AJ Mithen catches up with Senior Coach Paul Satterley
The 2017 VAFA Premier Division regular season is done and dusted and De La Salle head into Sunday’s elimination final against Collegians ready and confident.
After securing fourth place a week out from the final round, Senior Coach Paul Satterley is looking forward to the prospect of testing his side in the cut-throat, sudden death finals atmosphere.
“I am excited,” he said. “It’s been a long year and we’ve had to work really hard to secure our spot in the four, with so many games separated by less than 10 points.”
“Nothing came easy and now we’re not there to make up the numbers. I genuinely feel that we’ve got a squad of players that can make a real stamp on the next three weeks.”
Collegians have won just one of their last three games, but that win was an 8 point result coming back from five goals down against the Dees at Harry Trott Oval.
A 57 point loss to Xavs in the season’s final round knocked them from second spot and cost them the double chance.
The season is split 1-1 between the two teams. De La took the round seven matchup by 25 points, beating a Collegians side which was to that point undefeated.
The game is on Trevor Barker Oval, a ground well suited to the Dees’ run and carry style of play. Satterley is confident his side will again match up well against a team that spent 16 of 18 rounds in the top two on the ladder.
“First time round was one of our best wins of the year, when we were able to stop their run. The Second time we had a pretty good lead at one stage but really let ourselves down and let it slip.”
“We’ve got every opportunity to win this week as long as we come to play,” Satterley said. “The ground is good, the weather is supposed to be pretty good, all our players are fit so there’s no excuses, that’s for sure.”
It’s De La’s second finals series in three years and Satterley is stressing to his side not to waste this opportunity.
“I feel like there’s enough talent in this group that it would be really disappointing to go out first round of the finals. It’s a good effort to make the finals, but there’s no point just making it and not impacting it.”
The Dees start their 2017 Finals campaign at 2pm, Sunday September 10 at Trevor Barker Oval in Sandringham. Head down and make yourself heard!