Weekly Wrap – Cup Quarter Final & WCL Round 15

Cup Round, catch-up games and heavy grounds headlined a week which only saw four teams in action.

The E Grade went on a mountainous journey through the mid-afternoon fog up the freeway to take on Strathalbyn on their polo pitch. Given the conditions, it would be more apt if the players wore bathers instead of playing strips. Winds gusted at upwards of 70km/hr, and some of the more lightweight players like Gabby Soriano struggled to keep their feet. The conditions were a big leveler with the game not as free flowing as it might otherwise have been. After Michael Pannunzio squandered chance after chance, the E grade finally got their breakthrough with Angelo La Paglia scoring the only goal in the game to give OISC a 1-0 win.

The D Grade also travelled to the Strathablyn Swimming Centre in very heavy conditions. The star-studded D grade lineup dominated the Strathalbyn side, but also struggled in the pool, but running out comfortable 3-0 winners. Goals from Rich Mayell, Adam Sorgini and Raffaele Ceravolo were the only goals in the match.

Meanwhile the B Grade took on top of Sunday Div 2 side Brahma Lodge in the Quarter Final of the Cup. OISC were all over Brahma in the opening minutes with James Blake putting an early shot wide. OISC continued to hold their own through the first half frustrating their opposition, who had upped the physicality of the match, and with the referee issuing several Brahma yellow cards to keep control. The OISC defence continued to hold firm with Tom Smith and Andrew Tavella in particular clearing the ball away out of the defence. However two minutes before half time Brahma were able to break through and open the scoring. Coming out of half time they were able to double their advantage early on. OISC were a bit slow to get their rhythm back but mid way through the half the ball found its way into the OISC net with the referee crediting what could have been a TOG to James Blake. This caused OISC to lift and search for the equaliser but the cur run came to an end with Brahma progressing with a 2-1 win.

On Sunday in very heavy conditions at Glenunga the OISC women took on Immanuel hoping to improve on their result when they last met. OISC found the early ascendency putting the Immanuel defence under pressure and found the early lead through Sarah Tronnolone. As the rain fell maintaining possession of the ball was becoming more important with Immanuel finding an equaliser late in the half. As referee Ciccarello started the second half, the OISC women lifted again with the central line of players pushing the ball forward but were unable to find the goals. Coach Rossi re-introduced Sarah back into the game with immediate effect giving a target up-forward for the central midfielders to aim for. A clinical finish worthy of the Premier League saw Sarah put her second into the top left corner to give OISC a well deserved 2-1 win.

Next week all teams return to action away from the Superdome with the A/B/C grades playing critical matches against Wanderers, the D/E grades heading to Elizabeth to face Northern Wolves and the OISC women taking on St Peters.