After a wet week we return to the Superdome for a bumper weekend of matches with another edition of the Weekly Preview bought to you by Soriano Constructions.
The E Grade return to action this weekend as they host Aldinga Sharks at the Superdome. In their last outing the E’s went down 3-0 to the unbeaten Flinders but however remain in third place with the benefit of a game in hand against Southern Breakers to be played on July 16. When the two sides met in Round 2 OISC snatched a 1-0 victory thanks to a Sam Cuchor goal in the shadows of half time. A tough clash awaits with the winner able to set themselves apart from their rivals and open a small gap on the table.
The D Grade performed a ninja style raid on Flinders in their last outing stealing a 3-1 win; Joel Ortner proving the difference with a second half hat-trick. The win seeing them sit mid-table in fifth on 13 points with last week’s postponed game in hand. This week at the Superdome the host fourth placed Aldinga Sharks. When the sides met at Shark Park in Round 2, OISC copped a 6-0 drubbing at the hands of a more superior Aldinga side. Since then though both sides have recorded similar results picking up 10 points each, Aldinga picking up their fist win last week since Round 4. A win for OISC will see them join the Sharks on 16 points with the rescheduled match to follow on Cup week.
The C Grade had their match postponed last week against BOSA so have had an extended break to ready themselves for the second half of the season. In their last outing in Round 9 they put in arguably their poorest performance of the season to date and were lucky to escape with a draw against Cobras to keep their unbeaten record intact. This week they face somewhat of an opportunity to regroup and work on improving areas of their game as they face the winless Gleeson. It has been a hard slog for the maroons in 2016 only scoring 8 goals in their 10 matches (compared to OISC’s league leading 39) while conceding 46 at 4.6 per game. When the sides met in Round 2 OISC took a 6-2 victory, Johnno picking up a hat-trick following an even first half in which Gleeson picked up two of their 8 goals. OISC will want to try to use this game as an opportunity to build a goal difference buffer which will be vital at the pointy end of the season.
The B Grade suffered a shock and “strange” 3-2 loss last week at the hands of Salisbury Villa. The boys were hampered by circumstance which saw them not focus fully on the game at hand and allowed their opposition to ease to victory. This week they take on 7th placed Gleeson a side that they demolished 7-0 in Round 2, Tarek and Barbs the multiple goal scorers picking up a hat trick and brace respectively. OISC were in control for the entirety of the match, the Gleeson defence directing focus onto the OISC forwards to try to upset the balance to no avail. Gleeson will be hoping to continue on from their 2-0 defeat of Hahndorf last week but OISC will expect to bounce back here; Tarek, Dos and Stents all looking to add to their respective tallies.
The A Grade put in a strong performance last week as they defeated then league leaders Salisbury Villa. Despite some outs to last weeks side they were more than adequately covered by reserves players who took their chance and others showing their versatility. One man who doesn’t need to be versatile, just eat, drink, play, score is Nick Barbieri who has been scoring as many past weeks as he has missed weekly in so many years before. This week they take on Gleeson who are coming off of a 6-1 defeat of strugglers Hahndorf. When the two sides met in Round 2 OISC spent 90 minutes playing catch-up football levelling the match four times and managing to score 7 of the 8 goals in the 4-4 draw. A match that they were lucky to score a point from as James Buccella levelled in the final play of the match. Since then Gleeson have picked up three wins over MA Hawks, Torrens Valley and Hahndorf. Despite their league position Gleeson have been able to get goals on the board scoring 27 goals at 2.7 per game (compared to OISC at 3.2 per game), they have conceded more than they have scored with 29 at 2.9 per game compared to OISC’s 22 at 2.2. Over the past month the scoreboard has been similar for the two sides with Gleeson having a 14-8 ratio compared to OISC’s 16-6 but critically a difference of 10 points to 6 in OISC’s favour. A match like Saturday is important to get points from as the table starts to lock itself down.
The Lady Wolves suffered a heavy defeat last week at the hands of league leaders Seymour as their momentum has hit some bumps over the last couple of weeks. This week though ahead of their season break over the next fortnight they switch focus to the Cup where they play host to Div 4 side Modbury Vista. As the Cup whittles down to its final 8 sides, 5 teams remain from the Collegiate League and 3 from Div 4. Modbury Vista sit at the summit of Div 4 with only two defeats from their 11 matches, one of those defeats coming last week 2-1 to Elizabeth Downs. It is hard to compare the standards of the two leagues side by side but despite their ladder position Vista have not been able to punish sides on the scoreboard sitting in equal 4th position for goals scored with 25, at the other end they have been effective conceding only 15 which is only the equal third best in the league. The Lady Wolves meanwhile have scored 40 goals (at 3.63 per game) while conceding 20. A tight match is expected but with Captain Sarah Tronnolone expected to return to the side along with some other key players OISC will look to use the home ground to their advantage to secure a third successive semi final berth.
Poker Night Predictions
With Poker Night coming up this Saturday Night let’s have a look at what direction we expect the night to take.
Michael Pannunzio to win yet again $1.75
For him to be up against Marco Spinelli $2.05
Carbs to somehow make it to the final table $1.05
Danzo to win a hand and say “BANG” in celebration $2.70
Pannunz to get knocked out but buy back in $1.30
Kangas to create some kind of syndicate $4.00