A Midway Look at Our Trobers Season

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A Midway Look at Our Trobers Season

As we start to hit the pointy end of the season, let us take the opportunity to look at how our Trobers have fared in 2021 so far.

Our Women only have the two regular season games left and unfortunately will fall short of playing finals this season but are looking to finish off the season strong with two winnable games ahead.

With a big influx of new youth our women had 14 debutants across the first month of footy. The opening rounds were a real mixed bag of results: going down by a point, a scoreless game and then a big 50-point win. Captain Kate Bond broke away early with two best-on-ground performances and leading the goal kicking with four goals. It was Kaitlyn Ritchie however that was awarded April Player of the Month for her stellar form at centre-half forward. Round Four saw our women notch up back-to-back wins with a convincing win over cross-town rivals RMIT. New players Annie Atkinson and Amanda Olschyna featured in the best multiple times, while Vanessa Lacock-Smith worked hard in the ruck in her return to footy.

The rest of the women’s season has been very interrupted with lockdown and three bye weeks meaning they have only played four games in nine weeks. That has not stopped our women showing up in numbers on the training track and to club social events. Despite the interruptions and not being able to register another win since starting 2-2, senior coach Jaryd Coghill has been impressed with the girl’s endeavour and development this season as they look to begin a new era at the Club. The backline has been extremely reliable with experienced Trobers Charlotte Croome and Elise Freeman leading the way. New full-forward Hayley Wapper has managed to trouble the scorers with four majors but it’s still Kate Bond that leads with eight goals. Both Natalie Cappelletti and Teresa D’Angelo have continued to build over the weeks after both returning from serious leg injuries in 2019.

All signs are pointing towards an exciting finish to the season with hopefully a win on Family and Friends Day to complete the season. The big pending question will be can Kate Bond take out another senior Best and Fairest and her first Leading Goal Kicker or will she be challenged by Annie Atkinson, Kaitlyn Ritchie or Natalie Cappelletti for the honours this season? Regardless, what a finish to the season we have to look forward too.

Our Reserve Men continued their winning form from the 2019 season with a new look team, including the return of club legends Grant Dowler and Michael Correnti as joint-coaches and star full forward Jordy O’Brien returning to play at the club.

Starting the season 4-0 included many individual standout performances. Harry Thackray had self-proclaimed leather poisoning in the season opener, while Tate Spiteri kicked five majors. Jordy O’Brien destroyed Masala the next week kicking 10 goals but was up staged by Mitch Oliver who managed 11 goals in the same game. While 19 players featured in the best players across the first four games demonstrating plenty of depth. Highlights included Tyler Costa making his senior debut in what was his 50th game milestone and the likes of Robbie Fawcett, Darcy Thorn, Tom Floyd, Nick Delaney, Lachlan Mitchell and Danny Thwaites all getting a call up from our Thirds and making an immediate impact in the 2’s.

As our Senior Men were ravaged by injury it meant many of our Reserve Men got a senior call up which began to test our depth. Much like our Senior Women our Reserve Men have had an interrupted season with two opposition forfeits and the lockdown seeing us enter the league bye with a record of 7-3 after a four-week layoff mid-season. Campbell McKenzie has been running hot featuring in the best every week since returning from lockdown and earning himself the June Player of the Month. Brad Tremellen has also featured in the best multiple times after the break and Captain Josh Hay has been leading the troops well.

Jordy O’Brien has all but secured the Leading Goal Kicker award being 22 goals ahead of spearhead Jaryd Coghill and rugby convert Simon Rathbone. With the end of the Uni holidays approaching, here is hoping our Reserve Men can begin to feed Jordy O’Brien a little more on his quest to kicking 100 goals in a season.

Our Senior Men also began the season 4-0 before coming up against very strong Elsternwick and South Melbourne sides who both recruited well securing some very talented A-grade footballers since 2019. Nonetheless, a 4-0 start, under the new guidance of returning 1999 Premiership Coach Andrew Sutherland, is something the Trobers have not achieved in recent history.

