Weekly Wrap – Week 19

A breakthrough win, elimination and debutants headlined mixed fortunes for the two sides in action.

The A Grade took on Sturt Marion in the Cup Quarter Final and found themselves down within the opening 10 minutes. Sturt were able to capitalise on some defensive disorganisation and a line slow to move and push up out of defence to score a second before the break. OISC did have some hard workers down the wings with Sam Pears and Sholto Broderick in his debut A Grade match both making good accounts of themselves and giving OISC some opportunities going forward. Coming out of half time Sturt put in two more in quick succession to kill off OISC’s chances of a comeback. The introduction of Phillip Dichiera into the game late gave OISC some renewed attacking vigour to return some respect to the scoreboard, with his first shot on goal halted by the offside flag; however shortly after a Shaun to Carbs ball found its way to Phil who was able to finish to give OISC a consolation goal, but in the end it brought to an end the Cup run for 2015 with a 4-1 defeat.

On Sunday the Lady Wolves took on St Peters for the third time in little over a month, however this time they left the artificial turf of neutral territory to return to the Superdome. The girls jumped out of the blocks determined to not again let this Saints side get the early jump on them by dominating the early play and putting the Saints defence under sustained pressure.  The pressure paid dividends with Rachel Varricchio putting Sarah Tronnolone through for a 1 on 1 with the keeper to give OISC the opener.  A second shortly followed with Kate Ferguson making full advantage of a spill from the keeper much to opposition dismay. The OISC defensive line needed to still remain on alert with Enya Malbon particularly dominant in quelling the attacking moves. As half time approached Rachel found herself on the end of an Eliza Sims corner to extend the lead to three. Coming out of the break the girls did not maintain the same intensity of the first half which allowed Saints to peg one back and get some attacking momentum. As the half wore on the momentum began to swing back OISC’s way, Sarah having two set piece opportunities to finish the match off but was unable to convert them. The second free from 20 yards that cannoned into the crossbar the best of these chances. The 3-1 victory was not only well deserved but represented the OISC Women’s first ever victory against St Peters in the teams history.

Next Saturday a big day awaits at Glenunga with all four men’s sides taking on St Peters on the 2015 Ladies Day. The Club invites all ladies associated with OISC to come out and enjoy the day, support the boys and enjoy the free champagne on offer. The day also sees the first Old Scholars day with the Old Ignatians’ Association inviting all members of the College community both past and present to also come out and support OISC on this important match day. The Lady Wolves have Sunday off before their final match in a fortnights time.