Round 4 Match Reports (2021)

Senior Men:

La Trobe 16.13 (109) defeat Eley Park Sharks FC 10.9 (69)
Goal Kickers: R. Alexander 5, M. Oliver 3, P. Lindsay 2, J. Horder 2, R. Pain 2, D. Thorn, J. Rogerson.
Best Players: T. Costa, B. Dowler, R. Alexander, C. Randell, J. Rogerson, T. Whelan. 

Four and zip, we don’t mind it!

In hot and windy conditions La Trobe proved too strong for a competitive Eley Park Sharks. Kicking against the breeze in the first quarter, the Trobers were still able to gain a 2-goal lead by the first break. This great effort set the standard for the rest of the match with La Trobe able to extend the lead at each break before finishing with a 40-point win.

Riley ‘The Wiz’ Alexander continued to be a massive force up forward, slotting another bag with 5 majors. Great support from Mitch Oliver (3 first half goals before dislocating a finger), while Josh Horder, Rob Pain and ‘Uncle’ Pat Lindsay chipped in with a couple each.

Tyler Costa was immense on the wing and his partner in crime Nathan Richardson was also fantastic. A special mention must go to Bryce ‘Brucey Doull’ Dowler for uncorking a couple of lengthy barrels – we love to see that! Perhaps the play of the day at the start the second quarter was Matt Ogle’s exquisite palm to Callum Randell burning out of the square to deliver lace out to Mitchy – with perfect blocks executed by Josh Rogerson and Sam Benetti-Baker.

The players would also like to thank the past players who helped out on the day with goal umpiring and time keeping, and all other fans who attended our first home game for the year.

On we go, with a big game next Saturday against Elsternwick on their home deck!


Senior Women:

La Trobe 6.11 (47) defeated RMIT WA FC 4.0 (24)
Goal Kickers: H. Wapper 2, K. Ritchie 2, K. Bond 2.
Best Players: K. Ritchie, E, Freeman, T. Dando, K. Bond, A. Atkinson, J. Rogers.

It was a fantastic four quarter effort played by the women on Saturday evening to claim a 23-point victory over the RMIT Redbacks on Tony Sheehan Oval.

The Redbacks came out hard in the first quarter, scoring the first goal of the game but the La Trobe girls replied straight away with five scoring shots, including two goals, to put them up by 9-points at the first break. Our girls definitely did not disappoint for the rest of the game as their intensity and great teamwork kept them up until the final siren.

The girls managed to dominate the ball for a majority of the game and maintained such high intensity throughout each quarter. But what really made our girls shine was the huge effort put in by every single player on the field and everyone putting themselves into the game to drive our team to a well-deserved second win.

Goalkickers were Hayley ‘Waps’ Wapper (match report author who is way too modest to mention herself! – Editor), best on ground Kaitlyn Ritchie and skipper Kate Bond who each kicked 2 goals. Elise Freeman, Tayla Dando, Annie Atkinson and Jess Rogers were named in the best and Charlotte Croome was a strong presence in the backline repelling many Redback’s forward attacks!

Next week the girls have a well-earned bye to rest up for a great clash against Therry Penola at home in a couple weeks. 

Reserve Men:

La Trobe 0.0 (60) defeat (by forfeit) Eley Park Sharks 0.0 (0)
Goal Kickers: Nil.
Best Players: Nil. 


Thirds Men:

La Trobe 4.6 (30) defeated by Old Camberwell FC 9.8 (62)
Goal Kickers: C. McKenzie, R. Fawcett, J. O’Brien, S. Rathbone.
Best Players: R. Fawcett, A. Marulli, M. Horler, D. Thwaites, P. Howard, N. Delaney.

It was a picture-perfect morning to kick off our first home game of the 2021 season. Due to the Eley Park reserves forfeiting, our Thirds had a different look this week with our Reserves arriving disguised as the Thirds. Unfortunately, this strengthened line-up couldn’t come through with the win as Old Camberwell spoiled the homecoming party.
The game started with Old Camberwell taking the ascendency after a couple of early goals but the lads dug in to get the margin back to a goal by quarter-time.

Down by 19 points at half-time La Trobe came out and lifted their pressure around the ball to hang in the game going into the final quarter. An early goal gave the boys some hope of pulling off a remarkable come from behind win, but some missed chances in front of goal changed the momentum as Old Camberwell kicked three goals in five minutes to kick away on the scoreboard.

The boys showed a lot of heart during the game against a marginally stronger opposition but it was a much tighter game than the scoreboard suggested at the final siren.
Rob Fawcett was the star of the Morning Show, showing his pace, tackling and skills by foot in one of the goals of the season when he burned through Grammarian defenders to get the crowd up and about. Pat Howard was strong in defence with his intercept marking that repelled many Old Camberwell efforts going forward, while Danny Thwaites was explosive through the midfield.

Hopefully the players will be able to go back up to the reserves to see if they can improve on their now 4-0 start to the season as they take on Elsternwick, while those coming back into the Thirds will be looking forward to returning and taking on AJAX after a couple of weeks rest.

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