Seniors Report: presented by Western Union Business Solutions
By Peter Schwab
Lets be quick in terms of review: we were thrashed by Collegians in all areas of the game.
Even though the result would not have changed the fact that we were always going to be playing Trinity in the last game to stay in A Grade, it was still disappointing result as we had expected to perform better. From a slow start into the breeze, we trailed 27-0 at quarter time and we never got going.
So, it all comes down to this week: the last game of the year. We expect some significant additions to the side this week which is positive, and selection will be vital.
We will look to have our best available side on the park, taking into consideration some important opposition match ups, and the condition of all players. Too often this year we have been reduced to three on the interchange early in the match due to injury. Fingers crossed for a change of luck in that regard.
I really look forward to seeing a huge De La crowd there on Saturday to cheer the team on!
DLS 2.3.15 def by COLLEGIANS 17.17.119
RESERVES Report presented by Woodards Oakleigh & Bentleigh
by Nick Hyland
Round 17, we travelled to Harry Trott Oval to take on the always competitive Collegians. Having only 20 players available, we knew we were facing a huge challenge. With a strong wind favouring one end, we knew we would have to make the most of our initial advantage kicking with the wind in the first quarter.
We started the game really strongly. Colak’s ruck dominance gave our mids first use and we were able to capitalise on this dominance. We kicked the opening 4 goals and looked to be in complete control. Unfortunately, some sloppy errors and a couple of undisciplined 50m penalties cost us two goals and we let our advantage slip.
The second quarter was a real battle. The wind picked up and it made it really difficult to move the ball. Our backs held up well to only concede 3 goals, while we were able to convert our only chance. Unfortunately we lost our Captain Dave Marchese, so we were down to 19 players got the second half.
The third quarter was patchy. We wasted some chances and weren’t as clinical with ball in hand. We still manage to kick 4 goals to 1, as we took a 19-point lead into the final change.
Our last quarter was one of the gutsiest we have played this year. Repeat stoppages was the aim, making it a real grind.
To all 19 players credit, that’s exactly what we did. We bottled up the game and hung tough. Having the ball camped in the opposition forward 50 for the entire quarter, our ability to hang in there and crack in all quarter was terrific, and it lead to us holding onto a courageous two-point victory.
A fantastic result considering the limited rotations and all momentum against us. A very pleasing win. We looked forward to our final game of the year against Trinity at home.
DLS 10-6-66 def COLLEGIANS 9-10-64
THIRDS Report presented by Triple Play Sportswear
After multiple forfeits from opposition clubs throughout the year, our relatively fresh Thirds snared a place in the preliminary final at the weekend. A win over Monash, despite trailing at every change, was largely due to us flying home with a five-goal last term.
They face Fitzroy in the prelim final at Elsternwick Park, 9.20am this Saturday, vying a place in the Grand Final against Caulfield Grammarians who beat Fitzroy convincingly at the weekend.
DLS 7.7.49 def Monash 5.7.35
U19 BLUE Report presented by Bendigo Bank East Malvern Community Bank Branch
by Gabe Deane-Johns
In general – a deflating and hugely disappointing loss. We had clearly gotten ahead of ourselves, and threw away a double-chance by losing to the bottom team.
An inability to follow simple directions and get the basics right has cost us. We now find ourselves with our backs against the wall and must respond.
As we approach a final I am looking for a disciplined adherence to the basics of footy: quick/first hands under pressure, straight lines, hardness, etc.
We‘re looking forward to the chance to put this one behind us and play the footy that won us 12 in a row, the footy we know we can play.
We face Old Scotch at Box Hill City Oval in the First Semi at 11.40pm on Sunday Sept 1. We look forward to seeing some Blue & Gold support in the crowd.
DLS 11.6.72 def by OLD CAREY 18.8.86
U19 GOLD Report presented by Bendigo Bank East Malvern Community Bank Branch
Our Golds suffered a loss at the hands of Old Scotch, and have finished fifth for the year, and will play a cut-throat final under the Final Six system against Scotch at Camberwell, at 11.40am.
DLS 4.5.29 def by OLD SCOTCH 9.10.64
U19 Colts Match Report presented by Bendigo Bank East Malvern Community Bank Branch
Our Colts suffered a narrow loss to Brunswick, and have finished fifth for the year, and will play a cut-throat final under the Final Six system against Mazenod at Central Reserve, at 9.20am.
DLS 10.8.68 def by BRUNSWICK NOBSPC 11.11.77
DINO’S (DLS Over 35s) match report, presented by Malvern Auto Tech
by Peter Harrison
The De La Salle Dinos have charged into another Grand Final with a comprehensive 36-point victory over Point Cook on Sunday.
The Dino’s lead from start to finish and never trail at any stage. Arguably we played our best game for the season, despite missing some key players, noticeably Troy, Roaster and Beery.
We had winners across all areas of the ground. There were certainly no passengers with all 24 players contributing across the course of the day.
Unsurprisingly, the back half were unflappable as they repelled the opposition at will. Corin, Butts, Yappa, Stu, Cam, Cossi, Macca & Pauley never gave the Point Cook forwards a chance to settle. The record should reflect that Point Cook did not kick a goal in the first half, and furthermore one of the only two goals that came to pass were off the back of a dubious 50m free kick.
In middle of the ground, big Merv provided us with the first use of the ball. Moloney, Iggy & Phila all had leather poisoning by half time. Knighter, Farms, Serge and Serge all ran riot on the wings during various stages of the game, with all players showing plenty of leg speed and tackling ability.
In the forward line, the headline trio of Palmer, Mercuri and Snoopy Ryan had too much class for the opposition. All three worked in unison and put in an outstanding effort of filling the void left by the Big Capsicum! The small forwards of Chapps, Wadds, Hickey & Hess (who is still in career best form) terrorised and harassed the Point Cook defenders into countless errors, and generally made life difficult for the opposition.
We now head into our third straight grand final against a very strong St Kevin’s outfit. The Grand Final promises to be a high-quality game that both sides will throw everything at. In recent history, all games between these two sides have been highly competitive and hard fought.
The Grand Final is on Sunday 8 September at 9.30am, at Casey Fields Oval 2. Entry is $10 for adults and children under 16 are free. We encourage all fans and supporters of the Dino’s to get along and cheer on the Dino’s as we attempt an unprecedented third consecutive flag!