La Trobe 4.1 (25) defeated by South Melbourne Districts 20.15 (135)
Goal Kickers: Bryce Dowler 2, Dom Tracy, Riley Alexander.
Best Players: Andy Castles, Josh Rogerson, Sam Benetti-Baker, Tyler Costa, Ben Vicary, Harry Baker.
In what can only be described as a tough day at the office, the La Trobe boys came up against a pretty handy outfit in pretty poxy conditions on Saturday afternoon. An arctic wind favoured the scoreboard end goals and South Melbourne Districts took full advantage by slotting 6 majors while the Trobers kicked one into the wind.
South Melbourne was able to extend their lead throughout each quarter. Despite this, it was clear that La Trobe did not throw in the towel. There was clear effort all day and plenty of good things to work on moving forward.
Andy Castles was gallant in the ruck and collected a fair amount of the prune around the ground as well. Benny Vicary was also excellent in his first game back for 5 weeks while Bryce “Brucey Doull” Dowler also provided a solid target down forward.
One key takeaway from the day is that there needs to be some form of inquest into the state of the change room showers, they’re cold as a mother-in-law’s kiss!
A special mention to Tony Sheehan as well who shouted the slab of post game beers, Cheers Tony!
La Trobe had a BYE scheduled this week.
La Trobe 2.3 (15) defeated by South Melbourne Districts 13.21 (99)
Goal Kickers: Jordy O’Brien, Jonathan Tay.
Best Players: Jamie Koo, Campbell McKenzie, Jonah Elias, Ryan Timmins, Jacob Ellett, Jonathan Tay.
This week we took on the top side in South Melbourne Districts back on our home ground, Tony Sheehan Oval. The icy cold winds of winter were blowing in Bundoora, but thankfully the day was dry, with the rain coming the night before. We started kicking with the breeze but weren’t able to get the ball forward as South Melbourne were very strong around the contest. A highlight of the first term, Jamie Koo unloaded a torp from the kick out at fullback, getting the ball down to Cam McKenzie and going straight down the middle with a couple of kicks to get our first forward foray. Both of these players would continue to work hard all day, getting plenty of the footy and working hard to keep us competitive.
Quarter time came and the message from the coaches was to get numbers around the contest. This message was followed as many of our players worked hard to the contest but unfortunately The Bloods were able to set up well behind the ball and get the ball back to continually put our defence under pressure. Jake Ellett got plenty of the pill and cracked in hard at the contest but unfortunately many of his touches were behind centre.
At half time we were down by a bit and the aim was to work on the huddle when kicking out. To our credit we did in the third quarter, allowing us to be more effective at moving the ball out of defence and starting to push forward. Jonah Elias was great at hitting up at the footy and showed great strength around the contest.
In the final quarter our mids, after toiling all day, started to break through and get some ball forward of centre, rather than deep in defence allowing us to get some deeper forward entries. This was well led by Ryan Timmins and we were able to kick a couple of late snags, one to Jobba and another to Johnny Tay. I won’t regal Johnny’s goal here, as I’m sure he will tell you every detail multiple times!
We have the bye next week and then the final six weeks of the year in which we play South Melbourne once again which will be a great measure of how much we have improved in that time.
Published by Lachlan Miller, Grant Dowler & Simon Hast 04.07.2021