The E Grade Dream, big pitches and the number three headlined a weekend where all teams were away from home and four of the six teams scoring wins.
The E Grade were looking to re-ignite Danzo’s dream coaching run. The wide expanses of Flinders do not suit the age profile of the E grade but with stack loads of determination and a solid system the result was achieved. A terrific clean sheet with solid keeping again from Mark Andrawos built a platform to build on. A corner from the left that took 5 minutes to arrive based on the dimensions of their field was headed in directly by the impressive Angelo La Paglia who was quality all day. The dream was reborn and returning to Glenunga next week will assist the lads since many of them are recovering from the half marathon they covered on Saturday.
The D Grade looked to back up their good win last week, they found the going tough though and fell behind, continuing to try and make the most of their chances they tried to level the ledger. However Flinders showed better skills and utilised these to open up the commanding lead which saw them take a 4-0 victory.
The C Grade headed to Thebarton to take on MA Hawks who were desperate for a win. For Hawks however it was not to be as OISC controlled play and in particular David Williams who had many shots on goal, scoring three and giving them a commanding 3-0 victory.
The B’s having already defeated Hawks in the Cup competition were confident that they could repeat the three goal win they had in the cup. It looked like this was well on the way to becoming the case with an early goal to Matt Gauro. An early forced sub that introduced James Blake into the game had an immediate effect with a short cross into the box allowed him to header the ball in to extend the lead. A third not long after to Simon Ventoruzzo gave a commanding lead at half time. The second half was a little more subdued Hawks were given little opportunity to attack with the OISC midfield led by Dan Rossi giving them little chance of moving the ball forward. In the end though they did put one through ending it as a 3-1 win for the B’s.
The A’s looked to keep their good form going, with a few changes to the side through unavailability and players returning they immediately took control of the game and pressed forward. A deflection in the box mid way through the first half allowed Stuart Ballie to open the scoring. As the game wore on Hawks did find a few holes in the OISC defence, but saves from Ronnie Arboit did not allow them to score. An Adam Carbone goal allowed OISC to extend the lead out to two goals which is how it finished giving OISC three wins against Hawks and allowed the A Grade to extend their gap on the table to three points.
On Sunday the OISC women headed to the Bay to take on Immanuel. Looking to bounce back from last weeks disappointing match they created many chances with most unfortunately going wide of the goal. Immanuel on the other hand took their opportunities when they were handed to them and with that were able to build a commanding lead, an OISC goal to Sarah Tronnolone did provide some consolation but in the end Immanuel ran out 4-1 winners.
Next week all teams return to Glenunga with the A/B/C grades taking on Adelaide Wanderers in matches which will define the direction of all their seasons, while the D/E Grades face Northern Wolves and on Sunday the OISC women play St Peters.