Weekly Wrap – Round 1

Welcome back to the first Weekly Wrap for Season 2014. A week which saw more than half the teams pick up wins to open their seasons.

The E Grade sported a squad featuring three former keepers in the on-field line-up (to go with the three referees taking turns through the match) and a youthful back line (+35 years) who still managed to hold out Northen Pitbulls pace and not test the OISC keeper much at all. Despite this OISC created chances and capitalised on those that did present themselves with goals to Dali Drazetic and Patrick Sowula giving the E’s a hard fought and well deserved 2-0 win.

A heavily undermanned and inexperienced D Grade faced a tough clash against a tough Northern Pitbulls side. A resilient first half saw the boys perform admirably and break on the counter attack. Morgan Martin-Skerm commendably held the defence together. He, along with Alex Molloy was impressive in their first competitive outings for OISC, but against a side who were fitter and faster it was always going to be a tough ask with Pitbulls running out 7-0 winners.

The C Grade looked to pick up where they left off at the end of season 2013, losing a few younger players to the premier teams, a few new faces and older heads plus Emerson took their places and saw the C’s take control of the match, creating chances and blunting the attacks of Modbury each time they looked to go forward with the OISC defence and keeper James Quinn keeping the ball out of the back of the net. Goals to Danny Totani, Farzin Forooz and Emerson Ciccarello showed the strength of the OISC attack with the C’s running out 3-1 winners.

The B Grade hoped to carry their pre-season form into the season proper. Boasting a strong side they however found themselves down early and needing to play catchup with Modbury taking advantage of one of their few early chances. Despite this OISC were clearly the better team on the field, maintaining a bulk of the possession inside their attacking half and creating scoring opportunities every time they went forward. Goals to both Matt & Chris Gauro put OISC back into the match which along with a late penalty taken by Tarek Tabet put OISC comfortably back in command of the match to run out 3-1 winners.

The A Grade came out looking to clean sweep the points against Jets and flew out of the blocks taking a 2-0 lead within the first 20 minutes with Peter Barone finding himself on the end of a good through ball then Simon Ventoruzzo likewise not long after. After these two goals OISC fell into complacency with the defence and mid-field falling into a state of disorganisation with some poor defending allowing Jets to get themselves back into the game and level the match 2-2 at half time. In the second half OISC lacked run and found themselves making basic skill errors, Jets continued to capitalise on this with a lack of defensive pressure allowing Jets to open up a 4-2 lead which could have been greater had Dave Williams not pulled of some spectacular saves. Mid way through the half Tom Surman and Adam Carbone were brought into the game to try and build some pressure. It was not until Raf Ceravolo was brought on late in the half did OISC lift with Raf quickly taking the messiah tag from Carbs making some outstanding defensive tackles and clearances and help start the play to set up Mick Dunstan to pull one back at the end, but Jets still took the points 4-3.

On Sunday the OISC Women got their season started against Westminster. Early on OISC created several chances which found themselves going wide. However as the half drew on OISC looked sluggish and disorganised with little talk which allowed Westminster to take the upper hand and open the scoring. Strong defending from Enya Malbon and hard midfield pressure from Gemma Bateman ensured that the lead did not grow. A life lecture on what this game meant from Coach Rossi at half time saw a different side come out early in the second half. Goals to Sarah Tronnolone and Christina Tziortzis within the first 10 minutes gave OISC the lead. Again though OISC then did not keep the momentum going with Westminster forcing their way back into the game. In the end though OISC were able to hold on for a 2-1 win.

Next week big clashes against BOSA await the As, Bs and Cs, while the Ds and Es travel to the state’s wine region to take on McLaren. On Sunday the OISC women already launch into their cup competition taking on Para Hills United.

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