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:  South Hobart's Adam Gorrie wins a header [PlessPix]

It’s steady as she goes at the top of the PS4 NPL Tasmania standings after the top-four sides all won convincingly.

The gap between them and the bottom-four sides is growing by the week.

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Photo:  Kingborough's Jackson Nugent (right) tries to souvenir Jack Turner's shirt [PlessPix]

Leaders Olympia Warriors beat Clarence United 4-0 on Friday night at Warrior Park with two goals in each half.

Jakub Sklenar again showed his finishing ability with two fine goals in the opening 45 minutes to give the home side a convincing lead.

He tucked the first away after 11 minutes following a cut-back from the goal-line on the left, while his second, in the 22nd minute, showed his speed of thought and technical ability. He received the ball in a congested penalty area and outwitted two defenders before making the angle and firing home into the bottom far corner of the net in the twinkling of an eye.

Clarence, who were fielding their new central defender Jonathon O’Neill to partner Matt Lewis, began the second half in determined fashion but were unable to reduce the deficit.

Shane Cartwright received the ball from a corner and smashed home Olympia’s third in the 78th minute, while Hugh Undy made it 4-0 deep into injury time with a powerful drive from the edge of the box.

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Photo:  Mr White brandishes the yellow and red cards and sends off Kingborough's Majok Piok [PlessPix]

Kingborough Lions United took on South Hobart in determined fashion at Lightwood Park today and their new signing, Majok Piok, looked useful in the early stages.

The Lions thought they had taken the lead in the 22nd minute when Daniel Brown conceded a free-kick for dangerous play outside the penalty area. Paulo Markaj powered home a superb free-kick past the despairing dive of Keiran Brown, but it was not a goal as the referee had his hand raised indicating an indirect free-kick.

The Lions’ disappointment turned to despair in the 37th minute when Piok picked up a second yellow for a foul on Daniel Brown and was sent off. Lions coach Gabriel Markaj was apoplectic and told the assistant referee what he thought of the dismissal, prompting referee Mr White to warn him under the threat of being sent to the stands.

A minute later, South Hobart hit the front when Kobe Kemp’s cross from the left to the far post was steered home by Jack Turner’s head.

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Photo:  Kingborough coach Gabriel Markaj remonstrates with an assistant referee [PlessPix]

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Photo:  Kingborough coach Gabriel Markaj shows his displeasure at the send-off while assistant coach Gerry Lampasona tries to calm him down [PlessPix]

As the teams went in for the half-time break, Gabriel Markaj, coffee in hand, made a beeline for the referee, but he was intercepted by South Hobart coach Ken Morton, who put his arm around the Kingborough coach and appeared to persuade him to desist with his protests, leading him away and defusing what might have been an awkward situation for the officials.

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Photo:  South Hobart coach Ken Morton (right) tries to calm Gabriel Markaj down [PlessPix]

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Photo:  Morton leads Markaj away from troible [PlessPix]

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Photo:  The officials leave the pitch as Markaj sips his coffee [PlessPix]

Nick Morton made it 2-0 for the visitors early in the second half before Turner completed his brace from Liam Quaile’s left-wing cross.

Connor Schmidt’s powerful header made it 4-0 before Jacob Brennan netted the fifth with just 4 minutes remaining.

If Gabriel Markaj had been prevented by Ken Morton from voicing his opinions to Mr White after the half-time whistle, the post-match media conference provided him with a soapbox. He may well regret his comments and it will be interesting to see what his club does and what Football Federation Tasmania does about the verbal attack on the referee.

Hobart Zebras easily overcame sister club Launceston City 5-0 away at Buckby Land Rover Park, Mathew Sanders netting four goals and Chris Downes scoring direct from a free-kick.

Reigning champions Devonport City thrashed Northern Rangers 7-1 at Valley Road after leading 3-1 at the interval.

Tyler Fischer and Michael Holden each scored a brace, the other goals coming from Harrison Wicks, Lindsay Millington and Brayden Mann.

Mitchell Jones scored Rangers’ consolation goal.

