Round 7 Match Reports (2022)
La Trobe 28.15 (183) defeated Swinburne University 10.8 (68)
Goal Kickers: Riley Alexander 10, Bryce Dowler 5, Tate Spiteri 4, Ernie Fan 2, Robert Pain 2, Sam Benetti-Baker, Joe De Angelis, Josh Horder, Ben Vicary, Riley Keath
Best Players: Riley Alexander, Connor McCredden, Riley Keath, Tyler Costa, Andy Castles, Lachlan Webb
It was tipped to be our biggest challenge yet as we came up against top of the ladder Swinburne University who were 6-0, but after our disappointing performance last week against St Johns our boys were out for blood.
Our bull-brigade (Riley Keath, Ben Vicary, Sam Benetti-Baker and Archie Conboy) wiped last week from their memories as they took control of the contest from the first bounce asserting their physical presence on the game. It was Rob Pain who got the scoreboard ticking over with the first goal of the game, while Lachlan Webb hadn’t missed a beat after the week off opening the game up with his run. However, it was Riley ‘The Wiz’ Alexander who stole the show piling on four first quarter goals and eventually ending his day with a massive bag of 10!
Leading 51-7 at the first break the next three quarters were just pure dominance as we played our style of footy for four quarters. Bryce Dowler and Tate Spiteri had a purple patch within the game kicking three in a row each with ‘Brucey Doull’ finishing with five goals and ‘Spitta’ four. Tyler Costa was at his best winning groundballs and keeping us in possession. Andy Castles had the job on their key forward, keeping him quiet while intercepting and rebounding from the defensive 50. The addition of Tom Whelan proved to steady our back seven and freed up Connor McCredden to do what he does best and intercept everything off half back.
Despite finishing with no rotations on the bench with two out at halftime and another three pretty banged up bodies, we managed to win every quarter comfortably. Even the last quarter, when we left some goals on the table trying to get the ball to Wiz so he could bag his 10, we kicked 9.3 to cap off an emphatic win and make the strongest possible statement
It’s into the second bye round for our men with the Reserves sitting top of the table at 5-1, and the Seniors in second spot, a game behind Swinburne University who have played in all 7 rounds – go figure the VAFA!
La Trobe 0.3 (3) defeated by Glen Eira 7.9 (51)
Best Players: Ineka Hart, Kate Bond, Molly O’Brien, Steph Darlington, Tayla Dando, Elise Freeman
A day full of major events with election day, the Trober women’s second home game for the season and Kyaa’s first game back since her ACL injury last year.
Pumped and fueled up on democracy sausages, the Trober’s knocked the dew off Tony Sheehan Oval with the 10 a.m. start time.
The first quarter was an arm wrestle. Unfortunately, the team were met with a string of injuries, taking out some of our key players. However, they persisted keeping Glen Eira to 2 goals for the quarter.
The second quarter saw the backline remain strong, with Ellen Brasier and Steph Darlington repeatedly attacking the ball and building a strong defensive line.
The third quarter was the strongest for the team. Co-Captain Kate Bond stood up and showed a bit of Trober spirit by breaking through the pack and delivering the ball into our forward 50. Up and coming first-year player Ineka Hart was able to make use of this opportunity by getting a score on the board.
Unfortunately, the team went to down in a tough match. Next week we are playing at home against AJAX for the second time this season after facing them back in Round 5.
La Trobe 8.6 (54) defeated by Swinburne University 8.8 (56)
Goal Kickers: Jordy O’Brien 3, Darcy Thorn 3, Laughlin Cargnali, Mackenzie Mann
Best Players: Darcy Thorn, Jacob Ellett, Laughlin Cargnali, James Toomey, Connor Burns, Jordy O’Brien
The Midday Show headed to St James Park in Hawthorn to take on the Razorbacks, looking to cement our spot on top of the ladder. Swinburne got off to a quick start, getting first hands on the ball through the middle of the ground, and the Trobers had a little trouble stemming the flow.
An injury late in the first term to a Swinburne forward saw the game stopped as we waited for an ambulance to arrive.
With shortened quarters, La Trobe started the second quarter strongly. Coach Mick Correnti rang the changes starting with moving our centre half back Laughlin Cargnali to centre half forward which paid dividends with Laughy taking some strong marks and kicking a goal. Darcy Thorn was also dominant across half forward and finished the quarter with a goal.
After closing the gap, the Trobers came out after half-time looking to continue their momentum, but unfortunately, we were unable to take advantage of some strong play from James Toomey and Jake Ellett on our wings, and finished the quarter by only scoring one goal, another major to Thorny.
La Trobe put the foot down in the final quarter attempting to run down a 27-point lead. The boys kicked 4 goals – Jordy O’Brien with 2, Mackenzie Mann 1, and Darcy Thorn 1, whilst holding Swinburne to just a single point.
The Reserves battled hard but would ultimately fall just short of taking home the 4 points. We will take full advantage of the bye and come back in Round 9 looking to get back in the winners’ column.
Read about how our teams have been travelling in 2022
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.