Weekly Wrap – Week 17

Big points, a comeback and the pack supporting one of its pups headlined a weekend in which some season defining wins were recorded.

The D Grade was decimated by injury and unavailability and as a result were completely up against it against a Burundi Eagles side who were on a roll and in a dominant first half scored six goals. The rout continued in the second half with Burundi scoring another five, Anurag Chauhan gave the boys something to cheer about as he brought one back but in the end the defeat was convincing and heavy 11-1.

The C Grade hoped to repeat the drubbing of their first meeting with Cougars this season and despite the many changes this week the boys got off to a good start. A solid defensive showing (again) was a great baseline that ensured the wine was secured. A fine free kick by Kangas the highlight of the first half. As the break approached the match took an unfortunate and eventful turn with Jack Harben having to be taken to hospital following an heavy collision that left him with 4 broken ribs. An ambulance was called and once it eventually got there Jack was comforted and taken to hospital. We are pleased to report that all is well and Jack is recovering well and is in good spirits, reportedly he is actually annoyed he is not playing this week. In a shortened second half a set piece expert missed a penalty but that did nothing to slow the boys as they were able to exploit a Cougars side who were keen on walking the ball out of defence on frequent occasions and when it was turned over our lads were ready to capitalise. A great run and cross from Joel and a superb turn to Kangas plus a rasping finish from Dinino extending the lead to three. The win keeping the boys within reach, Leachy reminding the boys that one game at a time is an old but pertinent cliché and credit to Ryan Dew this week who dedicated our victory song to Jack, which was sung with a renewed passion.

The B Grade expected a tight clash against a Cougars side they shared the points with in Round 6 but went down early as Cougars converted from the spot. Making amends Curtis Covino took full advantage of a Davide Cavuoto cross after a long run down the wing to square the match back up ending a frenetic first 15 minutes. OISC were able to steady things as the half progressed maintaining more of the possession but were unable to convert their chances seeing a 1-1 half time deadlock. In the second half Cougars ensured that they put OISC under pressure and made the most of the opportunities being afforded to them. Not to be outdone though, OISC continued to play their own fair game and were duly rewarded as Curtis converted on the follow up from a deflected save. OISC looked to hold onto their advantage but an arguably controversial penalty had the partisan home crowd excited as this last play of the match saw them level the match to cruelly share the points.

The A Grade got off to the perfect start against a Cougars side they put four past in Round 6 as Nick Barbieri assisted by the crossbar rocketed home the first. At the other end Cougars were building some attacking pressure on an OISC defence that was forced into an early change as Peter Kotzias left the field. The increasingly shaky defensive line was taking some time to find the balance once again. This allowed Cougars to take full toll, levelling and taking the lead before the half time interval. At the break OISC took the opportunity to clear their heads and refocus on the task that lay ahead knowing that they would need to repeat their second half come from behind from earlier in the year to take the points. The second half introduction of Elias Khoury having almost immediate effect as a looped run from Barbs put Elias through to squeeze it past the keeper to again level the match with little over three minutes on the clock. The boys continued to surge frustrating the Cougar defence into silly actions, the referee making a big decision to point to the spot as the Cougar keeper remonstrated with his elbow on a floored Elias after making a save; Mike Manou making no mistake from the spot. OISC continued to build, Elias continuing his game changing performance with his second and the boys 4th goal. Cougars brought one back and late on in their desperation to limit the damage were reduced to 10 as the players attempt to take on the keeper did not end well. In the end OISC again came from behind to seal a perfect record against Cougars for 2016 4-2.

On Sunday the Lady Wolves knew that a point would be enough to secure their third successive third place finish. A pre-match rev from Coach Kapnistis launching the girls into action with Sophie Hlipala giving the girls the early lead. OISC continuing to press forward with Ellie putting Eliza through for her first. The girls clinical skills paying further dividend; Rachel holding the ball up allowing her to put Sophie through who in turn found Eliza for the third. The favour was immediately repaid as an Eliza gave Sophie her second from the corner. Pembroke were able to stop the rout in the shadows of half time bringing one back. In the second half OISC continued to assert their dominance with some of the Pembroke side becoming frustrated they were not able to assert their dominance; Chloe Murray having none of their tactics pushing back to show who was in charge of the match. They did bring one back late in a largely uninspiring second half, however the damage was done in the first half, the girls taking the match 4-2.

A HUGE week of matches awaits OISC this week. The action kicks off on Wednesday night as the Lady Wolves take on Seymour in the Cup Semi Final from 7:45pm at Elite Systems Football Centre (Cowan St, Angle Park). This is followed by a bumper weekend at the Superdome as the A/B/C Grades do battle with Red Blue Eagles and the D/E Grades face Strathalbyn. On Sunday the Lady Wolves have their final league matach as they host Westminster.

Saturday is Ladies Day so all wives, partners, sisters, mothers and any other ladies associated with the club are invited to come down and enjoy the day, free champagne will be on offer.

2016 Ladies Day Flyer