Round 7 Match Reports (2019)

Senior Men:

La Trobe: 12.11 (83) defeated Masala 12.9 (81)
Goal Kickers: B. Zimmermann 5, W. Holmes 2, R. Nolan 2, A. Castles, S. Denier, C. Randell.
Best Players: W. Holmes, M. Ogle, C. Randell, B. Zimmermann, S. Benetti-Baker, R. Nolan.

The Trobers travelled down to Dandenong, playing just off the Princess Highway. It was a windy match with the Trobers kicking against that wind in the first quarter. A tight tussle ensued, with Masala leading but with the wind at our backs the Trobers tried to hit back in the second quarter but to no avail.

The boys surged back after the half time break with a five goal to one quarter to lead by three points at three quarter time. What made this even more impressive was that La Trobe lost three of their experienced players in Tom Mooney, Josh Horder and Lachlan Tunbridge during the quarter.
This led to a tight and tense last quarter. At game’s end the Trobers prevailed with Bailey Zimmerman slotting his fifth goal after the siren to win the game! What’s not to like about fulfilling every footballer’s dream – kicking a clutch goal after the siren to win the game for your team!!

Vs Box Hill North AFC
Played at Elgar Park, Box Hill North
Game starts at 2:00 P.M. 

Senior Women:

La Trobe: 9.8 (62) defeated Hawthorn 3.6 (24)
Goal Kickers: S. Greene 5, K. Ritchie 2, K. Bond, A. Dunn.
Best Players: S. Greene, R. Melican, L. Molloy, K. Bond, A. Cutler, S. Velona.

The girls entered the first quarter with high levels of excitement and anticipation for Greene to finally kick her 300th career goal. The women’s team also had Charly making her debut – well done Charly! La Trobe were able to make a quick impact on the game, with impeccable leads from agile tall forward, Amy Dunn.

After the quarter time break the moment had finally come. Sam Greene kicked her 300th career goal during the second quarter, and chaos broke loose. The entire team ran to her to celebrate, there were supporters and teammates chanting her name from the sidelines, as well as Lou (Greene’s dog and team mascot) having a tear in his eyes. The Greene Machine ended up kicking 4 more goals for the game. According to a “source”, she was aiming for her 350th goal that very same game!

The La Trobe women continued their high intensity into the third quarter. They were able to get most clearances from the amazing ruck work of Leaping Lily. As well as the back-line players once again proving their strength, through the likes of attacking Abbey Cutler and Raring Roz’s defensive pressure.

The fourth quarter came around and the La Trobe Women were still kicking goals literally and figuratively. Kaitlyn Ritchie showed off her rich skills on the field, through her amazing pressure and strong hands. In the end, the La Trobe women took home the win against Hawthorn. All players put in their best effort and as coach Jaryd famously says, “there were no passengers”.
The La Trobe Women’s team take on Old Brighton this week at home on Tony Sheehan Oval. Hopefully they can channel their winning spirit again and get another win on the board. Yeehaa!!!!

Vs Old Brighton
Played at Tony Sheehan Oval, Bundoora
Game starts at 2:00 P.M. 

Reserve Men:

La Trobe: 11.18 (84) defeated Masala 6.6 (42)
Goal Kickers: J. Coghill 5, B. Plowman, A. Tomada, J. Callander, R. Wills, W. Lowry, S. Pearson.
Best Players: W. Lowry, J. Coghill, J. Rogerson, B. Coghill, H. Fry, S. Sutton.

‘The Midday Show’ started off sluggishly when we travelled to meet Masala at their home ground, but eventually coming away with a much needed 42-point win.

With the aid of a strong wind and a Masala crowd full of yap, the home team capitalised and jumped to a quick lead in the first quarter. Their sails soon ran out of puff after the first quarter as the La Trobe boys dominated the midfield and moved the ball into our forward 50; but the gusty wind proved goal kicking to be hard work, with 18 behinds for the day. Unfortunately, that meant 7 straight losses for Masala, who play excellent footy but fail to gain consistency and points on the board.

This weekend La Trobe travel East once again to play Box Hill North AFC who have only managed one win for the season. The La Trobe 2’s need to play good footy to maintain their winning status.

Vs Box Hill North AFC
Played at Elgar Park, Box Hill North
Game starts at 11:40 A.M. 

U19 Men:

La Trobe: 7.8 (50) defeated by St Bede/Mentones Tigers 19.14 (128)
Goal Kickers: W. Luhrs 3, C. Ross, T. Floyd, L. Worsnop, W. Wilson.
Best Players: E. Fleming, C. Ross, W. Luhrs, D. Holmes, T. Wight, J. Ellett.

After performing part of their pre-game warm-up in a construction site, it was always going to be an uphill battle for the Trober U19’s. Unfortunately, the ground wasn’t much better, with a centre-square more befitting an outback road than a football field.

Despite these setbacks, the brave U19’s did not give up. We stuck with the opposition for most of the day, only trailing by a few goals at the main break. However, like our previous games, we were severely under-manned for the entire day. This meant that by three-quarter time, we were all feeling the effects of fatigue, while the opposition always had at least six players on their bench.

There were good patches, with La Trobe winning the second quarter, kicking five goals to four. The lead never went beyond a few goals until the last quarter, when the advantage of having a bench came into play for our opponents.

All we can do now is train this week and continue looking forward to the next game. There are good signs ahead, all we need to do is take our chances.

Vs Brunswick NOBSPC
Played at Tony Sheehan Oval, Bundoora
Game starts at 11:40 A.M. 

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