Round 1 Match Report (2019)

UNDER 19’s:

La Trobe 2.2 (14) defeated by Preston Bullants 19.18 (132)
Goal Kickers:
T. Floyd, E. Bowman
Best Players: R. Dell, L. Whitbourne, L. McClintock, T. Floyd, S. McCarten, D. Thorn

It was an exciting day for the La Trobe University Football Club. A new home ground, and new players for the new season. For the first time since 2017, La Trobe had an Under 19s team. Having only really met for the first time just a few weeks ago, it was always going to be an uphill battle for the youngest side at the Club.

The first quarter was a trial by fire for the young lads, with Preston getting off to a red-hot start, and never really slowing down for the remainder of the term. The lads were caught off-guard when the Bullants swooped from the very first bounce.

However, after quarter time, our Under 19s got into gear. While the impressive fight-back wasn’t visible on the scoreboard, the look of the game was a great improvement after quarter-time. There were very promising signs from the whole team in the second, third and fourth terms. The boys were able to quickly transition the ball from defence into the forward line.

The boys from the Under 19s expect to only get better as they train and grow together as a team over the season. It will be an exciting year for the youngest side at the Club, as well as a big test when they take on Monash Blues away this weekend for Round Two.

NEXT MATCH:
Vs Monash Blues, played at Frearson Oval, Monash University
Game starts at 9:20am Sat 13th April

RESERVE MEN:

La Trobe 8.7 (55) defeated by South Melbourne Districts 9.11 (65)
Goal Kickers:
J. Coghill 4, S. Benetti-Baker, L. Bence, D. Naidoo, M. O’Brien
Best Players: S. Benetti-Baker, A. Hodgson, J. Coghill, L. Bence, R. Wills, M. Welsh

The Midday Show came back into full flight on Saturday, with new coaches and former all stars of The Show, Jake Laslett and Edward Buffon taking control of the team. With little ‘Squeak’ Buffon even pulling on the boots! The Midday Show was not to disappoint, coming out firing. Special mention to our first-year player Dhiv, who snagged the first goal of the match, within the first minute of his first ever AFL game! What a great start, and with the first three quarters being fought out fiercely and very tight with only one point between the sides at three quarter time.
Unfortunately, losing two talls early on, Mitchell Welsh and Scott Pearson, eventually took its toll. We run out of legs in the last quarter, going down by ten points.

NEXT MATCH:
Vs Elsternwick, played at William Street Recreation Reserve
Game starts at 11:40am Sat 13th April

SENIOR MEN:

La Trobe 16.10 (106) defeated South Melbourne Districts 4.11 (35)
Goal Kickers:
C. Ross 2, J. Billings 2, R. Timmins 2, T. Spiteri 2, S. Denier 2, L. Cooke 2, B. Zimmermann
2, J. Rogerson, M. Ogle
Best Players: C. Ross, C. Randell, J. McCarten, B. Zimmermann, M. Ogle, T. Spiteri

First round of the year is always exciting, but this year there was added spice with it being the first game on the aptly named Tony Sheehan Oval. The Club and the players were up and about and ready to fire for 2019. The first quarter was a grind with the first goal coming after the siren. Josh Rogerson slotted it through making him the first senior player to kick a snag on the new ground. An honour not many more people would deserve!

After half time the game opened up for us and the Trobers bought the heat as they piled on 7.1 and really kicked away. Two first gamers in Calvin Ross and Bailey Zimmerman essentially took the piss, as the Trobers dominated the contest after the main break. There were a lot of tired players out there in the last quarter, but La Trobe still managed to pile on another 6 goals as they put the dagger into the Blood’s hearts.

Bloody good to have a win again after all the troubles of 2018!

NEXT MATCH:
Vs Elsternwick, played at William Street Recreation Reserve
Game starts at 2:00pm Sat 13th April

RESERVE WOMEN:

La Trobe 5.3 (33) defeated Old Xaverians 4.4 (28)
Goal Kickers:
 T. D’Angelo 2, E. Williams, C. Henderson, K. Bond
Best Players: A. Symon, R. Gulas, G. Alsop, R. Wertheim, M. Foraita, S. Rodier

With new faces, a new oval and a new coach, La Trobe’s Reserve Women’s side brought the winds of change. Admittedly, the first quarter started slowing with Xavier kicking the first goal, but we had determination. (And four or five senior girls filling in, but the details don’t matter!)

A standout performance came from the Club’s physio, Esta, who agreed to fill in last minute. Her constant gutsy efforts not only drove the ball towards our end, but also snagged herself a goal in the second quarter. The crowd cheered louder than a Crows supporter booing an umpire. In fact, most of our last-minute stand ins gave an almighty effort, and that made an impact on the game. Here’s to hoping they’ll stay on!

Many of our girls debuted, including Grace, Ruby and Maike – who impressed in their respective positions. Jess in the ruck gave it her all, despite having a sore hand afterwards from leather poisoning. Overall, it was teamwork that won the day. It all came down to the final quarter-each team inching their way past each other until Swifty hooked another into the goals. Two minutes left and it was all over for the Xavs.

We’ve locked down our first win, but you’re only as good as your next performance. With current ladder leader Old Geelong on the horizon, we’re in for a challenge!

NEXT MATCH:
Vs Old Geelong, played at Como Park, South Yarra
Game starts at 8:40am Sat 13th April

SENIOR WOMEN:

La Trobe 1.6 (12) defeated by Old Xaverians 10.9 (69)
Goal Kickers:
 S. Greene
Best Players: B. Bordignon, J. Yew, S. Velona, S. Watts, K. Ritchie, R. Melican

Coming on after a win for the Reserves, the Senior Girls were keen to start off the season with a win in their showcase match against Old Xaverians. Lead by captain Kate Bond, with Soccer Steph 2.0 and Jocelyn both back from injury and some brand-new ins including Freo, Swatter, Chez and Dunny, the girls were ready for the first bounce of the season. Not forgetting the girls who returned the favour and stepped up from the Reserves.
Some nerves were flying around, and we had a slow start to the game. La Trobe were unable to put away any points in the first quarter. There was a fair fight in the second quarter and La Trobe girls were able to stop the run of the Old Xavs but there was still a lot of work to be done come half time.
With no goals on the board due to inaccurate kicking, the girls needed to regroup during the main break. For those who were up to their 6 th quarter from helping out in the Reserves, it was time to shovel down some energy provided by the new team manager Nat, and for the rest it was a re-focus on the urgency that was needed to get us back into the game.

There was still a good vibe in the change rooms and in true style of the girls, they knew what they were up against now and ready to get back in the game. The crowd was getting rowdier, enjoying the new facilities (plus a few beers, ciders or maybe even both!) and wanted to see the girls put a few away. We kept more control of the ball and Greene was able to snap a goal, but unfortunately Old Xavs just got on top of them again. In the end the girls held their structures and fought it out until the final siren. Bricky took out BOG for keeping the backline in form and for her usual ‘in air’ antics. Special mention to Casta who took a huge bump, ending up winded but stayed on the ground and five minutes later doing the same to her opposition.

The girls are ready to come out with more urgency than ever against Old Geelong this weekend!

NEXT MATCH:
Vs Old Geelong, played at Como Park, South Yarra
Game starts at 10:40am Sat 13th April

Published by Josh Horder, Daniel Robertson, Carly Mitchell, Lachlan Miller, Ros Melican and Caitlin Ross 07.04.2019

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