Coaches Corner Round 9

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by Paul Satterley

In our most important game for the season, a loss put us back with the pack as we missed a great opportunity to put a gap on teams fighting for a Top four spot.

Our opponents jumped us early and only their poor kicking for goal let us off the hook. They kicked 3.7 and would have been frustrated by their inaccuracy even though and held a 11 point lead at the first break.

We responded in the second, improving our work rate and around the stoppages. Matt Cullinan was in really good touch taking many important marks and Jason Tutt gave us plenty of run. The Walker twins Andrew & Lachy also got on top in the midfield.
We kicked five goals to Blues two in this term to regain the lead by eight points at half time.

In the third, we had momentum for most of the quarter and led by 14 points before a late lapse enabled the Blues to kick some goals and hold onto a two point lead. Ben Nethersole, Matt Fieldsend and Ed Clinch (four goals) were all influential and playing their roles.

We went into the last quarter after reinforcing the message to run and be brave but full credit goes to our opponent, they were harder at the contest when it counted for the final 30 minutes. We missed three crucial shots on goal that may have edged us closer but ultimately we weren’t good enough on the day, losing by 11 points.

Final scores: De La Salle 12.10.82 lost to Uni Blues 13.15.93

by Jack McDonald

It was always going to be a tough day against Uni Blues, who were on top of the ladder and had not lost a game all year.

On paper, we looked ok. We had some players return to the side after the break and were keen to put on a competitive performance but the first quarter showed us why they were the top side – five goals to one left us some work to do.

We spoke to the boys about taking the game on with run and carry, to be harder at the contest and improve our work rate. To their credit our second quarter was our best for the day. Both teams kicked 2.1 and goals to Simon Lowe and Callum Dooley gave us a lift. At half time we were down by 28 points.

Matt Colak, who’d come up from the under 19’s, got first hands on the ball in most of the ruck duels and our backs were working hard to stem the flow. Garrett McDonough and Joe Black were terrific.

As it happens we lost the game but I feel the scoreboard doesn’t really reflect the effort our Boys put in. We had our fair Share of the ball but again our skills let us down. We must improve in this area. Only hard work will get us our next win, all our boys must work together to get this done.

Some of our better players for the day were, Nick Taylor, Matt Colak, Garrett McDonough, Callum Dooley, Joe Black and Liam Bisognin. Goals came from Simon Lowe, Luke Willams, Michael Griechen, Callum Dooley who all kicked one each.

Look forward to Beaumauris next week – onwards & Upwards!

Final Scores: De La Salle 4.5.29 lost to Uni Blues 16.15.111

19 Blues
by Nick Hyland

We were looking to keep our momentum rolling after a week off.

We were playing Parkdale for the second time in six weeks so we knew how competitive they were going to be.

The first quarter was a tight tussle with both teams having limited scoring opportunities.

The second quarter was our most disappointing quarter of the year. We pride ourselves on being a great defensive unit and a hard team to score against but our pressure was poor, our effort was non-existent and too few were willing to work hard. Conceding seven goals in a quarter really put us on the back foot.

We responded after half time with a solid third quarter and were able to wrestle the lead back at the final change. In his Blues debut, Ky was excellent across half back and Trent Shannon really led the way in the middle.

Our last quarter was disappointing. We failed to make use of our inside 50’s and our ball use was poor. Parkdale took their chances and were extremely accurate in front of goal.

A real eye opener to show the boys if they don’t bring great effort and play the way we want to, it would lead to a result like that. Parkdale were too good, running out 13 point winners.

Our better players were Morganthaler, Shannon, Rando, Fasoulis, Hawker and Pennell.

We regroup and look to respond next week against Beaumaris.

Final scores: De La Salle 11.9.75 lost to Parkdale 14.4.88

19 Golds
by Martin Kelliher

Due to a restructuring of the under 19 premier reserve section, the Golds had a bye. This is not ideal, given that we had already had a week off due to the Queens birthday, but for the integrity of the competition it was a necessary change.

It was quite timely though because the Golds had a few players who needed the extra week off due to niggles, flu, uni exams etc… and we look forward to seeing them back tearing up the track and then on game day.

