is a touch unrealistic since the team was like 8-10 points or whatever behind SH when Tommy took over.
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+5 #69 Anonymous 2013-06-13 10:25
All those out there saying tommy fotak is to young to coach please look at Andre Villa Boas.
Only 35 years old and already at his second premier league club.
It's good to see a young fresh coach in football that can grow and move forward with the club and football in general.
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+11 #68 Anonymous 2013-06-13 10:04
Quoting Anonymous:
Tommys coaching the best 20 man sqaud in the state,Like the kid,a lot but if he dosnt win a trophy with that group this yearplease dont make him into super coach,He had a honeymoon peroid like all new Coaches ,Now it is crunch How many coaches get and Ex sooceroos keeper than and A-League starnard one...Lets see how he goes over time like the guy question his abilty to coach anything a part from the 4-3-3 formation at the moment thought...For me Hey and his lackey doing a great job with limited cattle ,Dont be surprised to see Hey/Fotac team next year.


Cmon , the grammar gives this poster away . Want Hey out the way do you lackey ?
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