Round 3 Match Reports (2021)

Senior Men:

La Trobe 17.22 (124) defeat Box Hill North AFC 5.11 (41)
Goal Kickers: M. Oliver 7, R. Alexander 3, J. Rogerson 2, R. Wills 2, M. Ogle, C. Randell, B. Vicary.
Best Players: B. Vicary, C. Ross, J. Rogerson, M. Ogle, M. Oliver, S. Benetti-Baker. 

After two wins away from home the Round 3 clash with Box Hill North AFC at Elgar Reserve loomed as a danger game. Although we’d clearly outclassed them in a March practice match at La Trobe, we were playing them on their small oval with 8 forced changes – 5 due to injury and 3 due to players unavailable. Given we were already missing our captain and one vice-captain through injury from Round One we were testing the depths of football talent at the Club.

The first quarter proved frustrating for both sides, but particularly La Trobe, finishing with 9 behinds and no majors to BHN’s 3 behinds. On his return to the senior forward line, Mitch Oliver was showing off his agility, leaping ability and great hands, pulling in multiple marks but his kicking deserted him, ending in many missed chances to build a lead and destroy opposition confidence.

The second quarter saw an improvement, with La Trobe adding 6 goals to the scoreboard, to the opposition’s 2, to kick away to a handy if not comfortable lead, a process that continued in the third with yet another six goals. Quick handball and a running game were cutting our opponents apart, although they made sure we had to earn every possession! In pouring rain La Trobe added 5 more goals in the final quarter to run out clear winners against bigger bodies on a small ground, finishing 17.22 (124) to 5.11 (41).

The new players proved up to the task of senior football, with great performances from Rob Pain, Tyler Costa (in his 50th game for the Club – but first senior game), Joe Gibson and Dom Tracy all contributing to our running game while Mitch Horler battled an early injury to provide Matt Ogle support in the ruck. Ethan Stone showed promise until landing badly and taking an enforced rest on the pine. Tate Spiteri and Ryan Wills relished their return to the senior ranks with great contributions, especially in the wet.

New but already established players in Tom Whelan, Pat Lindsay, and Nathan Richardson continued their great form, while Ben Vicary was best on field in his second game for the Club, just pipping Cal Ross for the honours. As ever, the established players set the benchmark with Matt Ogle, Cal Randall, Josh Rogerson providing drive and Lachy Miller and Paddy McCormack solid down back, while Sam Benetti-Baker proved pivotal in a shut-down role on a dangerous player.

A great team effort! 

Senior Women:

La Trobe 8.10 (58) defeated Canterbury FC 1.1 (8)
Goal Kickers: K. Bond 2, N. Cappelletti 2, E. Williams, T. D’Angelo, H. Wapper, V. Lacock-Smith.
Best Players: K. Bond, K. Ritchie, A. Olschyna, M. Huxtable, T. D’Angelo, V. Lacock-Smith. 

After last week’s loss, the girls were ready for redemption on Saturday against the also winless Canterbury FC. Brooklyn Woodham and Esta Williams made their senior debuts and following a quick spray painting of the centre circle, the opening siren was blown. It didn’t take long for the girls to start scoring albeit a little inaccurately! Esta opened the account for La Trobe with a superb goal and at the end of the first half the score was 2.7 to 0.0.
Following the half time break Canterbury came out firing, kicking the first goal barely a minute into the third quarter. However, the Trobers were able to quickly regain their composure and finish the game strongly with a 50-point winning margin. Natalie Cappelletti was relaxed in front of goal scoring a brace, with captain Kate Bond also kicking two goals. Hayley Wapper added to her goal tally and Teresa D’Angelo continued her strong return with a great hit from the boundary. Vanessa Lacock-Smith was also able to snag a goal in another strong performance in the ruck.

Overall, it was a great team performance by the Trobers with everyone having a great game and some team chemistry starting to form. Next week the women play their first home game of the season on Tony Sheehan Oval against RMIT in the battle of the universities in what is sure to be a hotly contested twilight match! 

Reserve Men:

La Trobe 21.26 (152) defeat Box Hill North AFC 2.7 (19)
Goal Kickers: J, O’Brien 4, T. Floyd 3, J. Russell 3, D. Thwaites 2, S. Rathbone 2, C. McKenzie 2, J. Koo, R. Campbell, M. Grinter, A. Marulli, B. Tremellen.
Best Players: D. Thorn, S. Rathbone, R. Fawcett, T. Hatty, T. Floyd, D. Thwaites. 

Another convincing win by our 2’s as they go 3-0 to start their 2021 campaign. Inaccuracy cost Jordy O’Brien repeating last weeks 10-goal haul but it was 50th gamer and career back pocket Ross ‘Luber’ Campbell that stole the show slotting a goal late in the game! 

Simon Rathbone continued to provide the transition from rugby to aussie rules is a cake walk with his clean possession. Darcy Thorn, Danny Thwaites, Tom Floyd, Robbie Fawcett, Lachlan Mitchell and Will Wilson all had no troubles finding their feet after being called up from the Thirds.

Jade ‘Peg-leg’ Russell managed to snag himself three goals as he waits for his 16th knee surgery. While Jamie Koo dictated terms at full back for the Trobers.  

Redemption is rising in 2021!

The boys celebrate Ross Campbell slotting a late goal in his 50th game!

Thirds Men:

La Trobe 0.0 (0) forfeited to MHSOB 0.0 (60)
Goal Kickers: Nil.
Best Players: Nil. 

With eight forced changes to our senior men and a total of 39 unavailable players due to injuries and work commitments this week, our Trobers thirds men had to forfeit. 

While unfortunate, this meant a number of well performing boys from the 3’s got a call-up to our reserves. Well done to Robert Fawcett, Tom Floyd, Lachlan Mitchell, Danny Thwaites, Darcy Thorn, Will Wilson and Ross Campbell!

Expect the Thirds to bounce back this weekend to kick start the Quadruple Header at Tony Sheehan Oval

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