Coaches Corner Round 1 – presented by Schiavello

Seniors Match Report presented by Western Union Business

By Paul Satterley

We went into Round 1 v Collegians with a number of new additions to the team that last faced Collegians in the finals series loss last year.

The eight new faces included new recruits Matt Beckmans & James Sullivan, returning Dees Hugh Nicholson, Lachy O’Connell & Nick Curwood, with Matt Fieldsend returning from long lay off with injury & Sam Michael & Lachy Walker both on loan from their respective VFL clubs.

We began positively with new skipper Tom Humphrey kicking the opening goal of the game but the momentum failed to build. As a team we had enough of the ball early, but could not convert some simple opportunities.

Turnovers resulted in multiple goals to the Lions and we finished the opening quarter down 2.4.16 v 4.2.26.

Our second term was one of our poorest quarters of football in my time as coach. We were outmuscled all over the ground and conceded eight goals and five behinds to one solitary goal, which was kicked after the siren, and went in at the main break over nine goals down.

As a team, I asked the lads to be significantly more combative & whilst they responded, we were still outplayed for in the third quarter as Collegians extended their lead to 71 points at the final change. In the final term, Collegians kicked 4 more goals to our 3 ‘junk time’ majors, to see us go down by 76 points.

We had very few contributors on the day with only Lachy Walker (32 disposals), Ant Forato, Jake Williams (25 disposals) & Jason Tutt (25 disposals, 9 tackles) making an impact. Sean Fisher kicked 3 goals and competed well in the ruck.

As a team, it is clearly a very ordinary start to our season. Round 2 presents us all with an opportunity to reclaim some much-needed respect. We look forward to the challenge.

Collegians 20.11.131 def. DLS 8.7.55.

RESERVES match report presented by East Malvern Community Bank

By Mick Hogan

Our first game saw many new players making their first senior appearance for the club, including a significant number coming up from our U19 ranks.

The day was full of expectation after the long, hard preseason, and our players hit the ground full of running. We started well and it didn’t stop all day with the team running out winners by 6 goals.
Among our best were new players O’Brien and Nagle, with Scipione, Clinch, Colac and H. Persson all playing well, including Fasoulis who kicked 4 to top off a good day.

DLS 12.12.84 def Collegians 6.11.47

THIRDS match report presented by Triple Play Sportswear

By Cameron Watts

A new look 3rds outfit turned up to Chadstone raring to go on a great day for football.

The first quarter was played at a frantic pace with plenty of players around the contest. We went into the first break with a two goal lead courtesy of some Jack Hanley magic from the boundary, and we were able to extend the lead into the main break with a 5 goal lead into half time.

Fitzroy came out firing after half time to kick 5 goals straight, before a couple of late ones to De La steadied the ship. After an inspiring speech at the final break from Cam Watts in his first game as coach, the boys continued on to a 5 goal win. Patrick Cook, Ricky Rando & Liam Bisogin all had great games in a good all-around team performance.

DLS 15.5.95 def Fitzroy 10.4.64

U19 BLUE match report presented by Woodards Oakleigh & Woodards Bentleigh

By Nick Hyland

Treated to a perfect day for football, our round one was always going to be a tough task against reigning premiers Old Xavs. As expected, the intensity and pressure around the ball early was extremely high.

Xavs set the tone with their contested ball and clearance work, resulting in multiple inside 50’s in the first quarter, putting our backline under severe pressure. To our credit, we held it together and made the most of our limited forward entries, to only trail by 5 points at the first break.

Our second term was much improved. Our stoppage work improved and our thirst for the contest grew. Jordy Gregory was excellent in the stoppages, and Aitken and Ritson, both undersized, were competing well in the ruck. We failed to take our chances going forward in front of goal however, and again trailed at the main break.

In hot conditions and after an extremely physical first half, the second half was always going to be tough on the boys given it’s round one. We continued to play our brand, defend first and be bold and brave with ball in hand.

Cooper Morris in the back half was outstanding, and had it not been for some brilliant one on one efforts we would have been further than 9 points down at 3/4 time. Unfortunately, in the last quarter, Xavs got the better of us. They were far more efficient in front of goal and ran out the game stronger than us.