Round One saw a new look team with a good mix of experience and six debutants comfortably notch up a win against Uni-rivals Swinburne. Matt Ogle was giving the mids silver service, while Riley Alexander kicked four on debut and Josh Rogerson snagged three majors in his 50th milestone game. Round Three saw Mitch Oliver return to the senior line-up where he bagged seven majors. Brad Robinson, Sam Benetti- Baker, Josh Rogerson and Ben Vicary all made the most of April Player of the Month Matt Ogle’s ruckwork as our midfield found themselves heavily featuring in the best as we remained undefeated after a month of footy.

The following weeks saw our men outclassed as the injuries began to pile up, including key players Andy Castles, Matt Ogle, Ricky Nolan, Mitch Oliver, Ernie Fan and Zac Tunks experiencing lengthy times on the sidelines. Our Trobers bounced back against 4th placed St Johns with a massive 89-point win before our season was derailed by lockdown and the Uni holidays adding young guns Tom Whelan, Pat Lindsay, Jonty Randall, Riley Alexander, Ben Vicary and Nathan Richardson to the list of players missing as they returned home.

In the absence of Matt Ogle and Mitch Oliver, wingman Andy Castles moved to the ruck and reliable defender Bryce Dowler was moved forward where he kicked a gallant bag of five in a fierce battle against St Johns where they bettered us in our second encounter. Tyler Costa and Harry Baker both found opportunities in the middle each earning a Player of the Month nod.

Sam Benetti-Baker has been continuing his late 2019 form featuring in the best the most times this season, while Ben Vicary, Josh Rogerson, Harry Baker and Tyler Costa featured in the best regularly. Josh Horder has found a new position down forward leading the goal kicking with 20 goals, while Riley Alexander trails with 16 goals for the season.

Both our Reserve Men and Senior Men currently sit 3rd on the ladder going into the back end of the season.

Saturday the 24th of July will be our Family and Friends Day at Tony Sheehan Oval (LTU) where all three teams are at home. Our Major Raffle will also be drawn on the day so purchase your tickets HERE to support the club and we look forward to seeing the Trober community at the footy!  


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Published by La Trobe University Football Club 12.07.2021

Round 7 Match Reports (2021)

Round 7 Match Reports (2021)

SENIOR MEN:

La Trobe 17.12 (114) defeated St Johns FC 3.7 (25)
Goal Kickers: J. Horder 5, T. Spiteri 4, D. Tracy 2, R. Pain 2, B. Robinson, C. Randell, R. Alexander, J. Rogerson.
Best Players: T. Costa, P. Lindsay, H. Baker, J Randall, A. Castles, J. Horder.

In cracking conditions in front of the past players and parents, La Trobe proved far too strong for an undermanned & disorganized St Johns OC team.

Kicking into the wind during the first quarter, the Trobers set the tone kicking 2 snags to zilch to lead by 10-points at the first break.  After quarter time La Trobe extended their lead each quarter and continued pushing for snags right until the final siren.

Jonty Randall must have had COVID-19 because St Johns were very socially distanced from him as he racked up a thousand possessions on the wing. Tyler Costa continued is good form as he entered the midfield rotation, but he still can’t kick it over a jam tin though! Josh Horder booted 5, despite having to run around with tape wrapped around his head and snout from quarter time.

It was a good team display all round and was a pleasure to be back on the beautiful home deck (and the winners list!).

In more important news, birthday boy Andy Castles confirmed his leadership status with a best on field performance at the post game iPod Shuffle function on Saturday night. Good on ya Cas!

The boys travel down to Whitehorse Reserve in Box Hill next Saturday to take on Eley Park Sharks and look to continue their winning form.

SENIOR WOMEN:

La Trobe 1.1 (7) defeated by Old Melburnians FC 5.16 (46). 
Goal Kickers: C. Ross.
Best Players: N. Cappelletti, C. Croome, T. D’Angelo, K. Ritchie, K. O’Brien, V. Lacock-Smith.

The Trober girls were set for a tough match after Old Melburnians had moved up to Division 1 only to return to Division 2 a couple of weeks later.

However, our girls put in a massive four quarter effort. The Omelettes kicked with the wind in the first quarter and established what turned out to be a match-winning lead. Our defence line came out fighting after the first break to limit their scoring to just one goal for the rest of the game. 

