Trober 2022 Mid-Season Wrap

Trober 2022 Mid-Season Wrap

Finally, after two long years of interrupted footy we have some normality to the footy season and our Trobers are back doing their thing on-field. Our season kicked off on April 2nd with our Senior Women taking on Oakleigh with a new look side, including nine debutants. We opened the season winning the first quarter but unfortunately were overran by a strong outfit. Fortunately, Round Two saw our women bounce back with a comprehensive eight goal victory off the back of co-captains Teresa D’Angelo being back to her dominant best breaking the lines and Kate Bond kicking four goals. Round Three had us fall agonisingly short of another victory going down by a goal to Power House despite a bag of five from Bondy. Reigning four-time best and fairest winner Kate Bond was a driving force with three best on ground performances and 10 goals to lead the league, placing our women 1-2 and in the race for finals. But it was a common story for our women as the VAFA re-graded after three rounds leaving us going from sitting with the pack to unfairly dropping down the ladder as teams came up to our division keeping their points from dominating the division below.

Despite being on the back foot and coming up against some strong new competition there have been some positive signs for our women. First-year Trober Ineka Hart is proving that she might just challenge Kate Bond for this season’s best and fairest after being named in the best in four of her five games, including two best on ground performances with her ability to be clean with the footy, lay bone crunching tackles and hit the scoreboard.

Despite a few goalless weeks, Amanda Olschyna, Courtney Donoghue, and Jess Rogers have been able to hit the scoreboard. Experienced Trobers Steph Castagnini, Tayla Dando, Jocelyn Yew and Nat Cappelletti have been consistent in helping steady the team. New players Jess Lowry and Courtney Donoghue have been great additions to the ruck, while Eve Conlan has been handy on the wing, and Molly O’Brien and Paige Kenny solid on-ball.

A couple of highlights for our women was the return of assistant coach Kyaa Davis from her ACL injury in Round Seven and Steph Castagnini playing her 50th club game in Round Six. With just six rounds left for our Senior Women’s season they look to build momentum to finish the season strongly, with anything being possible with Jaryd Coghill at the helm.

For our Reserve Men it has been a continuation of their previous seasons as they have bolstered themselves as a top contender once again. It was skipper Jordy O’Brien who started the season red hot with six goals in the opening round to cement himself as the frontrunner in the league goal kicking. It was a matter of two comfortable wins to start the season for Mick Correnti and his boys before a top of the table clash with Albert Park after the Easter Break. Unfortunately, covid claimed Mick which saw Matt Ogle and Josh Rogerson step in as caretaker coaches for the match of the season so far. Down at the final break by two goals our boys dug deep to prevail by 11-points and send the competition a stern warning. Andy Devine produced one the great debuts to footy with a best on ground performance in his first game ever, while Jordy O’Brien continued to kick goals when it mattered. A forfeit from Eley Park and then another comfortable win over St Johns had our boys looking pretty on top of the ladder, but a fast start from Swinburne University in Round Seven had our boys just fall short by two points of a great comeback after trailing by five goals at three quarter time. Darcy Thorn starred with one of the all-time great two’s performances having the ball on a string and kicking three goals.

New Trobers Angus Tickner and James Toomey have been exceptional all season, while Jacob Ellett has taken his game to a new level with a new role off halfback. Damon Guy, Rob Pain, Zac Tunks, Adrian Marulli, Josh Horder, Kane Newby and Dom Tracy have all put in solid twos performances to get the call up to the seniors throughout the year, demonstrating our depth strength in 2022.

With a tricky fixture our Reserve Men are sitting second on the ladder with five wins and just one loss, only trailing Albert Park by 2.5% who sit 5-2 playing an extra game. We take on Box Hill North this weekend as we look to get some reinforcements following the bye and bounce back.

Our Senior Men opened their 2022 campaign and Ricky Nolan’s coaching career with a spectacular win against Masala and match winning performance from gun recruit Riley Keath, but it was Ernie Fan who stole the spotlight in Round One playing its 100th game for the club. Our boys came out firing in Round Two against Box Hill North with an impressive nine goal first quarter, including five in the quarter for Tate Spiteri. But it was reigning best and fairest winner Sam Benetti-Baker who showed he can dominate the game while doing a tagging role. Following the Easter Break we had a comfortable win over Albert Park before absolutely demolishing Eley Park 181-13.

Round Six was our toughest competition of the season as it went down to the wire against St Johns and we were handed our first loss of the season. To back up a tough loss we travelled to St James Park to take on the undefeated Swinburne Uni but it wasn’t the battle expected as our boys completely took the wind out of the Swinny’s sails with an 8-1 goal opening term and never looked back as we ran away 115-point winners in a statement game, including a 10-goal haul from Riley ‘The Wiz’ Alexander.

Riley Keath and Ben Vicary look to be challenging Sam Benetti-Baker for votes in the best and fairest, while Riley Alexander would be on his way to 100 goals in a normal season with 33 goals after six games. Bryce Dowler trails with 22 goals and placed third in the league making them a dangerous forward duo. New Trobers Lachlan Webb, Archie Conboy, Connor McCredden and Liam Walsh have added a spark to the team with their ability to take the game on. Tom Whelan and Robbie Fawcett have been consistent down back, while skipper Andy Castles is coming into his best form in recent weeks. Ernie Fan’s transformation into a pressure forward continues to show success. Nathan Richardson, Jonty Randall and Tyler Costa continue to play their roles every week, while the return of Will Lowry has added polish to the team off halfback. Despite already using 33 players in the seniors this year we have found plenty of depth with some key players still to return in the coming weeks.

