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The E Grade are into week 2 of their extended 4 week layoff from the league, so we will take this opportunity to look back on their season to date. Firmly entrenched in 3rd place on the table the E’s have impressed in their performances against other clubs second sides. They suffered a comprehensive defeat in round 1 but have lost only one of the four matches that have followed; picking up a comprehensive 7-0 defeat of Northern Wolves in Round 3. They have gone on to score 13 goals for the year at an average of 2.6 goals per game (second best in the league), both of which are positive signs for a competitive second half of the year. Saturday they take on Strathalbyn for the second time in three weeks as the Strikers come to Glenunga for a friendly match.
A 9 team league inevitably means the D’s have a bye this weekend, but they too have had a positive start to the year sitting in 4th on the table with three victories, many of which were ground out such as the 2-0 defeat of Green United. They have had a large number of players filter through the side but their tough resolve will give them hope that they can consolidate their spot in the top half of the table.
The C Grade moved to outright top following their 4-2 defeat of then leaders Red Blue Eagles, a performance which required some steely resolve to wear the opposition down and take control of the second half of the match to force a result. They will be buoyed by the fact that they have equal contributions right across the board with 12 different goalscorers. The defence has also remained on their game, Jack Harben performing admirably in goals protecting the advantage on many occasions. This weekend they take on the only side from the old enemy St Peters to visit Glenunga in 2016. It must be noted that this is Saints C2 side but that is no reason to take the assignment lightly as sides from both clubs always lift for these fixtures. Currently Saints sit in 8th position with only one win to date, a 4-1 win over Cougars. This season their figures are nothing on those of OISC’s with 11 goals scored at 1.83 per game (compared to the C’s 31 at 5.16 per game) and 21 conceded at 3.5 per game (compared to 8 at 1.3 per game) but that is no reason for complacency. When this side took on the OISC D’s in 2015 it was OISC who took the spoils on both occasions 1-0 and 7-1, Leachy Johnno and Talbot all members of this side who were on the scoresheet then and will be looking to be once again. Leachy will also be keeping a keen eye on the result on Monday night as BOSA and Red Blue Eagles do battle to set up the true order of the league.
The B Grade returned to the winners list in their last outing with a last minute 4-3 defeat of Red Blue Eagles which have put them two points from top. A much improved performance from the previous week against Cougars. Despite going down early and having Red Blue Eagles work their way back into the match twice the boys continued to work hard as a unit. Some players in particular putting in strong performances, Davide Cavuoto working hard in the attacking half and stealing victory in the dying seconds. This week they take on a Torrens Valley side who have yet to pick up any points in 2016 and have found the going tough scoring only 6 goals in their 6 matches but critically conceding 37 at an average of 6.16 a game, which will make a number of players (Tarek…) eyes light up given the B’s are scoring at an average of 5.16 per game while only conceding 0.8. With this they will be hoping to get a boost to their goal difference to match that of the two top sides while ensuring that a clean sheet is kept at the other end.
The A Grade took a hard fought victory against Raptors last week in the Cup. Their hunger and attack on the ball seeing them match up well against a physically larger team and be the more attacking side which saw countless chances on goal. The other impressive thing to take from last weeks match was their resolve to keep fighting to get the win. Despite going behind in the second half, after some nervy moments they kept attacking the ball and chances began to drop with control of the match being wrestled back. In the league they sit in 6th, three games adrift, losing a two goal lead in Round 6 seeing a vital three points go begging. This weekend they welcome Torrens Valley to the Superdome for the second time this year following the 5-1 defeat of the Rams in the first round of the Cup. A 3-1 half time lead was extended with Julian Sartoretto getting his first OISC goal in a dominant second half. The Rams picked up their first win of the year last outing against Hahndorf, but continue to be hampered by their vulnerability at the back conceding 30 goals (7 more than the nearest rival) at 5 goals per game. At the other end they have scored 13 goals for the year at 2.16 per game only slightly less than OISC’s 16 at 2.67 per game. The three points are vital for both sides in this match, OISC will be encouraged that they have defeated the Rams once already this year and will hope to build on last weeks’ good performance against a similar sized side to take the points.
The Lady Wolves continued on their way last week with a tough 3-2 victory against Westminster following up from their 12-0 crushing of Northern Wolves in the Cup. The girls have begun to hit their straps in the past few weeks; scoring targets coming from far and wide with 9 individual goal scorers, the names Tronnolone and D’Onofrio (who has scored in each of her last 4 starts) figuring prominently. In their past three league matches they have scored 14 and conceded 4. This week they begin the second half of the season as they travel to take on Mercedes Green. Mercedes took the points in Round 1 with a 3-1 victory, the Lady Wolves slow off the mark allowing Greens to take full toll. Mercedes sit in second on the table one game head of OISC with only one loss (to league leaders Seymour). Currently Mercedes are averaging 5.3 goals per game (compared to OISC’s 4) while conceding only one (compared to OISC’s 1.4). Sunday’s clash is building as a league shaping match with a win bringing the sides level and keeping them in touch with the top a loss opening a gap to the leaders.
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Time to check in on who is doing well in the world of OISC Fantasy.
Sarah Tronnolone. It is tough to do one of these without mentioning the Captain of the Lady Wolves, a first half hat-trick in the Cup and two goals last week in a tough match against Westminster sees Sarah as the highest scoring forward for the year on 69 points (only one ahead of Nick Barbieri on 68) but at a whopping $19,897,500 if she’s not in your team you either need to do a fire sale of players or be resigned to the fact that you’ll be forgoing consistent weekly points.
Davide Cavuoto. It’s not just character that sees Dos make this list, after a slow start to the season a few good weeks in the past month including picking up the winner against Red Blue Eagles has seen his stock rise.
Mark Andrawos. The consistent performances and strong defence of the B Grade has seen Mark stretch his lead as the best keeper by some distance (16 points compared to his closets rival on 8). With a couple of matches against statistically low scoring teams in the coming month, there is the likelihood of that buffer growing thanks to strong defending leading to more clean sheets.
Julian Titaro. A good chance of a goal from the midfield, a constant points accumulator and still highly affordable at under $6 million