The Golds take on Beaumaris at Waverley Oval Saturday morning.

by John McDonough – Happiest Coach in the VAFA

This was a great contest in the first half. Both teams were moving the ball well and we had the ball in our 50 just as much as Bulleen.

A lack of movement in the forward line cost us some scoring opportunities, but the backline was rock solid again.

For the first time this season, we had a full bench of six so plenty of rotations kept everyone in the game. Fresh legs were showing results as we scored our first goal late in the second.

Our stoppage work was fantastic with quick kicks to space allowing us to move the ball into the forward line with a familiar “chaos” kick and we took a five point lead into halftime.

During the break we changed the team around a bit to get a bit more run from the half back and wing. The longer the game went, the better the girls played. We continued to dominate around the ball and Jess Weltner was marking everything across half back.
Carle’ Rooks and Sally Fyfield could not be stopped and we had the ball in our 50 for most of the second half.

Our last quarter was some of the best footy we have played all season – the girls ran the game out strongly and kicked 3.3.
Highlights included a running goal with a bounce from Taylor Weltner. Carle’ Rooks kicked three of our five and gets another best on.

Meagan Beaumont gets her first goal for the club and Grace McDonnell plays here first game for De La.

Best players were Carl’e Rooks, Sally Fyfield, Taylor Weltner, Jess Weltner and Steph McMurray.

We now head into the pointy end of the season with only 5 weeks remaining and play the top 3 teams over the coming weeks.

Final scores: De La Salle 5.5.35 defeated Bulleen 1.2.8

by Steven Ingram

No game for the Colts as our opponent La Trobe forfeited just before the start of the game.

The Colts say a big thank you to the field umpires and boundary umps, who were great in staying on and umpiring an impromptu 12 v 12 De La Colts practice game!

Final Scores : De La Salle defeated La Trobe by forfeit

by Rob Breda

The thirds took on a Fitzroy team that have been steadily improving throughout the season. With a team lacking height due to the regular rotations of the ‘lifestyle football’, we had a task ahead of us against a full strength Fitzroy on our home deck.

The first quarter was a tight arm wrestle as teams exchanged goals. The ball moved around the field well for both teams with the skill level at a high standard, particularly for thirds football. As the second term started to progress, Fitzroy got on top marginally and with a few successive goals, put some distance between them and us on the score board. De La had plenty of the ball up forward though with only a few marking targets, we were able to turn opportunities into goals.

The third was a tight contest similar to that of the first and most of the second, with the Roys taking a 26 point lead into the final term.

De La kicked early goals in the last to spark the contest but in the end were held out by an opponent whose accuracy in front of goals proved to be the difference.

Lachie Bull starred across the ground, Mark Breda went back to play on the last line of defence and was a rock. Harry Zaia, Tom Kovarik and Josh Oakley all played well though as a team we couldn’t get the result we wanted.

Final scores: De La Salle 10.9.69 lost to Fitzroy 14.6.90

by Peter Harrison

How’s the view from the top of the ladder……. Bloody fantastic!

It was a classic 1st v 2nd on the ladder game, with the De La Dino’s eventually running away with the chocolates!

Craigieburn flew from the gates and made the early running leading three goals to nil at the first break. We fought back in the second quarter to trail by a few points at half time. A real arm wrestle evolved in the second half but when it mattered most, the Dino’s were at their best to finish with a two goal win.

Much like the week before, the team had contributions from all over the ground. The backline was outstanding lead by BC, Marks and Macca, however, the efforts of Chapps, Paul Hesse, Knighter, Wadds and others cannot be undervalued.

David Spithill was outstanding as he has been all year and the midfield grunt from Philla, Farms, Iggy just got stronger as the game wore on.

The forward line of Troy, Tillsy, Jimmy, Roo-Shooter, Higgo, Gus and Co eventually got on top and kicked us a winning score.

Whilst we are very pleased to be on top of the ladder the group understand there are many obstacles to overcome as we move forward.

The Dino’s take the show on the road in a fortnight to Laurmier! Supporters welcome and admission is free!

One sour note was Paul Hesse suffering a shoulder injury during the game. Paul is doing reasonably well, all things considered.

Paul is a very popular team man and with any luck he will be back to help us before the finals.

Final scores: De La Salle 8.8.56 defeated Craigieburn 6.8.44