After a few weeks on the road it’s back to the Superdome for another Saturday Quadruple Header and another edition of the Weekly Preview brought to you by J.E. Baldino Plumbing.
The D Grade picked up a handy point in their match against second place Parafield Gardens last weekend with Leachy again proving the outlet to goal. The D’s currently sit in third place on the table, their big win against BOSA three weeks ago was undone the following week dropping a vital three points and second place at home to a 10 man Brahma Lodge who now move level with OISC on points. The side continues to score freely averaging 2.67 goals per game while conceding only 1.25, and is benefitting from having 14 different goal scorers across the season. This weekend they return to the Superdome to take on an Angle Vale side who they defeated 3-1 in Round 2. Angle Vale have struggled this season currently sitting in 11th place with 3 victories but have managed to score many more goals than some of the teams above so the defence will need to remain alert to ensure that the three points can be secured.
The C Grade meanwhile have also finally begun to hit some form picking up 7 of a possible 9 points from their last 3 matches, started by a big win against pace setters BOSA in their last home match. AK Akuen continues to be dangerous up front but has found some support in past weeks with Paul Murray while hampered by his long flowing locks scoring an important goal last weekend. When OISC took on Comets in Round 2 they suffered a 2-0 defeat hampered by defensive lapses. Comets have continued to build on their season since that match currently siting in top spot conceding an average of 1.1 goals per game. OISC will look this weekend to arrest their defensive issues and remain buoyed by the fact that they have been able to freely score against low conceding teams in past weeks and hope that will continue.
The B Grade have continued to struggle to put a result together in recent weeks but have shown significant improvement in their on field performance, with a fight for the full 90 minutes attitude, and putting their bodies on the line has brought them much closer to taking the points in both of the last two weeks. In each match however they were unable to convert any of the multiple scoring chances they have had going forward while at the other end their opposition has made the most of even the smallest chance to snatch the three points. Round 2’s meeting saw Comets power to a 4-2 victory. Since then Comets like OISC has stumbled through the remainder of the first half of the year to sit only 3 points above the B’s. At the Superdome they will hope that they can reverse this knowing every key indicator between the two sides is very even and such that it will be the side who is best able to utilise their chances that will take the points.
Very little positive can be taken from the A Grade’s last month turning in some of the poorest performances in recent Club history both in the score lines and the manner in which the games have been lost. Particularly of concern in the last month has been the number of goals conceded vs. scored (18 vs. 3), as well as the poor discipline and the failure to do many of the basics. This weekend they take on a Comets side whose Round 2 match still has them as OISC’s most recent league scalp where they took an at times scrappy 2-0 victory. Fast Forward 9 rounds, the seasons of both clubs are on the line, the A Grade will need to improve their performances fast from the 5-0 loss last weekend. Shaun George and Tarek Tabet who both put in solid performances last weekend and will again need to set an example. However the unescapable fact remains, OISC will need to use a bit of thought when in front of goals and convert chances while providing the support to Anthony Verlato in goals which has been so lacking in past weeks.
The OISC Women continue to power ahead, surging into their second successive Cup Semi Final with a commanding 6-0 defeat of Div 4 side Ingle Farm two weeks ago. The good form continued last weekend with another comfortable victory against Mt Barker United despite being without Captain Sarah Tronnolone who was sensationally yet perplexingly sent off in the match against Ingle Farm. They continue to benefit with the luxury of multiple other outlets to goal particularly Eliza Sims who picked up yet another hat-trick last Sunday as well as Gemma, Niki, Rachel and Kate who have also proven dangerous going forward. This has given them an average of 5.5 goals scored per game across all competitions and thanks to a solid defence only conceding an average of 1 goal per game across all competitions protecting a very healthy goal difference. The good form in past weeks of Chloe Murray (some say better than both Paul and Blakey combined) has been key to this success. This weekend they make the long road trip for an early morning kick off against new side Sacred Heart Old Collegians. In their first year they have been fighting valiantly but have struggled with the increasingly high standard of the Collegiate League, sitting at the foot of the table, yet to register a win. OISC will be looking to this match to not only pick up another three points but to further boost their goal difference with Sacred Heart conceding an average in excess of 6 goals per game. They will need to be careful however that this does not breed complacency and maintain their focus as the league prepares to split for the second half of the year.
OISC Fantasy Team Selection
Following a sensationally successful Fantasy Premier League season for Team Fun Cool, it was only a matter of time before OISC recognised that Coach Emerson Ciccarello (alias Enrico Palazzo) should select an OISC starting 11 to get the season back on track; Mr. Palazzo signed on a 1 week deal for round 11 of the SAASL Season with the option for an extension. With little time to waste. Here is the line-up for Iggies this week.
The preferred line up for optimum attacking flair, we will be the 3-4-3 formation.
Iordan Kostadinov: Although under an injury cloud which forced a big headed clod in goals for the D’s last week, a home fixture against Angle Vale hands the D’s outfit with a great chance of a clean sheet and some save points.
Daniel Hurt: The big throw of Danzo is the stuff of legends. He has the potential to get returns at both ends of the pitch with a clean sheet a strong possibility and the narrow OISC pitch ideal for a long throw assist, Bang!
Emerson Ciccarello: Regardless of how rubbish this guy may be, he has penalties, free kicks and corners amongst his set piece duties. Despite playing in a newly founded defensive role, he loves to bomb forward for view on goal. Need I say more? #penciccarello
Sholto Broderick: A dynamo in defence. His key passes and attacking overlap is impressive. The B Grade may find it hard to keep a clean sheet, but this is the week it will turn around for Ro$$i’s men.
Jose Zelaya: What would a team be without the South American flair? Jose has the talent, touch and finesse to rip teams apart. A home game against Comets bodes well.
James Mercuri: It’s Juno, what else do you need to know? There are special powers laced in that headband he wears.
Shaun George: Shauninho is set to turn the A Grade’s season around. You heard it here first. Key passes are his forte and he will boss the midfield, box-to-box, leaving Yaya Toure for dead.
David Leach: With over 400 goals for the club, this legend of OISC needs no introduction. Penalties, free kicks and dives, what can’t he do? With the same amount of Premier League medals as Steven Gerrard, I know who’d I rather have in my team.
Sarah Tronnolone: An absolute machine of a player. Currently on two weeks reflection after a ‘vicious assault’ during a cup game, Sarah will once again be out for blood and keen to add to her impressive hatrick tally.
Chris Gauro: The A Grade need goals, and he is the man who will provide just that. After a length lay off, he’s ready to save OISC.
Mangong Akuen: The C Grade have been impressive, undefeated in their last 3 games. AK will be looking to return to his early season form and grab a bag.
Gary Dal Broi: Clean sheets haven’t been easy to come by for the A Grade, but captain fantastic is good value for points each end of the pitch.
Paul Murray: The very picture of Mercurial, on his day Paul will run riot and bag a hatful. On an off day, a red card and all in brawl are never too far away.
Nick Tsekenis: The creature affectionately known as ‘Juice’ was a former leading goal scorer for Comets. He’ll jump out the blocks Saturday and show them just what they’ve been missing.
Mark Andrawos (RGK): With some injury doubts over shot stopper Iordy. Mark will be more than apt to sit between the sticks after an impressive performance in a narrow B grade loss.