La Trobe: 4.11 (35) defeated by South Melbourne Districts FC 12.10 (82)
Goal Kickers: J. Coghill, Z. Price, M. Burrowes, S. Pearson.
Best Players: J. Lasslett, B. Coghill, L. Cooke, J. Coghill, J. Ferguson, B. Plowman.
It was another hard and gruelling day of footy for La Trobe when they faced South Melbourne Districts in the second semi-final last Sunday. Unfortunately, the Trober 2’s went down 35-82 in what was a fierce performance by South Melbourne.
The Coburg City Oval (AKA Piranha Park) almost felt like home for La Trobe but failing to capitalise on missed opportunities and a down field breeze halted goals for La Trobe in the first half. In patches SM revealed their ability to move the ball well, especially in both unmanned contests and congested footy. By the end of the first quarter, SM had La Trobe by the balls, keeping the depleted Trobers to only 1 point.
Coming into the second, La Trobe made a fighting comeback using the wind to narrow the margin to only 15 points, but South Melbourne wanted the win more finishing the 3rd and 4th strongly with an 8-goal win. The heavy contest wasn’t without consequences with Josh Tomada unfortunately breaking his arm and Tyler Costa and Josh Horder pulling up with hamstring injuries.
This weekend in the preliminary final, La Trobe take on Elsternwick in what will be a thrilling game to secure a Grand Final berth against South Melbourne. On both occasions La Trobe and Elsternwick have met this year, the Trobers have snagged confident wins and are hoping this weekend will be no different.
Vs Elsternwick AFC
Played at Waverley Oval (East Malvern)
Sunday 8th Sept at 12:00 P.M.
La Trobe: 3.6 (24) defeated by Elsternwick AFC 12.12 (84)
Goal Kickers: S. Benetti-Baker, T. Mooney, M. Oliver.
Best Players: A. Castles, R. Nolan, S. Benetti-Baker, T. Mooney, C. Ross, M. Ogle.
A tough loss in a big game saw the Trober boys bow out of the finals race. La Trobe started strongly kicking the first goal of the game against a very strong wind, but after the first 10 minutes it was all Elsternwick as they proved too strong.
It was a typical Melbourne day with the first half played in glorious sunshine and the second played in the pouring rain. Andy Castles continued to lead the way with his performance – like he has all year. It was a tough way to end a positive year but there is no doubt that we can come back next year bigger and better!
All is not lost for the Club though as the Reserve boys will play in the preliminary final this week and the whole Club will be behind them.
Published by Josh Horder, Damien Hamel & Lachlan Miller 05.09.2019