Welcome back to Season 2016 and the first edition of the Weekly Preview brought to you by Systematic Computers.
As we enter our 21st season at the Superdome, we can now enjoy our Football from 21st century facilities, the envy of many that sit imposingly over the two pitches. While 2015 did not bring us the success we had hoped for, the drop to Division 2 gives us the chance to reset our focus on and off the field for Season 2016 and work toward some silverware and a return to the top.
The E Grade after a one year hiatus is back with Martin Radcliffe taking the reigns. They also return to Division 4B in 2016 a league where when they last featured in 2014 saw them remain competitive against some tough sides. Today they take on the team from the south coast in Southern Breakers who finished in 8th position in Div 3B in 2015. On the small pitch of the Superdome the Danzo Long Throw will again be a weapon, but the question remains, can he score again this year?
GRAB A FEED
After Saturday’s matches get back to the Glenunga Clubrooms for presentations. Meals will be available from 5:30pm, the bar will also be available.
The D Grade were a shining light in 2015 finishing third and were in the title race right up until the final weeks of the season. Now under the tutelage of Pernunz and leaving Division 7 behind they return to Division 4A where the young side hopes to continue to be competitive in a league which looks totally different from when OISC last featured in Div 4. Today they host Southern Breakers, the only side to have come down from Div 3 in 2015; a year which saw them pick up only three wins but this is not to be taken lightly as they are expected to be a tough opponent this year.
The C Grade ended season 2015 strongly, unbeaten in their final three matches finishing the year with a 3-0 domination of Sturt Marion. With Mr David Leach taking the helm the side will be developed into a strong attacking side hoping to take advantage of both Leachy’s experience and the youthful pace of some promising youngsters. Ronnie again returns in goals hoping to recapture his form the ’82 World Cup providing security at the back. Some good results in the pre-season including a big win over Stirling as well as victories over BOSA and St Peters bode well for a promising season. Today they take on a BOSA side who wrestled with our D’s for the Div 7 title in 2015. The spoils were shared between those two sides with one win each. OISC will need to shut down BOSA’s attacking line who averaged 3 goals per game in 2015.
The B Grade had a 2015 where results did not match performances finishing in 7th with 6 wins which could have been many more with the side either level or leading at half time in a majority of their 18 league matches. The average of 2.27 goals conceded per game will need to be tightened up for this to happen. Greg Buch taking the helm of the side this year employing the old style of play will hope to tighten things up. At the other end Nick Barbieri will again lead the attacking charge but will aim to avoid the new back net and find more of the goal net instead. The side has had an injection of new players who will be all looking to make make their mark and cement a spot in a competitive talent pool. This weekend they host 2015 Div 2B Champions Salisbury Villa, a side who lost only one game and an impressive +46 GD. When the two sides last met in 2012 OISC took the spoils in both games with 2-0 and 2-1 victories; Andrew Rossi scoring in both fixtures.
The A Grade have put a disappointing 2015 behind them which saw them yield only three wins, 12 points and as a result relegation from Division 1. A very promising pre-season with 3 wins and a draw from 5 matches including wins against Division 1 sides BOSA and Stirling as well as a draw with 2015 Div 1 champions and old rivals St Peters thanks to disciplined and controlled performances, something that was lacking in 2015. A number of new faces have freshened up the line-up with Julian Titaro, Adrian Parrella and Jake La Scala all making impacts already as well as the returns of Joelon Covino and Stravros Grafyadel between the sticks. Along with the experienced names like Manou, Dal Broi, Barone, Gauro, Khoury and Carbone as well as the X-Factor that is Tarek there is hope that they can reduce they can reduce the goals conceded in 2015 down from 2.83 per game and conversely increase the goals scored up from 1.55 per game. Saturday they host Salisbury Villa who despite a strong 2015 still find themselves in Div 2 in 2016. Last time the two sides met in 2012 the spoils were shared with each side winning their home fixture, the Round 15 clash saw OISC win 4-1, Barone and Gauro with braces.
The Lady Wolves got their season underway last week with a poor performance going down to Mercedes Green. With the move to the A Grade, Daniel Rossi relinquishes the regins of the side with Con Kapnistis returning to the club to take over the coaching role. The side has lost some key players notably Gemma Bateman and 2014 best and fairest Gabby Parente. They have been fortunate to have a big influx of players bolstering the squad to the biggest it has ever been with some key ins including Ellie Lynch to fill the role in the midfield. The attacking duo of Sarah Tronnolone and Eliza Sims is again looking dangerous scoring 39 goals between them in 2015; they look to build on that in 2016, along with names like Rossi, Varricchio, Ferguson and the “hard” defensive duo of Malbon and Caretti they again have a side set to achieve in 2016. In Round 2 they take on old rivals Mercedes, a side who in 2015 won the league with a dominant performance winning every game with an impressive average of 6.4 goals scored per game while conceding only 0.4. In their only meeting with the Lady Wolves last year it was a pulsating clash which was set for a draw until a late winner saw Mercedes steal a 2-1 win, Sunday’s clash is shaping as another classic.
Throughout the year the Weekly Preview and Wrap will be keeping a keen eye out on who’s doing well and worth buying and who’s had a shocker and needs to be sold quick smart.
It’s not too late to join, go to www.mysquad.com.au and enter the league code “OISC1982” to get started. Entry is $20, payable by Round 3.
Must have: Eliza Sims. Yes she is the equal most expensive player but you know you’ll always get a return on investment. Scoring the goal for the women last week on the back of cleaning up the women’s trophies at Presentation Night last year expect another good tally to come.
Also consider: Stavros Grafyadel. While he may not have the hundreds of years of experience of Ronnie, Stav is Daniel’s go to for goals, his last competitive match for OISC was the Cup Final, we expect him to channel those memories (and those of his mate Banana Man) to have a strong match on Saturday.
Sneaky buy of the week: Peter Barone. Not only did Peter score a brace in OISC’s Round 15 2012 clash against Salisbury Villa he also popped up to snare a brace in their Round 6 clash as well. With a penchant for goals against this side, he may be worth getting him into your team, we know he will!!!