Seniors Report: presented by Western Union Business Solutions
By Peter Schwab
What can I say? Last Saturday was a very bad day for all of us. Coaching staff, players and of course the wider De La Salle community.
We genuinely expected to do well after the form of our previous two matches and playing back at home. The build-up had been to test ourselves against the very best team.
What a shock we were in for, as the Old Xavs dominated the first ten minutes of the quarter, hardly letting us win possession let alone score. Our first forward 50m entry didn’t occur until the 13-minute mark. By the end of the quarter it was 10 scoring shots to 0 and a six-goal deficit.
You can try and fix everything as everything is going poorly, but the main focus was to lift our ability and effort to try and win more at the source and secondary contests, but despite a lift in effort we simply couldn’t gain enough control of the ball and when we did, the pressure we were put under made us unable to move the ball in any way productively.
By half-time, we were staring down an incredibly large deficit. We made positional changes at half time in an attempt to halt the onslaught and better still get some offensive outcome.
In a dark day, the third quarter was productive in general play and we at least started to get some inside forward 50m entries and scored 2 goals. We restricted Xavs to two goals, one a dubious free kick to say the least.
The first goal of the last quarter was a good start. But after that with injuries mounting and restricting our interchange, we were comprehensively beaten in all facets. The result a tremendously disappointing defeat.
It was unacceptable for De La Salle and for what we had worked so hard to build in the previous few weeks.
We must re-group quickly and set our sights on next week and rectify our game both individually and collectively against Brighton.
DLS 4.4.28 def. by Old Xavs 22.17.149
RESERVES Report presented by Woodards Oakleigh & Bentleigh
by Nick Hyland
Round 10 was always going to be a difficult assignment. Not only were we facing top of the table Old Xavs, but we had a horror injury list which made it difficult to select 22 players. Luckily for us, given how well our U19 program are travelling we were afforded the luxury of including two quality U19 boys in Nick Bufalo and Ryan O’Meara into our line-up and expose them to senior footy.
The first half was a terrific standard of football. Both teams were cracking in and it made for great viewing. Our mids led the way. Hockey, Pennell, O’Callaghan and Lvosky were tough and combative and gave us plenty of use out of the middle. Across the board, every player was giving great effort and we found ourselves right in the contest. It was fairly even across the entire first half with both side controlling the play at certain parts. Unfortunately for us, Xavs converted their chances, whereas we let ourselves down in front of goal.
We trailed by 11 points at halftime but we felt we were more than capable of bridging the gap. The boys were challenged at halftime to keep hunting the ball and to control the game by foot once we won the ball. Unfortunately for us, we just didn’t have good connection from the back half to the front half. We lacked options across half forward and as a result couldn’t generate enough scores. Two goals to three in the 3rd quarter meant we found ourselves up against it.
Old Xavs dominated the final quarter, but to our boys’ credit, we hung tough and fought out the contest. Although we lost by 45 points, there was plenty of positives to take away. As a team, I think that was one of the best efforts we have given for the entire season. Our two U19 boys were terrific and led the way for us, showing what a bright future the footy club has. We will learn from this, acknowledge the result, and aim to have a good week at training as we prepare for a huge contest against Old Brighton next week. Best: Bufalo, O’Meara, Lvosky, Lindsey, Pennell
DLS 6.8.44 def. by Old Xav 12.18.90
THIRDS Report presented by Triple Play Sportswear
No game this week. Our Thirds clash with Caulfield Grammarians this week at Glenhuntly Oval, 9.20am.
U19 BLUE Report presented by Bendigo Bank East Malvern Community Bank Branch
by Gabe Deane-Johns
This was a fantastic win by the boys. A really aggressive and physical game throughout, it was spiteful and heated for four quarters.
Williamstown were, predictably, up and about and really taking it up to us from the start.
Early on, we missed a few tackles we should have ‘stuck’, we let the ball out the back of contests in marking contests and we got sucked into contests.
After the first half of the first quarter (where we had been outworked) we really knuckled down and made it a necessary arm wrestle.
We orchestrated some ‘fire with fire’ match ups and met their aggression with a like-minded approach, and attacked the contest in a really hard but disciplined way.
Ultimately it was an outstanding win full of merit and character.
The boys delivered finals-type football and we have gained an enormous amount of belief from such a win.
BEST: Cam Roberts, Peter Nikitas, Joe Squires, Bregon Cotchett, Liam Eldering and Tom Stanton
DLS 12.9.81 def. WILLIAMSTOWN CYMS 5.6.36
U19 GOLD Report presented by Bendigo Bank East Malvern Community Bank Branch
DLS 6.7.43 def by AJAX 10.11.71
U19 Colts Match Report presented by Bendigo Bank East Malvern Community Bank Branch
Following an unexpected bye last week, the Colts travelled to Glen Waverley to take on Mazenod.
We seemed flat from the beginning of the game, however we were able to match Mazenod early. Both sides had an equal amount of opportunity throughout the first half, but our inaccuracy saw us 4 goals down. From there, players started dropping with injuries and we were left with 15 on the field for a majority of the second half. To our boys’ credit we kept cracking in even though we were struggling to do any damage to the scoreboard. Not an ideal return from two weeks off.
Best: Halloran, Smith, Hawker, Bong, Kelliher, Fernandopulle
DLS 7.9.51 def by MAZENOD 18.9.117
De La Guns (16-35 Womens) Report, presented by Vic Mix Concrete
by John McDonough
Our preparation for the game started on Thursday with good numbers at training and the arrival of another new player.
We started well, and both teams had a solid first quarter with two goals each and lots of positives to take into the first break.
We outscored St Bernard’s in the second quarter and went into the main break a goal up.
Brianna Engberg was marking everything across half back and Jen Males was finding plenty of the footy on a wing.
The third quarter was another good example of how far both teams had progressed with their skills since they last played each other.
Good ball movement and plenty of opportunities to score.
St Bernard’s scored two goals for the quarter, one right on the siren to put them up by 2 points as we went into the last.
It was a disappointing to see the game slip away as St Bernard’s kicked two unanswered goals.
Once they got the break, it was everyone behind the ball and a game of repeat stoppages.
We were unable to get the ball out the back and into space, something we had been allowed to do for most of the game.
Our backline was again fantastic with Brianna and Jacqueline Engberg and Michelle Bourke creating plenty of run and carry.
Steph McMurray ran hard all day and kept us in the game.
It was also a good sign for the team to see Kate Gorfine back from a 5-week injury break. Kicking a goal in her first 5 mins on the park.
Not bad for someone who has only played in the backline!
Next week we take on MCC Football Club at their home deck in Beaumaris.
It’s an 11am start and a good opportunity for some of our loyal supporters to drop in on their way to our seniors.
DLS 4.2.26 def by St Bernards 6.5.41
Cannons (Women’s Masters) Report, presented by Waverley BMW
The Cannons take on Box Hill North this week at Elgar Park Box Hill at 2.30pm this Saturday.