Welcoming our LTUFC 2022 Committee

Welcoming our 2022 committee


We are excited to announce our 2022 LTUFC Committee following the election at Monday nights Annual General Meeting. While few experienced committee members will be stepping away from the committee in 2022, following a second retirement from coaching Andrew Sutherland will be stepping into the role of President with his decades of experience at the Club. Alumni Representative Simon Hast will continue for his third consecutive season in the role and Secretary Teresa D’Angelo will be continuing for her fourth consecutive season in the role. 2021 Club President Tom Dixon will be stepping down from the role after his first season at the Club but will continue on the committee as a general member to continue the implementation of our new strategic plan. Welfare Officer Natalie Cappelletti will continue in her role for a second season after doing an amazing job this season. Apparel Officer Sophie Rodier will also continue in her role for her second consecutive season. Tate Tregea-Copeland will be stepping up from deputy to replace Josh Rogerson as Men’s Football Operations Manager in season 2022, while we welcome Elise Freeman to the committee for her first time as she replaces Steph Castagnini as the Women’s Football Operations Manager. Must like Tate, Brad Tremellen will be stepping up from deputy to replace Sam Benetti-Baker as Treasurer in 2022. Shalini Jayasekera will step into the role Events Coordinator after helping on the sub-committee this season. Bailey Zimmerman will be stepping down from the Media and Communications Officer role after successfully implementing the new role in 2021, welcoming Riley Alexander into the role and his first time on the committee. 

PresidentAndrew Sutherland (new position)
Alumni RepresentativeSimon Hast
Men’s Football Operations Manager: Tate Tregea-Copeland (new position)
Women’s Football Operations ManagerElise Freeman (new member)
Treasurer: Brad Tremellen (new position)
Secretary: Teresa D’Angelo
Events CoordinatorShalini Jayasekera (new position)
Media & Communications OfficerRiley Alexander (new member)
Welfare OfficerNatalie Cappelletti 
Apparel Officer: Sophie Rodier 
Strategy OfficerTom Dixon (new position)

We look forward to implementing our new strategic plan, continuing our on-field development and our off-field initiatives for what will no doubt be a massive 2022! 


It is always sad to see committee members leave our committee but it is often so they can focus on their careers and greater endeavours so we are extremely grateful for all their hard work. We would like to thank out-going committee members Josh Rogerson, Steph Castagnini, Sam Benetti-Baker, Bailey Zimmerman, Daniel Robertson, Joe Callander & Grant Dowler. Without the work throughout season 2021 from all committee members the Club simply wouldn’t run as smoothly. Thank you on behalf of all Trobers! 


Thank you to Steph Castagnini who has been our Women’s Football Operations Manager for the past two seasons. Since joining, she has unfortunately had to deal with arguably our two most disrupted seasons in club history so we thank you for your efforts tackling the challenging times, especially as a healthcare worker during this pandemic. 

Thank you to Sam Benetti-Baker and Josh Rogerson who both joined our committee at the end of 2017 and served the Club during some challenging times. BB, joined as the Apparel Officer on the 2018 committee before stepping into a bigger role as Treasurer in 2020 and 2021. BB in his time on the committee has helped implement apparel that is available year round, helped implement a stocktake system and online systems to sell apparel. As Treasurer he navigated the pandemic like a pro ensuring the Club was in a safe and sustainable financial position that looks promising for the future that will help the Club avoid finding themselves in a common position of being underfunded. Rogo, joined as the Secretary on the 2018 committee before stepping into a bigger role, the inaugural Men’s Football Operations Manger role from 2019 to 2021. Rogo in his time on the committee as been involved in many aspects of the Club, including helping develop specific roles to help spread the workload of volunteers at the Club. Most importantly, he has had a large role in creating a sustainable men’s program that has reduced player turnover and allowed others to develop in the environment and step into leadership roles at the Club. 


Get familiar with the faces of our new committee below! 

Finally, if you are interested in joining the committee we do have one position vacant or if you are interested in just seeing how a particular role might work and helping a little we have deputy or sub-committee roles available. Please reach out to Andrew Sutherland (president@ltufc.org) or Teresa D’Angelo (secretary@ltufc.org) if you’re interested.

Published by La Trobe University Football Club 11.11.2021

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Key Trober to take the reins as Senior Men’s Coach for 2022

Key Trober to take the reins as Senior Men’s Coach for 2022

The Club is excited to announce Ricky Nolan will step into the role of Senior Men’s Coach for season 2022. Ricky was the Senior Men’s Vice-Captain for season 2021 but unfortunately suffered a broken hand and then a torn ACL in the two games he played this season. Despite these significant injuries retiring 2021 Senior Men’s Coach, Andrew Sutherland was pleased to see Ricky gain an interest in coaching and apply for the job, “I got an insight into Ricky as a potential coach while he was injured this season and I am very pleased to be passing the reins onto him in 2022 and watching him fulfill his potential at the Club”.

