AJ Mithen catches up with Senior Coach Paul Satterley

The Dees have a chance to firm up their position in the top four this week after banking a third straight win against Beaumaris.

But it wasn’t all smooth sailing in their round five matchup, as Senior Coach Paul Satterley explained.

“We did a lot of things right on the day and probably to half time we felt like things were really coming together,” he said. “We were trying to play more of the De La brand but then after half time we just didn’t capitalise on all the opportunities.”

A wayward second half (producing an amazing 1.13) made the day’s work a bit more difficult for the Dees than it really needed to be.

“If you’re not putting scoreboard pressure on it can come back to bite you. They got a little bit of a run on and gave us a little bit of a fright for about ten minutes there in the last, but we settled down and got things back on track,” Satterley said.

The maturity his team is showing late in games is giving their coach a lot of heart.

“We were able to stop their momentum – we didn’t roll over and let it all go. They kicked four unanswered goals and there were a few danger signs, but to the boys’ credit they were able to get a few stoppages to get things back on an even keel and then go from there. It was a good response.”

On paper, round six is a winnable game away to St Bede’s-Mentone, but Satterley is keeping his team on track.

“No game is easy on this comp, St Bede’s had I think seven goals on Uni Blacks at one stage last week. They’re renowned for being really strong at their home ground, it’s the smallest ground in the competition and they play it really well.”

“It’s been three years since we ventured out there because they’ve been in B grade, but I remember getting towelled up there in my first year as coach… we didn’t play the ground the way we should have been played and they were too good.”

Satterley is hopeful of a key inclusion this week with Richmond VFL-listed ruckman Antony Ferato in line to return following an ankle complaint.

“Ant is a chance to come back, he’ll be very good for us. He’s only played the one game against Old Melburnians and isn’t far away”

A win this week should consolidate De La in the top four and with room to improve, Satterley knows there’s a golden opportunity to keep building the foundations for a good season.

“You’ve got to bank wins early and keep moving,” he said. “I feel like we’re very, very close to being able to get our game up and going.”

The Dees run out onto Brindisi Street Oval this Saturday 20 May at 2pm.

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