Round 4 Match Reports (2022)

Senior Men:

La Trobe 15.6 (96) defeated Albert Park AFC 8.7 (55)
Goal Kickers: Riley Alexander 6, Bryce Dowler 3, Ernie Fan 2, Joe De Angelis, Patrick, Lindsay, Ben Vicary, Riley Keath
Best Players: Riley Alexander, Tom Whelan, Riley Keath, Liam Walsh, Andy Castles, Lachlan Webb

After a two-week break, we were finally back home at Tony Sheehan Oval for the first time this season in a triple header. While Albert Park are always a hard contested outfit, this was an opportunity for our boys to cement their ladder position in the early stages of the season.

The first half was exactly as expected – hard fought around the contest which ultimately left us with sore and injured bodies going into the main break up by just 12 points. Ernie Fan was again flourishing in his new role as a pressure forward, getting on the end of a couple of goals. The ever-reliable Tom Whelan was controlling the contest down back ably supported by Connor McCredden, while Lachlan Webb kept breaking the lines with his run and inside 50 deliveries.

Down two rotations and a couple of sore midfielders didn’t make Robbie Fawcett or Riley Keath’s day any easier as they handled the unique ruck-fullback-midfield rotation. Despite these challenges our boys rose to the occasion in front of the home crowd which included Carlton great Anthony Koutoufides who parked himself in the forward pocket to watch ‘The Wiz Show’ as Riley Alexander kicked another bag of six for the second game in a row. Connor McCredden was intercepting everything off half back making our transition game flow as we ran out 41-point winners. Joey De Angelis, in his return game, was playing basketball with the footy with multiple bursts running through the corridor and even managed to hit the scoreboard with his first career goal!

Our boys are back on the road next week to take on 5th placed Eley Park at Whitehorse Reserve.

Senior Women:

La Trobe 0.0 (0) defeated by Hampton Rovers 8.7 (55)
Best Players: Steph Castagnini, Teresa D’Angelo, Eve Conlan, Jess Lowry, Ineka Hart, Amanda Olschyna

It was great to be back on our home deck at Tony Sheehan Oval for the first triple header of the season. We understood going into the game how good Hampton Rovers have been over the first two rounds and that it was going to be a challenging night. The biggest thing we wanted to work on was being physical and never giving up on any contest.

The first quarter was really well defended and although we didn’t control a lot of the quarter, we were able to take away their run and carry through the middle. Unfortunately, we gave up a goal with 10 seconds to go.
The second quarter was much like our second quarter in Round 1 where we gave up the control to Hampton and they were able to kick some easy goals with the middle of the ground opening up. At the main break we knew we had some things to work on and we wanted to get back to the points we talked about pre-game.
The second half was a good showing of what we can achieve against the top teams. We are able to defend well and win the contested footy, but we lack the run and skills that the top teams have which they are able to use to apply scoreboard pressure.
We discussed after the game that it’s a long season and like other years, we are only going to get better and gel as the season continues.
Steph Castagnini was once again terrific in defense and stopped multiple goals. Teresa D’Angelo’s attack on the ball was a standout and Eve Conlan was evasive on the wing and provided run all game. There were improving signs for all players and once we balance up our attack to go with our defense, good things will come.

Reserve Men:

La Trobe 10.11 (71) defeated Albert Park AFC 9.6 (60)
Goal Kickers: Jordy O’Brien 4, Archie Conboy 2, James Billings, Andrew Devine, Robert Pain, Damon Guy
Best Players: Andrew Devine, Angus Tickner, Jacob Ellett, Darcy Thorn, Archie Conboy, Robert Pain

It was a day for debutants in The Magoos this week as Matt Ogle and Josh Rogerson stepped up as caretaker coaches while Michael Correnti was in isolation with COVID. With the well-oiled machine that Mick has operating, the most difficult decision was unfortunately having to leave four blokes out of the side. A good issue to have and no doubt a major reason why both men’s teams are undefeated after four rounds. But it wasn’t the coaches that stood out, it was Andy Devine’s best on ground performance in his first ever game of footy.

Our boys knew that Albert Park would be big bodies that want to play a contested game, so they took it right up to them from the start in the middle with James Billings getting first use in the ruck and our three bulls Andy Devine, fellow debutant Archie Conboy and Angus Tickner hitting the contest hard. James Toomey had plenty of the ball in the first quarter, making it look easy with just three points in it at quarter time. The second quarter was just as much of an arm wrestle but with plenty of run off half back from Jacob Ellett and through the wing from Darcy Thorn, we were able to match them as we kicked into the wind trailing by just one point at the half. After a massive collision going back with the flight, we moved Archie Conboy forward and Rob Pain into the guts which saw them link up for a pivotal goal late in the term.

The third quarter saw the ball spend 90-percent of the time in Albert Park’s forward half, but our defenders stood up only allowing them to kick two goals. Trailing by 8 points going into the last we knew the game was going to be won by outworking our opponents. With Andy Devine and Angus Tickner nullifying the contest inside, it allowed Jacob Ellett, Darcy Thorn and Damon Guy to find space to run and use the footy. Archie Conboy hit the scoreboard for his second goal to give us the lead after trailing at every break before Jordy O’Brien sealed the game with a drop-punt set shot on the boundary and a point to the crowd.

With another four goals, Jordy O’Brien continues to lead the league goal kicking in his quest to bag 100 goals, while our reserve men are now the only undefeated team in their competition after a great come from behind win!

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