AJ Mithen catches up with Senior Coach Paul Satterley
De La Salle take to Waverley Oval this Saturday looking for a third straight win to stay in touch with the top four.
The Dees took the points last week in a tight, tough scrap against University Blacks and Head Coach Paul Satterley was thrilled with his side’s last quarter effort.
“I’m really, really pleased with how we’ve kicked ten last quarter goals in the last fortnight,” Satterley said. “Blacks kicked away at the start of the fourth and we were kicking into the breeze – we showed real heart to stay in the game”.
“There’s a bit of resilience about this group. That’s something we’ve spoken about and something we pride ourselves on, being able to fight to the end”.
It’s often the case that those tough, grinding wins stand out as key moments when you look back over a season. Satterley knows that getting over Blacks was a critical step.
“Uni Blacks are on the bottom, but they’re got a percentage of 85% and have lost a few close games. They’re also the only team we didn’t beat last season, they’ve really had one up on us in my time at the club.”
“To get the win without playing our brand of footy as well as we would have liked is really exciting – I still think there’s enormous scope within this group.”
With better conditions expected this week against Beaumaris, Satterley is again keen to drive home his side’s style of fast ball movement.
“The focus for us that was drilled home in our game review was that our running game is such a strength, and the only way to test opposition is to put it in place when it counts on match day.”
Beaumaris are yet to win a game yet in 2017 and have two premiership points as a result of the round one abandoned match against Old Melburnians.
“We’re not 100% there yet, but there’s no better opportunity than this Saturday if the conditions are good, it’s been building for us and there’s no excuses but to bring our style to the game this Saturday, for sure,” Satterley said.
“It really does work for us so we have to keeping honing in that it’s the way we want to play”.
Satterley’s desire for run, carry and speed is working its way through the rest of the club, too. All eight De La Salle teams are working and training to the ‘high tempo, high speed’ mantra.
“It’s very important that all of the coaches are aligned to the one game plan,” Satterley said. “I’m confident that the message getting to all the teams is this is the way we want to play. There’s no reason why we can’t pluck a player out of the under 19s for senior footy because they’ll know what’s expected, that this is the style we’ll be playing.”
De La face Beaumaris at Waverley Oval this Saturday at 2pm.