Who Is 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.

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Photo:  Olympia's Nick Mearns beats APIA's Tasuku Sekiya to the ball [PlessPix]

(FFA Cup, Round-of-32, KGV Park, Glenorchy, Tasmania, Tuesday, 1 August 2017)

Olympia Warriors 0

APIA Leichhardt 5 (S Symons 6’, 79’, 86’, D Dapuzzo 27’ pen, T Sekiya 82’)

HT: 0-2   Att: 1,252   Ref: S Evans

Olympia Warriors: Cole - Ortmann, Stevens, Vandermey, Sammut - Cartwright, Hill, Mearns (Bellini 71’) - Wadawu, Sklenar, Undy (Subs not used: Stalker, Hickey, Little, Smithies-Sharples)

APIA Leichhardt: Necevski - Millgate, Muata-Marlow, J Symons, Lundy - Ucchino (O’Connell 10’), Dapuzzo, Biczo (Galimi 87’) - Sekiya, Murray (Parisi 74’), S Symons (Subs not used: Turnball, Vlastelica)

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Photo:  Olympia's Shane Cartwright and Lucas Hill lose out in a heading duel [PlessPix]

APIA Leichhardt progressed to the last 16 of the FFA Cup with a comfortable 5-0 away win over Olympia Warriors at KGV Park in Glenorchy, Tasmania, on Tuesday night.

Sean Symons was man-of-the-match with a neat hat-trick. He also saw a blistering shot come back off the right-hand post.

Tasuku Sekiya proved a tricky customer and his goal, APIA’s fourth, was a bullet from wide on the right.

APIA’s central defenders, Joshua Symons and Themba Muata-Marlow, were solid and never troubled.

APIA led 2-0 at the interval and were impressive with their slick passing and speed against a physical Olympia outfit.

In the 6th minute, Sean Symons put APIA ahead when he slotted the ball home at the far left-hand post following a low cross from the right.

The Sydney outfit suffered a set-back after a mere 10 minutes when Adrian Ucchino limped off injured, to be replaced b Sean O’Connell.

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Photo:  Olympia's Nick Mearns gets ready to clear as APIA's Tasuku Sekiya gets ready to pounce [PlessPix]

A somewhat soft penalty conceded by Joel Sammut for a foul on Corey Biczo in the 26th minute was converted by David Dapuzzo to make it 2-0.

APIA should have scored more in the opening 45 minutes. Apart from the shot against the post, another good effort was deflected for a corner, Sekiya missed a sitter from the edge of the 6-yard box, and Olympia keeper Jakob Cole denied Biczo with a fine save.

Olympia managed two corners near the end of the first half, but they otherwise did not trouble the visitors.

Olympia should have pulled a goal back in the 58th minute when Warren Wadawu’s header put Jakub Sklenar through on goal, but the Czech, who was fortunate to be playing after being plagued by an ankle injury, miscued his shot and blazed wide. Had he scored, it could have inspired the home side to really make a game of it.

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Photo:  Olympia's Jake Vandemey competes for a header with APIA's Themba Muata-Marlow [PlessPix]

APIA introduced veteran play-maker Franco Parisi for Jordan Murray with a quarter of an hour remaining and he immediately stamped his talent on the game.

In the 79th minute, Parisi fed Sean Symons, who broke through on the left and rounded the keeper before scoring to make it 3-0.

Sekiya’s powerful drive in the 82nd minute made it 4-0, while Sean Symons completed his hat-trick and the scoring four minutes from the end.

It was a convincing win for APIA. Olympia goalkeeper, Jakob Cole, was in fine form and made several excellent saves to limit the score-line to five.

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Photo:  Olympia's Shane Cartwright tackles APIA's Corey Biczo [PlessPix]

Olympia Warriors coach, Kenny Weston, said:

“For 70 minutes or so it was 2-0. I’ve seen them touch up top teams in Sydney within a half and it’s all over.

“They stuck to their task. They get that week in, week out. They have quality in their squad and in their league. Never for one second can they be complacent and the speed of their play is not something which our players are accustomed to because of the ups and downs of the competition we get locally.

“I’ve said to our young players they have to look at the positives and we’ve got a number of players who, if they reach their potential, next time we come up against an opposition like that, plus if we have a little more depth, we can get closer and maybe get a win.

“We’ve got two young fullbacks on the pitch and arguably they’re up against two of the best wingers outside the A-League, so they should be immensely proud of themselves for retaining the desire to do the job and forget the score-line.

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Photo:  Olympia Warriors [PlessPix]

“They stuck to their guns and, in moments likes that, everyone learns. The club learns, I learn and the players, most importantly, learn. I’ve said to that that should add fuel to their own ambitions of where you want to take your own game.

“We learn and we move on and absolutely bounce back locally to ensure that we move forward for the rest of the season. Every single time we train, it’s about where we want to take the squad for the future.

“You never know what could have happened if Sklenar had scored. It might have changed the momentum, but you never know.

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Photo:  APIA Leichhardt [PlessPix]

APIA Leichhardt coach, Danial Cummins, said:

“It’s good to get to the last 16 and I’m very happy about that.

