Carbs, Gauro and the B Grade headlined a weekend that saw the B Grade roll on to the Final in the Cup.
Sunshine and warm conditions enveloped Hindmarsh as the B’s looked to once again seal a Cup Final berth. As Captain Barolo lead his side down the tunnel and out onto the wide expanses of Coopers Stadium, the B’s knew they would face a tough contest against an equally matched Sturt Marion side. From the kick off, OISC took control maintaining possession in their attacking half; Adam Carbone having an early chance smacking into the post. Sturt began to gradually work their way into the match moving into their attacking half, the OISC defence however holding strong, Tom Smith and Adam Ciano particularly with Julian Sartoretto and Paul Barolo all working to clear the ball out of danger. OISC’s attacking pressure at the other end paid off when messiah Carbone broke through to give OISC the lead with 15 mins played. Sturt looked to respond but were frustrated by the pressure of the OISC defensive line, spurning a number of chances. The Carbs and Chris Gauro domination in attack continued at the other end with Chris sending a ball through to Carbs down the right side, the cross coming into Tom Surman waiting in the six-yard box who then found a gap in the Sturt defenders to find Gauro waiting out the back to extend OISC’s lead to two. At half time the B’s were warned that the job was far from done and that the needed to keep the pressure going to maintain the lead. Coming out of half time Sturt were the side that took the early ascendancy, putting the OISC defence under sustained pressure for the first 10-15 minutes of the half which saw them bring the score back to 2-1. Responding to this Gauro looked to take every chance that came his way; however the Sturt keeper was up to the job saving a close range 1 on 1. As the half progressed OISC regained control, Carbs getting his second scoring into an almost open goal followed up by Fabio Gauro rocketing one from 10 yards into the top of the goal to extend the lead to three. The OISC supporters in the stands knowing that this was almost definitely going to see them return next week. Not finished however Gauro continued to search for his hat trick, but spurned a late chance over the bar, the wayward finishing stopping the score line from being far greater. In the end though OISC were dominant taking the match 4-1 to storm into the Reserve Cup Final.
The OISC women meanwhile also took to the field in their penultimate match of the year against Mercedes. The girls showed some good attacking pressure up front, keeping the Mercedes defence active peppering in one shot after another but finding that they lacked the finish to convert many of them. The relentless pressure eventually broke through with Kate Ferguson giving OISC the lead coming into half time. In the second half the heat began to take its toll with players struggling to maintain the intensity. Gemma Bateman continued her strong game on the hour mark extending the lead to two with a solid goal. Sarah Tronnolone followed up not long after with her first to further extend the lead to three. The defence continued as they had all match to not have a lot to do but kept a strong line to clear out the Mercedes attacking moves and sealing a 3-0 victory.
In addition to the normal league and Cup matches the annual OISC v St Ignatius’ College matches took place on Saturday morning with an OISC select men’s XI taking on the SIC boy’s first XI and the OISC women taking on the SIC girls first XI. Both matches were played in good spirits with OISC regaining the men’s trophy after two years with a 4-2 win thanks to a Peter Barone hat-trick in the space of 15 minutes and a Tom Francesca sealer. The OISC women also retained the women’s shield with a closely fought 1-0 win, Gemma Bateman scoring the goal. It was great to see all the parents and members of the OISC and College communities out to support this tradition and link between the Club and the College.
The final match day of season 2014 is set to be a cracker with the OISC women starting the day with their final game against Pembroke, before the B Grade take to the field in the Reserve Cup Final against Elizabeth Downs, kicking off at 1:30pm at Coopers Stadium.