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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Little and Ranger - Copy

Photo:  On your marks, get set, go!  Olympia's Thomas Little and Rangers' Kwin Kensley turn and sprint after the ball [PlessPix]

(PS4 NPL Tasmania, Warrior Park, Sunday, 6 August 2017)

Olympia Warriors 1 (J Sklenar 37’)

Northern Rangers 1 (H Thannhauser 52’)

HT: 1-0   Ref: L Hargrave

Olympia Warriors: Cole - Ortmann (Little 74’), Vandermey, Stevens, Sammut (Leaman 65’) - Bellini, Cartwright (Hickey 65’), Hill - Nkoso, Sklenar, Undy (Subs not used: Stalker, McCarthy)

Northern Rangers: Whatman - P Lanau-Atkinson, Fulton (Monticchio 46’), Lucas, Burk - Cross, Thannhauser, Darrant - Jones, Kensley, Nick Lanau-Atkinson (Humphrey 80’)

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Photo:  Olympia's Jakub Sklenar (right) tries to outrun Rangers' Simon Lucas [PlessPix]

Olympia Warriors moved into outright second place on the PS4 NPL Tasmania standings with this 1-1 draw with sixth-ranked Northern Rangers at home at Warrior Park.

But, they are now further behind leaders and new champions South Hobart, who demolished deposed champions Devonport City 6-0 away at Valley Road on Saturday. The Warriors are now 12 points behind South Hobart with two rounds remaining.

The Warriors should have sealed this game in the first half. Jakub Sklenar, with three chances, Lucas Hill and Hugh Undy all should have scored from the opportunities that came their way.

Lauren Hargrave and Northern Rangers 6 August 2017 - Copy

Photo:  Referee Lauren Hargrave was in charge of her first PS4 NPL Tasmania game.  Her grandfather, Doug Slater, was one of Tasmania's top referees in the 1960s and 70s, while her father, John Hargrave, was an outstanding goalkeeper for University, and her uncle, Chris Hargrave, starred with Olympia and Hobart Juventus. [PlessPix]

On the half-hour, Rangers had an incredible miss. Nick Lanau-Atkinson cut the ball back from the byline on the left, only to see Mitch Jones fail to score from inside the 6-yard box.

Olympia recovered from the shock of almost going behind by taking the lead 6 minutes later. Hill fed Sklenar and he was at last on target and beat keeper Samuel Whatman.

To keep the lead intact, Olympia keeper Jakob Cole had to produce a fine save from Harry Thannhauser 5 minutes before the interval.

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Photo:  Rangers' Harry Thannhauser tries to get the ball from a grounded Luca Hill [PlessPix]

Olympia switched to a more attacking 3-5-2 formation in the second half and Whatman had to be at his best in denying Shane Cartwright in the opening minutes.

But, in the 52nd minute, Rangers were level when a chip from wide on the left by Thannhauser sailed over Cole and inside the far right-hand post.

Rangers pressed for the winner and Cole saved well from Nick Lanau-Atkinson, who should have scored in a one-on-one with the keeper.

In stoppage time at the end, a goal-line block by substitute Thomas Little saved Olympia’s bacon again and the teams had to settle for a draw.

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Photo:  Rangers' Kwin Kensley (left) pressures Olympia's Joffrey Nkoso as Olympia coach Kenny Weston and Rangers coach Lino Sciulli (red jacket) watch on from the sidelines [PlessPix]

Olympia Warriors coach, Kenny Weston, said:

“We had great opportunities but weren’t clinical enough or ruthless. Obviously, if you get those sorts of opportunities in a game and you don’t score from them [it can cost you]. We could have, should have, put the game to bed. We didn’t and we weren’t clinical enough.

“They then got the [equalising] goal and, in all fairness, they could have won the game as they created ample opportunities, especially on the break.

“It’s an interesting one for the group. We should have been better with our finishing. Fatigue set in and they were pushed physically because of the APIA game, but it’s no excuse not have won this game. From what I could see, we should have won it.”

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Photo:  Olympia's Joffrey Nkoso (left) takes on Rangers' Jonathan Burk [PlessPix]

Northern Rangers coach, Lino Sciulli, said:

“In the end, we were unlucky not to get three points out of this game. Olympia kept pressing us, which left holes for us to run into and I think we played good, attractive soccer at times.

“We defended a little bit in the first half, but we weren’t planning just to play a counter-attacking game. We wanted to attack Olympia as much as we could and I think we did. I think we did quite well.

“We were exposed a couple of times, but on the whole, I think we stuck to our guns quite well and they didn’t get in behind us probably as much as they would have liked.

“We can, hopefully, make the finals. The league’s evened up a bit and it’s a very close comp at the moment, and it’s good. First, we have to make the finals and then, hopefully, we can go a little bit into it.

“In the last two weeks we’ve let ourselves down, like last week against Devonport, but we’ve been playing really good attacking stuff and defending really well but haven’t been getting our reward.”

