Final Round, surge of an ageing club legend and end of season drinks headlined the final weekend of league matches for the men.
The E Grade took the advantage against a Flinders side they had the edge over from last time they met. OISC created chances throughout the first half but were not capitalising on them at the final moment. Avi Ringel was active in midfield and managed to slot a ball through the channel to Leachy who was eager to prove that scoring from open play was still possible and found himself in a 1 on 1 with the keeper, an air of expectation fell as the keeper came out, shifting slightly left it was enough for the ball to be slotted past the keeper giving OISC a hard earned lead. Leachy turned and took a bow – the arriving D Graders overheard saying “can we deny him that moment of arrogance?”. Defensively OISC had to continue to work hard to maintain the advantage; Bacon needing to be alert to all attacking moves as they came and putting in some key saves to keep the advantage. In the end OISC took a well deserved 1-0 victory.
The D Grade meanwhile looked to take it to in a Flinders side match who they proved somewhat competitive against the first time around. This time around however they struggled to get themselves into the match with a heavily undermanned side hampered by the commitment of some they found themselves down 2-0 within 6 minutes; Flinders scoring two speculative long range efforts. Flinders continued to use the wind, the hill and the sun in the first half to their advantage. OISC did create a couple of chances, one of which Blake Thompson converted with some excellent individual skill. Despite being 5-1 down at half time, the second half saw a much better effort. Some nice interplay and continual effort by Daniel Arbon. OISC should have scored about 4 goals, but missed chances from Pannunzio, Arbon and Thompson would go punished. Should haves proved to not be enough, Flinders taking the match 8-1.
The C Grade was locked in a tight match against Titans with neither side having opportunities to open the scoring. The match continued to be an end to end affair for the entire half. In the second half the game continued to be largely an uninspiring match with again no side having much in the way of chances until mid way through the half when OISC began to flag and suffer injuries while Titans put the foot down and put three on the board to take the match 3-0.
The B Grade again struggled to get going from the start, with Titans putting OISC under defensive pressure and taking the lead early. Working their way into the match OISC began to impose themselves with Matt Gauro (his Italian loan period over) working the midfield to try to feed those up front. Dewy continued to work hard in defence to keep any further Titans attacking moves at bay. The change from 4-4-2 to 4-3-3 in second half turned momentum with OISC having more attacking firepower leading to a dominant first 20 minutes of 2nd half; Gauro, Ciano, Phil gaining more control in the middle, giving allowing some chances to be created up front. OISC brought the match back to 1-1 when Andrew Rossi first sent an excited Emerson away from the opportunity to take a penalty to convert it himself. The match not reaching any great heights ended 1-1.
The A Grade came out against a Titans side that were playing their final Premier Division match and showed no mercy flying out of the blocks. OISC were dominant through the midfield with Elias Khoury dictating the play and pushing the ball into the attacking half to give the attacking duo opportunities to open the scoring. OISC didn’t have to wait too long with the Carbs through to Gauro combination again proving its worth putting the first on the board. The relentless attacking pressure soon saw the lead double with a penalty for a handball inside the box being converted by Peter Barone. The defence still remained on their toes with Stents and Callum Watson providing strong defensive cover keeping attacking moves at bay. For his hard work in the midfield approaching half time Elias pushed forward walking the ball through the defence to extend the advantage to three at break. In the second half OISC had patches where they were defensively shaky and skill errors enabled Titans to capitalise by bringing one back. OISC continued to press forward continually using the right side which regularly proved futile while opportunities on the left continued to present themselves. Eventually the attacking pressure saw OISC once again regain a 3 goal buffer with Simon Ventoruzzo slotting the fourth. Again Titans capitalised on lapses to bring another one back but then found themselves distracted with the final minutes seeing them reduced to 10 and then 9 men in quick succession and the referee calling time on the match to see OISC finish season 2014 on a high with a 4-2 victory.
On Sunday the OISC women looked for redemption against Mercedes and had them on the back foot early with the girls dominating play through the midfield. Gabby Parente and Sophie Hlipala working hard to funnel the ball down the left to give those up front chances to open the scoring. Defensively OISC was solid with Kate leading and marshalling the back 4 with Josephine Ceravolo also kept busy keeping out a number of Mercedes attacking moves. Mercedes continued to struggle with OISC’s attacking pressure which paid off as Gemma Bateman and Sarah Tronnolone combined to give OISC a well deserved lead, Gemma turning on a Mercedes defender to feed the ball to Sarah who beat two more defenders and sent the ball into the right corner. OISC continued to maintain the pressure to take the lead into the break. Coach Rossi asked for more of the same and to capitalise on what advantage had been gained. Coming out of the break OISC did not have the same momentum that they had in the first half. The midfield and defence continued to work hard to maintain the advantage, frustrating the Mercedes side and their supporters. OISC however fell into a lapse period taking their eye off the game which enabled Mercedes to break through the only way they could; from a set piece with a powerful shot over the wall into the right corner to level the match. Both sides continued to look for the equaliser but in the end the match finished locked away at 1-1.
This draws to a close the league season for the men’s sides, the E Grade finishing 7th, the D Grade showed spirit in a tough league to finish 9th, the C Grade 7th. In the premier divisions the B Grade finished 4th, the A Grade letting chances slip finished in 7th. Thanks to all the coaches: Danzo, Browny, Greg Buch, Jim Koufalis, Daniel Rossi and in particular David Baker and Peter Buckley for their dedication and commitment to the Club this year.
Thanks also to those who attended end of season drinks on Saturday night and supported our major sponsor The Maylands Hotel, a great night was had by all in attendance (Carbs in particular) and it was great to see members of all the sides mixing together to celebrate the end of the 2014 campaign.
While the league may have ended for the men, the Cup Semi-Final still awaits for the B Grade on Sunday against Sturt Marion at Coopers Stadium, Hindmarsh, kick-off 12:30pm. The club wants to see EVERYONE get out to the match to support the B’s in their quest for a spot in the final. The OISC women still roll on with their league season also on Sunday travelling to take on Mercedes (2).