AJ Mithen catches up with Senior Coach Paul Satterley
A refreshed and relaxed De La Salle welcome University Blues to Waverley Oval this week for what should be a great matchup.
Senior Coach Paul Satterley is keen to see how his team matches up with a quality opponent first up after the Queen’s Birthday break.
“We continued to train last Thursday, had the weekend off and everyone is refreshed for this week. The lads are in a pretty good frame of mind.” Satterley said.
Historically, De La and Uni Blues have matched up well over the years. Games are tight and strongly contested and Satterley expects nothing different this week.
“They’re very similar to us, they play a similar brand of footy and they’ve got real top end players who are some of the best in the competition. There’s Ross Young, Kieran Harper is leading the goal kicking as a half forward flanker… They’ve got guys who have been around the club for a long time and they’ve demonstrated that they’re really serious A graders in this competition.”
De La are in good touch as well, heading into this game after winning five of their last six. Satterley is looking to continue the consistency and effort bringing these results.
“For us, we’ve gotta stick with what’s held us in good stead over the last few weeks. If we achieve our KPIs in a game we are well and truly a chance to win. We’ll hold on to our values and keep working to achieve them,” Satterley said.
Although Uni Blues are a game behind De La on the ladder they’ve got some serious results in the bank – most notably a 70-point dismantling of Old Xaverians in round six.
It’s a genuine ‘eight point game’ for the Dees as they look to put a gap between themselves and the chasing finals pack. Satterley is relishing what’s going to be a great challenge for his boys.
“We’ve been very every matched over the last few years – they’re in good nick and have everyone up and going,” He said. “They’re a very serious opponent”.
This game is also the completion of the ‘first time round’ the premier fixture and Satterley is getting a feel for how the competition is shaking out.
“It takes a while, but you get a feel for how all the teams play. All teams are endeavouring to get the ball from one end to the other as quickly as they can. If we let Blues do that freely, they’re going to trouble us.”
Don’t miss this week’s game, it’s going to be a bottler – head to Waverley Oval this Saturday at 2pm.