Round 8 arrives, winter is beginning to set in, the halfway point of the season is almost upon us and another edition of the weekly preview sponsored by Becco on The Parade.
The D Grade take on a fellow fourth club side as they make the trip to the Lloyd to take on Saint Peters. The Ds have in the last couple of weeks maintained their good form grinding out a hard fought but well handled 2-0 victory against Mt Compass last week. They currently sit in 4th place with a comfortable buffer over their opposition who sit just below them. Saints suffered a 3-1 loss at the hands of league leaders BOSA last week. The D’s continue to find multiple paths to goal which has been vital in their success. They are still led at the pointy end by Captain David Leach. oisc.com.au asked Leachy for his views on the season so far:
How has the season been so far for the D Grade?
Pleasing. We are training hard and getting some good results with 6 wins from 8. Danzo has a good amenable approach as the coach and does a great job of getting players to fit into the type of play and approach the D’s want to be known for. I enjoy my role as captain and want to keep encouraging others to be the best players they can be. I also like ribbing the younger blokes across OISC as it would be shameless if an ageing glamour boy like Leachy ends up with too many goals.
New division this year, how different and how much more competitive is it than Div 4 previously?
Tough opposition on many occasions and more to come as we fight hard to stay high up in the table with unbeaten sides. We have some critical games coming up so I guess when Raheem Sterling flies in for the Liverpool game we should manage to get him in the line-up as I imagine he will not be wanted at LFC soon.
A lot of Sunday teams making foray into Saturday football in this division what do they add?
Well, a broader cultural baseline for sure and more travelling. I am car-pooling with Trengove and this has worked well for some of the away games. These teams also play classical football so it is worth learning from tough teams that do not make love with the ball but manage to produce the results that put them in title contention.
Big pool of players for the D’s, with both youth and experience. How will this help through the year?
There is a real depth to the line-up which brings challenges for some as it is hard to accommodate everyone each week so Danzo has his work cut out. It is better than shuffling a limited pack and getting the joker or the two of clubs fitting into the team.
At Glenunga the C Grade take on a BOSA side who are the perennial pace setters of the competition for the last number of years, and are again this year sitting on the top of the table with 6 wins. The C’s again suffered a demoralising 2-0 loss to St Peters last weekend and will hope to score an upset this week.
The B Grade took the lead early last week but in the second half again defensive errors saw them suffer one of their most disappointing losses of the year. This week they take on a BOSA side who suffered a surprising 2-1 loss to Comets last weekend. OISC will need to look to improve their second half form if they hope to take the points this week having consistently got themselves into good positions at the break but letting it slip away in the second half. In the corresponding match last year BOSA took a high scoring 5-3 victory pegging back an early 2-0 OISC lead and eventually breaking what became a 3-3 deadlock with two late goals, something OISC will need to avoid repeating.
The A Grade following their disappointing loss against St Peters last week return to the Superdome to take on a BOSA side who started the year below their traditionally successful standards but have now begun to hit their straps currently sitting in 3rd place. They picked up a 2-1 victory last week against Comets. OISC and BOSA when they have met at Glenunga have in past years have played out some particularly hard fought battles with the last three years sitting with a ledger of OISC 2, Draw 1, BOSA 0. Last years match saw OISC grab the lead early and after BOSA levelled early in the second half OISC was again able to regain the lead and hold on despite being reduced to 10 men for the final portion of the match to pick up a 2-1 victory thanks to Barone and Dal Broi goals, the latter a free kick curled into the top corner. Despite all of this, the match again promises to be no easy task with the midfield and defence needing to hold firm against the tough style of play BOSA bring to the table while still looking to make the most of all scoring chances.
On Sunday the Lady Wolves return to league action looking to continue their good form to date. This has been largely thanks to their strong attacking form converting many of their attacking chances but also remaining tight in defence having scored one more but conceding three less goals to the same stage last year. Sarah Tronnolone has just become the first woman in OISC history to reach 50 goals for the club. Sunday they take on the Pembroke Queens, a side to the league this year as Pembroke has expanded to a second side. They have found the going a little tough with the standard of the league, sitting in 9th place with only 2 wins. They have had no trouble scoring but have been challenged defensively, OISC will look to benefit from this on Sunday.
As Saturday Night is also Quiz Night (6:30pm at the Norwood Parish Hall, $10 entry. Check out the event page here for full details), this weeks poll takes on a Quiz Night theme as we test your knowledge of OISC history. We ask who has the dubious or for them may be illustrious honour of being the only multiple winner of the OISC Fashion Award?