AJ Mithen catches up with Senior Coach Paul Satterley

De La Salle looks to square the ledger with St Bedes-Mentone and continue their finals push this Saturday at Waverley Oval.

Fresh from the bye after a famous win over Old Xaverians then a week off, Senior Coach Paul Satterley doesn’t want his side to waste the opportunity presented.

“It was so important in terms of hanging in there with the top four. There’s no bigger challenge in VAFA footy than playing Old Xavs, I was thrilled with the result,” Satterley said.

“I think we just got rewarded ultimately for hard work – we had our season high tackle count (125 tackles)”.

“We felt that even when we weren’t playing well early in the game our pressure was still good, we thought we were matching them in that area but just needed to clean up our ball movement and that definitely improved as the game went on.”

The win was somewhat of a mirror image to round one, where Xavs pushed away in the last quarter after a tight tussle. De La returned the favour to move two points clear in fourth and put a real charge into season 2017.

“To be behind all day then produce that last quarter with nine shots on goal was reflective of our willingness to work hard for the entire game,” Satterley said.

Satterley has been working to keep the team focused coming off the bye, mindful of the Dees’ loss to Uni Blues following the Queen’s birthday break.

There’s no room for complacency with finals spots up for grabs and the memory of being upset by the Tigers in round six.

“It is a long year and we’ve got some guys who used the break to get away and clear their heads so it’s just a matter of getting them all back in the right frame of mind – we intend to pick up where we left off,” Satterley said.

While the bulk of the squad enjoyed some r&r over the weekend, De La was represented in the VAFA’s huge win over AFL Vic Country by Sam Williams, Tom Humphrey and Jason Tutt. Satterley was proud to have the club recognised by their inclusion (and even more pleased the trio got through the match unscathed).

“They’ve been the three standouts this year and quite rightly deserved a place in the Victorian side.”

De La take to St Bedes/Mentone at 2pm this Saturday at Waverley Oval.