Winter has set in as we reach the halfway point of the season with another edition of the Weekly Preview brought to you by E-Squared Studios.
The E Grade return to action after their extended break this weekend. In the time they have been on the sidelines the table has seen a small shift, the boys retaining their third position but joined by on 7 points by Aldinga and Green and a two game gap having opened to second. In their last outing they went down 4-2 to Strathalbyn under difficult circumstances. This week they face a tough task in the form of league leaders Flinders who also haven’t been in action since Round 6 when they defeated Northern Wolves 5-3 keeping their unbeaten season going. The E’s will be looking to fight hard at the Superdome and look for the protection of the gloves of doom in goals.
The D Grade went down 4-1 last week to the unbeaten M United Stars to see them slip to fifth on the table but still with a buffer to those below. Jack Cooke continued his recent good form with the sides only goal. This week they line up against 7th placed Flinders (2) a side who in their last outing in Round 7 drew 2-2 with Burundi Eagles (a side OISC defeated 5-0 in Round 5). When the sides met last in 2014 the corresponding fixture saw Flinders win 7-2 against a very different and out of depth D Grade side. This weekend the result is not expected to be replicated with OISC looking to its home ground advantage and band of new era players to reverse the score line.
The C Grade kept their unbeaten run going with a 2-0 defeat of Brahma Lodge giving them a 6 point gap at the summit (teams below do have one game in hand). This week the take on fifth placed Cobras who put 8 past Adelaide Uni in their victory last week. Cobras are currently some distance behind OISC in all statistical areas averaging only 2.4 goals per game (compared to OISC’s 4.6) while conceding 2.3 (compared to only 1.25) culminating in a whopping +23 goal difference. These two sides faced off in the pre season down at Underdale with the C’s taking a 5-1 victory with goals spread amongst five different goal scorers, but countless chances missed also. Leachy may be seduced into picking super-sub Danzo who will inevitably come knocking given Cobras are the only side the great man has gone BANG with and scored against back in 2012. Check selections carefully tomorrow for more…
The B Grade resumed where the left off before the break last week with a 7-1 defeat of Hahndorf and which in their last three outings now sees them having scored 20 goals while conceding only 4 putting them in third position only two points from top and along with Titans one of the only undefeated sides in the league. They also boast both the second highest number of goals scored (37 @ 4.6) and second fewest goals conceded (6 @0.75) but overall the best goal difference of +31. They also are enjoying having a wide range of scoring targets with 14 individual goalscorers (and 9 separate scorers over the past 2 matches), Stents joining Tarek and Dos as the big beneficiaries. This week they take on a Cobras side who sit two points below the B’s in fourth also having picked up 6 wins to date including a 2-1 defeat of MA Hawks last week. OISC will look to capitalise on a defence conceding more than 2 goals per game to open up a gap between the top three and the rest. A keen eye will also be kept on the match of the round as 1 v 2 Titans v Red Blue Eagles do battle which will set out the direction of Div 2B as it reaches its half way point.
The A Grade bounced back last week with a 6-1 defeat of Hahndorf. Nick Barbieri was critical to this success in his personal 5-1 defeat of Hahndorf, yes that’s right Barbs put in a huge 5 goals to go with his hat-trick and brace in the two matches previous ably assisted by messiah Carbone. This has helped the A’s become the fourth highest scoring team in the league only four goals behind equal leaders Villa and Eagles. The goals conceded continues to hamper the sides progress and has seen some key points go begging. This week they take on a Cobra’s side who only sit 4 points ahead in fifth following their 2-0 defeat of MA Hawks. Cobras statistically lack the scoring power of OISC averaging 2.1 goals per game compared to the A’s 3.25 but critically have the equal tightest defence in the league conceding only 1.25 goals per game which has despite their fifth place seen them only lose one game but pick up 3 draws.
The Lady Wolves put on a clinic last week as they dispatched Mercedes OC 8-0, Eliza Sims leading the way with 3 goals. They have once again tightened up their defence conceding an average of only 1 goal per league game since Round 5 but scoring at 4.6 in the same period. They too are benefiting from not having to rely on one channel to goal despite Captain Tronnolone leading the way in this regard the side has had 9 individual goal scorers in 2016. This week they line up against Sacred Heart, a side who they defeated in an 11-0 rout in Round 3, Kate Ferguson and Eliza starring that day with 4 and 3 goals respectively. Since that day Sacred Heart have taken some strides forward picking up their first win of the year and also progressing through to the quarter final stage of the cup. Despite the road trip the girls will look to keep their good form going and keep in touch with the league leaders.
NEWS ALERT: CUP DRAWS
The 3rd Round draws for the Challenge and Women’s Cups have been released:
- A Grade will host Tea Tree Gully City at Glenunga on SATURDAY July 16th, 2:45pm
- The Lady Wolves will host Modbury Vista at Glenunga on Sunday July 10th, 11:00am