[This cup-tie] was a big deal and we set our goal at the start of the year and we wanted to make sure we fulfilled that.

“The last 32, when we got a chance to play in Hobart, we thought that was a fantastic trip away. We knew it was going to be a tough trip and we’re just glad to keep progressing in the cup.

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Photo:  APIA Leichhardt coach, Danial Cummins, before tonight's game [PlessPix]

“I think Sean [Symons] has been fantastic for us this year and I think he is good enough to go to the A-League. He’s part of the reason we’ve been as successful as we have been in the league.

“I’m sure the club would like a dream draw [in the last 16], but from our perspective, we just want to keep going as far as we can and we look forward to seeing who that is.

“They played a robust game and tried to spoil us and they came out with a game plan.

“They changed a couple of things from what I’ve seen in the last five games, and I think Olympia can hold their heads high.

“I liked the keeper and he had a good game, I thought, and I think young Lucas Hill in the middle of the park can hold his head high.”

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Photo:  Jake Vandermey (Olympia captain) and APIA captain David Dapuzzo at the toss with referee Sean Evans [PlessPix]

Olympia Warriors president, George Mamacas, said:

“I feel absolutely proud, but deflated. It’s been a very big month for us. It’s an exhaustive process getting to this point.

“We had our moments, but we gave away a penalty, too, and that didn’t help us. There’s no doubt at all that the best team won by a margin that they deserved to. They were absolutely terrific on the pitch and you could see there is a class difference between second in the NSW NPL and second in the Tasmanian NPL.

“For a Tasmanian team to be competitive in this format of a tournament, all clubs here in Tasmania are going to have to lift their game. There’s no doubt about it.

“Olympia has had the odd win away, and so has South Hobart and so has Devonport, and that’s fantastic, but to go further in such a tournament, we’ve got to get better.”

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Photo:  APIA Leichhardt and mascots [PlessPix]

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Photo:  Olympia Warriors and mascots [PlessPix]

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Photo (L-R):  The four match officials, assistant referee Wilson Brown, referee Shaun Evans, assistant referee Daniel Ilievski and fourth official Stratos Plomaritis [PlessPix]

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Photo:  No, the match officials are not asleep or resting after their warm-up.  They are actually stretching. [PlessPix]


0 #97 Darren Anderton 2017-08-11 03:15
Walters article on the Laka Cup Final stated the attendance as 2000, so larger than recent FFA Cup fixture.
0 #96 Number Ten 2017-08-06 06:12
There are three distinct things that Walter does in his reports.

1. Take photographs.

2. Provide a match report.

3. Provide a section for coaches' impressions of the game.

Why don't more posters enter more posts addressing these three parts of his reports?
+5 #95 Anonymous 2017-08-06 01:59
Quoting The count:
Was the attendance really 1200. I seriously doubt it. Grand stand holds 350 and wasn't full!! Another 900 around the ground???
Figures were fudged to cover up a disappointing attendance!!

I agree with you.
I thought there were far more people at the Laka Cup final. Do you have the attendance numbers by chance Walter
+8 #94 Anon 2017-08-05 09:03
Quoting Anon:
Walter if someone has the balls to make stupid comments and show disrespect to whoever they like then they should have the balls to accept the consequences whatever they may be. The football community made a big statement on Tuesday night and rightly so.

Agree 100% I'm an Olympia supporter and wrote in.
We need people like George supporting football.
But George needs to understand he has a greater responsibility to football.
What he has done with finances has allowed people on the eastern shore to have a ground and more qualified coaching for the future generations.
That is great and if he uses his brains can leave something we need more pro coaching for the next generation.Ken Morton can only go on for so long.
+15 #93 Anon 2017-08-05 05:40
Walter if someone has the balls to make stupid comments and show disrespect to whoever they like then they should have the balls to accept the consequences whatever they may be. The football community made a big statement on Tuesday night and rightly so.
+12 #92 The count 2017-08-05 01:58
Was the attendance really 1200. I seriously doubt it. Grand stand holds 350 and wasn't full!! Another 900 around the ground???
Figures were fudged to cover up a disappointing attendance!!
+6 #91 Walt 2017-08-05 00:25
#87 Anon, only if the comment specifically names you and you feel it's unfair, by all means call me and I'll remove it. You'll need to prove your identity, though, and that might be difficult for some people who pretend to be someone else or who hide behind monikers.
+17 #90 anon 2017-08-05 00:23
I find this taking the bat and ball thing hard to fathom. You reap what you sow........
-6 #89 Anonymous 2017-08-04 23:25
It's probably a good thing what Walter has done as I would of gotten out of hand.
+10 #88 Anon 2017-08-04 22:22
Walter, in my opinion if people don't like comments posted about them then they should avoid doing whatever they have done to attract the comments in the first place.Surely what has happened recently should be a reminder to those concerned that if you are in a senior position in any organisation , your behaviour should reflect that. You should be smart enough to realise that if you treat others with a lack of respect and disdain then you should expect criticism and rightly so.
People should be smart enough to realise that our game now is under great scrutiny on social media. If people continue down the same path and don't change their behaviour they should expect the same level of
criticism to continue.Hopefu lly whoever has asked for comments to be removed understands .

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