Chemistry was electric in the team with everyone putting in their best. Annie Atkinson went down hard, which only motivated the girls to be as hard as her. 

Nat Cappelletti was strong in the forward line and Kaitlyn O’Brien and Charlotte Croome dominated it in a very tough backline.

Our final quarter efforts were tremendous, with Caitlin Ross scoring a fantastic goal. Even though we didn’t score the win, team moral was alive and we look forward to our next challenge.

The girls will be heading down Plenty Road next week to take on the RMIT Redbacks to hopefully secure another win for the season!

RESERVE MEN:

La Trobe 0.0 (60) defeated by forfeit St Johns FC 0.0 (0)
Goal Kickers: Nil.
Best Players: Nil.

 

Published by Lachlan Miller & Steph Castagnini 23.05.2021

Round 6 Match Reports (2021)

Round 6 Match Reports (2021)

SENIOR MEN:

La Trobe 5.8 (38) defeated by South Melbourne Districts FC 15.9 (99)
Goal Kickers: M. Oliver 2, J. Rogerson 2, C. Ross.
Best Players: M. Oliver, S. Benetti-Baker, T. Costa, H. Baker, M. O’Brien, B. Vicary.

A tough loss in blustery conditions on a pretty crap and sodden Lindsay Hassett Oval down at Albert Park. La Trobe were switched on from the opening bounce and had plenty of inside 50s, but accuracy was again a concern as we posted 2.4 for the term. A late goal on the siren to The Bloods cut our lead to just 3 points after having much of the play.

South Melbourne was able to hit the front and kick away in the next two quarters, but to the boys’ credit we didn’t lie down and continued to fight the game out until the end.

The scoreboard doesn’t reflect the competitive nature of the game with South Melbourne just playing slightly better across the board.

Mitchy Oliver was very impressive, playing much of the game in the ruck after big man Matt Ogle went down in the first quarter. Sam Benetti-Baker continued his very crisp form in the middle, providing plenty of drive while Tyler Costa was very good on the wing and would’ve kicked a goal if he could kick the ball over a jam tin! Harry Baker and Ben Vicary provided drive through the midfield and Mark O’Brien was solid down back, repelling many forward attacks by South Melbourne.

Next week the boys are back at home against St Johns for the twilight game on what will be Past Players and Parents Day.

SENIOR WOMEN:

La Trobe 2.3 (15) defeated by Therry Penola FC 5.3 (33). 
Goal Kickers: S. Jayasekera, E. Freeman.
Best Players: A. Atkinson, S. Castagnini, E. Freeman, N. Cappelletti, R. Love, C. Ross.

It was the coldest day of the year yet as we faced off against Therry Penola, recently relegated from Division 1. The day had rain, hail and shine!

The La Trobe girls burst out of the middle from the first bounce with Elise Freeman putting on a crucial shepherd as captain Kate Bond got the clearance and sent the ball forward resulting in the first goal of the match.

Unfortunately, Therry Penola were quick to respond despite the Trobers kicking to the scoring end in the first quarter. At halftime the Trobers trailed 1.2 (8) to 3.2 (20) points.

There was a lot of back chat and whinging by Therry Penola, a few girls in particular not happy with the likes of Caitlin ‘Rosco’ Ross and Steph ‘Casta’ Castagnini laying some solid bumps and tackles.

The Trober girls had a much better second half with consistent pressuring and proactive football, but were unable to make an impact on the scoreboard.

Annie Atkinson played a crucial role as the loose player in defence earning her the BOG for the day, helped by her fellow defenders who worked tirelessly against a Therry Penola onslaught.

Hopefully the girls can come out firing next week against Preston Bullants when they again play on Tony Sheehan Oval.

RESERVE MEN:

La Trobe 2.3 (15) defeated by South Melbourne Districts FC 14.13 (97)
Goal Kickers: C. Blair, P. Howard.
Best Players: D. Tracy, P. Howard, S. Dickenson, J. Koo, J. Gibson, O. Hernandez.

