Week 5 of the season is upon us, positions in the leagues are beginning to be established, players are settling into the season and the weather is beginning to turn, and another edition of the weekly preview brought to you by CMA Chartered Accountants.
The D Grade are building some strong momentum picking up another good 3-1 win over Red Blue Eagles last week. A strong all-round team performance paying dividends, with another three new goalscorers last week. This week the former bye is swept aside as they line up against USC Lion who went down to BOSA 3-0 last week so OISC will again look to maintain their momentum and almost 3 goal scoring average per game to bank some yet more important points.
The C Grade take on an Adelaide Villa side who when they last met in 2013 at Glenunga took a 4-2 victory. A side then heavily experienced and full of highly credentialed players they have stumbled in their 2015 campaign winning two of their opening matches. OISC meanwhile have also struggled to get their season going, and hampered by frequent changes to the side. This week they will look forward to an even test to try to get their season back on track.
The B Grade went missing in the corresponding match in 2013, Villa picking up a 2-0 win, but on the return leg OISC found their feet crushing their opposition 6-0. The B’s picked up a 2-2 draw against Wanderers in Round 4 and last week had their cup defence cut short losing to Elizabeth Vale in extra time. Villa on the other hand have had a positive start to their year only losing one of their first four league matches. They however also went down in the first round of the cup losing 5-4 to Southern Knights (the side OISC defeated in the corresponding round of the Cup last year).
The A Grade comfortably took the points in both matches against Adelaide Villa when they met last in the top flight in 2013. The corresponding match at Glenunga saw a 5-2 victory, Carbone (2), Barone (2) and Malvaso all scoring. With all of these players expected to take the field again on Saturday, OISC will look again to them among others to repeat the dose against a Villa side who have got off to a very positive start setting the early pace and making a statement to all other sides with their 8-0 victory over Modbury in Round 3. Villa currently sit in second place and boast the best goal difference in the league (+9), averaging 4 goals per game. OISC sit in 5th, only one point behind Villa thanks to the vital and hard eared point picked up against Wanderers, and know that a victory for either side will be a major point in their season.
The OISC women hot off their 12-0 victory last weekend in the Cup this week line up at the Superdome against Mercedes Green. A new side to the Collegiate League in 2014; OISC were nonetheless ruthless winning both encounters scoring 9 goals without conceding any. OISC will again look to repeat those efforts again this season with the attacking line dominant, particularly Eliza Sims dangerous on goal. Kate Ferguson may also look to keep her perfect record going with both of her goals in Season 2014 coming against this side.
With the first month now behind us, oisc.com.au asked President Nicholas Tallarida for his thoughts on the opening month of the season.
The A Grade started well with 2 early wins and a different style of play compared to 2014. The new faces of Mags, Manou, Andy, Buccella and the return of the injured Gianfranco have breathed fresh life into the A Grade under the leadership of Theo promises to be an exciting year for the club. The B Grade under Daniel look to continue on from their cup success with success in the league, a difficult first up start with many changes to the team each until a settled line up is found will hopefully provide the springboard for many wins.
The C and D Grades like the B’s have had many changes to the starting line ups in the first few rounds and once line ups settle will look to continue on from their pre-season form. Jim’s C Grade has plenty of options and new faces with AK, Johnno, Max, Titaro, and Jose providing depth they will look to continue on from their 7-0 drubbing of Stirling as a catalyst for season 2015. The D Grade under coach Danzo will have a rotating squad through much of the season with plenty of depth this year providing the ageing legs of Walker, Rayner, Marty and Leach the support to push up the table. Several early wins and the ever present Leach scoring for the 26th season out of his 27 will be force up front as the curtains a drawing close on a long and illustrious career.
The Women’s team have started well with early wins under the tutelage of Soriano and Daniel will look to continue on from their top 4 finish and cup run last season. The addition of Eliza and the return of Rachel have led to more depth in the playing roster and providing the competition for spots. Watch this space for the race for the leading goal scorer between Eliza and Sarah !
Lastly, with 90 male players and 20 female players registered for season 2015 shows a committed club with large training numbers and competition for spots in all grades, something not experienced in the lower grades at OISC before. With a large number of recent graduates joining OISC this year breathing fresh life into the club and the newly formed OISC Social sub-committee. We hope this year will be the foundation for many years of success with the new facilities ready for the start of season 2016 and we look forward to having a bite to eat and a drink over looking a few wins. Special mention to Trent and Thomas Spinelli carrying on the Spinelli name at OISC for the first time since 2004, we wish you the best and hope you can have as much success and impact at OISC as your uncle Marco and late Father Frank.
OISC of course can’t operate without our outstanding sponsors. Our Major sponsor The Maylands Hotel and Becco on the Parade as well as all of other sponsors; Architects Ink, Systematic Computers, J.E. Baldino Plumbing and new to the OISC family in 2015 CMA Chartered Accountants, Thank You for your ongoing support of the Wolf Pack.
Catch you at The Maylands, Talla.
Finally again we put it to you, which is most likely this weekend?