Who Is Walter Pless?

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A teacher by profession, but is now in his 37th 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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A Mathew Sanders hat-trick helped Hobart Zebras to a 5-0 win over Clarence United at KGV Park tonight.

The two other goals came from headers from Zebras’ American import, centre-back Nicholas Groenewold.

Sanders’ third goal came from a precise chip from 35 metres, the striker having seen Clarence keeper Darby Randall off his line.

Clarence had just a mere three chances, the best of which fell to Nicholas Naden in the 71st minute, but he headed wide of the target when left unmarked in the 6-yard box.

Dwayne Walsh missed a great chance for Zebras in the 6th minute when he failed to connect properly at close range from Luke Warrener's left-wing cross.

Jayden Hey should have put Zebras in front after just 12 minutes, but his header from the bouncing ball flew wide of the right-hand post.

In the 23rd minute, Zebras’ Groenewold broke the deadlock when he glanced home a Chris Downes free-kick from the left aimed at the near post.

Sanders made it 2-0 in the 37th minute with his first goal of the NPL campaign, but Randall should have saved instead of allowing a rather tame, low shot, which he seemed to have covered, to trickle past him.

Clarence suffered a blow just before the break when they lost import Odaine Demar through injury.

Sanders made it 3-0 in the 62nd minute when he steered home Adam McKeown’s low left-wing cross from the goal-line to grab his second goal of the game.

Groenewold also completed his brace in the 68th minute following a short corner and cross from the right. The American trapped the cross on his chest and knocked the ball in at the far post to make it 4-0.

In the 70th minute, a Clarence free-kick was well saved by Zebras keeper Marcello Mercuri, who had a quiet evening.

Thirteen minutes from the end, Sanders produced his contender for goal-of-the-season to make it 5-0.

The Zebras display left something to be desired - they also missed the influence of the injured Luke Huigsloot - particularly in terms of finding their front-runners with crosses and passes.

For Clarence, it’s going to be another long, hard season.

(NPL Tasmania, KGV Park, 17 March 2017)

Hobart Zebras 5 (N Groenwold 23’, 68’, M Sanders 37’, 62’, 77’)

Clarence United 0

HT: 2-0   Ref: B Kopra

Hobart Zebras: Mercuri - Hey, Groenewold, I Lewis (Degetto 86’), Warrener - Walsh, Lagu (Backhouse 89’), Muller, Downes - McKeown (Buga 89’) , Sanders (Sub not used: Reid)

Clarence United: D Randall - Price, Demar (Hedge 41’), M Lewis, Naden - Aitken, Hallard, Robb (Burgess 72’) - Heggie, Bremner, Stuart (Hardwick 72’) (Subs not used: Dyson, S Randall)

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Hobart Zebras 3 (Nichols 2, Harris 1) beat Clarence United 0

 

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+7 #19 Anon 2017-03-19 10:56
#18. What the ..... are you on?
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-16 #18 anonymous 2017-03-19 00:08
I do believe #14 has a point.
Good quality football will attract fans and that's what gets people to the game. There are a lot of people who like to go and what other clubs due to the way they play.
I think it's a great idea to post your clubs playing style on their websites. Players from interstate and overseas can make a judgment on whether it's worth taking a chance. Players from overseas may see it as a stepping stone to the next level, picking a club that suits them.
This makes it easier..
Whoever you are this is one of the best ideas I have heard in a long time. FFT take note.
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+5 #17 Wtf 2017-03-18 20:59
Quoting Anonymous:
#13 well we know you are a South Tosser


When you don't have the intellectual capacity to make an informed comment, resort to name calling.
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+3 #16 Still sooking 2017-03-18 11:46
Quoting Anonymous:
#13 well we know you are a South Tosser

Haha wrong you tool. . 3
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-7 #15 Anonymous 2017-03-18 09:35
#13 well we know you are a South Tosser
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-22 #14 anonymous 2017-03-18 08:00
I could only watch the first 30 minutes on livestream and I had to turn it off. The game was utter rubbish, not very nice to watch.
I think FFT should say to All NPL clubs that you have to play football that neutrals can watch. I personally expect the NPL to be a decent standard no matter what clubs are in the competition.
Knights weren't great but Clarence are not much better, knights at least played the better football.
Clubs like Uni Hobart United Beachside and now Knights play better football that some off the bottom clubs of the NPL..
I also think that clubs should display their style of football on their website ,Facebook page. Olympia play proactive football, as do South. Zebras play reactive football this would help the younger players decide what club they would like to go to when they become youth.
Clubs want to attract players then this works very well for the one who play proactive football.
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-2 #13 Still sooking 2017-03-18 07:55
Mmmmm #4&5 I wonder which of 2 clubs you come from.
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-2 #12 Anon 2017-03-18 07:23
#7. Hahahaha
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+11 #11 Jidna 2017-03-18 07:01
Clarence have a better side and somehow look worse. They're an excuse club everyone else is to blame and always they get treated unfairly. The challenge team was flogged by a club in the league below.

They're just about the only club to not buy into how football is changing. Do they even have a SAP program?

Compare them to borough because on the pitch they're similar standard but off it lions are trying perhaps too hard but they are.

Launy city look a bit better with Ben and they're media stuff has improved heaps. But Clarence are just a bloody joke all the time the Summer series is a classic example. How big of an embarrassment was the Party in the paddock Fiasco. Jabba swearing in the press interview after. It's all round not good enough.

Step up or ship out.
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+10 #10 Seriously? 2017-03-18 06:20
Disappointing comments from Clarence's coach following the match. Says a lot about the culture at Wentworth Park.
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