AJ Mithen catches up with Senior Coach Paul Satterley

After a close loss to Uni Blues, De la Salle need to stay focused against Beaumaris to keep track with the top four.

Senior Coach Paul Satterley knows his side has the talent to compete with the best, but was frustrated after a chance to put space on the chasing pack went begging.

“It was very close… in the third we weren’t far away from getting a lead that they may not have come back from,” Satterley said. “But we just weren’t good enough. On the day they were just hungrier than us to get the win, unfortunately.”

Satterley is looking to his leadership group to drive a strong response to the loss.

“It’s disappointing to lose, but it’s all about what type of response you get as well. A lot of our leaders for the most part didn’t play to the standard they’re capable of and we’ve had a discussion around that.”

“We’re only as good as our leaders and there’s a fair bit of responsibility on those guys, as there should be – that’s why they are leaders.”

De La have shown signs throughout 2017 that they are worthy of a finals place, but consistency and reliability are becoming more and more important as the season plays out. Satterley knows he has a team that can mix it with anyone, but wants to see an even effort.

“If you want to be a good footy club it’s all about how you respond to losing a game you had every opportunity to win. We’re disappointed and we want to take out our frustration on our opponent this week,” Satterley said.

“To have so many players down on the day and lose by 11 points to a really good opponent, it probably suggests that if we can get more contributing we can absolutely compete. We’ve shown that.”

Despite a lowly ladder position, Beaumaris pushed De La all the way in their round five matchup. With Steven Milne ever dangerous, they’ve run Xavs to nine points and also drawn with St Bedes/Mentone. Satterley is not assuming anything headed into the game, likely to be played in wintry conditions.

“I want to show that we’re fair dinkum and we want to rebound from next week. We’re just looking for a more consistent effort across the board.“

De La take to Banksia Reserve in Beaumaris this Saturday 24 June at 2pm.