This weekend we played South Melbourne Districts and found ourselves up against another well drilled side. We welcomed back club favourite Lachlan Watson and also saw the debut of Conall Barrett who has made the move down from Byron Bay and found his way over to the football club. There are no outsiders at La Trobe.

A tough first quarter saw La Trobe crack in and apply lots of pressure around the ball, tackling hard and making the game an arm wrestle for both sides. The defence of Jamie Koo and Joe Gibson locked down the game in the slippery conditions.

The second quarter saw La Trobe’s effort continue but South Melbourne were able to open the game up, being able to use the release out the back of the stoppage, and were able to score a little more freely. Oli Hernandez continued his good work across the backline locking down hard on his forward, making the game a continued contest.

The third quarter saw the injection of Jordy O’Brien into the midfield and Pat Howard into the ruck who combined well with Dom Tracy and Stu Dickenson to push the ball forward. This allowed La Trobe to get on the attack and get the scoreboard ticking over. South Melbourne continued to put pressure on the tiring La Trobe bodies. The last quarter was again a solid effort, but the bigger South Melbourne bodies were able to control the game across half back.

We look forward to next week with a lot gained from the tough opposition over the past two weeks and seek to bounce back against St Johns on Tony Sheehan Oval.

Published by Lachlan Miller, Steph Castagnini & Grant Dowler 16.05.2021

Round 5 Match Reports (2021)

Round 5 Match Reports (2021)

SENIOR MEN:

La Trobe 9.12 (66) defeated by Elsternwick AFC 36.5 (221)
Goal Kickers: J. Horder 3, P. Lindsay 2, J. Rogerson 2, R. Alexander, B. Vicary.
Best Players: T. Whelan, S. Benetti-Baker, B. Dowler, M. Ogle, C. Randell. B. Vicary.

In what was to be a perfect afternoon weather-wise for football, La Trobe headed to Holmes/Todd Oval with some trepidation. An increasing injury list and rumours of strong recruiting from Premier grades by Elsternwick were at the back of all minds, although on the positive side we welcomed back captain Andy Castles for his 50th game and inducted yet another new senior player in Rob Fawcett.

La Trobe began well, scoring the first goal and as Elsternwick struggled to get into gear matching them for the first 10 minutes, but after that we were clearly outclassed. Elsternwick’s work around the ball, particularly their spread and delivery long to multiple tall marking targets who were laser like in their accuracy, saw them comfortably outscore the Trobers in every quarter, ultimately kicking 36 goals 5 behinds for the game. Accuracy plus!

La Trobe worked well in bursts, sharing the ball quickly by hand and foot passing, but whenever hesitation set in or mistakes were made Elsternwick were quick to pounce usually resulting in a goal. Even the scoring gods abandoned La Trobe, hitting the post 3 times in the match for our 9 goals 12 behinds.

Matt Ogle battled valiantly as always, taking on not one but two of the best ruckmen in the competition. Down back Bryce Dowler (the old dog) and Tom Whelan (the pup) worked hard, even attempting to spark run out of the backline at times, while Paddy McCormack slowly found his spoiling skills to manage his dangerous opponent as the game wore on. In the mid field, Sam Benetti-Baker (also playing his 50th club game), Cal Randell and Ben Vicary worked hard against a fast and classy opposition to retain some La Trobe pride and self-respect, while Pat Lindsay lead and presented well from CHF with Rob Pain working hard at his feet.

A youthful La Trobe were beaten but not broken, and will learn a lot from what looked like a game between a Premier division team and a D4 side, although the loss of vice-captain Ricky Nolan to injury will not help our cause. We face another big challenge next week as we travel down to Lindsay Hassett Oval to take on South Melbourne Districts.

 

SENIOR WOMEN:

La Trobe had the bye. 
Goal Kickers: Nil.
Best Players: Nil.

BYE.

RESERVE MEN:

La Trobe 5.12 (42) defeated by Elsternwick AFC 17.7 (109)
Goal Kickers: J. O’Brien 2, L. Mitchell, R. Wills.
Best Players: J. Hay, J. MacShane, P. Howard, D. Tracy, L. Mitchell, B. Tremellen.

