Moving Day, key points lost and a final round victory headlined yet another weekend of mixed results.
REMINDER: Coming Events
End of Season Drinks: THIS SATURDAY, September 12th from 6:30pm at The Maylands Hotel
Presentation Night: Saturday, 26 September, 6:30pm at The Alta Villa Club. Tickets are $70, and must be purchased by Monday, 14 September. Refer to the event page and your text message for details.
The D Grade were engaged in a competitive first half against BOSA with very few outright chances. BOSA built some attacking pressure leaving the defence to see off numerous corners which were dealt with comfortably. The second half saw the game go up a level with 3 goals scored but OISC only managing the opener. Some terrific hassling by Joe Rugari, with Will Ventura in particular ensuring their defence crumbled under pressure which allowed Andrew Talbot to slot a composed finish from 18 yards into the corner. With this OISC began to take control of the match appearing that they push on from there but unfortunately passion overwhelmed sense and a little bit too much focus on everyone else’s game cost them dearly. A corner was deflected into our goal by Danzo although it did squeeze somehow between Tom’s legs on the post. A penalty to BOSA for a clip on an attacker moving away from goal put BOSA in the lead and the 2-1 BOSA victory took with it the D’s title hopes for season 2015.
The C Grade hoped to pick up another victory against a BOSA side who had fallen out of the title race losing to the champions, Comets last week. This match, started in a rather dull fashion. Iordan Kostadinov in goals pulled off a great one on one save early on, before chances bagan to fall to OISC. Mark “Johnno” Johnson’s long throws caused havoc, with a couple of them flying across the 6 yard box, missing only the final touch. Max Soulsby and Michael Pannunzio both had chances that they should have done better with. The game was poised 0-0 at the half, and it didn’t get much more entertaining, with very few chances for both sides in the second. OISC were reduced to 10 with Pannunz being dismissed for a golden clanger and held on in the dying minutes for a 0-0 draw.
The B Grade looked like they were going the same was as the rest of their year in the opening of the first half against a BOSA side who taught them a lesson in Round 8. This time however OISC began the better side but again were left to play catch-up football as BOSA took the early lead. The B’s in response began to create chances of their own, Rowan Thomas putting Gianfranco Malvaso through for OISC’s first. The 1-1 half time score line the 875th time this year the B’s had either led or were level at the break, Coach Rossi imploring his players to this time go on with the job and not let this match become another wasted opportunity. Responding to this an Adam Sorgini cross put a sliding James Blake in to give OISC the lead, before Raf Ceravolo showed a flicker of the messiah drawing the keeper out and from a very tight angle on the line put the ball into the side netting to extend the lead to two. Late in the match BOSA put the defence under pressure looking to bring the match back on level terms, a free kick perilously close to going in, hitting the crossbar and flying over the top. In the end though OISC took a satisfying and well deserved 3-1 victory.
The A Grade began playing the better football having a number of early chances to score. A free kick curled around the wall gave BOSA the lead and again leaving OISC in that position once again. BOSA saw this as an opportunity to put the game away, creating a period where OISC was put under immense defensive pressure, Andy needing to clear one off the line to keep the game alive. As the second half began OISC again were the better side but were not getting the official rewards or on the scoresheet. Applying the pressure began to take its toll with players tiring which allowed BOSA to get a second and then a late defensive deflection which Emo still managed to get a hand to again showed the luck of the 2015 season, BOSA taking a 3-0 victory against the run of the match.
The Lady Wolves made the trip south to a wet and windy Westminster looking to get a victory to seal 3rd spot and defeat a team who the girls held to a draw in Round 11 despite only having 9 players. The girls started the match slowly conceding a shock goal in the opening stages but shortly after restored parity with a cross from Eliza allowing Niki to put in OISC’s first. Natalia was able to give OISC back some control of the match winning the ball through the middle of the park. The girls took the lead through a pinpoint corner from Sarah finding the foot of Eliza. The good work was undone with a poor goal conceded right on half time. A half time talk from Coach Rossi reminded the girls to not let all of their hard work this year to be wasted. As the second half began the girls responded again taking the lead, with Sarah getting her first. Westminster began to put OISC under severe defensive pressure looking the team far more likely to score, Lucia in particular needing to clear the ball out time after time. Finally the pressure was released with Sarah putting in her second from a throw in to seal a 4-2 victory. The result sealing their second successive third place finish in the WCL with 8 wins, 2 draws and 4 losses, scoring 46 goals in the league and conceding only 19
Next week a very special final match day awaits for the men, due to the Glenunga redevelopment the A/B/C Grades make the special trip to host Sturt Marion at our original home, the Saint Ignatius’ College Senior Campus. The D Grade meanwhile are on the road against league leaders Brahma Lodge. DON’T FORGET, End of Season Drinks are also on Saturday Night, September 12th from 6:30pm at The Maylands Hotel.