Ricky joined the Club in 2014 through our Under 19’s and has played at the Club ever since, notching up 88 games for the Club. Ricky has played many roles at the Club over the years, including: a member of the Committee in 2016, Reserve Men’s Captain in 2017, Reserve Men’s Best and Fairest in 2017, Senior Men’s Best and Fairest Runner Up in 2019 and Senior Men’s Vice-Captain in 2021. Now as a teacher and established player and member of the Club, only naturally, he will step up further as a leader of our men’s program in 2022.

When asked about taking on his first coaching role Ricky said “I probably saw myself coaching in the future but having to sit out a majority of 2021 with my knee probably sped up that process. La Trobe just seemed a natural fit, seeing as though I’ve been involved in the Club since 2014”. A big contributor to the decision was his experience at the Club, “after moving to college from Cobram, LTUFC provided me with great opportunities to play some footy and enjoy the social aspect of being at a Uni club. Hopefully, I can provide new players the same opportunities and enjoy some success along the way”.

On field, Ricky is a talented left-footer who made his senior debut for Cobram FC as an 18-year-old before moving to the city and joining the Trobers. Playing senior footy in most years at the Club, it was 2019 that was his breakout season in the seniors. Finishing runner up in the Best and Fairest as an inside midfielder that could win the clearances, use the ball well by foot and kicking 25 goals for the season he became one of our most valuable players.

When asked about what Ricky hoped the 2022 season had in store he said, “I’d love to see LTUFC keep building on the foundations of the club’s culture, both on and off the field. Seeing individuals improve their game, leadership and become part of a tight knit club are definitely something I’m excited about for 2022.” With an interrupted 2021 season and ultimately the cancellation of the season, the third placed Senior Men didn’t get their opportunity at their first finals win since 2016. Ricky hopes our Senior Men can break that drought in 2022, saying “I’m sure that if the young core stick together and we add a few pieces to the team, we can certainly put our case forward to play some finals footy. I’d love to be part of the next La Trobe team that brings a premiership back to Tony Sheehan Oval”.

Congratulations Ricky on your appointment and no doubt there will be a lot of excitement around the Club when training returns with having both our Senior coaches and Reserve Men’s coach looked after for season 2022!

Published by La Trobe University Football Club 19.10.2021

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Coghill signs on for an unprecedented sixth season

Coghill signs on for an unprecedented sixth season

Experienced coach, Jaryd Coghill, will continue his role as Senior Women’s Coach after recommitting to season 2022. In 2021, Jaryd lead a new look Trober women’s program with many new players joining the Club after several significant retirements. The women began their season flying with a 2-2 record before the season was derailed by covid interruptions. This, however, didn’t break the spirits of our women as they turn their focus to a big off-season in preparation for season 2022.

Jaryd began coaching our Senior Women in 2017 and has continuously risen to the challenges he has faced, overcoming them to always place the women in the best spot possible. His continuous ability to create an enjoyable environment, a safe space to learn the game and develop players saw Jaryd get shortlisted this season for the AFL National Volunteer Senior Coach of the Year award.

Jaryd is enthusiastic about 2022, saying “I think if we retain most of our list from this season, which were mostly new players and aim for a good solid pre-season, my hopes and goals for us is to play finals again. To be competitive in all games, win games and play finals”.

Congratulations Jaryd on the re-appointment and we are excited for season 2022!

Published by La Trobe University Football Club 18.10.2021

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2021 Presentation Night Recap

2021 Presentation Night recap

On Friday night, the Club held its Virtual Presentation Night with the event live streamed via Facebook and YouTube from 7 p.m. With the current restrictions excluding a face-to-face gathering to celebrate Season 2021 this was the best possible way of ending the disrupted and incomplete season that was 2021!

Our Virtual Presentation Night is available to watch here: Facebook or YouTube

The evening was kicked off with a special guest appearance from our friend Brad McEwan, who introduced the night. Before Club President, Tom Dixon, took the reins as MC for the evening.

Tom launched the Club’s New Strategic Plan and thanked the many volunteers that help the Club run this season. Click here to read the LTUFC Strategic Plan to 2025.

Club Alumni Representative, Simon Hast, had the duty of recapping our game milestone achievements from season 2021. This included six players playing their 50th game for the Club: Josh Rogerson (rnd 1), Ross Campbell (rnd 3), Tyler Costa (rnd 3), Sam Benetti-Baker (rnd 5), Andy Castles (rnd 5) and Robbie Fawcett (rnd 12). 

