Walter Pless on Association Football Sat, 20 Jan 2018 23:08:53 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Pre-season Friendlies - Saturday, 20 January 2018

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Photo:  Beachside's Shae Hickey pokes home at the second attempt after the South Hobart keeper saved his penalty [PlessPix]

Hobart Zebras 0-4 Hume City (Bozdugan 8', Blumenthal 17' pen, Ofli 65', Sweet 74')

Glenorchy Knights 0-7 Olympia Warriors  (J Turner 14', W Wadawu 16', 18', H Undy 23', J Nkoso 42' pen, 44')

South Hobart 4 (I Degotto, S Leszczynski 2, B Lakoseljac) beat Beachside 2 (S Hickey, B Whitehall){jcomments on}

]]> (Walter Pless) Featured March 2015 Sat, 20 Jan 2018 08:49:36 +0000
Hume City beat South Hobart 3-1, but it could have been a draw

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Photo:  South Hobart's Jacob Brennan (white shirt) in a heading contest with Hume City's Zachary Sekunda [PlessPix]

[Pre-season Friendly, South Hobart Oval, Friday, 19 January 2018)

South Hobart 1 (A Walter 14’)

Hume City 3 (Kaya 4’, Kubilay 80’, Blumenthal 91’)

HT: 1-1   Att: 300   Ref: S Plomaritis

South Hobart: K Brown - Gorrie, Ludford (Demar 64’), D Brown, Schmidt (Douce 75’) - Kemp, Feral (Saracino 64’), N Morton (Degetto 70’) - J Brennan (Cook 58’), Hall, Walter (Sub not used: Moncur)

Hume City: Weier - Kaya, Groenewold (Tennant 72’) , Govan (Taylor 81’), Sukunda (Baricevic 72’) - Morgan (Bozdugan 87’), Hegarty, Konyit (Pawiak 49’) - Lyvidikos (Blumenthal 64’), Ofli (Trajcevski 78’), Sweet (Kubilay 49’) (Sub not used: Tapia){jcomments on}

]]> (Walter Pless) Featured March 2015 Fri, 19 Jan 2018 10:44:48 +0000
Pre-season kicks off in style tonight with visit of Victoria's Hume City

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Photo:  Hume City warm up before this morning's training session at Wellesley Park [PlessPix]

South Hobart take on visiting NPL Victoria outfit Hume City at South Hobart Oval this evening at 6pm.

The visitors will meet Hobart Zebras at the same venue on Saturday at 5pm, after a game between South Hobart and local Southern Championship club, Beachside, at 2pm.{jcomments on}

]]> (Walter Pless) Featured March 2015 Fri, 19 Jan 2018 04:18:47 +0000
Metro sign new sponsorship deal with Queen's Head Hotel

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Photo:  Darrin Chaffey (right) presents a framed Metro shirt to Scotty of the Queen's Head Hotel [Photo by Sharon Cure]

Metro have negotiated a major sponsorship deal with The Queen’s Head Hotel in North Hobart.{jcomments on}

A presentation day was held at The Queen’s Head last Sunday with 60 members and players enjoying a lunch.

]]> (Walter Pless) Featured March 2015 Thu, 18 Jan 2018 08:47:39 +0000
Vale Thomas 'Tommy' Wilson (21.10.1947 - 12.1.2018)

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Photo:  Tommy Wilson in his Rapid days before a game at South Hobart circa 1980 [PlessPix]

The death has occurred in Hobart of former Caledonians and Rapid midfielder-cum-defender, Tommy Wilson, who was aged 70.

Wilson, who had been ill for the past six years years, will be remembered as a tough, uncompromising player with a powerful build.{jcomments on}

]]> (Walter Pless) Featured March 2015 Wed, 17 Jan 2018 10:56:58 +0000
Do I hear the faint sound of alarm bells?

South Hobart gave Hobart Zebras a 6-0 hiding at KGV Park today in a pre-season friendly.

