Round 1 Match Reports (2022)

Senior Men:

La Trobe 13.11 (89) defeated Masala FC 12.5 (77)
Goal Kickers: Lachlan Webb 3, Bryce Dowler 3, Riley Alexander 2, Ben Vicary, Jonty Randall, Liam Walsh, Tate Spiteri, Riley Keath
Best Players: Riley Keath, Ben Vicary, Tom Whelan, Charlie Scanlon, Lachlan Webb, Nathan Richardson

The dreaded cross-town trip to Dandenong was ideal for a character building Round One win for our senior boys as they celebrated Ernie Fan’s 100th game.

Captain Andy Castles started true winning the toss and kicking with the wind which we made the most of kicking four straight to lead at the first break. Nathan Richardson had the lockdown on Disco and was able to nullify his run all day. Charlie Scanlon battled contest to contest on debut doing the team efforts that lead to our crumbing forwards pressuring at ground level and kicking goals. Ben Vicary set the tone early on-ball, dominating the contest all day with having the ball on a sting.

The second term saw Masala peg back our lead which had us trailing by one point at the half. The third term saw the game break open a little more with both teams kicking five each. Tom Whelan was pivotal down back, winning one-on-one and using the ball beautifully off half back to give Jonty Randall and Will Lowry space on the wings. With our forward-line humming, Bryce Dowler presenting well and getting the reward and Lachlan Webb kicking three on debut, our boys were in the driver’s seat to bring home the four points going into the final break up by two points.

The last term saw our boys grit their teeth as gun recruit and part-time ruck Riley Keath went to another level throwing himself at every contest before he went back with the flight to take a massive contested mark before kicking true into the wind from beyond the arc to give us the lead. Ernie Fan did what Ernie Fan does and turned Disco into a pancake early in the last which helped free up Nathan Richardson on the wing. Liam Walsh kicked the sealer on debut with a lovely set shot and Connor McCredden was huge late off half back.

A great team win to kick off our 2022 campaign. Congratulations to Ernie on 100 games and our six debutants yesterday, welcome to La Trobe!

Senior Women:

La Trobe 2.1 (13) defeated by Oakleigh 8.7 (55)
Goal Kickers: Ineka Hart, Kate Bond
Best Players: Kate Bond, Steph Castagnini, Eve Conlan, Ineka Hart, Ellen Brasier, Courtney Donoghue

Everyone was excited and raring to go for Round 1 on a cold Saturday morning against Oakleigh AFC. Unfortunately, due to unavailability we are already down to 18 by the first bounce.

The first quarter was played with a lot of spirit and the first 10 minutes played in our forward half with the opening goal of the match going our way kicked by debutant Ineka Hart. Tired legs due to no rotations allowed Oakleigh to take control late in the quarter but we were able to dig deep and keep them scoreless.

Unfortunately, two of our players sustained some small injuries and we had to play with 16 healthy players while still fielding the other 2 in the pockets. The second quarter was all Oakleigh and with 4 goals in 7 minutes they went into the half with a solid 20-point lead.

The second half of the game was damage control due to our lack of rotations but credit to the team as we fought hard until the end of the game and made it a stalemate.

Besides the second quarter blitz from Oakleigh we could see that with a full team we would be able to take it up to them in the next meeting.

Co-captain Kate Bond and Steph Castagnini fought on all day while new player Courtney Donoghue provided a much needed calm head in the key posts. Debutant Ellen Brasier had to ruck all game and was great providing second efforts in every quarter, while another new player Ineka Hart showed plenty of run when out in space.

We now look to Round 2 against Canterbury as a new opportunity to get the first win of the season!

Reserve Men:

La Trobe 9.13 (67) defeated Masala FC 1.6 (12)
Goal Kickers: Jordy O’Brien 6, Damon Guy, Ross Campbell, Lachlan Bence
Best Players: Dominic Tracy, Mark O’Brien, Conall Barrett, Jordy O’Brien, Angus Tickner, Damon Guy

The Midday Show made the trip down to Dandenong to take on Masala in our first hit out for the year. Our newly appointed skipper Jordy “Jobba” O’Brien would win the toss and kick with the breeze.

The new look reserve side with 8 players making their Trober debut, started with a bang kicking 5 goals in slippery conditions. Jobba would be the focal point up forward kicking 3, and in a move that could only be described as inspired, Ross “Luba” Campbell found himself in unfamiliar territory on a forward flank but would reward Coach Mick Correnti’s faith by slotting a major. Damon Guy would also finish truly snagging himself a goal.

The second quarter would kick off with the drizzling rain well and truly having set in. Masala would take advantage of the Ammos not having a 6-6-6 rule to park about half their side in La Trobe’s forward half, this certainly slowed down the Trober’s ability to score with a solitary goal to Jobba being the only major kicked for the quarter. On the other side of the ball the defence, led by Mark O’Brien, was as staunch as ever allowing only 4 points for the half.

The third quarter saw the midfield continue its dominance through the middle and at the stoppages. Dom Tracy, Gus Tickner and Conall Barrett would be the standouts in the midfield group, continually getting in first in trying conditions and winning the ball at ground level. La Trobe would add 3 more goals for the quarter, with Jobba slotting 2 and Lachlan Bence kicking the other.

As the fourth quarter kicked off the rain would get heavier and the next 25 minutes would be an arm wrestle between the two 50 metre arcs as both sides attempted to push forward trying to score. Some strong defence from Masala and slippery conditions saw us unable to convert our opportunities into goals, as we would finish the quarter only kicking 6 behinds.

A strong four quarter performance in less-than-ideal conditions saw the Reserves kick off their season with a 55-point win. 

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