After a month on the road it’s back to the Superdome which means another edition of the Weekly Preview brought to you by The O Hotel.
The D Grade have maintained their good form and remain in touch with BOSA at the top of the table, the hope of an impending disaster for BOSA in the closing stages of the season keeping a small flicker of title hopes alive. In their last match the D’s had to fight hard to take the points against Red Blue Eagles a fortnight ago, a late Will Ventura penalty proving the difference. The goal scoring form of the D’s of late being boosted by the forming of the most unlikely of partnerships, cast aside Carbs and Gauro, Fabregas and Costa, Messi and Suarez for Leach and Pannunzio. This duo linking up 3 times in the last 4 matches to help seal a perfect record across that period. This weekend they will need to link up again as they take on an Eastern Elite side that they suffered a shock loss to earlier in the year. The opposition currently sit in 9th place losing 2-1 to BOSA last week. For the D’s this is a must win game to ensure that they seal a high finish in 2015.
The C Grade’s six game unbeaten run came to an end last weekend at the hands of Adelaide Villa. They face a tough match this weekend against an Adelaide Uni side who defeated them 3-1 in Round 6. They have not been able to take full advantage of the past weeks performances though falling away late in the game to see them share the points in 4 of those matches. Ronnie Arboit has defied time, winding back the clock to be pivotal in the past results, particularly his flying save against Wanderers and despite the result penalty save last week. This week they take on a Uni side that sits in third place but suffered a 3-0 loss to Comets last week. In the corresponding match at the Superdome in 2014, OISC picked up a tight 4-3 victory with pace proving the key to scoring, this year they will hope that AK will be able to fill that void and continue with his good first season to give OISC a chance of taking the points.
The B Grade have continued their rollercoaster run with a disappointing loss against Stirling followed by the Tennis match victory against Wanderers (7-5) and the 2-1 loss to Adelaide Villa last week. They continue to be frustrated by small lapses in concentration after long periods of dominance which have allowed the opposition to create the smallest of chances and capitalise on them to steal the match. This week they take on a Uni side who currently sit in third place, a side who dropped some key points last weekend drawing 1-1 to 9th placed Comets. Currently Uni boast the second best goal difference in the league averaging almost three goals per game while conceding only 1.2. The B’s will need to look towards Andrew Rossi and Nick Barbieri up front to make the most of their opportunities while the defence will need to arrest their 2.4 goals per game conceded to give themselves a chance.
The A Grade once again face up to a must win match after falling agonisingly short the last two weeks of taking points from each match. Performances across the last month have been much improved being in winning positions against both Stirling and Wanderers as well as fighting hard for the full 90 against Adelaide Villa last week only to suffer lapses that have allowed the opposition to make the most of every chance that they get. Going forward OISC have finally been able to get their radar in scoring 19 goals in their last 5 matches, a significant improvement on the 10 games prior which yielded only 17 goals (an improvement of 123%). They will again be looking to Chris Gauro who became the 13th person to score 50 goals for the club in the last Cup Game and Peter Barone who became the 12th to reach 50 goals for the club earlier in the year to be the prime attacking targets but also the good form of James Blake provides another avenue to goal. They will also be boosted by the return from a forced lay off of the Messiah Carbone to get the ball down to them. This week they face the return match against reigning champions Adelaide Uni who this year sit mid-table in 5th place. Uni only picked up a 1-0 victory against bottom placed Comets last week and have struggled in the second half of the season winning 1 and losing 4 matches. OISC will be looking to build on their past weeks to pick up some much needed points.
The Lady Wolves Cup run came to an end last night in the Semi Final, a poor first half allowed Saints to put three on the board before the break. A much more dominant second half saw one goal brought back but again the tilt at the cup ends at the semi finals. In the league they are coming off the bye, the previous week they turned in a disappointing performance by their own high standards against Seymour who moved ahead of them on the table for the first time this year. This week they host league leaders Mercedes OC who are currently unbeaten in the league for season 2015 and comfortably dominating the WCL. They are dangerous when going forward scoring an average of 6.9 goals per game while conceding only 0.4. These while they may look like fearsome statistics have been helped by big wins against the lower sides, when playing other sides in the top 5 the goals scored reduces to around 4.5 per game. The forefeit in the first half of the year means that this is the first time the sides have met since the 1-1 draw at Glenunga late last year, however OISC will be looking to bounce back from Wednesday night and cause the upset.
THROWBACK THURSDAY SPECIAL
We take you back to Round 16 last year and treat you to Messiah Carbone at work with a pinpoint free kick in OISC’s epic 3-2 victory over Uni, the eventual champions.