The first XI cricket team were faced with a mercurial opponent in Salesian at Monash University, Clayton in round 2. Captain Hugh Hyslop, won the toss and elected to bat, which proved to be a good decision as Oliver Bradley and Rory Drummond got De La off to a strong start with 31 and 32 respectively. Hyslop finished the innings off with a classy 50 not out from only 41 balls, allowing the team to reach 6 for 167 off their 35 overs. However, the best was yet to come, as the team took to the field and rolled Salesian for a lacklustre 66. This was compounded by strong bowling performances from Marco Walker (2 for 13), Jackson Reed (2 for 0), and debutant Pascal Traczweski finishing with very tidy figures of 3 for 8 off his 6 overs.
The second XI cricket team fought gallantly against Mazenod on their home ground, however, being reduced to seven men due to injuries and absentees meant the narrow loss was a better result than it seems. In their 20 overs, De La managed to scramble to 4 for 65, with the top scorer James Still gaining a solid 27. De La managed to get on top of Mazenod in parts of the second innings, but some gutsy tail-enders from Mazenod managed to fight of the bombardment from De La’s attack to reach the target eight wickets down and with only two balls left. A special mention must go out to Jay Thorn who took 4 for 6 in his allocated four overs.
The Senior A Volleyball team suffered a narrow loss at the hands of St Joseph’s FTG in round 2 of their season. Playing away in Ferntree Gully, De La performed well to win 72 points to St Joey’s 79, however, they managed to win two sets to De La’s one. Best players for the team were Sean MacDonald and Max Moolman.
The Senior B Volleyball team lost convincingly by three sets to St Joseph’s FTG, however, they managed to win 59 points to St Joey’s 76, and were unlucky not to win a set. Positives out of the match were strong performances from Thomas Marshall and Jasper White.
The Senior Tennis team faced a strong opponent in Parade, away at Parade, in round 2. The side managed to win two sets in the singles (Jack Bruce-Smith / Ethan Boyd), both 8–0 and 1 set in the doubles (Jack Bruce-Smith / Byron Gelagin) 8–6. The side won 34 points and will look to increase that to a match-winning amount in upcoming competitions.
Mr Benjamin Paine