A Sunday smashing headlined an otherwise disappointing weekend for the club.
The D and E Grades travelled south to take on McLaren Districts and struggled with commitment of some players showing through. Both teams found the going tough against a much stronger opponent with McLaren taking the points in both matches, E Grade 6-0 and D Grade 7-1. Joel Ortner finding the back of the net in the D’s.
Meanwhile the C Grade took on BOSA and went down 2-0 early, defensive errors providing both goals. From there they continued to try to turn the tide, a tap in by Daniel Arbon provided some consolation in a 3-1 loss.
The B Grade similarly struggled against a much better side on the day that dominated play and took a 2-0 win.
The A Grade kept pace with last year’s champions early taking the lead 1-0 on half time with a spot kick from Adrian Stenta. In the second half complacency and fitness saw BOSA move into command of the match scoring twice quickly after the half and again late to take a 3-1 win.
On Sunday the OISC women took in Division 5 side Para Hills United in the first round of the cup. The girls were focused on the job at hand and were dominant with play in the first half with the ball making it into Para Hills attacking half only a handful of times. The girls maintained the bulk of the possession showing far superior skills, creating chance after chance. Christina Tziortzis opened the scoring to give OISC the advantage which would have been far greater in the warm conditions had shots not rocketed into the post and crossbar. The OISC midfield through Gabby Parente, Leah Contos and Natalia Rossi continued to work hard and kept the ball moving forward with Sarah Tronnolone doubling the advantage giving OISC a 2-0 half time lead. Encouragement from Coach Rossi at half time to keep the momentum going was well heeded with OISC picking up where they left off in the second half. A keeper change at half time did not stop Gabby Parente from making the lead three early with a powerful shot finding the back of the net. The opposition began to create one or two chances of their own but OISC’s focus quickly blunted these and sent the ball back forward again for Christina Tziortzis to complete a brace for the match. A hard run down the wing and goal from Gemma Bateman completed the trifecta for the OISC front brigade. The convincing 5-0 demolition was reward for an outstanding all round performance by the whole team and reward for their continued hard work through the week and for the full duration of the match.
All teams take a break next week for Easter; the men returning to action on April 26, with the Ds and Es taking on Adelaide Uni Grey and the As, Bs and Cs facing Sturt Marion. The OISC women return to action the following day travelling to take on Birdwood High.
OISC wishes everyone a safe and happy Easter break, training continues so it is still imperative to see everyone out through the week.
A reminder that the next event is the A-League Grand Final on Sunday 4 May at The Maylands Hotel. Stay tuned to oisc.com.au and Facebook for further info.