It wasnt the ideal start to the year, going down by 2 goals. Plenty of positives to come out of the game, but we are fully aware of where we need to improve in order to turn the tables against the bench mark of the U19 Premier competition.

Best: Morris, Campbell, Gregory, C.Roberts, Ahearn

OLD XAVS 13.9.87 def DLS 10.14.74

U19 GOLD match report presented by Harvey Norman Chadstone

By Steven Ingram

Playing at home to kick off the season we welcomed seven new boys to the club, and were keen and ready to take on St Kevin’s.

We started well, and controlled the first quarter but it was a quarter of missed opportunity. We continued to play with effort and intensity in the 2nd, but basic skill errors allowed St Kevin’s a 4-point lead at the main break.

The 3rd quarter we again worked hard but undid this with skill and execution errors. At 3/4 time, we were 3 goals down but the game was there for the taking.

We attacked and took the game on in the final quarter and it was
predominately played in our forward half which was pleasing, but like the earlier quarters we did not take our opportunities and went down by 10 points. Plenty to work on at training this week. Better Players players included Nick Jarvis, Max Doherty, Mitch Riley, Curtis Day, Oliver Smith & Tom Harrington.

SKOB 7.11.53 def. DLS 5.13.43

COLTS match report presented by McLardy McShane Insurance

By Stefan Taranto

We opened the first game of the junior’s triple-header against Parade with a side consisting of 23 guys playing their first game for the club. After a tight three quarters, we were able to break away in the last quarter, securing a 25-point victory.

The scoring was quite noticeably a team effort, with 9 different goal kickers. Everyone contributed well throughout the day, making it a challenge for those selecting the best players.

With no leadership group decided upon as yet, Ted Buzza stepped up as the captain and led the team admirably throughout the day. Great team effort.

DLS 13.14.92 def PARADE 10.7.67

GUNS (DLS Womens) match report, presented by Vic Mix Concrete

By John McDonough

We opened with a simple message before the game. Just settle as quickly as you can and get yourself into the game. Unfortunately, it took a lot longer than expected.
We were out run and out played, which meant we were second to the ball and scoreless in the first half. Our inside 50 count was ok, however the decision making on entry allowed St Bedes to rebound to easily.

We stemmed the flow of momentum in the second half and started to get ourselves into the game. Our tackle count was up, and our kick to open space saw us move the ball a lot better.

We finished off strongly and finally hit the scoreboard in the last quarter.
Great to see the new players not only enjoy the game but contribute all day.
We know what we need to do, it’s just a matter of extra effort on the track.

ST BEDES/MENTONE 7.13.55 def. DLS 1.0.6

DINO’S (DLS Over 35s) match report, presented by Malvern Auto Tech

By Peter Harrison

The De La Dino’s roared into season 2018 with an opening round win over Dingley Supers at Dairy Bell Oval on Sunday. In a hard fought affair the Dino’s courageously overcame a very disciplined and capable opponent by three goals.

Dingley made the early going in the match and showed a high level of skill and efficiency when moving the ball forward. Thankfully, our players stuck to the game plan and delivered a gritty performance that showcased a level of heart and determination which delivered a premiership last year.

On a day where every player at stages stood up it seems unfair only to name a few, however, special mentions go to:
– The back line, especially Richard Marks, Jimmy Seletto, Andrew Mackintosh.
– The Midfield lead by skipper Jason Philactides, Iggy Tran, Paul Farmer, & our classy recruit Justin Costello.
– The ruck effort of Ben Corin and Troy Castricum was simply dominant.
– The forward line lead by Anthony Palmer, Chris Mercuri & Ryan Chapple.

To begin the season on a winning note is extremely satisfying, but the Dino’s realise that a successful season has to be more than a single Round one victory. We look forward to the challenges of the season with our next stop being at Melbourne Masters at Ross Gregory Oval on Sunday 22 April 2018.

DLS 10.8.68 def. DINGLEY 6.11.47