After a goal fest last week we return to the Superdome hoping to repeat those efforts, beginning with the Weekly Preview brought to you by Architects Ink.
The E Grade bounced back from a difficult Round 1 to record a hard fought win last week. A solid defensive performance was critical in this success, with Danzo, Tim Moss and Paul Trengove protecting the OISC goal from attack. This week they take on another pack of Wolves but from the north, a side who went down 2-1 the week before. When OISC and Northern Wolves last met in 2014 those from the north had the advantage with a win and a draw. Saturday’s clash at the Superdome will be a much tighter with Wolves averaging 2.5 goals per game but at the same time conceding 2.75 thus nullifying a lot of their attacking success which OISC will hope to capitalise on.
The D Grade have had a mixed start to 2016, a good win against Southern Breakers and a defiant first half against a strong Aldinga side last week were soured slightly by the result of the second half of last weeks match. The can take some heart from some good individual performances, particularly those of Iordan Kostadinov and Jordan Santrac who despite last week’s result were important in the challenges OISC was able to present to the Aldinga side. This weekend they take on Northern Wolves, a side who also have a 1 and 1 to start the year, picking up their first win last week with a 1-0 victory over Southern Breakers. When the sides last met in 2014, Northern Wolves were dominant taking convincing wins in both matches, OISC only scoring a single goal; Coach Michael Pannunzio will be looking to repeat his efforts of that encounter and score again.
The C Grade landed on the winners list in emphatic style with a 6-2 victory last week, Johnno the hero with a hat-trick. Small lapses in concentration allowed Gleeson back into the match but a strong second half saw OISC run away with it. This weekend they play a Titans side who took a convincing victory over St Peters in Round 1 before being held by Brahma Lodge. When the sides last met Titans held the edge taking the points in both matches. Statistically in the opening two matches OISC has scored six 8 goals to Titans 6 but has conceded 4 compared to Titans 3, so a tight match is expected.
The B Grade continued on their way last week with a 7-0 demolition of Gleeson. Impressive figures are already beginning to build for Greg’s apprentices scoring 11 goals over their first two matches with seven different goalscorers while at the other end only conceding one. Tarek and Barbs have been on fire around goal scoring 7 of the B’s 11 goals, it could always have been more but it nonetheless has helped position the side well early on in the season. The defence has also remained strong with Paul Barolo back for another year holding the defensive line strong in the opening weeks. This weekend they face a Titans side who has also got off to an unbeaten start with victories over promoted sides Hahndorf and Torrens Valley, matches which have yielded them 9 goals and conceding only one. When the sides last met in 2014 two draws resulted, the meeting at Glenunga a 2-2 draw, so Saturday is expected to be a tight clash also.
The A Grade fought back from a less than ideal position multiple times last weekend to salvage a 4-4 draw with Gleeson. A result which on reflection should have been put beyond reasonable doubt in the opening half hour with OISC’s attacking dominance. Gleeson were however let into the match with OISC assisting them in this at times. The A’s will want to tighten up at the back and not leave Stav under pressure while at the other end will need to get on the board early to settle nerves and take full control of the match. This week they play a Titans side who have had an unbeaten start to the season with wins over promoted sides Torrens Valley & Hahndorf scoring 8 goals but conceding 3. OISC took most of the spoils last time the two sides met in 2014, slipping up 3-3 at home in wet conditions but dominating 4-2 in a match that finished ahead of schedule away in the final round of the season; Chris Gauro getting on the scoresheet in both matches.
The Lady Wolves were dominant last week as they put in 11 goals against Sacred Heart to put a healthy boost on their goal difference. After faltering in the first round of the year the girls have strengthened their focus and resolve playing some good team football. They have scored 14 goals in their opening three matches, critically with 5 different goal scorers sowing a number of different avenues to goal. Also critical is their defensive organisation conceding only in only one of their first three matches. This weekend they switch their focus to the Cup as they take on Div 5 side Elizabeth Grove in the first round. Grove has won all three of their league matches to date (against 2nd, 9th and 10th placed sides) to sit top of the division. OISC will need the likes of Kate and returning Captain Sarah to get on the board early and the defence to keep their good form going to progress.
Adam Sorgini has crunched the numbers to provide us with the fantasy team of the week based on last weeks results. If you haven’t got these guys and girls in your team get on it quick smart!!!
GK Mark Andrawos
Defence Joelon Covino Lucia Caretti Raf Ceravolo Adam Ciano
Midfield Eliza Sims Kate Ferguson Tarek Tabet Sophie Hlipala
Forwards Nick Barbieri Mark “Johnno” Johnson