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Photo:  Kingborough's Dominic Yuel and South Hobart's Adam Gorrie take a tumble as South Hobart's Alex Walter watches [PlessPix]

PS4 NPL Tasmania Standings (As at 13 May 2017)

TEAM

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Olympia Warriors

9

7

1

1

29

9

22

Devonport City

9

7

1

1

30

12

22

South Hobart

9

7

0

2

36

9

21

Hobart Zebras

9

5

3

1

29

7

18

Northern Rangers

9

1

2

6

9

26

5

Clarence United

9

1

2

6

6

30

5

Kingborough Lions

9

1

2

6

8

37

5

Launceston City

9

1

1

7

10

27

4

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Photo:  South Hobart's Hugh Ludford gets a piece of shirt as he takes a tumble [PlessPix]

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-2 #22 Lionel Messi 2017-05-14 13:06
Quoting Someone Explain:
Why does it feel like the IQ levels of some of these "Comments" has dropped considerably? Like borderline retardation.

So much crap these days.


Feel free to make some erudite football comments yourself, Someone Explain.
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-2 #21 Jurgen Klinsmann 2017-05-14 12:49
Quoting Anon:



Jurgen Klinsmann, you were sacked from the American National team , please retire from here with your words of wisdom.



I'm making a comment from observation.

Plenty disagree without advancing an antithetical argument to support their case.

Melb City Youth demonstrated the right, left, short, long passing options and enjoyed sustained possession against Tasmania.

South did this to an extent against Kingborough, but enjoyed numerical advantage.

Which other teams are doing this regularly when playing 11 v 11?

FFT/FFA coach education imparts this message with explicit methodology, but there is not sufficient extrapolation to the NPL.

Mike Edwards used to do an exercise with the NTC (also in the FFA handbook) with 6v6 in one half of the pitch. Every time a player had the ball, teammates had to create a right, left, short long passing option. I've also used it.
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+5 #20 Anon 2017-05-14 11:19
[quote name="Jurgen Klinsmann"


Jurgen Klinsmann, you were sacked from the American National team , please retire from here with your words of wisdom.
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-8 #19 Jurgen Klinsmann 2017-05-14 07:04
Quoting Jurgen Klinsmann:


Generally in the Tassie state league, given the amount of time coaches are spending in coach education, players are not moving into effective positions quickly enough to support the ball carrier.

This occurs across the league. The movement to open diagonal passing lanes is inadequate in most Tassie NPL teams.


Are the coaches reinforcing this in training? I'm sure Kenny Weston will be at Olympia.



A number of people have disagreed with my assertion.

Kurt Reynolds in a FFT Conference, plus Mike Edwards in the C Licence, constantly reiterated that right, left, short, long diagonal passing options for the player on the ball should be made when the team is in possession.

Apart from Melb City Youth playing against Tasmania, which other Tasmanian NPL team adheres to this strategy on a regular basis?
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+4 #18 The Count 2017-05-14 06:48
Devonport scored 30 goals conceded 12. The total number of loses in the league 30 the number of drawn games 12.. I am The Count I love to count hahahah
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+17 #17 Rivelino 2017-05-14 04:55
Quoting Richo:
Great pics Walter - photo journalism at its best!


Walter's photos make this football website one of the best in the country.

One other spectator at the Kingborough game suggested the state league was a waste of time. In the national football milieu Tasmanian football now has a much bigger profile due to the state league.

Now we have a state league and teams like South and Olympia performing creditably on the national stage, from a national perspective Tasmanian football receives much greater mainland interest than it used to in the past. Nobody knew what the Southern and Northern Leagues were.

Once Tasmanian teams start playing against mainland teams in the FFA Cup and the NPL Cup, many mainlanders visit this site. They have been impressed by Walter's quality match reports and photos.
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+14 #16 Someone Explain 2017-05-14 02:58
Why does it feel like the IQ levels of some of these "Comments" has dropped considerably? Like borderline retardation.

So much crap these days.
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+12 #15 Anonymous 2017-05-14 01:00
Quoting Wtf:
Quoting Julie:
Great to see an experienced coach assist a young coach away from trouble!

DG

A good example of sportsmanship by Ken.


That's not simply sportsmanship. That's common decency and concern for a fellow human being.
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+4 #14 Frank 2017-05-14 00:08
Hey Walter, Sanders scored three, Downes and Walshy one each.
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-3 #13 lol 2017-05-13 23:26
Quoting Anon:
Markaj to knights previdi to zebs


There is no way Gabriel would be welcome at the knights, previdi may very well be on his way to Zebras though.
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