The Dees are off the mark in 2017 and Head Coach Paul Satterley want to keep things rolling this week against University Blacks.
“It’s amazing how enjoyable your week is when you win a game of footy,” said Satterley. “OM’s are a bloody good side… they’ve lost two games and drawn one and I think they’re a lot better than that.”
De La’s supporters would have been heartened to see the side settle into their preferred game style of fast ball movement generated from half back.
“We’ve put Jason Tutt as a half back flanker and him along with Sam Williams and Sam Haslem down that part of the ground have given us a fair bit of drive,” Satterley said.
“We’ve had a good mix of guys like Tom Humphrey, David Convery, Steve Hogan and Brendan Close doing the negating roles on their direct opponents, and Tutt and Williams are there to give us as much drive as they can off halfback.”
“I think we made some massive inroads in terms of how we want to move the ball,” Satterley said.
“In my time as coach we’ve really amped up our offensive ball movement, to the point where even though we missed the top four last year we were one of the highest scoring teams in the comp.” (De La finished 15 points behind Old Xavs, the eventual premier)
But Satterley knows that for all your potency in attack, it’s what happens at the other end of the ground that ultimately decides your fate.
“My job is to let them off the leash as best I can whilst trying to still prevent goals – it’s a fine line. I felt we had let ourselves down offensively. We had a long chat about it going into the game and there were definitely signs that we played with a lot more speed and a little bit more risk.”
“There’s so much scope for us too get better, which is exciting in itself. I genuinely felt that every player in the side contributed to the win which was outstanding.”
This week’s opponent University Blacks are 0-3, but like De La they are working through a tough early draw and will be desperate to break through.
“They’re an extremely combative, strong bodied and well coached team,” Satterley said. “We’re going to have to be up for the fight because at 0-4 you’re really starting to lose touch with the top sides.”
“We desperately want to play finals footy and while it’s early in the year, we just have to win these games. We’ve had a good win away, now we need to back it up and show we can be consistent.”
De La take on Uni Blacks at 2pm this Saturday 6 May at Waverley Oval.