Weekly Wrap – Week 1

Round 1, debutants and Sunday redemption headlined the first weekend of the year.

Welcome back to Season 2016 and the first match day of the year, a weekend which saw an unprecedented 22 players making their OISC debuts, a statistic that shows that the club is well positioned for the future.

The E Grade were always going to be up against it against a tough opponent in Southern Breakers. The fought admirably with the defence under sustained pressure to keep out one attacking move after another. In the end though they weren’t able to match their much higher rated opponent; Breakers taking the match 4-0.

The D Grade expecting a tough clash took a shock early lead through Will Ventura against a Southern Breakers side coming down from Div 3 in 2015. The frantic start settled down into an end to end contest, Marko Draganic incredibly solid defensively, clearing everything and tracking runs to preserve the lead. A second goal coming shortly before half time from Joel Ortner giving OISC some breathing space. In the second half the whole side worked tirelessly to maintain their advantage, Will Ventura working out from DM, Iordan Kostadinov and Jordan Santrac working tirelessly through the midfield and allowing Anubhav Chauhan to tear up the wing to try to help extend the advantage, in the end the 2-0 victory an extremely satisfying team effort, with coach Michael Pannunzio attempting to claim the supercoach title.

The C Grade got off to a slow start falling 2-0 behind to BOSA before engaging to begin to mount a fightback, the first coming from Dom Prince before goal 483 as David Leach converted from the spot to level the match. The second half the C’s had all the run sending shots in left, right and centre but unable to convert any of them. The final 30 minutes were seen out with Johnno taking the gloves following a nasty case of tunnelling saw Ronnie assisted from the ground. In the end the two sides had to settle for a share of the points.

The B Grade were in control right from the start in what was expected to be a tough match against Salisbury Villa. Nick Barbieri was dominant though the first half, the opener a rocket into the back of the net. The advantage extended soon after with Barbs again, this time from the penalty spot. The 2-0 half time lead pleasing coach Greg Buch, but not satisfied that the job was done yet. In the second half the Barbs show continued assisting the man who loves assists with a cross to Carbs for his first and OISC’s third. A missed penalty cost the opportunity for the B’s fourth for the time being. The boys continued to pepper the goal with shots but were denied time after time by the good shot stopping of the Villa keeper. Eventually though a fourth came when a Barbs shot was knocked away for James Blake to come in and finish it off. Villa did bring a goal back late from the penalty spot but the 4-1 win a perfect start to OISC’s season.

The A Grade went down early in the opening half by way of a converted Salisbury Villa spot kick. OISC worked furiously to slow Villa’s control on the game and get the match back on level terms. They had the opportunity to do so late in the half when they were awarded a penalty for a handball in the box. Unlike their opposition OISC were unable to take advantage with the spot kick saved. The second half saw the A’s engage in catch up football which of course carries risk, Villa putting in two second half goals to take the match 3-0.

On Sunday the Lady Wolves looked to bounce back from their first round defeat. From the first whistle the showed strong intent and attack on the ball keeping much of the play in their attacking half, the opener coming through Sarah Tronnolone. The girls continued to maintain their dominance of the half; Kate Ferguson converting her hard attack on the ball into OISC’s second. Mercedes had limited forays forward through the first half but again the defensive line were able to easily clear the ball back out as quick as it came in. The girls continued to maintain control through the middle in the second half with Ellie Lynch and Natalia Rossi providing plenty of opportunity for those up front to extend the advantage. In the end though a well deserved 2-0 victory got the girls back on the winners list.

Time to check in on who was the star and who went from hero to zero on the weekend with the Fantasy summary.
Hero: Nick Barbieri. He’s finally worked out that the ball is supposed to go between the two posts and into the new Red and Blue net. Barbs the hero of the B Grade victory with two goals saw him pick up 16 points.
Special Mention: Jack Harben. The only of the keepers to come away with a clean sheet, pick up some handy points but still remain an affordable buy.
Consider selling: Too early to identify any key sale targets, but perhaps based on the fantasy scores consider re-organising your defensive line with a number of defenders taking a points hit which has dragged down the scores of many.

Next week is the first road-trip of the year for the men with the A/B/C Grades all on the road against Gleeson, the D and E Grades head south to take on Aldinga Sharks whilst on Sunday the Lady Wolves return to the Superdome to play Sacred Heart.

This Wednesday is Fancy Friends Day. $1 from every burger sold at Fancy Burger Kensington Park (402 Magill Road) will be donated to the club. Get down there to support local business and the club that supports you!!!