Old Collegians’ Football Club Report
The De La Salle Old Collegians Football Club entered 2016 full of optimism, and rightly so. After facing potential relegation at one win and eight losses midway through last season, the side rallied for an unbeaten run in the latter half of the year to make the finals. The momentum has continued as the club this season welcomed back some significant senior players in Sam Pickett, Dan Keely, Damian Rayson and Jake Williams. From a leadership perspective, the players and coaches recently elected their 2016 leadership group and this year Sam Williams has joined Matt Fieldsend as co-captain. Tom Humphrey has been appointed vice captain and joining them in the leadership group are Jake Gotch, Dan Keely and Sam Pickett.
At the time of writing, the Dees have won their first two matches in dramatic style. Following a jam-packed Season Launch event for over 250 guests on the eve of the season, the boys notched a win over St Kevin’s Old Boys at T.H. King Oval in the opening clash of the year.
Round 2 saw the club salute with one of the more inspirational wins in its history at Toorak Park under lights for a history-making night game against the touted premiership favourites Old Xavs. Down by four goals at quarter time, the Dees rallied in the second kicking five goals to none. They hesitated in the third as the Red and Black earned the lead at the final change, before De La came home with a, literally, wet sail in the last as the rain fell – kicking behind after behind to claw back the lead and hang on by a point.
The club is in an exciting phase both on and off the field. With four seniors teams, two Under 19s teams, an Under 18 Colts team and an Over 35 team, over 200 players are donning the blue and gold this season.
Off the field, a series of major events are in store. The recent Season Launch at the RACV Club was a great success and is now widely recognised as the biggest season launch event in the VAFA. Our upcoming Blue & Gold Business Breakfast will be held at PWC Southbank on Friday 22 July, and the annual Blue & Gold Gala Dinner on Saturday 20 August at the Regent Plaza Ballroom will see upwards of 500 guests celebrate together in true ‘De La’ spirit.
Club memberships are open to all within the broad De La Salle Community and beyond and we welcome you to support the club at a membership level that suits your budget – all offer outstanding value. The opportunities for business with the club and its connected community are also plentiful given the reach of our passionate, engaged audience and the ongoing work of our commercial team to create mutual value.
Contact the club via the website for further information on how you can get involved with the Blue & Gold Army as either a member or sponsor, at www.delasalleocfc.com.au.
DLSOCAFC Committee Member