Clashes with another big rival, Ivan’s weekend off and the return of a Ciccarello headlined a weekend which saw another A Grade win and mixed results across the rest of the club.
The E Grade took on Adelaide Uni Grey hoping to keep their run of form going. Yet more goals to the veterans of the side in David Leach and Dali Drazetic kept them in the hunt for the points, some poor choices and lack lustre defending at times allowed Uni to score three times during the game giving them a 3-2 victory, thus ending Danzo’s dream coaching streak and gives the boys an opportunity to re-focus for next week.
The swear/fire truck jar was considerably lighter as the D Grade took to the field without the guidance of Ivan. They looked to bounce back from last week and did so creating many opportunities a goal to Tom Haines-Sutherland gave OISC their first, as they continued to put pressure on the Uni defence which eventually paid off with Rob Seals putting away a second. A consolation goal to Uni did take some shine off the day but nevertheless allowed the boys to go out 2-1 winners.
The C Grade took on a Uni side who were determined for a win and who held the advantage for a majority of the match. An early goal to Adam Sorgini kept OISC in touch, as the game progressed the team found their feet, putting together some good passages of play, as the game wore on goals to Raffaele Ceravolo and Frank Maio allowed OISC to draw level with Uni seeing the match end in a 3-3 draw.
The B Grade looked to make amends for last week with OISC setting about dominating the Uni side. Faced with the prospect of two Ciccarello’s in the one side with Mark returning from injury an early run-on goal by Simon Ventoruzzo opened the scoring. Free flowing play allowed James Blake to extend OISC’s advantage. Uni did create some chances to get back into the game but a second goal to Simon put the result beyond doubt, sealing a 3-0 victory.
The A Grade faced up to a Uni side who had set the pace for the early part of the season. Without playmaker Adam Carbone a little bit of re-organisation had to take place. A goal to Chris Gauro put OISC ahead early. Again many opportunities were created with OISC dominating much of the play, a second goal to Peter Barone allowed the advantage to be extended. A goal to Uni kept them in touch but a penalty awarded to OISC which was converted by captain Adrian Stenta kept OISC well ahead. The last half hour of the match was played with ten men after Elias Khoury was sent from the field for his second yellow card for the match. A second goal very deep (7+ minutes) into stoppage time saw Uni to bring it back to the final result of 3-2 allowing OISC to consolidate their high position on the table.
On Sunday the OISC women headed up to Birdwood to take on Torrens Valley. The girls started very flat, talk was lacking and they were put under pressure by a bigger and more physical side. It was only through some poor shooting from the opposition and some good saves from keeper Natalie Rossi that OISC were able to keep Torrens Valley from scoring. The girls did take a lead mid way through the first half through a Alysia Panagakos corner kick which curled into the net. Not long after Torrens Valley did finally break through to level the match. In the second half the girls failed to lift which allowed Torrens Valley to score twice more and giving them a 3-1 win.
Next week all teams are on the road with the D/E grades taking on Flinders Uni, A/B/C grades facing MA Hawks and the OISC women playing new side Immanuel.