AJ Mithen catches up with Senior Coach Paul Satterley

After an ordinary outing against St Kevins, De La Salle look to right the ship this weekend against a desperate Uni Blacks side.

De La Senior Coach Paul Satterley and his crew pulled no punches when reviewing the 67 point drubbing, reminding his team of what’s expected of them ahead of a game that is crucial to his side’s finals chances.

“We were pretty blunt in terms of our feedback of how we went,” Satterley said. “We identified some pretty basic areas in our game that were really poor. It’s our biggest loss for the year and there were a lot of things we thought we could be a lot better at.”

“But we’ve spoken about it – now the biggest thing for us is how we respond after such a really disappointing loss.”

This week’s opponent ran De La to within three points in round four in a game that went down to almost the final kick. Regardless of ladder positions, Blacks have matched up well recently against De La and Satterley is more than wary of the danger they pose.

“They’re a really combative side who are playing to avoid relegation. I wouldn’t expect anything less than that kind of game from them – they’re renowned for playing a really tough brand of footy.”

De La has a tenuous two point buffer in fourth place ahead of Old Xavs and dealing with dangerous opponents like Uni Blacks is vital to staying that step ahead.

“The positive for us is that our destiny is in our own hands,” Satterley said. “Last year as we got closer to the end of the season we were relying on other results to go our way to force our way into the four – this year we’re in it with five games to go.”

“We need to do everything we can to stay in and this is definitely a key game.”

This week’s game also marks a milestone for Sam Pickett, who runs out in the blue and gold for the 150th time. Satterley is looking forward to a big effort to match the occasion.

“Sam’s held in really high regard by the playing group, so I’d like to think there’s added motivation to make sure we do the right thing by a really good player and team mate.”

De La take on Uni Blacks at 2pm this Saturday at Melbourne University Oval.