Round 2 Match Report (2019)

UNDER 19’s:

La Trobe University 1.0 (6) defeated by Monash Blues 32.17 (209)
Goal Kickers:
P. McCormack
Best Players: B. Tremellen, L. Whitbourne, D. Robertson, D. Thorn, W. Holmes, T. Tregea-Copeland

It was Round 2 of the 2019 VAFA season, and the 19s were off to Monash University, for their second game as a team. It was a baptism of fire for the young lads. While the scoreboard doesn’t reflect it, there were times where the boys looked good.

Unlike the previous week, the first quarter was more competitive. While Monash did kick 6.4, it was never easy for them to score. A credit to our determined backline. However, after quarter-time, fatigue started to well and truly set in. Unlike Monash, who had a six-man bench, the Trobers had only two spare players to start the game. That buffer didn’t last long, with the boys quickly losing players to injury and contentious yellow-cards. It quickly became a slog in the latter part of the second quarter after the boys were starting to become tired. No bench meant no rest for the lads, allowing Monash to run us off our legs. But the Trobers never gave up, continuing the fight for the entire game.

It is uncertain what the future holds for the under 19s as we look to change divisions, but if we continue to train together and work hard, the results will come.

NEXT MATCH:
Vs Aquinas Football Club at Tony Sheehan Oval, Bundoora
Game starts at 7:15 P.M. (Friday Night)

RESERVE MEN:

La Trobe University 13.8 (86) defeated Elsternwick 9.8 (62)

Goal Kickers: R. Wills 3, S. Benetti-Baker 2, E. Buffon 2, B. Plowman 2, H. Fry 2, M. O’Brien, R. McMinn
Best Players: S. Benetti-Baker, R. Wills, M. O’Brien, B. Plowman, B. Higgins, H. Fry

After the disappointment of a close Round One loss, to say the Trobers were keen for a win would be an understatement. With everyone managing to make the long trip down to Brighton and bolstered by some returning Club stalwarts (shout out to Dinga and Macca), everything seemed to be going to plan early. However, Captain Hodgo arrived without his own boots, shorts or socks and ended up having to play in all borrowed gear thus ensuring an early laugh. He truly did represent a Ressie footballer, and he was probably still drunk from the night before too!

Despite this, an overly physical Elsternwick side came out firing. Still fresh from having the bye in Round 1, Elsternwick got off to the better start, despite a valiant effort from the Trober defence, led by Captain ‘forgets all his gear’ Hodgo. The Trobers kept surging forward, finding an avenue to goal through re-born forward Plow, who was leading with intent, clunking grabs and crashing packs, much to the delight of coaches and captain alike.

A 16 point half-time margin was the result, and coaches Squeak and Laz were keen for the Trobers to keep running. They noted the dominance in patches, despite how the score line looked. To their credit, the boys responded, with the midfield of BB, Mobla and the recently arrived Bencey (from coaching the Under 19’s) rising to the challenge, and ensuring the momentum started shifting our way.

With Harry Fry dominating the ruck, even finding time to push forward to chip in with a couple of goals, and the midfield lifting, the forwards started getting more of the service they needed. With goals to Plow, BB and Squeak along with the relentless work of Billy Higgins, this ensured the final quarter would be a spirited affair.

Despite some mounting injuries and tired legs, the final quarter was all La Trobe, with Willsy particularly enjoying himself, managing to snag a couple of vital goals, including a long range shot from outside the 50m arc. A spirited and rejuvenated defence was holding all the Elsternwick forwards at bay, ensuring that the ball was camped in our forward half for most of the quarter. This ed to a 4-goal victory and a chance to sing the song for the first time for a lot of players at the Club.

The Ressie’s finally breaking their year long run of losses and forfeits

NEXT MATCH:
Vs St Francis Old Collegians
Played at Tony Sheehan Oval, Bundoora
Game starts at 3:40 P.M.