Our Thirds Men’s Awards for the first our our team awards for the evening, presented by Josh Rogerson and Cam Blair. Robbie Fawcett and Thirds captain Jake Lasslett took out the honours of winning the Best and Fairest, while Tom Floyd and Darcy Thorn came in runner up. Ryan Timmins was awarded the Thirds Best Team Player for the season. 

Club Secretary, Teresa D’Angelo, acknowledged two of our key figures of our women’s program for their external achievements this season. Senior Women’s Coach Jaryd Coghill was shortlisted for the AFL Volunteers National Senior Coach of the Year, while Senior Women’s captain Kate Bond finished second in the League Best and Fairest this season.  

Our Reserve Men’s Awards was next, presented by joint coaches Michael Correnti and Grant Dowler and captain Josh Hay. Campbell McKenzie in his first season at the Club won the Best and Fairest, while Mitch Oliver, Dom Tracy and Jed Holland tied for runner up. Returning star Jordy O’Brien lead the goal kicking for season 2021. Tate Tregea-Copeland was voted by his peers as the Best Team Player

Our Young Leader Awards were presented by our Women’s Football Operations Manager Steph Castagnini and Men’s Football Operations Manager Josh Rogerson. Shalini Jayasekera and Pat Lindsay received the awards for their demonstration of leadership throughout 2021.

Next was an exciting announcement from Club Legend David Morgan as he announced that the Club would be naming a new award. The Samantha Greene Senior Women’s Leading Goal Kicker Award

Our Senior Women’s Awards followed, presented by coach Jaryd Coghill, captain Kate Bond and all-time club leading goal kicker Samantha Greene. Captain Kate Bond took out the Best and Fairest for the fourth consecutive season, while Kaitlyn Ritchie claimed runner up in a break out season. Annie Atkinson was awarded the Best First Year Player. Kate Bond also lead the goal kicking for the season. Teresa D’Angelo was voted by her peers as the Best Team Player, while Emily Davis received a nod from Jaryd with the Coaches Award.

Our John Dumaresq Best Club Person perpetual trophy was awarded to Tate Tregea-Copeland. Throughout season 2021, Tate excelled in many roles and with many tasks. Including: in his deputy role, Reserve Men’s Team Manager, assisting Jaryd with the Senior Women, organising our Virtual Vote Count and being the first to volunteer or cover a game day role when needed. It is Tate’s selfless nature, commitment, attention to detail and hard work that has rightful earned him this award in 2021.

Our Senior Men’s Awards were the final team awards for the evening, presented by coach Andy Sutherland, club games record holder Tony Sheehan, Michelle Hensel and captain Andy Castles. Club Treasurer Sam Benetti-Baker had the honour of winning the Best and Fairest, while Tyler Costa was runner up after making his senior debut in round three. Tom Whelan was awarded the Best First Year Player in honour of Braedon Hensel. Josh Horder was the leading goal kicker this season. Sam Benetti-Baker doubled up also being voted by his peers as the joint winner of the Best Team Player, along with Harry Baker

Lastly, our most prestigious award at the Club, the Bob Segrave Outstanding Service perpetual trophy was awarded to Josh Rogerson. Rogo has been a stalwart in the senior men’s side since 2018, finishing top three in the goal kicking twice in three seasons. On the field, he has been a leader to the younger players and off the field, he has been a leader of the Club. Rogo has been on the executive committee since 2018 and has put in more work than anyone. The Club has come first for Rogo and his body of work shows that. Winning the Bob Segrave Outstanding Service Award is a perfect way of sending Rogo out as he steps away from the committee in season 2022.

What a night it was, despite celebrating from our loungerooms, it was fantastic to celebrate all the achievements this season had! 


Published by La Trobe University Football Club 17.10.2021

LTUFC Launches Strategic Plan to 2025

LTUFC Launches Strategic Plan to 2025

La Trobe University Football Club is proud to launch our new strategic plan to 2025!

The strategic plan is an important document for the club, providing a roadmap to success over the next four years.

The plan outlines our club’s purpose, vision, values, strategies, and action areas as we strive for continuous improvement and success on and off the field.

The strategic plan was developed by the club committee across a series of workshops and member engagement activities from January to July 2021.

Thanks to everyone involved in the development of the plan and to our partners who provided feedback, including La Trobe Sport and the VAFA.

Click here to read the LTUFC Strategic Plan to 2025.

Published by La Trobe University Football Club 15.10.2021