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ACC Football Finals Results — Year 7 & 8

Our Year 7 and 8 Football Teams played in ACC Grand Finals yesterday afternoon.

We were all hoping to win two premierships so one out of two isn’t bad!

Our Year 7 Team entered yesterday’s GF after losing to Whitefriars last week. So it was a huge challenge for our “young guns” to board the bus eastwards to Donvale to turn the tables. After getting “jumped” by the Friars and trailing by 27 points at the first change, this margin proved too much for De La to overcome and we eventually went down by 28 points.

To win 5 out of their 7 matches for the season is still a great effort and approximately 40 boys were given the opportunity to represent DLS in Year 7 Football this term.

Thank you to Shaun Buckley (Seagull) for his superb organisation, enthusiasm and DLS passion yet again coaching our Year 7 Football Team. Oh, and nearly forgot, Shaun was somehow assisted by G Barns (Snapper) throughout the season at training and matches and is staking a serious claim for ACC Timekeeper of the Year!

Our Year 8 Team faced almost identical circumstances for their ACC Grand Final as they travelled to Bundoora to meet Parade for the second week in a row. Fortunately for De La, we “jumped” the opposition in the first quarter with superb attacking play for a scoreline of 4 goals and 4 behinds and held Parade scoreless. The remainder of the match became a real “arm wrestle” which suited us after such a dominant start.

Our initial lead was never really threatened and the boys sealed their “Back to Back” ACC Premierships with a convincing 28 point victory. This Mighty Team has now not only won consecutive ACC Premierships but has only lost two matches in two years, both to Parade in Home and Away fixtures.

Congratulations to the 23 members of the Year 8 ACC 2012 Premiership Team!

Tom Curry made his DLS Coaching debut with this team and there is no better way to do it than with a Premiership. In just a very short time, Tom quickly developed a great rapport with the Year 8 boys and this was clearly visible by watching how the boys not only listened but carried out his coaching instructions so well in the Grand Final. Thanks Tom!

Tom’s crazy sidekick appears to be at the opposite end to him in his coaching career! Despite that, Terry Atkins did a magnificent job as Tom’s Assistant Coach and not only his coaching expertise but his endless amount of energy and enthusiasm proved to be invaluable to both the enjoyment and success of the team. Thanks Terry — you are a HIDDEN gem!

The Year 8 Football Premiership is our first in 2012 but let’s hope it is not our last!

Yours with De La pride,

Peter Harte
Sports Coordinator