SENIOR MEN:

La Trobe University 10.11 (71) defeated by Elsternwick 15.11 (101)

Goal Kickers: M. Ogle 4, W. Luhrs 2, L. Cooke 2, J. Rogerson, S. Denier
Best Players: M. Ogle, T. Mooney, R. Nolan

It was a tough day for the Trobers in Round Two. Elsternwick got off to a strong start in the first quarter and were able to maintain a comfortable lead throughout the day. First gamers Will Luhrs and Will Humphreys were impressive in their debuts for the Trobers and Ricky ‘Wide Load’ Nolan was strong through the middle all game. Matt Ogle dominated around the ground and managed to kick four snags. The most surprising thing about that is he kicked a football in a straight line four times in a row! Tom Mooney continued his great form in taking the piss throughout the midfield.

The boys have two weeks off to rest up and prepare for a night game at home on Tony Sheehan Oval against St Francis Xavier OC on the 4th of May.

NEXT MATCH:
Vs St Francis Old Collegians
Played at Tony Sheehan Oval, Bundoora
Game starts at 6:00 P.M.

RESERVE WOMEN:

La Trobe University 0.0 (0) defeated by Old Geelong 14.21 (105)

Best Players: J. Rogers, S. Rodier, G. Alsop, A. Symon, E. O’Brien, Z. Springs

Sometimes no matter how hard you try, someone else gets the reward. It’s a sad reality, but Old Geelong really did make a Saturday morning game look easy. Around 80% of the time the ball was in their forward 50, and to the credit of our backline (Grace, Ruby, Jess, Sophie) they did all they could to stop another ten or so goals going through.

When we did have it up our end, the girls fought tooth and nail for the ball. Maike had three or four marks, after which the Old Geelong players tried to regain the momentum. Rosco made an appearance and drove a few girls into the mud, but ultimately, we didn’t score. It was a great test of our skills, a marker in which we know where to develop and what to do going forward.

With that, we welcomed several new players to the side, as well as some Old Geelong players who graciously came over, so we had a bench (here’s to hoping they caught the La Trobe bug and come over to the light side). From here, there’s nowhere to go but up.

Are you – yes, you reading this right now – a girl in the Bundoora area looking for a new sport and a new group of girls to meet? Come down to the new La Trobe football ground Monday or Wednesday night at 6pm. We play Saturdays and have a lot of fun doing it!

NEXT MATCH:
Vs Collegians Football Club at Ross Gregory Oval, Albert Park
Game starts at 12:00 P.M. (Saturday afternoon)

SENIOR WOMEN:

La Trobe University 2.0 (12) defeated by 9.7 (61)

Goal Kickers: K. Bond, A. D’Angelo
Best Players: E. Freeman, R. Melican, K. Bond, R. Wertheim, S. Watts

Second round for the season and the Senior Women were ready for redemption. It was a crisp Saturday morning at Como Park in South Yarra with the first quarter being pretty even, and the back line holding up well. However, Old Geelong (OG) were able to get three quick goals but Captain Kate Bond kicked one goal in response to keep La Trobe in the game. In the second quarter the Trobers were unable to keep control of the ball and Old Geelong kicked another 3 to La Trobe’s 1, kicked by Cuppa.

At half time the seniors had no bench due to injuries. We were thankful for the reserves players who still had their boots on and were ready to help out. The talk at half time was positive but all agreed that there needed to be more of an attack from the backline and forward line. After the long break, La Trobe put up a fight, stopping Old Geelong from scoring in the third. Our girls were able to control the ball once again however, we couldn’t put any away. With no fresh legs to come on, La Trobe fought it out in the last quarter but couldn’t catch Old Geelong this time round.

You could see the improvements the girls have made from Round One, and with more players coming back from holidays to fill the side it can only be up from here!!

NEXT MATCH:
Vs Collegians Football Club at Ross Gregory Oval, Albert Park
Game starts at 2:00 P.M. (Saturday afternoon)

Published by Josh Horder, Daniel Robertson, Carly Mitchell, Lachlan Miller, Ros Melican and Caitlin Ross 17.04.2019

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