Weekly Preview – Week 20

It’s Ladies Day at the Superdome this Saturday with this special edition of the Weekly Preview brought to you by the Saint Ignatius’ College – Old Ignatians’ Association.

Saturday is Ladies Day and we would like to invite all Ladies (wives, girlfriends, Mums, sisters)associated with the club to come out an enjoy a day just for them, FREE Champagne will be on offer for the ladies. Matchday 20 also sees the debut of the Old Scholars Day where in conjunction with the Old Ignatians’ Association the club invites all past and present members of the College Community to come out and enjoy the atmosphere at the Superdome as OISC and St Peters prepare to face off for the first time in all 4 grades.

The D Grade continue with their good form, some important results in the past fortnight have brought them right back into title consideration, trailing the league leaders BOSA and Brahma Lodge by three points. An unscheduled week off last week preceded by a nervy 3-2 victory against Eastern Elite the week before have both been a welcomed break but unwelcomed break in momentum. This week they take on a St Peters side who when the sides met in June played out a tightly fought battle with both sides having plenty of chances to score, it was a Joel Ortner goal that gave OISC the points on that occasion. Since that point Saints have struggled to stay at the top of the pack chasing the top 4 currently sitting in 9th place with 4 wins. Along with assuring the three points themselves the D’s will be particularly interested in what happens at Barton Reserve where BOSA and Brahma Lodge do battle this week to give further clarity to the destination of the title.

The C Grade have slipped up in the last few weeks leaving the good form of June and July behind. In their last match they had a boost to their playing stocks but were unable to find the drive to get the ball moving forward. This week they take on a St Peters side who took a convincing 2-0 victory in round 8 and who currently sit in 5th place with 6 wins, scoring an average of 2.7 goals per game. They however are conceding an average 2.3 goals per game which is on par with OISC’s 2.33 goals. With this in mind the match will likely be decided by which team is able to consistently maintain the tightest defence for the full duration of the match.

The B Grade had a heartbreaking loss a fortnight ago when Uni stole the game from underneath them with the last kick of the match. The match was an evenly sided affair for the most of it, once again though failure to convert chances hurt the side with a number of clear cut chances being sprayed anywhere but in the goal. When the two sides met in Round 7, Saints turned an early 1-0 deficit into a comfortable 3-1 win capitalising on defensive errors to break through. Saints currently sit in 4th place winning 7 matches including a 3-1 defeat of Comets last week. The B Grade’s goal scoring ability will be hampered by the loss of Nick Barbieri in Round 15 for the rest of the year to a facial injury meaning Andrew Rossi and Paul Murray in particular will need to work hard to fill the void. It may also give the opportunity for someone else to make a statement in the B Grade side.

The A Grade have continued to struggle, turning in a poor performance against Uni a fortnight ago followed by a convincing defeat against Sturt Marion in the Cup Quarter Final. The defence was put under sustained pressure again and allowed the opposition to exploit the weaknesses and gaps on the park created to score frequently. This week they take on a league leading St Peters side who have been on a charge up the table as the season has gone on. When they met on the Lloyd in Round 7 the match was largely an evenly matched contest, Saints getting the opener before a Manou/Khoury combination levelled things. Saints taking the match, with the OISC defence once again caught on the hop after a long break in the match. When the sides met at Glenunga in 2014, the head of Tom Smith brought OISC back from the brink to take a share of the points. Coming into this week’s match both sides will be extra keen for the points for their own particular ambitions.

The Lady Wolves have a weekend off but played their match against St Peters at the Superdome last weekend. Saints the side who dumped OISC out of the Cup in the Semi final turned in a different look performance last weekend which allowed OISC to pounce and pick up a 3-1 victory, their first ever against St Peters. In their final match next week they take on Westminster, a side who the girls held to a 0-0 draw earlier in the year despite only having 9 players take to the field that day. Westminster have been a much improved side in 2015 taking some big scalps but have struggled to score consistently large numbers of goals in a game averaging only 1.9 goals per game while conceding 2.2 goals. The OISC defence continues to remain tight conceding only 1.3 goals per game (compared to 1.2 in 2014) while at the other end scoring 3.2 goals (compared to 2.8 in 2014). They will again look to Sarah and Eliza to be the main attacking targets but also remain safe in the knowledge that there are a number of other avenues to goal. A victory next week will be sufficient to secure third place on the WCL table.

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Nick Barbieri to return looking like Sloth from the Goonies $1.30
The Marquee to make it through the day unscathed $4.50
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Jaguar $2.30
Any Sports Coupe $3.00
For it to be trust funded $1.01
Pannunz’s odds of reaching the last table on Poker Night next year $3.50
The odds in Pannunz’s mind $1.00

As Saturday is Ladies Day, this weeks poll is dedicated to the Ladies of OISC both on and off field.

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