La Trobe 10.10 (60) defeated by St Johns 14.10 (84)
Goal Kickers: Bryce Dowler 5, Josh Horder 2, Josh Rogerson, Harry Baker, Tate Spiteri.
Best Players: Bryce Dowler, Sam Benetti-Baker, Dom Tracy, Joe Gibson, Andy Moloney, Mark O’Brien.
It was a 3 v 4 clash in Dandenong this weekend and the contest reflected the team’s ladder positions. It was a tight affair from start to finish but St Johns just proved to have too much polish, keeping the Trobers at arm’s length throughout the game. La Trobe’s inaccuracy was again a factor in the first quarter with 5 points on the board before Bryce “Brucey Doull” Dowler slotted our first major after the siren.
Brucey was back in the side and immediately back to his best kicking 5 scrumptious snags from centre half forward. The BB gun, Sam Benetti-Baker continued his good form through the middle and excelling in a shutdown role.
Mobla O’Brien showed a few of the younger brigade how to go about it, a dominant intercept marking game from the La Trobe veteran. Dom Tracy continued his good form from last week and Joe Gibson was excellent in the first half.
It was a disappointing loss for the boys with the game being such an even contest but the flipside is that it presents a great opportunity to reverse the fortunes on the return leg in Round 15 on Tony Sheehan Oval.
I would also like to start a formal petition to the VAFA to remove any teams from the Dandenong area from the league. Just about need the overnight bag to get there! (Editor’s note: The editor/team manager appreciates the “home” games around 20 minutes’ drive from Frankston South! Remember playing against South Mornington, Miller?)
La Trobe 1.0 (6) defeated by Old Melburnians 4.14 (38)
Goal Kicker: Kate Bond.
Best Players: Kate Bond, Teresa D’Angelo, Nat Cappelletti, Coby Lowrie, Stephanie Darlington, Charlotte Croome.
The girls fronted up to Elsternwick Park Oval 2 to take on Old Melburnians after their brief stint in Division 1.
Ness was competitive in the ruck but our opposition were just a bit too quick and good at finding space to get out of the congestion. Annie and Freo did well cleaning up from the half back line with great use of their bodies and good decision making.
It was a scrappy affair throughout, the Trober defensive pressure was solid for four quarters and despite a repeated onslaught by The Omelettes, they only managed to slot 1 goal each quarter, plus a fair few posters and near misses!
Swifty and Bond exhibited some silky skills in the middle with Ritchie providing a solid lead up front, but unfortunately unable to find the missing link in the chain to get the ball through the big sticks.
There were some notable tackles and pressuring efforts from the likes of Nat Cappelletti, Charlotte, Amanda and Coby.
Despite these great efforts the scoreboard was not on our side with the girls going down 4.14 – 38 to 1.0 – 6.
The Women have a bye next week, followed by the VAFA bye round – their next game will be against Hawthorn on July 17 @ Tony Sheehan Oval.
La Trobe 18.7 (115) defeated St Johns 9.11 (65)
Goal Kickers: Jordy O’Brien 5, Martin Grinter 3, Ryan Wills 3, Zac Price 2, Jaryd Coghill, Simon Rathbone, Aaron Tomada, Jonah Elias, Jed Holland.
Best Players: Jed Holland, Laughlin Cargnali, Campbell McKenzie, Ryan Wills, Jonah Elias, Brad Tremellen.
“The Midday Show” hit the road and made their way to Dandenong to take on St Johns. We would welcome in Laughlin Cargnali and Jed Holland for their first games in the Red & Black, and here’s looking forward to many more!
Our Skipper Josh Hay won the toss and we kicked with the breeze. The first quarter started strongly, with Martin “Ginis” Grinter kicking 3 goals before he was taken down by a groin injury to end his day prematurely. Ryan Wills would also bob up to kick 2 goals, and Jordy “Jobba” O’Brien would kick 1. La Trobe would go into the quarter-time huddle with a 23-point lead.
The second quarter would start off much the same as the first with La Trobe kicking four goals into the breeze – Jobba would kick another 2 and Zac Price would chip in with another couple. Laughlin Cargnali was solid across half back taking several intercept marks, and his fellow first-gamer Jed Holland was also creating great drive out of defence. La Trobe went into half-time leading by 31 points.
Another solid defensive effort saw the Trobers concede only one goal in the 3rd quarter to help extend their lead to 50 points. The ruck duo of Cam McKenzie and Brad Tremellen continued their great games through the middle. Jonah Elias, Ryan Wills, Simon “Diesel” Rathbone and Jaryd Coghill would all slot majors.
The final term saw La Trobe kick another 4 goals, Jobba would slot another 2 to take this total to 5, Jed Holland and Aaron Tomada would also kick goals. La Trobe would finish off another solid four quarter effort to win by 50 points. Viva La Varsity!
Published by Lachlan Miller, Steph Castagnini, Michael Correnti & Simon Hast – 27.06.2021