After the first four weeks we find ourselves moving into the second phase of this season with some of the more experienced teams facing one another. In the first big match up of our season we took on Elsternwick down at Holmes/Todd Oval (Elsternwick Park Oval 2) against a well drilled and experienced side. They started the game with a flurry and put our defenders under great duress with multiple key forwards leading up to the pill. The Wicks were strong at the contest early and great at extracting the footy to their outside runners. Unfortunately, many of the forward forays by La Trobe were intercepted with their defenders working hard to outnumber the Trober forwards. Down by 10 goals half way through the second quarter was not an enviable position for La Trobe and required some tactical manoeuvring from the coaches to change the run of play.

This proved positive with the move of Josh Hay from half back to the wing, who battled manfully all day and shut down their link between half back and forward while being able to win some of the pill of his own. Pat Howard pushed out from full back to centre half back and provided some great intercept run and carry while Jamie Koo showed he has what it takes to take on some of key forwards in our competition.

The second half also showed a much-improved contested ball effort with Daniel Thwaites bullocking through the middle and providing use to our mids who started to lower the eyes and force the Elsternwick defenders to be more accountable. This is certainly the method of success against Elsternwick when we play them later in the year.

Another change was the new half back line of Dom Tracy, Pat Howard and debutant Jobe MacShane who were very solid in the second half and built a base for our greater success. La Trobe were able to gain possession across wing and half back rather than on the last line of defence allowing for more effective forward thrusts, despite our again poor kicking at goals which did not allow us to put any scoreboard pressure on Elsternwick. The last quarter showed some highlights with Jobe MacShane putting in an almost, almost footy legends highlight getting some elevation but not quite bringing down the grab. Get along to watch his aerial acrobatics in the coming weeks. Lachlan Mitchell moved forward and kicked a couple of snags to show his class – perhaps a new position in the coming weeks! Brad Tremellen may have also found a new position across half forward, hitting up at the contest and starting to get his hands on a few marks.

The second half proved to be a very good contest and showed that our Trobers are up to the task of taking on these sides, with some areas to improve for sure. We are confident we have the cattle and the desire to take these guys on at Tony Sheehan Oval later in the year! The tests come thick and fast with ladder leaders South Melbourne Districts away next weekend.
 
Let’s go the Midday Show!

THIRDS MEN:

La Trobe 0.0 (0) forfeited to AJAX FC 0.0 (60)
Goal Kickers: Nil.
Best Players: Nil.

As injuries in the seniors pile up, the struggle to field a Thirds continues. However, all it takes is another half a dozen players to come back and pull the boots on for the Trobers again for our Thirds to get back on track.

Word is Ryan McMinn and Lachlan Watson are due for their comeback games this Saturday for their first run on Tony Sheehan Oval. While Jake Lasslett is primed to play game 100 for the club in the same match. If you’re keen to lace them up with these two great men then get in contact with Thirds Coach Cam Blair, 0412 694 805.

Published by Andrew Sutherland & Grant Dowler 09.05.2021

Round 4 Match Reports (2021)

Round 4 Match Reports (2021)

SENIOR MEN:

La Trobe 16.13 (109) defeat Eley Park Sharks FC 10.9 (69)
Goal Kickers: R. Alexander 5, M. Oliver 3, P. Lindsay 2, J. Horder 2, R. Pain 2, D. Thorn, J. Rogerson.
Best Players: T. Costa, B. Dowler, R. Alexander, C. Randell, J. Rogerson, T. Whelan.

Four and zip, we don’t mind it!

In hot and windy conditions La Trobe proved too strong for a competitive Eley Park Sharks. Kicking against the breeze in the first quarter, the Trobers were still able to gain a 2-goal lead by the first break. This great effort set the standard for the rest of the match with La Trobe able to extend the lead at each break before finishing with a 40-point win.

Riley ‘The Wiz’ Alexander continued to be a massive force up forward, slotting another bag with 5 majors. Great support from Mitch Oliver (3 first half goals before dislocating a finger), while Josh Horder, Rob Pain and ‘Uncle’ Pat Lindsay chipped in with a couple each.