Montichhio and Undy - Copy

Photo:  Olympia's Hugh Undy (right) admiring Rangers' Michael Monticchio's imitation of a seal carrying a ball on its head [PlessPix]

Little wins header - Copy

Photo:  Olympia's Thomas Little wins a header against Rangers' Harry Thannhauser [PlessPix]

Bellini chasing Patrick - Copy

Photo:  Rangers' Patrick Lanau-Atkinson with Olympia's Thomas Bellini hot on his heels [PlessPix]

Lucas Hill and Harry Thannhauser - Copy

Photo:  Olympia's Lucas Hill and Rangers' Harry Thannhauser are at each others' throats again [PlessPix]

Patrick Lanau-Atkinson Thomas Bellini and Shane Cartwright - Copy

Photo:  Rangers' Patrick Lanau-Atkinson and Olympia's Thomas Bellini confront each other yet again [PlessPix]

Monticchio and Hugh Undy - Copy

Photo:  Rangers' Michael Monticchio (left) grapples wsith Olympia's Hugh Undy [PlessPix]

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Photo:  Olympia's Shae Hickey (left) pressures Rangers' Harry Thannhauser [PlessPix]

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-2 #23 Wrong 2017-08-11 05:16
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting The Surgeon:
Quoting Just Sayin:
Strip clashes occur all too often in this league. Simple answer, competition rules should mandate a specific away strip for all teams, e.g. Orange shirt, shots and socks, so that there is no risk of a clash. IT'S NOT ROCKET SURGERY FFT!!!! School competitions in the US and Canada have these rules.

Rocket Surgery? did you mean Rocket Science or Brain Surgery?.. haha


Thats the point of the saying. To get it wrong on purpose, when saying something is simple! Durrrrhhh

No it isn't lol.
That's a tassie bogan saying because someone said it wrong to begin with and no one picked up on it.
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-2 #22 Anonymous 2017-08-11 01:45
Quoting The Surgeon:
Quoting Just Sayin:
Strip clashes occur all too often in this league. Simple answer, competition rules should mandate a specific away strip for all teams, e.g. Orange shirt, shots and socks, so that there is no risk of a clash. IT'S NOT ROCKET SURGERY FFT!!!! School competitions in the US and Canada have these rules.

Rocket Surgery? did you mean Rocket Science or Brain Surgery?.. haha


Thats the point of the saying. To get it wrong on purpose, when saying something is simple! Durrrrhhh
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+3 #21 Anonymous 2017-08-10 12:01
WSW played Edgeworth Eagles in a friendly and Eagles played a 15 year old and FFA have now sanctioned the club.
I have a question
Does South Hobart and Kingborough receive the same sanctions for playing 15 year olds themselves.
This is becoming very confusing .
Do clubs have control of their players or FFA?
Or are players exempt in Tasmania due to the way competition structures are done or the lack of competition for the players to develop in.
Personally if their good enough then there old enough.
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-4 #20 The Surgeon 2017-08-10 05:41
Quoting Just Sayin:
Strip clashes occur all too often in this league. Simple answer, competition rules should mandate a specific away strip for all teams, e.g. Orange shirt, shots and socks, so that there is no risk of a clash. IT'S NOT ROCKET SURGERY FFT!!!! School competitions in the US and Canada have these rules.

Rocket Surgery? did you mean Rocket Science or Brain Surgery?.. haha
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-1 #19 Anon 2017-08-09 05:43
Quoting The Bottom Line:
Walter, or anyone else for that matter, did this same clash of strips not also happen last year at the same venue?

Sure did and still the same mistakes.
Looks like no one has learnt a thing from it even though it's the away teams responsibility it would be easier for the home to produce another strip quicker Olympia's all white strip still would have had a slight clash.#14 has the right idea.
How this mistake keeps happening is beyond belief.
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+4 #18 Anon 2017-08-09 04:59
Any rumours about coaches assistants etc for next year?This is the time of year for rumours .
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+2 #17 Benjamin Smith 2017-08-09 03:30
Quoting The Bottom Line:
Walter, or anyone else for that matter, did this same clash of strips not also happen last year at the same venue?


Yes it did happen in Round 12 last season at Warrior Park.

From Walter's image in the link below shows Warriors with a dark blue shirt in the second half. But in first have they had a white shirt with blue shoulders.

http://www.walterpless.com.au/2015/march/saturday-results-18-june-2016.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DiOpwPQxB1M
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+6 #16 Soccer Ball 2017-08-09 02:43
Quoting attendee:
Colour clashes can easily be avoided. Teams should talk before a game, especially if they are travelling to the other end of the island. That means talking days in advance and not at the ground! There are two ways of looking at it. 1. The away team wears a different strip to avoid a colour clash. 2. Do as the Italians do. The visiting team wears their traditional strip and the home team changes. The rationale behind this is that the home supporters almost always see their own team in traditional outfit at home so don't mind if their teams changes at home as they like to see the visiting team in their traditional colours.
Be that as it may, clubs please talk to each other before match day.


Good ideas.

I've really enjoyed reading a positive, constructive, sensible post like this.
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+2 #15 attendee 2017-08-09 02:39
Colour clashes can easily be avoided. Teams should talk before a game, especially if they are travelling to the other end of the island. That means talking days in advance and not at the ground! There are two ways of looking at it. 1. The away team wears a different strip to avoid a colour clash. 2. Do as the Italians do. The visiting team wears their traditional strip and the home team changes. The rationale behind this is that the home supporters almost always see their own team in traditional outfit at home so don't mind if their teams changes at home as they like to see the visiting team in their traditional colours.
Be that as it may, clubs please talk to each other before match day.
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-1 #14 Just Sayin 2017-08-09 01:34
Strip clashes occur all too often in this league. Simple answer, competition rules should mandate a specific away strip for all teams, e.g. Orange shirt, shots and socks, so that there is no risk of a clash. IT'S NOT ROCKET SURGERY FFT!!!! School competitions in the US and Canada have these rules.
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