AJ Mithen catches up with Senior Coach Paul Satterley

After a character-defining win over the previously undefeated Collegians, De La Salle look to keep the momentum rolling against Old Trinity this weekend.

“Because we played so poorly the week before and given the opposition in hand, that this was a really significant game that could define our season to come,” Senior Coach Paul Satterley said after the round seven win.

“It could be a real springboard to get a scalp like Collegians with the run they’ve had. That can give us some impetus for improvement from here on. Having said that, we’re coming up against a team that’s played in the last two grand finals – the reality is that every week is bloody tough.”

As the VAFA Premier Division approaches the June break, De La sit on four wins three losses and this week is a real chance to get separation from teams with finals aspirations.

“I think we’re absolutely where we deserve to be,” Satterley said. “We lost a game to St Bedes where maybe we would have pencilled a win at the start of the season, but credit to them. We lost that but got this one back with Collegians.”

“We played the top two favourites in the first two rounds then got on a bit of a roll. We would have loved to be 5-2, but 4-3 is probably reflective of how we’re tracking right now.”

What made the Collegians win so important was the adversity the club faced going in, with injuries to key players and a week of soul searching after a disappointing loss. Satterley can see that things are improving around Waverley Oval.

“We could have three regular senior players back this week,” he said. “Probably for the first time this year we’ve got tough decisions to make at selection and that tells you a good story as well –if you’ve got pressure at selection, it’s a good reflection that things are on the up.”

It’s obvious now that season 2017 is a battle with no easy games. Old Trinity are looking to get themselves back into the finals mix and Satterley is under no illusions about what the Dees face.

“They’re a force to be reckoned with – people are writing them off but we anticipate they’ll have 18 of the 22 playing who were in their grand final side. They’ve got quality personnel.”

This week’s game also goes well beyond football. Trinity and De La play for the ‘Fight MND’ Cup as part of a wider effort to raise funds and awareness for the battle against Motor Neurone Disease. Last year the clubs raised $5,000 through the sale of MND Beanies, an amount that will hopefully be topped in 2017.

Satterley is proud of his club’s involvement in this important battle.

“As a club we’ve gotten behind the beanie campaign and the cause it represents. It’s a fantastic setup we’ve got now and you’ll see a hell of a lot of the boys wearing the beanies and people around the club. It’s something we love to get right behind.”

De La Salle play Old Trinity for the ‘Fight MND’ Cup at 2pm on 3 June at Trinity Grammar’s Daley Oval.