Referees, controversy and a Sunday hat-trick headlined a weekend which saw only two teams take wins.
Ivan’s D Grade headed out north to a “safe Labor seat” to take on Simba Heroes. The boys got on top early taking the lead through a penalty scored by Jim Koufalis. Trying to respond the pride of Simba Heroes pushed forward trying to put the OISC defence under pressure, maintaining the lion’s share of the play for the remainder of the half they were able to level the score at 1-1 going in to half time. In the second half Simba remained kings of the field getting away more shots on goal, OISC pressed for a second but in the end fell short as Simba ran out 2-1 winners.
The C Grade stayed a bit closer to home taking on Comets on Greenhill Road. OISC were in charge right from the first whistle, maintaining the majority of possession with goals to Philip Dichiera and a brace to Monty Soares opening up a commanding advantage. They could have scored many more had the pitch not been as uneven as it was and with a bobble worse than that at Glenunga. A fourth goal from a corner in to Paul Barolo capped off a strong performance by the guys giving them a 4-0 win.
The B Grade faced a Comets side who were previously unbeaten. OISC pressed forward early but were unable to break through the Comets defence. The game remained evenly poised for most of its duration a goal to Simon Ventoruzzo gave OISC some hope of taking the points but in the end Comets continued their unbeaten run and OISC had to settle with a share of the points as the match finished 1-1.
The A Grade hoped get back on track with a good performance. The first half saw OISC play below par with poor decision making being prevalent. The match was quickly overshadowed by the refereeing with many players being clearly fouled to the point of some of the play becoming dangerous but the referee refused to pull out the yellow card. In the second half OISC lifted with many chances created but a lack of finishing stopped them from scoring, the decision to not award a clear penalty further hindered OISC’s chances. The lack of cards for bad challenges continued and reached a crescendo when a penalty was awarded against the OISC keeper for what was simply a good piece of keeping. A great save from Ronnie kept the shot out but Comets scored the follow up. A penalty was finally awarded to OISC on the last kick of the game as Chris Gauro had his shirt pulled bringing him down inside the box. The conversion by Adrian Stenta saw the game end 1-1.
On Sunday the OISC women headed south to take on Westminster. Missing some key players OISC were in control all game and maintained most of the possession putting shots in with regularity and ease. A second hat-trick for the season to Sarah Tronnolone and a brace to Alysia Panagakos gave OISC a clear lead which was capped off with a Westminster own goal seeing OISC take a 6-0 win.
Next week all the men’s teams return to Glenunga with the A/B/C grades taking on Titans and the D & E grades facing East Adelaide. The OISC women meanwhile enjoy the weekend off.
Poker Night is this Saturday night 6:30pm at the St Ignatius’ Parish Hall, Norwood. Entry is $40 which includes dinner and entry to the tournament. A full bar will also be available. For further details check out the Facebook event.