The final round of the year is upon us, and so is the final round edition of the Weekly Preview brought to you by The Maylands Hotel
The D Grade’s title ambitions came to an end last weekend with Brahma Lodge beating Red Blue Eagles 7-0 and the D’s slipping up to BOSA 2-1, dropping them back to third on the table. This week however they line up against Brahma Lodge in what should have been a title deciding match but instead will be a match which the D’s will hope will finish their year on a high. When the two sides met at Glenunga in Round 11 where OISC maintained control for a majority of the match, capitalising on a 10 man Brahma side for a majority of the match only for disaster to strike in the final 20 minutes with a 2-1 lead turning into a 3-2 defeat in a matter of minutes. OISC will again look to the experienced heads of Leachy, Marty, Vossy and Mark to control the lines and see if they can reverse that result.
The C Grade bounced back last week to take a share of the points with BOSA in a closely fought but uninspiring 0-0 draw. This week they take on a Sturt Marion side who they defeated 1-0 in Round 9. Currently Sturt sit in 8th place with 4 wins for the year only a point below the C’s who have one less win for the year but have gained extra points to keep them ahead thanks to their 6 draws to date. The C’s will be hoping to repeat their Round 9 efforts again this weekend.
The B Grade again found themselves in the match against BOSA last weekend, sitting level at half time this time they went on with the job and picked up a 3-1 victory blunting BOSA’s title hopes and making this weekend now a must win for them. For OISC their improved form of past weeks will buoy them, Raf Ceravolo in particular with two goals in as many weeks providing an attacking target. This week they take on a Sturt Marion side who stole a late 1-0 victory in Round 9. Sturt currently sit in 6th place with 6 victories. Despite the greater points accumulation, in season 2015 Sturt have scored less and conceded more than the B Grade (24 scored / 44 conceded compared to the B’s 28 scored / 41 conceded). OISC will need to need to be mindful of Sturt’s physicality with their bigger bodies against the small OISC attacking line but will hope that this will not impact upon the result.
The A Grade turned in a much improved performance last week, and on the whole were the better side for a majority of the match, the score line of a 3-0 loss to BOSA not at all reflective of the match itself. A return to form of the messiah as well as a strong defensive effort were all critical to the improved performance. Sturt meanwhile are safely ensconced in 4th place unable to move or be displaced from that position this week having picked up a comfortable 3-0 victory over Comets last weekend. OISC and Sturt have already met twice this season, in Round 9 OISC’s worst performance in recent years saw a disastrous 7-1 demolition a match in which the A’s also had two players sent off. Sturt also cast OISC aside 4-1 in the Cup Quarter Final, the performance much improved but still unable to adequately respond to and outplay the long established Sturt Marion style of play. The current state of the league table and the constant state of flux it has remained in in recent weeks will leave OISC desperately chasing any number of points from this match to ensure that finishing positions will be decided exclusively on their merits rather than circumstance. With little to gain in the league OISC will be hoping that Sturt’s focus has already turned to the Cup Semi Final vs Elizabeth Downs next weekend.
The Lady Wolves wrapped up their season last weekend with a tense at times 4-2 victory over Westminster. They finished the year in third place for the second successive season, winning 8 league matches scoring 43 goals, an average of 3.5 goals per game (compared to 51 goals at 2.83 in 2014) while defence has remained a rock conceding only 16 goals at an average of 1.3 per game (compared to 22 goals at 1.2 in 2014). The side was boosted up front by the addition of Eliza Sims, and with Sarah Tronnolone remaining “dangerous” they were able to create a greater number of scoring opportunities than the statistics show. The midfield also benefitted with the return of Rachel Varricchio as well as the good form of Gemma Bateman. The defensive unit has remained unchanged and such built on past years to allow a healthy goal difference build by the concession of few goals. The girls again also enjoyed a good Cup run making it again to the Semi Finals only to fall to St Peters but getting revenge weeks later defeating them in the league for the first time in their history. The positive of season 2015 will look to be built on in 2016 to go one better and bring home some silverware.
With one month to go until the wedding of the year, Danzo has some odds for the Murray/Seifert big day.
Celebrant to mistake Paul for a girl and think he is doing a “Rainbow Wedding” $1.40
Warrant: Cherry Pie to be the Wedding Dance Song $1.80
Paul and Tracey to come back from Canada with fake accents $2.30
Paul and Tracey to come back from Canada $1.75
The Wedding vows to be changed to something less traditional $2.20
Paul to wear no shirt/waistcoat combo up the aisle $3.00
Wedding cake to be a giant Michaelangelo Ninja Turtle $2.20
Matching tattoos to commemorate the occasion $1.40
Joint Instagram account $2.20
End of Season Drinks is Saturday Night at The Maylands Hotel, make sure you are there to farewell Season 2015.
Presentation Night is Saturday 26 September at The Altavilla Club, tickets are $70.00 and must be purchased by Monday 14 September. Please refer to your text message for further details.