Weekly Wrap – Week 21

Sunshine at the Superdome, disappointment and a vintage goal headlined an underwhelming weekend for most teams.

The E Grade found the going tough right from the outset having to deal with shots coming in from every angle. Torrens Valley opened up a comfortable two goal lead early. OISC did try to get themselves into the match but Torrens Valley still managed to dominate play holding a comfortable 4-0 lead at half time. The second half did not replicate the first half as OISC tightened up a lot more defensively with Torrens Valley only managing to put one more away to take the win 5-0.

The D Grade hoped to put in an admirable performance against a Torrens Valley side that scored a small few in their previous encounter. Building some structure OISC were able to provide effective defensive cover and keep out the attacking moves particularly through Joel and Morgan who were able to send the ball forward to try to give OISC opportunities at the other end. Despite this Torrens Valley still took a 1-0 lead into half time. In the second half OISC tried to penetrate through the Torrens Valley defensive line, Andrew Rossi missing a one-on-one chance and Michael Pannunzio blowing another golden chance halted OISC’s run back into the match. Defensively OISC still remained under pressure with Emmo having to pull off a number of saves to keep the game alive. With the Torrens Valley lead out to 3-0, and lining up a corner; players jostling for position in the box, OISC suffered what they initially thought was an unfair blow when Pannunz was felled in the box until of course it was seen that it was a Rivaldo-esque dive that took him out with the resulting deserved yellow for staging providing much amusement for those on the sideline. Further Torrens Valley attacking pressure saw them get another soon after. Determined to get sent off Pannunz laid in another crude tackle for which he was lucky to not be sent from the field. In the end the brave performance from the D’s; one of their best for the year wasn’t enough as Torrens Valley took the game 4-0 and also congratulations to them on sealing the Div 4A league.

The C Grade took the lead early against Comets through an Adam Kangas opener. This was quickly followed up with a vintage mid-air bicycle kick from Frank Maio which rocketed into the back of the net to give OISC an early 2-0 lead. Settling in with a comfortable lead OISC let Comets back into the match with defensive errors giving them two goals of their own to have the match level at 2-2. Coming out of half time Comets maintained the momentum again seizing on a defensive lapse to take the lead. From the restart OISC came back to life with a shot initially saved by the keeper rebounding to Sam Bishop who finished to bring the match back on level terms once again. The match continued with both sides having chances, Comets using their skill while OISC used their pace (both speed and Dan) to keep the match locked away. Late in the half OISC were awarded a penalty, the Luke De Simoni shot finding its way into the path of the keeper and then the post before rebounding out to Joel Ortner who made no mistake giving OISC the lead once again. At the final whistle OISC took a hard fought 4-3 victory.

The B Grade started in a promising fashion but were unable to take a lot of their chances unlike Comets who put in an early goal. OISC did manage to find a reply late in the half with a probing pass from Phil finding Nick Barbieri in the box who controlled the ball and took a shot to open OISC’s account and keep them in the match. As the match wore on both sides continued to have chances. The defence continued to clear the ball out particularly Callum and Tom Surman working hard to give the midfielders and attackers something to play with. A late running goal to Simon Ventoruzzo brought the game back to 2-2 which is where it finished. The A Grade meanwhile turned in a disappointing performance to suffer a trouncing at the hands of a determined Comets side.

The OISC women flew out of the blocks in their catch-up game against Adelaide Uni taking the lead almost immediately through an Alysia Panagakos long range rocket. The lead extended minutes later through a running shot from the right from Sarah Tronnolone. With a comfortable buffer OISC became their own worst enemies going forward missing several chances. Defensively OISC held strong with Kate in particularly putting in hard tackles and clearing the ball for Gemma to continually make runs down the left but without reward. In the second half OISC continued to dominate play and create a number of chances. Coming back off the bench Sarah immediately got herself back into the game running onto a ball and extending the lead to three. OISC continued to have opportunities to score, Natalia Rossi having a shot popping off the crossbar. Late in the half the lead extended to four with a corner from Sarah finding Natalia in the 6-yard box who pushed it to Alissa Melhuish who took a touch and chipped in her first OISC goal. Uni got a late consolation with a corner finding the back of the net much to the surprise of everyone including the scorer. In the end though OISC still took a 4-1 victory.

Next week the men have their final league games of the season on the road with the A/B/C Grades travelling west to play Titans while D/E Grades head south to take on Flinders. The OISC women remain at the Superdome on Sunday facing Mercedes OC.

Event Reminders:
End of Season Drinks: THIS SATURDAY NIGHT, 6:30pm at The Maylands Hotel
Presentation Night: Saturday 20 September, 6:30pm at The Alta Villa Club (281 The Parade, Beulah Park). Tickets are $70.00 and available at training. RSVP and payment by Wednesday September 10th.