Hat-Tricks, domination and a Shark headlined a week where there were big score lines for the two teams in action.
The C Grade made the annual pilgrimage to the Lloyd to take on St Peters and surged ahead early of a struggling Saints side as Dom and Andrew Rossi linked up with Leachy who was able to lob the opener over the keepers head. With only minutes on the clock the advantage should have been extended as a pass back gave a big set piece opportunity. Normal service was soon resumed with Shaun George putting in the second from a corner. OISC were relishing the conditions and familiarity with the OISC labelled and provided match balls as a glancing Rossi header from a Leachy corner extended the lead to three, Andrew soon extending that to four. At the break the boys reflected on the 4-0 score line and how it could have been so much more had so many chances not have been burnt as everyone looked to get their piece of the action. Leachy wanted to see more of those chances be converted in a chase for goal difference in the second half and his chargers duly obliged with Dom putting Iordy through in the opening minutes. Rewarding himself for being the provider for others Dom finally got his own shot on goal and looked set to extend the lead to six only for Dos the shark to do the unthinkable, popping up and stealing the goal as was millimetres from rolling over the line. By this time the result was beyond doubt so the boys just were aiming to see how high they can go, Leachy putting in a corner for Dan Pace to hammer home. Faced with the pressure of righting his wrong and giving Dom his goal, Dos turned provider but for Leachy and his second, then in turn trying for his second chipped the ball into the bar, Andrew Rossi on the spot to put the rebound in for his hat-trick. In the closing minutes Rossi put in his fourth to seal a huge 10-0 victory.
The A Grade headed up the gorge to take on Torrens Valley at a Birdwood Park that lacked atmosphere and a B Grade match following the Rams forfeit. The A’s started poorly in almost every way and were punished as the Valley took full advantage to score first. The shock of this appeared to wake OISC from their slumber as a 15 minute blitz saw Peter Barone and Julian Titaro both got on the board in quick succession, Barone then popped up again for his second to reverse the scoreboard to 3-1 for OISC. The Rams brought one back before they were caught out as Mark Andrawos hoofed a long ball out from the back over to Barone who in turn put Mike Manou 1 on 1 with the keeper to restore the two goal advantage. As the second half began it looked like OISC were going to not let this match slip into another draw like Round 8 as Julian Titaro capitalised on a deflection for his second. The day for the Rams was going from bad to worse as an own goal saw the advantage extent to four before a Valley defender falling on the ball in the box saw the referee point to the spot and Titaro line up to convert for his hat-trick. Not to be out-done Barone then put in his third to seal the lop sided 8-2 victory.
Next week it’s the final match day at the Superdome for the 2016 season with the A and B Grades hosting Hahndorf while the C Grade welcomes Brahma Lodge and the D Grade M United Stars. Match day 21 comes to a crescendo on Sunday as the Lady Wolves take to the field against Pembroke in the Cup Final. The match kicks off at 10:30am at Elite Systems Football Centre (46 Cowan St, Angle Park). We want to see every member of the OISC Family out supporting the girls on Sunday as they chase a historic first ever piece of silverware.