Weekly Wrap – Week 9

A testimonial, a Sunday epic and a second half rout headlined a weekend where a club stalwart was farewelled.

The E Grade took to the field against Strathalbyn in a friendly dubbed as Vossy’s testimonial and farewell match. The boys looked to rebound on their home turf from the loss in their league meeting two weeks before and did so duly with Michael Pannunzio scoring 4 and the man himself Vossy scoring a brace in the entertaining and high scoring 9-4 victory. OISC would like to wish Luke”Vossy” Rayner well in his future, his contribution on and off the field since coming to OISC in 2003 immense as the reigning D Grade B&F, as well as being awarded 2010 B Grade B&F, 2006 C Grade Players Player and having served on the OISC general committee over his time at the club.

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The C Grade welcomed the old rival St Peters to the Superdome and had two on the board in the opening three minutes with a Johnno long throw landing on Trent Spinelli’s head for the first followed by Adrian Dinino also getting in on the action. Following the early flurry the match settled down, OISC still having plenty of opportunity to extend the advantage but also allowed St Peters to get into the game and attempt to close the gap. As the break approached Saints were able to pull one back with a ball coming out of defence being lost in the midfield by a lack of a contest allowing them to send it back in and score. Almost from the kick-off however OISC regained its two goal buffer through Andrew Rossi. In the second half OISC looked to maintain its advantage, a poorly conceded goal kept Saints in touch before Adam Ciano again returned the lead to two. The 4-2 victory not as easy as the score line suggests but allows the C’s to consolidate their position atop the Div 6 table.

The B Grade took on bottom placed Torrens Valley and were looking for goals, the first of which came through James Blake. The first half was despite this a largely forgettable affair with OISC struggling to break through and make the most of their chances while not being under any sort of sustained attacking pressure. At the break, Coach Buch must dug deep into his toolbox as a completely different side came out in the second half utterly dominating, Tarek extending the lead before Adrian Stenta put in a quick fire brace, goals beginning to flow quickly. Dos and Dom Prince in his B Grade starting debut further extended the lead before a Rowan Thomas corner was headered in by that man Paul Barolo at the far post, finally scoring for OISC at the right end of the ground. Not done yet the goals continued with Curtis Covino and Phil Dichiera also putting in late goals in an 8 goal second half to seal a whopping 9-0 victory and a big boost to their goal difference.

The A Grade were confident against a Torrens Valley side they defeated 5-1 in the Cup only months before but started disastrously conceding a penalty which fortunately for the guys was put wide. The early pressure and confidence of the Rams continued to build against an OISC side who was not in the game at all. The Rams scoring an early goal then a second from a second penalty put the deficit for OISC at a shock two goals. OISC continued to easily look second best through the remainder of the first half but still were able to manufacture some chances but were let down by a lack of finishing. In the break Coach Rossi again rung in some big changes and a different side came out for the second half bringing one back as messiah Carbone slotted a free from just outside the box into the opposite corner. This began to swing momentum OISC’s way; Nick Barbieri bringing the match level then putting the A’s ahead. A defensive lapse saw the Rams bring the match on level terms again before Barbs again stood up to put OISC ahead again only in the shadows of full time to see Torrens Valley bring another back to see it finish 4-4.

On Sunday the Lady Wolves lined up against rivals Mercedes Green and were the better side in the early parts, putting the Mercedes defence under sustained pressure but unable to finish. Mercedes were struggling to get any attacking penetration at the other end with Chloe Murray and Lucia Caretti clearing out attacking moves before they got started. It took Mercedes to rely on a free from outside the box to actually get a shot on goal, a shot which gave them the lead mid way through the half, a second in the shadows of half time saw OISC go in undeservedly 2-0 behind completely against the run of play. At the break much confidence over the good performance thus far saw the girls come out and again proved to be the better side keeping Mercedes again under pressure; one goal brought back through Sarah Tronnolone. OISC continued to push for the deserved equaliser several shots coming agonisingly close but not close enough with the girls falling cruelly short 2-1.

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Next week there are no matches scheduled as both leagues move into a mid-season break for the long weekend. League action returns on the weekend of 18/19 June with the A and B Grades heading up the Freeway to take on Hahndorf, the C Grade taking on Sunday powerhouse Brahma Lodge, the D Grade also heading north to take on M United Stars and the E Grade on yet another bye weekend. On Sunday the Lady Wolves return to the Superdome as they face Mercedes Old Collegians.