Weekly Preview – Week 6

A round with a bye, a return home and a chance to consolidate with another edition of the Weekly Preview brought to you by The Maylands Hotel.

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The E Grade picked up a hard fought draw last week and have this weekend off. After the first four rounds of the year find themselves in second place on the table, two points adrift of league leaders Flinders, the table still to be sorted out over the next few weeks once those sides with the early round byes have played more matches to determine who are the form sides of the competition.

The D Grade picked up a commendable 2-0 victory last week in trying circumstances, they were boosted by some key ins to the side to cover for some regular players who were out with injury. The unnecessarily bruising clash saw some players come off worse for wear but the complete team effort saw them secure a 2 and 2 to start the year and open up an early 6 point gap on the side below them. This week they face a side which not much is known in the Burundi Eagles. The Eagles were not part of SAASL Saturday competitions in 2015 but have entered Div 4A this year with a 2 win, 2 draw start to the season including a 3-3 draw against Northern Wolves last week. They are largely breaking even scoring an average of 2.5 goals per game but conceding 2 as well. This week they will provide the D’s with another tough clash but keep your eye out for the draw with the Eagles two victories coming at home and both draws coming on the road.

The C Grade cruised to a comfortable 6-0 victory over Adelaide Uni last week with three multiple goal scorers. They currently sit in second place having scored an impressive 19 goals at 4.75 goals per game while remaining comparatively tight at the back conceding an equal league best 6 goals at 1.5 goals per game. They are boosted by the fact that they have had seven separate goal scorers this season with 5 of those picking up multiple goals on at least one occasion. This week they face a Cougars side who has won only one of their opening four matches which came last week against Brahma Lodge. Conversely relative to their league position they have only averaged 1.75 goals per game while conceding the second most at 4 goals per game. Despite these statistics OISC will want to remain tight at the back in the knowledge that in last week’s fixture against fourth placed Brahma they scored 4 of their 7 goals and ensure as a result they aren’t complacent.

The B Grade bounced back last week from their Cup exit to record a comfortable 4-0 defeat of MA Hawks. The good league form sees them sit second like the C’s second to Red Blue Eagles a side the play the following week. The B’s have an equally impressive average of 4 goals scored per game while conceding a league leading watertight one goal. Tarek and Barbs (before his promotion to the A’s) both proving important scoring multiple goals on more than one occasion and at the other end Mark Andrawos ably commanding the defence from goal. This week they face the fifth placed Cougars who have a 2 and 2 start to the year including a 5-3 defeat of Hahndorf last week. Cougars have scored more goals than OISC to date with 17 at 4.25 per game (compared to OISC’s 16) but have been hampered by their defence conceding an average 3 goals per game. OISC will take heart of the fact that they have the scoring ammunition to take the points but will need their defence to maintain their good form to ensure that they get the job done.

The A Grade finally picked up their first win of the league season with a 2-0 victory over MA Hawks, despite missing a number of key names. The return of Tom Smith into the centre of defence was pivotal in the tightening up at the back allowing the first clean sheet of the season. Through the middle Mike Manou is proving important as the central point of Coach Rossi’s formation, and guiding those around him. This week they host a Cougars side who is sitting in second place with three wins and one draw, their wins coming against Red Blue Eagles and the winless Torrens Valley and Hahndorf. Cougars have scored 11 goals over their first 4 matches at 2.75 goals per game a statistic similar to that of OISC with 10 goals at 2.5 goals per game. The difference between the two sides is at the back the goals conceded 5 to our 12. OISC will look to use the knowledge of their home deck, one which the current crop of Cougars will not have seen given the time since their last visit to Glenunga to their advantage as well as build on the defensive effort of last week.

The Lady Wolves returned to the winners list last week with a 7-0 whitewash over the Pembroke Queens. They again are a proving a potent force when going forward scoring 21 goals at 4.2 goals per game while conceding only 8 at 1.6 goals per game a figure which is skewed by the heavy defeat to Seymour which once removed reduces that figure to 0.75 goals per game. The girls have proved themselves to be able to grind out a tough win with a hard fought win over Elizabeth Grove a few weeks ago. This week they face potentially another game like that as host an improved Pembroke Old Scholars side who have also picked up three wins scoring 24 goals at 4.8 goals per game (half of their goals came last week in their defeat of Sacred Heart) while conceding only 5 at 1.0 per game. In their single meeting last year the girls took the spoils with a 5-0 win and will be hoping to carry that on this weekend.

The Weekly Poll makes its first appearance for 2016 as we ask: What has been the highlight of the season so far?

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Adam Sorgini has again crunched the numbers and provided the Fantasy team of the week from Round 4, some different names beginning to appear which you will want to get into your side.
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