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Term 2 ACC Sport Finals

Yesterday saw the end to ACC Sport for Term 2 with the completion of Year 7 and 8 Football and Year 8 Soccer.

Our Year 7 Football and Year 8 Soccer Teams were both involved in Minor Play Off Finals.

The Year 7 Football Team defeated Parade by 2 points to finish the season in 5th place. Thank you to Coach Buckley and “Master Statistician” Locke for their time, effort and superb management of the Year 7 ACC Football Team.

The Year 8 Soccer Team defeated Emmanuel College 6 — 1 to finish the season in 5th place. Thank you to Dave Hale for his efforts with the Year 8 ACC Soccer Team in his debut role as Soccer Manager. With such a massive win yesterday, Dave has the job for life!

Now to the main event from yesterday — the Year 8 ACC Football Grand Final.

After finishing Runner Up to Whitefriars in 2012, this playing group entered their 2nd ACC Grand Final in 2 years but this time the opponent was Parade. Having lost to Parade in Round 2 by 24 points, the boys and coaches were quietly confident that the team had significantly improved since then and could turn the tables at the Big Dance.

Due to a slightly superior percentage, we relished the opportunity of a HOME Final at DW Lucas Reserve. Having beaten Whitefriars in the wet 2 weeks ago, the driving rain and muddy conditions held no fears for the De La mud larks.

In a very tense and frantic opening five minutes, Parade scored the first goal. However, De La had been warned several times pre match about the danger of trying to play catch up football, particularly in wet weather as goals are usually at a premium.

Our boys quickly ensured that the only team playing catch up football was Parade and by half time De La Salle had established an invaluable lead of 20 points. This advantage was achieved through relentless pressure and tackling combined with smart and skillful wet weather football.

By 3 — 4 time, the Premiership Pennant was almost ready to be hoisted at Tiverton Campus as Parade were held scoreless for the term and DLS had stretched the lead to 27 points. Parade certainly did mount a strong last quarter challenge but could manage just 6 behinds whilst De La Salle kicked the only goal for the quarter to record a convincing 28 point victory and premiership glory.

The final scores and details were:

De La Salle — 6.6.42 Defeated Parade — 1.8.14
Goal Kickers: Higgins 3, McGaw, Clarke, Farrell.
Best Players: Shannon, Higgins, Trusler, Clarke, Farrell.

In one of the most unlikely coaching combinations, Gerard Barns and Terry Atkins proved to be the Dynamic Duo. As well as coaching the team to a premiership, they managed to play nearly 40 Year 8 boys throughout just a 7 match season. 24 players were part of the winning team yesterday who celebrated the only De La Salle ACC Premiership for Term 2.

Thank you to Tom Curry (Team Runner) and Gerard Barns and Terry Atkins for their time, effort and most of all energy and passion for De La Salle football which contributed in no small way to the ultimate success of the Year 8 Football Team.

Whilst there is no ACC Sport for the remainder of Term 2, Year 7, 8, 9, 10 and Senior Basketball and Hockey Teams will be having trial/training sessions over the next two weeks in preparation for the beginning of ACC Sport in Week 1 of Term 3.

 

Peter Harte
Director of Sport
Email: pharte@dls.vic.edu.au