The Lady Wolves kick off Season 2017 this weekend where they will begin the defence of their Cup Title. Here is the lowdown ahead of the first match.
Coach: Con Kapnistis
Co-Captains: Sarah Tronnolone & Eliza Sims
Vice Captain: Kate Ferguson
2016 League Record: WCL 3rd, 10 wins, 0 draws, 4 losses, +32 GD
2016 Cup Record: Winner
Who to Watch: Eliza Sims. The 2016 B&F had another stellar season jumping out of the blocks with 4 best on grounds in the opening 6 matches, scoring 15 goals in all competitions as well as topping the OISC Fantasy points tally. Once again set to be paired with Sarah and Christine at the scoring end big dividends are expected.
Will they be as good?: Olivia Lynch. Yes quite simply, she’s back and ready to go after an outstanding debut season in goals most memorably characterised by the penalty shootout in the Cup Final, saving the first two spot kicks to put the girls in a commanding position.
A breakthrough season 2016 saw our Lady Wolves equal their best ever finish of 3rd and win their first ever trophy as they took out the Cup Final in a penalty shootout. There have been a number of personnel changes in the off season with the departure of some key and long term players including Lucia Caretti and Rachel Varricchio but there has been an injection of new talent to the side including the return of 2014 B&F Gabriella Parente. The team still builds as one who will be as strong in all lines with names like Chloe Murray and Enya Malbon in defence, Gabby and Sophie Hlipala key in the midfield and Sarah Tronnolone and Eliza Sims again key targets up front. The WCL itself has also seen a change this year with 2016 champions Seymour making the move to Division 3 leaving only one of their sides in the WCL, fellow clubs Mercedes and Pembroke reducing to one team each and the men’s rivalry with BOSA now stretching to the women as they field a side in the WCL for the first time. After a bye in Round 1 of the WCL the girls return to action this weekend where they begin their Cup defence against Para Hills East, a side who have won their opening two games of the season. An easy game is not expected but if the Lady Wolves show the resolve they exhibited in 2016 they look set for a successful 2017.
Coach Says: We have lost some key players from last year’s cup winning squad, Lucia Caretti, Rachel Varrichio, Niki Kapnistis, Ellie Lynch and Christina Tziortzis due to injury and work commitments. Covering the loss of these players has been an important goal for us in the off season and we welcome, Sophie Panousakis, Eirini Vrodos, Nat Nieass, Tess Keenan and Gabby Parente into the OISC Womens team for 2017. Preseason has been good with players getting fitter and ready for what hopefully will be another successful season. Our first game is a Cup game against Para Hills East, who are currently top of Div 5, we are quietly confident and keen to repeat last years cup winning feat.
Captains Say: Eliza: Hoping the season will be a continuation from our strong finish to last year. We have some good new additions to our team so I’m looking forward to seeing our team go from strength to strength.
Sarah: Starting our season on a cup round is both exciting and daunting. I am hoping the team will be able to replicate last years stellar performance. Though the loss of some key players has hurt us, we have gained some great additions to the team. Our first couple of rounds are going to be about learning how we work as a new team and getting back to what we do best which is great football.