Tyler Costa was immense on the wing and his partner in crime Nathan Richardson was also fantastic. A special mention must go to Bryce ‘Brucey Doull’ Dowler for uncorking a couple of lengthy barrels – we love to see that! Perhaps the play of the day at the start the second quarter was Matt Ogle’s exquisite palm to Callum Randell burning out of the square to deliver lace out to Mitchy – with perfect blocks executed by Josh Rogerson and Sam Benetti-Baker.

The players would also like to thank the past players who helped out on the day with goal umpiring and time keeping, and all other fans who attended our first home game for the year.

On we go, with a big game next Saturday against Elsternwick on their home deck!

 

SENIOR WOMEN:

La Trobe 6.11 (47) defeated RMIT WA FC 4.0 (24)
Goal Kickers: H. Wapper 2, K. Ritchie 2, K. Bond 2.
Best Players: K. Ritchie, E, Freeman, T. Dando, K. Bond, A. Atkinson, J. Rogers.

It was a fantastic four quarter effort played by the women on Saturday evening to claim a 23-point victory over the RMIT Redbacks on Tony Sheehan Oval.

The Redbacks came out hard in the first quarter, scoring the first goal of the game but the La Trobe girls replied straight away with five scoring shots, including two goals, to put them up by 9-points at the first break. Our girls definitely did not disappoint for the rest of the game as their intensity and great teamwork kept them up until the final siren.

The girls managed to dominate the ball for a majority of the game and maintained such high intensity throughout each quarter. But what really made our girls shine was the huge effort put in by every single player on the field and everyone putting themselves into the game to drive our team to a well-deserved second win.

Goalkickers were Hayley ‘Waps’ Wapper (match report author who is way too modest to mention herself! – Editor), best on ground Kaitlyn Ritchie and skipper Kate Bond who each kicked 2 goals. Elise Freeman, Tayla Dando, Annie Atkinson and Jess Rogers were named in the best and Charlotte Croome was a strong presence in the backline repelling many Redback’s forward attacks!

Next week the girls have a well-earned bye to rest up for a great clash against Therry Penola at home in a couple weeks.

RESERVE MEN:

La Trobe 0.0 (60) defeat (by forfeit) Eley Park Sharks 0.0 (0)
Goal Kickers: Nil.
Best Players: Nil.

Nil.

THIRDS MEN:

La Trobe 4.6 (30) defeated by Old Camberwell FC 9.8 (62)
Goal Kickers: C. McKenzie, R. Fawcett, J. O’Brien, S. Rathbone
Best Players: R. Fawcett, A. Marulli, M. Horler, D. Thwaites, P. Howard, N. Delaney

It was a picture-perfect morning to kick off our first home game of the 2021 season. Due to the Eley Park reserves forfeiting, our Thirds had a different look this week with our Reserves arriving disguised as the Thirds. Unfortunately, this strengthened line-up couldn’t come through with the win as Old Camberwell spoiled the homecoming party.
The game started with Old Camberwell taking the ascendency after a couple of early goals but the lads dug in to get the margin back to a goal by quarter-time.

Down by 19 points at half-time La Trobe came out and lifted their pressure around the ball to hang in the game going into the final quarter. An early goal gave the boys some hope of pulling off a remarkable come from behind win, but some missed chances in front of goal changed the momentum as Old Camberwell kicked three goals in five minutes to kick away on the scoreboard.

The boys showed a lot of heart during the game against a marginally stronger opposition but it was a much tighter game than the scoreboard suggested at the final siren.
Rob Fawcett was the star of the Morning Show, showing his pace, tackling and skills by foot in one of the goals of the season when he burned through Grammarian defenders to get the crowd up and about. Pat Howard was strong in defence with his intercept marking that repelled many Old Camberwell efforts going forward, while Danny Thwaites was explosive through the midfield.

Hopefully the players will be able to go back up to the reserves to see if they can improve on their now 4-0 start to the season as they take on Elsternwick, while those coming back into the Thirds will be looking forward to returning and taking on AJAX after a couple of weeks rest.

Published by Lachlan Miller, Hayley Wapper & Bailey Zimmerman 03.05.2021