Who Is Walter Pless?

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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Lush and McEldowney - Copy

Photo:  Clarence's Henry Lush shields the ball from Kingborough's Phil McEldowney [PlessPix]

(PS4 NPL Tasmania, Lightwood Park, Saturday, 5 August 2017)

Kingborough Lions United 0

Clarence United 1 (P Palmer 91’)

HT: 0-0   Ref: I Jozeljic

Kingborough Lions United: Kamara - McEldowney, Robinson, Nugent, Nuttall (J Davis 68’) - T Pearce, Cowen, Schuth - W Davis (Harms 34’), Hall, Bastock (Subs not used: Hayers, Vivarelli, Wakefield)

Clarence United: Voss - Price, O’Neill, Lewis, Lush - Bremner, Flynn, S Randall (Bugg 73’) - Stuart, Palmer, Naden (Subs not used: Kannegiesser, Hardwick)

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Photo:  Clarence's Paul Bremner seems determined to beat Kingborough's Joseph Davis to the ball [PlessPix]

This was a typical bottom-of-the-table clash with neither side impressing in any facet. The technical qualities of both sides were poor and confirmed their lowly standing. Passes were often over-hit and inaccurate, while ball control often left much to be desired.

There were no real chances in the opening half and the only incident worthy of note came on the stroke of half-time when Kingborough’s Joel Schuth was sent off after directing a verbal tirade at an opponent.

Kingborough’s chances of salvaging something from this match went out the door with Schuth.

Clarence were the better side in the second half but they never really took full advantage of their numerical superiority.

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Photo:  Clarence's Paul Bremner and Kingborough's Danny Cowen climb for a header [PlessPix]

Paul Palmer, Jake Stuart and Paul Bremner missed good chances for Clarence, but the game seemed destined to peter out into a goalless draw as the 90 minutes ticked away.

And then, in the first minute of stoppage time, Nick Naden missed from close range with an air swing, but the ball was half-cleared to Palmer on the edge of the box. He advanced and struck a low shot into the net to give the visitors a 1-0 win.

Mr Jozeljic played over 6 minutes of stoppage time, but the Lions were unable to make use of that extra time to snatch an equaliser and they dropped to last place, being leap-frogged by Clarence into second-last spot.

Jablonski and Broadbent

Photo:  The victor and the vanquished  -  Clarence coach Alan Jablonski (left) shakes hands with Kingborough coach Mark Broadbent after the match [PlessPix]

Kingborough Lions United coach, Mark Broadbent, said:

“”It was a tough day for us. Gutted, absolutely. [Schuth’s dismissal] was ill-discipline. I gather he stood over the player and gave him a mouthful. That’s just ill-discipline. That’s not really working for what you want to work for. That’s just wrong, but what’s done is done.

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Photo:  Mr Jozeljic brandishes the red card to Kingborough's Joel Schuth (No.11) [PlessPix]

“Absolutely we can get out of it [last place], or that’s what we’ll try to do. I’ve just witnessed what it’s like to see grown men cry in the change rooms. They know how much effort they’ve put in there with ten men over those minutes and it’s just a slight lapse. I changed formation after half-time and that seemed to work as we had a lot more dominance with the ball and still tried to play what we could play.”

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Photo:  Joel Schuth (No.11) disappears into the dressing room, to the fascination of two young boys [PlessPix]

Clarence United coach, Alan Jablonski, said:

“In the end, it was a relief. That’s a good word for it. That first half was our best half of football and I thought in the second half we just panicked a bit. You know, you lose a bit of calmness on the ball and, to their credit, I thought that last 7 or 8 minutes we put it straight back on hem and the heat was on them.

“I thought we deserved it in the end. We had a point to prove today. I thought we dismantled them for 90 minutes and if we were any good in front of goal we should have hit double figures. We’ll work on that. There are still two games to go and it’d be nice to get some more points, and I can’t see why not, especially at home next week.”

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Photo:  Clarence's Nick Naden amidst a pack of Lions [PlessPix]

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Photo:  Kingborough's Jackson Nugent wins a header.  Nugent's block prevented an almost certain goal late in the match. [PlessPix]

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Photo:  Clarence's Paul Palmer slide-tackles Kingborough's Danny Cowen [PlessPix]

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0 #20 Arrigo Sacchi 2017-08-09 02:50
Walter, in the article you suggested that Kingborough's chances went out the door with Schuth's sending off.

Did you mean because of the numerical disadvantage, or, was Schuth playing a particularly useful role in the game?

