Round 10 Match Reports (2021)

SENIOR MEN:

La Trobe 11.16 (82) defeated Box Hill North 9.6 (60)
Goal Kickers: J. Horder 3, P. Lindsay 3, B. Coghill 2, T. Spiteri, R. Pain, J. Coghill.
Best Players: D. Tracy, D. Thorn, H. Baker, C. Ross, J. Gibson, A. Moloney

Footy is back, thank God!

It was a scrappy affair on Tony Sheehan Oval that was full of rusty players after a three-week break.

Box Hill North, much like a COVID outbreak, caught La Trobe off guard by taking full advantage of the stiff southernly and kicking away to a 28-point lead midway through the second quarter. With La Trobe eventually locking down Box Hill North their spread began to diminish, but the home team were wasteful in front of the big sticks. This was followed by a few successful jabs at goal just before half time to take some much-needed momentum into the main break.

As Box Hill North began to tire things started to open up in the second half but both teams rued missed opportunities. The southerly had eased and our boys added 3.6 to 1.4 to lead by 7-points at the final change. The Trobers finished strongly by keeping Box Hill North scoreless while adding another 2.3 and kicking away to a 22-point victory by the final siren.

This game was led by the young brigade, again much like with COVID, they were able to take things on without fear. Dom Tracy and Uncle Pat Lindsay ran amok across half forward, while Darcy Thorn, Cal Ross and Harry Baker got plenty of the pill. Joe Gibson was rarely beaten and provided great drive out of the back half, while Andy Moloney was as hard as a cat’s head all day.

Patty McCormack was a real leader down back controlling the troops, brothers Brett and Jaryd Coghill provided some aerial highlights and goals, while Josh Horder bagged 3 himself but will be practicing chest marks at training this week!

It was good to be back & the boys roll on to play St Johns next Saturday!

SENIOR WOMEN:

La Trobe 4.5 (29) defeated by Therry Penola 10.9 (69)
Goal Kickers: E. Freeman, K. Ritchie, T. D’Angelo, K. Bond.
Best Players: A. Olschyna, K. Davis, A. Atkinson, M. Andrews, T. Dando, C. Croome.

After a 3-week hiatus, it’s safe to say everyone was pumped for footy to be back.

The girls faced off against Therry Penola – the sun was shining but there was not enough warmth to dry out their very soggy oval!

Therry Penola started strong, dominating in the ruck and with an unfair height advantage across the ground. La Trobe bounced back with some savvy clearances through the likes of Kate Bond and Elise Freeman managing to hit Kaitlyn Ritchie up forward a couple of times.

Unfortunately, the backline were kept busy with some stellar performances from Kyaa Davis, Tayla Dando and Kaitlyn O’Brien who stuck some tackles and stayed tight against their opponents throughout the game.

While there were some good passages of play at times, Therry Penola were just a bit quicker off the mark and capitalised with their chances in a scrappy, congested match over the four quarters.

Our girls were left wondering how to best get their muddy shorts white in time for next week’s away game against Old Melburnians.

RESERVE MEN:

La Trobe 11.6 (72) defeat Box Hill North 6.4 (40)
Goal Kickers: J. O’Brien 4, L. McDonald, J. Bruce, J. Tomada, L. Badkin, E. Buffon, A. Tomada, D. Stephenson.
Best Players: R. Dell, Z. Price, C. McKenzie, H. Fry, D. Guy, L. McDonald.

After receiving word this week that community sport would be going ahead, the Trobers’ footy department leapt into action to start building our squads for Round 10. Unfortunately, due to injuries and unavailability, the Ressies side was looking a little light on Tuesday night, but thanks to the hard work of Huss & Rogo, come Thursday evening we had a full squad.

After a month of forfeits, Lockdown and byes The Midday Show returned to the field at Tony Sheehan Oval to take on Box Hill North.

Our skipper for the day Jordy O’Brien won the toss and we would kick with the breeze in the first quarter. Taking advantage of his decision, Jobba kicked two goals in the opening term. The returning Ed “Squeak” Buffon and debuting Liam McDonald would also slot majors to help the Trobers go into quarter time leading by 23 points.

The second quarter was more of the same as Harry Fry, Richie Dell and Zac Price dominated through the middle to keep pressing forward into the breeze. Jobba would slot 2 more goals, and Aaron Tomada would also kick truly to help extend the Trobers lead to 31 points. Knowing the game was not going their way the Box Hill North boys decided that throwing a few cut lunches might help them get the job done. It did not!

The message out of the half time huddle was that “throwing punches won’t win this game, so let’s just focus on the pill”. Anyone who watched our Reserves coach Mick “Narts” Correnti play, might see the irony in this advice!

Narts and Cam Blair decided to throw the magnets around for the second half, which may not have entirely worked as the third quarter would see Box Hill North play their best quarter of the day kicking 3 goals to bring the margin back to 24 points. The Trobers still maintained enough possession to kick a couple of goals themselves, Darcy “Deevo” Stephenson and James Bruce bobbed up to kick one each.

The final term started with Narts imploring the back six to play man-on-man and lock it down. And Lock It Down they did, conceding only one goal – an impressive effort considering Box Hill North were kicking with an absolute gale. La Trobe would kick two more goals into the breeze. Not to be outdone by his brother, Josh Tomada would kick himself a goal, as would Liam Badkin. Cam McKenzie, Damon Guy and Adrian Marulli continued their four-quarter performances to help the Trobers run out 32-point winners.

A quick thanks to everyone who put their hand up to play and help us out. Viva La Trobe!

Published by Lachlan Miller, Stephanie Castaganini and Mick Correnti (20.6.2021)

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