Round 6 Match Reports (2022)
La Trobe 8.13 (61) defeated by St Johns 9.11 (65)
Goal Kickers: Riley Alexander 4, Tate Spiteri, Pat Lindsay, Josh Horder, Jonty Randall
Best Players: Andy Castles, Pat Lindsay, Jonty Randall, Riley Keath, Tate Spiteri, Liam Walsh
After losing our last two encounters with St Johns by four goals or less, our boys were looking to flip the script but unfortunately fell agonisingly short.
Against the wind in the first we started well with Riley Keath giving our mids first use and Tate Spiteri lively across half forward, but we were unable to capitalise on the scoreboard which gave St Johns a sniff to get their game going before we surged late in the quarter to peg back their four-goal lead to just eight points at the break.
In the second quarter we were able to structure up better and keep the ball in our forward half with Andy Castles and Robbie Fawcett ensuring nothing got past them in the back half. With the ball played predominately in our half and some inaccuracy, kicking 2.7 for the quarter, it was Pat Lindsay and Josh Horder who stood up in the contest to keep the ball in our half. Ernie Fan was exceptional below his knees with clean hands helping to bring his teammates into the game. We took an 11-point lead into halftime knowing this was going to be a tough contest – and an arm-wrestle it was in the second half.
St Johns again took advantage of the wind adding four goals to their tally from their 11 scoring shots in the quarter. Thankfully, Skipper Andy Castles found himself on the goal line saving a few to keep us in striking distance. Riley Alexander kept up his form with his fourth goal before being injected on-ball, while Pat Lindsay almost had himself a contender for Goal of the Year. Trailing by six points at the final break it was there for the taking.
The fourth quarter was a battle with Jonty Randall and Tyler Costa putting their heads over the footy and winning loose balls to generate us going forward. Eventually, we were able to break through with a Josh Horder goal giving us the lead, but St Johns managed to steal another goal before the final siren to give us our first loss of the season.
A tough loss to swallow but its eyes on next weekend now as we try to take a scalp over top of the ladder arch-rivals Swinburne University.
La Trobe 0.0 (0) defeated by Whitefriars 5.8 (38)
Best Players: Courtney Donoghue, Tayla Dando, Amanda Olschyna, Paige Kenny, Steph Castagnini
It was a cloudy morning as the Trober women prepared to take on Whitefriars at Donvale.
The vibes were high, but they were higher than usual. “Why?”, you ask. Well, this was Steph ‘Casta’ Castagnini’s 50th game for La Trobe!! This is an amazing achievement and one for the record books!
The Trober’s carried their good vibes onto the field and commenced the game. It was a tough battle from the get go, with both teams continually laying strong tackles and creating smart passages of play. The Trober’s were able to keep the extremely skillful Whitefriars to only one goal in the first term.
The second quarter proved to be the most challenging for the team, as Whitefriars progressed their lead by a few quick (lucky) goals.
However, the team’s enthusiasm did not waiver. They took in coach Jaryd’s words of wisdom and came out as fiery as ever. Key players such as Courtney Donoghue and Tayla Dando stood up and showed some Trober spirit. Again, the team was able to keep Whitefriars to one goal.
The last quarter was a display of determination and grit from La Trobe. The backline remained strong in defense. Not letting Whitefriars get close to a goal all quarter. The team were able to create some really nice passages of play, with the assistance of Amanda Olschyna and Paige ‘PK’ Kenny. Once again, the team displayed an enormous amount of resilience.
Unfortunately, La Trobe couldn’t take home the cookies this weekend. However, there are some very positive signs for the team. Can’t wait to see what happens next week against Glen Eira at home. Go Trobers!!!
La Trobe 13.6 (84) defeated St Johns 4.7 (31)
Goal Kickers: Jordy O’Brien 8, Rob Pain 2, Lachlan Miller 2, Jacob Ellett
Best Players: Jordy O’Brien, Dom Tracy, Angus Tickner, James Toomey, Jacob Ellett, Rob Pain
The Reserves were back at Tony Sheehan Oval for just their second home game of the year. With the Reserves unfortunately missing out on a game in Round 5 due to Eley Park Sharks forfeiting the boys were chomping at the bit for the chance to play some footy.
The game started in wet conditions with rain falling for most of the first half. La Trobe’s commitment to attack the ball helped them get first hands on the pill and build a 13-point first quarter lead, with our Skipper Jordy “Jobba” O’Brien kicking 2 and Rob Pain slotting one as well.
The second quarter would see much of the same thanks to the work of Dom Tracy and Angus Tickner through the middle of the ground. The Trobers were able to add 5 more goals, with 3 to Jobba, another to Painy and Jake Ellett also kicking truly. La Trobe went into half time 37 points up.
St Johns came out after half time determined to get back into the contest and were able to keep the Trobers goalless during the third quarter. James Toomey would continue patrolling the wing and getting to plenty of contests, with the back six led by Jamie Koo, able to repel continual entries and concede only a couple of goals.
The boys entered the final quarter looking to rebound from the disappointing third quarter and rebound they did, with Jobba kicking another 3 goals to take his total to 8 for the game. The returning Lachlan Miller added 2 goals of his own as La Trobe ran out comfortable 53-point winners.
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It is with great sadness that we inform the Trober community of the passing of Bob Segrave on Monday morning 17th January, 2022.
It is with tremendous sadness that we inform our Trober community of the passing of Russell Badham on Monday morning 3rd January, 2022 after a short illness. Russell Badham arrived at LTUFC in 1969.