If he was playing a useful role, what was it?

In a previous game I thought he was quite a useful midfield enforcer.
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+5 #19 Alexander Pirlo 2017-08-09 00:20
Quoting anonymous:

Number 5 is Jono O'Neill.

You can put Cody Flynn in that same category too though


Love Lewis's commitment and physicality.

He was the same for South when South Melb's much vaunted state striker, Lukic, basically bounced off him and Ludford. They were physically too strong for Lukic, who is still being mentioned for an A league contract.

From viewing the Clarence CBs, they tackle hard, but fair, and leave the ref to get on with his job.

O'Neill aimed a tackle at a Rangers' player a few weeks ago, but got too much of the player and too little ball.

O'Neill apologised to the flattened opponent, picked him up off the pitch, shook his hand and got on with the play without looking at the ref.

I'd like to see more of this sportspersonshi p, rather than players surround the ref, whilst fans boo, every time a decision goes against them.
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0 #18 Goal Kick 2017-08-08 12:32
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Goal Kick:
Quoting Anon:
Quoting Sporting Lisbon:


Is Hall a product of the Kingborough academy?


Yes he is, he played in their SAP, their academy and now in the seniors. Congratulations to the young player, with more game should be someone to follow in the future. Also in the state junior programs.


How old is James Hall?

15 this year


Wow!

Thanks.
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-1 #17 anonymous 2017-08-08 11:05
Quoting Alexander Pirlo:
A few player I like the look of in both teams.

The CBs for Clarence, Matt Lewis and the number 5 (is that Cody Flynn?), tackle very hard, but fair.

I've seen them clean players up, immediately apologise, shake hands, pick the player up, and get back to cover for the free kick awarded against them.

Adam Harms for Kingborough usually looks to be making good decisions. They aren't always executed, but the attempt to make good choices is apparent. This player has game sense.


Number 5 is Jono O'Neill.

You can put Cody Flynn in that same category too though
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-2 #16 Anonymous 2017-08-08 08:49
Quoting Goal Kick:
Quoting Anon:
Quoting Sporting Lisbon:


Is Hall a product of the Kingborough academy?


Yes he is, he played in their SAP, their academy and now in the seniors. Congratulations to the young player, with more game should be someone to follow in the future. Also in the state junior programs.


How old is James Hall?

15 this year
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+4 #15 Anon 2017-08-08 07:52
#4 - Law 12 of the Laws of the Game lists the categories of misconduct for which a player may be sent off. These are:... (6) Using offensive, insulting or abusive language and/or gestures.
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-3 #14 Alexander Pirlo 2017-08-08 05:57
A few player I like the look of in both teams.

The CBs for Clarence, Matt Lewis and the number 5 (is that Cody Flynn?), tackle very hard, but fair.

I've seen them clean players up, immediately apologise, shake hands, pick the player up, and get back to cover for the free kick awarded against them.

Adam Harms for Kingborough usually looks to be making good decisions. They aren't always executed, but the attempt to make good choices is apparent. This player has game sense.
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-4 #13 Goal Kick 2017-08-08 05:01
Quoting Anon:
Quoting Sporting Lisbon:


Is Hall a product of the Kingborough academy?


Yes he is, he played in their SAP, their academy and now in the seniors. Congratulations to the young player, with more game should be someone to follow in the future. Also in the state junior programs.


How old is James Hall?
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-3 #12 Sporting Lisbon 2017-08-08 04:58
Quoting Anon:
Quoting Sporting Lisbon:


Is Hall a product of the Kingborough academy?


Yes he is, he played in their SAP, their academy and now in the seniors. Congratulations to the young player, with more game should be someone to follow in the future. Also in the state junior programs.


Thanks.

If more are produced like James Hall through the Borough academy, other clubs can look out!
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0 #11 Anonymous 2017-08-08 01:52
Quoting Rivelino:
According to Jabba's account of the game, he thought Clarence dismantled Kingborough.

I wouldn't agree with this assessment.

In the second half, which was a bit scrappy, with players from both teams constantly being caught in possession, I thought Clarence, advantaged by having an extra player, shaded Kingborough.

Notwithstanding, in the second half I thought Borough played better with the ten players they had on the pitch than Clarence did with the eleven they had.


I would say Clarence did more than shade it in both halves, they had most of the possession throughout the game without making it count on the scoreboard, realistically they should have won by 3 clear goals and were very much the better team on the day
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