AJ Mithen catches up with Senior Coach Paul Satterley

De La Salle need to shake off a tough loss when they welcome the undefeated Collegians to Waverley Oval in round seven.
Senior coach Paul Satterley rued a missed opportunity to stay in the top four after going down to St Bede’s-Mentone. “For a whole host of reasons we just couldn’t get our game up and going,” he said.

“We had a number of players down on the day but full credit to the opposition who didn’t give us any space at all with their tackling pressure and physicality. We let ourselves down and we’re bitterly disappointed with how we performed.”

The Dees weren’t helped by untimely injuries to Jason Tutt and Jack Vickers – not that Satterley used that as an excuse.

“Tutt’s been outstanding for us this year and we lost his drive off half back. He’s averaging over 30 possessions a game and is very important to us, and Jack Vickers is one of our best ball users too,” he said.

“To lose two of our better players didn’t help the cause but I still don’t think that’s the reason why we lost – some of our decisions and a lack of composure with the ball in hand meant we were a long way off the style of footy that we want to play.”

There’s no doubt the Dees face a formidable opponent this week in Collegians. The league leaders are flying after absolutely pounding the highly fancied St. Kevins by 90 points last week.

“They’re a good team, their best players play some really good football,” Satterley said. “But I really think we need to get our own backyard in order. We’ve done all we can to understand the opposition and how we can beat them, but we’ve spent this week working on the areas that have let us down.”

After thoroughly reviewing their week six performance, De La are looking ahead with renewed purpose.

“We’re going to go into this week as a group really clear on what we can do better. There’s a few things we need to address and we’ve discussed them this week,” Satterley said.

“I think this competition has shown that anyone can beat anyone regardless of ladder position. Clearly Collegians are in great nick… but anyone is beatable on the day.”

De La Salle take on Collegians from 2pm, 27 May at Waverley Oval.

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