Weekly Preview – Week 18

It’s Ladies Day this Saturday at the Superdome and to celebrate, we have another edition of the Weekly Preview brought to you by The Maylands Hotel

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Since it is Ladies Day this weekend we will commence this Weekly Preview with an impromptu mid-weekly wrap of the Women’s Cup Semi Final last night. The girls were expecting a tough clash against a Seymour side who were unbeaten in all competitions and had already wrapped up the Collegiate League title. It was OISC who jumped out of the blocks and were the more attacking side; Eliza and Kate outstanding ruling the right wing turning their opposition inside out. The girls taking the lead as Sheeney and Christine linked up to put Ellie through to score. Seymour weren’t able to get the same attacking penetration as they have become so accustomed; the midfield, Natalia in particular cutting off many moves before they got started. Pinpoint corners from Eliza clearing the tall Seymour defenders giving more opportunities to score. At the break the crowd willed them to keep going, Coach Kapnistis reminding the girls the job was only half done and that Seymour would come out and throw everything at them. The second half while not going full Mourinho style and parking the bus, OISC had to protect their advantage but still attack as they knew they would need another goal. Come back Seymour did as a tiring OISC side had to repel a greater number of attacking moves. At the other end the OISC still tried to get that breathing room, Rachel and Christine continuing from their good first halves to try and further the advantage. Seymour came perilously close to scoring as a ball rocketed back off the post and 10 minutes from time did bring the match level with extra time beginning to loom in the distance. It was going to be our night though as with only minutes to play Ellie was put through into space running away from the two chasing defenders to slam the ball under a diving keeper to grab her second and the lead back. Seymour had a final long range set piece as the last play of the match; the speculative shot going well over the top. The final whistle sparking scenes of utter elation as the girls sealed the 2-1 victory and history with their first ever Cup Final berth where they are set to take on Pembroke.

HIGHLIGHTS OF LAST NIGHT’S VICTORY

The E Grade returns to action this week after yet another week off. In their last outing they played out an entertaining and high scoring 4-4 draw with Green United. Marty Radcliffe and debutant Rob Anfiteatro were integral in the second half revival. The point and subsequent results have seen them consolidate their fourth place moving 4 points clear of Green United. They largely have this weeks opponent to thank for that as they defeated Green 3-0 last week. Strathalbyn sit in third place currently a solitary point ahead of OISC, when the sides met earlier in the year, once again availability and commitment hit the E Grade hard as they went down 4-2. With both sides having three matches to go this weeks result will be telling in who is going to take third place on the table at the end of the season.

The D Grade copped their biggest defeat of the year at the hands of Burundi Eagles last weekend, a side that was handed its only defeat of the year by OISC 5-0 in Round 5. Not much can be said about last weeks match but this week they along with the E’s will be hoping that they will not be plagued with huge unavailability and commitment issues to get a competitive side on the park. They take on a Strathalbyn side who sit in 8th place with only one win which they picked up thanks to a 3-0 defeat of Green United last week. After a comparatively dry start to the season the Strikers have scored 9 of their 17 goals in the last 4 games and average 1.7 goals per game (vs OISC @ 1.9) while conceding 42 @ 4.2 (vs OISC at 3.3). The D’s will hope to use the smaller surrounds of the Superdome pitch to their advantage against a side who is used to playing on a paddock to their advantage and seal the points.

The C Grade bounced back from the disappointment of not taking full points against Adelaide Uni last week to record a tough 3-0 defeat of Cougars and regain top spot on the table for the moment ahead of a big fortnight. This week they face a convocation of Red Blue Eagles who are swooping in from third place hoping to steal the points. The Eagles are coming off a 2-2 draw against 6th placed Brahma Lodge. The Eagles sit in second as the third highest scoring team in the league averaging 3.5 goals scored (vs OISC who are the highest at 4.2) but have maybe let in a few more goals than they may have liked (1.8 per game vs OISC at 1.15). OISC will have to do it without Jack Harben as he continues on his road to recovery but Leachy’s solid squad and system will aim to replicate their 4-2 victory from Round 6

The B Grade had the full 3 points cruelly taken from last week against an over-manned Cougars side. Making up for a poor start Curtis Covino bounced back to star with two goals and Dos once again menacing, setting up scoring opportunities. The gap to the league leaders has now opened to 6 points but they still possess enviable figures as the second highest scoring team and second lowest conceding team in the league. This week they take on second placed Red Blue Eagles, a side who OISC handed their first defeat in over two years as they picked up a 4-3 victory, Tarek and Dos both with braces. Mark will also be keen to brush up on pass back rules for this weekend as the defence is expected to be under pressure as the Eagles are the leagues highest scoring team averaging over 4.5 goals per game (vs OISC at 3.8), these figures will test both defences who have each conceded only 14 goals for the year (1 per game), a cracking match awaits…

The A Grade had to come from behind last week to defeat Cougars 4-2, with a return to form of some key players proving pivotal in the success which has seen their season turn around to sit fourth on the table, knocking on the door of the top two. Despite a shaky start last week the defence has held strong conceding only 4 goals in the past five games while Barbs, Manou and co have been scoring at the other end to see the boys pick up key points against all of their nearest competitors to date in the second half of the year. This week they face a huge match against third placed Red Blue Eagles who defeated Hahndorf 3-1 last week. Eagles are the highest scoring team in the league averaging 3.42 goals per game (compared to OISC at 2.92). They have also conceded the second fewest goals at 1.07. Since Round 10 though the sides have been evenly matched in every way both having scored 12 and conceded 5. When the sides met in Round 6, OISC went 2-0 up in the first half through Peter Barone only to be pegged back and rue a good start as the Eagles took the points. It has been some time since the Eagles have visited the Superdome and far from the days when they faced an Ivan lead C Grade, an unfamiliarity which OISC will hope helps them as this match will be pivotal to the final make up league table with the sides currently split by only a single point.

As you have read above the Lady Wolves created history last night as they defeated Seymour 2-1 in the Semi Final of the Cup, this came hot on the heels of their defeat of their Cup Final opponent Pembroke Old Scholars on the weekend, that win securing third place on the table. With some key outs over the two matches this week, what has impressed has been that others have stepped up and filled the void. This weekend they face their final league match of the year as they host Westminster who picked up a narrow 2-1 victory last Sunday to consolidate their fifth place on the table. When the sides met in Round 7 OISC was under pressure early and were unable to capitalise fully on their chances but in the second half stormed home to win 3-2. When Westminster visited the Superdome in 2015 it was a 9 man OISC for 80 minutes that held out for a draw in another spirited performance and one which OISC could have stolen on several occasions. Wests are scoring at an average of 2.92 goals per game but critically are conceding at an identical rate, OISC are scoring at almost 4 goals per game and are keeping it comparatively tight at the other end averaging 1.7 goals conceded. An easy clash is not expected but the girls will be desperate to use their momentum to close out the league season on a high.

As we have said before it’s Ladies Day this Saturday at the Superdome, so all you wives, girlfriends, mums and sisters make sure you get out to watch the boys in action. There will of course be free Champagne for all the ladies.
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