I wasn’t able to attend, but Benjamin Smith has provided me with the details and statistics of the match.{jcomments on}

]]> (Walter Pless) Featured March 2015 Sun, 14 Jan 2018 10:18:59 +0000
Gloveman Anthony 'Tassie' Breaden visits Tasmania

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Photo:  Anthony Breaden, known as 'The Gorilla' in his Tasmanian playing days, sports his personally designed goalkeeping gloves in Hobart today [PlessPix]

Anthony Breaden, 38, has come a long way since leaving Tasmania and playing for the Young Socceroos at the Under-20 World Cup in Nigeria in 1999 and with Adelaide City in the NSL.

One of two goalkeepers in the Australian squad - the other was Michael Turnbull - Breaden was in the company of illustrious opponents such as Xavi (Spain), Ronaldinho (Brazil), Ashley Cole and Peter Crouch (England), Tim Howard (USA), Shinji Ono (Japan) and Roque Santa Cruz (Paraguay).{jcomments on}

]]> (Walter Pless) Featured March 2015 Sat, 06 Jan 2018 09:37:25 +0000
Zebras much too good for Metro

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Photo:  Zebras keeper Nathan Reid grabs the ball ahead of a Metro opponent [PlessPix]

NPL Tasmania club Hobart Zebras thrashed Southern Championship outfit Metro 9-1 away at North Chigwell this morning.

Zebras fielded their first-choice selection to begin with and led 5-1 at half-time.{jcomments on}

]]> (Walter Pless) Featured March 2015 Sat, 06 Jan 2018 07:27:46 +0000
Season's greetings

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The 2018 season will be my 39th year of reporting on football in Tasmania.

I wish all my readers a merry Christmas and a happy New Year and all the very best in 2018.{jcomments on}

]]> (Walter Pless) Featured March 2015 Sat, 23 Dec 2017 14:56:24 +0000
Tasmania's national football footprint growing

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Photo:  Tasmania's Nathaniel Atkinson (left) is now a regular starter for A-League side Melbourne City [PlessPix]

Tasmanian footballers are starting to break through into the A-League, and one is even playing overseas.

Jeremy Walker (Perth Glory), Nathaniel Atkinson (Melbourne City) and Josh Hope (Melbourne Victory) featured in A-League squads this weekend.{jcomments on}

]]> (Walter Pless) Featured March 2015 Sat, 23 Dec 2017 14:24:57 +0000
VAR is complicating the game and making referees lazy

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Photo:  Could referees become less observant with the introduction of the VAR? [PlessPix]

The introduction of the VAR (Video Assistant Referee) system in several countries has been a disaster.

Amongst other things, it has led to unacceptable delays in football matches and, more worryingly, I believe it has the potential to make referees lazy.{jcomments on}

]]> (Walter Pless) Featured March 2015 Tue, 19 Dec 2017 12:01:41 +0000
Metro FC sees the light

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Photo (L-R):  Darrin Chaffey, the Metro president, Tony McMullen, the Glenorchy City Council general manager, and Greg Barrett, Metro's senior vie-president, at last Friday night's event [PlessPix]

Metro switched on their new floodlights at North Chigwell on Friday night.

The club should be able to play night games this coming season, while training will be much better under the new lights.{jcomments on}

]]> (Walter Pless) Featured March 2015 Tue, 19 Dec 2017 08:16:07 +0000
Pre-season round-up for early part of December 2017

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Photo:  Zebras' new signings Niklas Wenderyd (left) and Jakub Sklenar on opposing sides at training tonight [PlessPix]

Many clubs have commenced pre-season training and will have a shot break over Christmas before resuming in the New Year.

Hobart Zebras have a new Swedish signing in 26-year-old defender Niklas Wenderyd.{jcomments on}

]]> (Walter Pless) Featured March 2015 Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:03:05 +0000
Vale Bernard Siggins (28-2-1945 - 8-12-2017)

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Photo:  Bernard Siggins terrorised opposition defences as a speedy and tricky winger for Caledonians [PlessPix]

The death has occurred in Hobart of Bernard Siggins, 72, one of the trickiest and most effective wingers to have graced Tasmanian football.

Siggins was a one-club man, spending his entire career with Caledonians, now known as Kingborough Lions United.{jcomments on}

]]> (Walter Pless) Featured March 2015 Sat, 09 Dec 2017 12:17:52 +0000