Somehow Swinburne University have played eight games straight without a bye and we have had two byes meaning they sit on top at 7-1 with Trobers second at 5-1 with a much healthier percentage (238+). In the driver’s seat this season, we have a few important games to tick off before Past Players, Parents and Supporters Day in Round 12 on 2nd July.

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Vale Bob Segrave

It is with great sadness that we inform the Trober community of the passing of Bob Segrave on Monday morning 17th January, 2022.

Vale Russell Badham

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.

Vale Bob Segrave

It is with great sadness that we inform the Trober community of the passing of Bob Segrave on Monday morning 17th January, 2022.

Former LTUFC Secretary Jim ‘Snout’ McMillan wrote in No Ordinary Football Club, the history book published in 2017 to commemorate the Club’s 50th anniversary:


“Our first President was as much saint as patron. Bob performed his day job at the University as Publications and Information Officer with great distinction and steered the footy club with a gentle and avuncular hand. He rarely lost his temper but, if righteously provoked, he could go off with a booming voice and a rapier wit”.

Club Poet Laureate Craig Nelson contributed the following for our beloved Bob:

“Bob was La Trobe’s chief elder, first coach and first President. An immortal club stalwart, he was also a mentor to many. La Trobe’s most prestigious annual award is named in his honour (The Bob Segrave Award) and presented to a person who has provided the Club with outstanding service, on or off the field, over a significant period”.

“When he left La Trobe, Bob and his wife Suzy were spectacular hosts at their restaurant. I particularly remember a practice match between the Blacks and Reds in which Bob, making up the numbers, charged at the ball with a pipe in his mouth. Even in those pre-OH&S days, I thought that seemed dangerous! Not that anyone would get burnt, although that was a possibility, but that the pipe would get rammed down his throat!”


Bob’s daughter Robin Krabbe wrote:

“Dad wanted to thank you all for being such great friends. He was here with me, my husband and son for his last few months in Tasmania and will be buried on our property this Thursday. He didn’t want any flowers or any fuss made whatsoever!”

As the founding ‘father’ of the La Trobe University Football Club, Bob had a profound influence on a generation of players, many of whom went on to become leaders of industry, commerce, education and politics. He may now be gone, but he will never be forgotten! Our beloved Bob.

On behalf of the wider La Trobe family, we extend our deepest sympathy and condolences to Bob’s daughter Robin and family members.

Bob Segrave (6/5/1935 – 17/1/2022)

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Grand Final Match Reports (2022)

Senior Men are PREMIERS after a massive final quarter effort – coming from 17 points down to storm home and win by 15 points. The Reserve Men take it right up to Albert Park but fall just 8 points short.

Round Twelve – Senior Women, Reserve Men, Senior Men

“You bloody ripper!” It was a Trober Trifecta on Saturday at Tony Sheehan Oval as all three teams recorded resounding wins kicking a combined 42.42 to 13.9 for the day. The Women defeating Power House to record their second win and both Men’s teams accounting for Masala.

Vale Russell Badham

Vale Russell Badham

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.

Coach Emeritus and great friend Tony Sheehan captured the essence of Russ in a piece he wrote for No Ordinary Football Club, the history book published in 2017 to commemorate the Club’s 50th anniversary:

“Russell Badham arrived at LTUFC in 1969. A human tsunami of profanity, wit, energy and initiative, Russell was to become a key figure in the history of the club. A capable senior player whose social habits tended to conflict with that level of endeavor, Russell played some 150 games, served as Reserves captain and coach, and often acted as chief runner and/or advisor to the senior coach, Tony Sheehan”.

“Russell was to become [a 1976 premiership winning] club President, a winner of the Bob Segrave Award, a LTUFC Life Member and a President of the Decade (1976 – 1987)”.

“A prodigy of the political left, Russell completed an Honours Degree in Politics, and worked as a teacher, teacher union activist and Trades Hall Council Representative, Twice Mayor of the City of Northcote, he also worked as an advisor to a Labor Federal MP, a ministerial advisor in the Cain and Kirner Labor Governments and as a chair of the Victorian Local Government Commission. All by the age of thirty”.

“[More recently] … he established a boutique wine export company, a vocation for which he was well prepared by his university experience”.

Current LTUFC President Andrew Sutherland contributed the following thoughts:

“Russell was the energy behind our 50th anniversary celebrations and the publication of the Club’s history No Ordinary Football Club in 2017. He rarely missed a reunion or a major gathering. So many of us who met Russ as young men were the better for his insightful, articulate and often entertaining perspectives on so many subjects”.

“Thank you Russ for all you did for us. Rest In Peace, a great ‘Trober!”

On behalf of the wider La Trobe family, we extend our deepest sympathy and condolences to Russell’s wife Marg and family members. We will publish funeral/memorial service details once planning has been finalised. 

Russell B Badham (11/2/1951 – 3/1/2022)

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Welcoming our LTUFC 2022 Committee

Welcoming our LTUFC 2022 Committee

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! 

THANK YOU TO OUT-GOING COMMITTEE MEMBERS

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! 

SPECIAL THANK YOU TO OUR LONG-SERVING MEMBERS

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 OUR NEW COMMITTEE

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. 

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LTUFC Launches Strategic Plan to 2025

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.

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! 

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