AJ Mithen catches up with Senior Coach Paul Satterley

De La Salle have secured themselves a second finals series in three years, after a dominant round 17 performance against Old Melburnians.

The 48-point win eliminated Old Melburnians from finals contention and put the Dees ten points clear of OM’s and Old Xaverians with one round to go. As you may imagine, Senior Coach Paul Satterley was very pleased with the performance.

“It was a great weekend with what was at stake,” Satterley said. “First and foremost just to get the win, but more importantly it was the manner in which we played and went about it.”

“That’s the way we’ve been striving for all year. It just all seemed to come together and it took till round 17, but it’s better late than never.”

De La sprang from the gates in the first quarter, completely blanketing OM’s with intense pressure before streaming forward at pace. The quarter time score of 3.7 to 2.0 was nowhere near representative of their dominance.

“We had control, we had ten shots to one in the first quarter but let one slip with a minute to go,” Satterley said. “They’re the sort of goals we need to get out of our game, a little sloppy and a lack of concentration.”

“In recent times with some very close games those are the goals that have come back to haunt us. It’s our challenge to be concentrating for the full 30 minutes.”

After a wobbly few weeks in front of goal the Dees exploded, kicking 15.4 after quarter time in a complete performance that was very much appreciated by the home crowd. Melburnians made a brief run in the third to get within 28, but Satterley’s side steadied and pulled away again.

“To respond in the right manner and regain our momentum and the lead was a credit to all the players. They did really well,” Satterley said.

Round 18 sees De La head out to Melbourne University to face the Blues. Both teams are guaranteed finals and the game is a ‘dead rubber’ with regards to season 2017, but Satterley stresses that there can be no lowering of standards in a milestone game that means a fair bit to De La.

“We want to continue our momentum into the finals,” Satterley said. “We’ll try to pick up where we left off on Saturday,” he said.

Round 18 is Sam Williams’ 200th game in the blue and gold and Satterley wants an outing to match the occasion.

“In my time at De La he’s been someone I can always rely on to do the right thing on and off the field, that’s why he’s captain of the club.”

“When things were pretty tough in my first year in particular, Sam was one of those core guys who made sure we stayed up in A Grade. It’s for that type of person you hope we see some success because of all the effort he’s put in.”

De La finishes the regular season against Uni Blues at Melbourne University Oval this Saturday at 2pm.

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