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! 

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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.

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! 

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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.

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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.

Huss on the move but Mick signs on for 2022 as Reserve Men’s Coach

Huss on the move but Mick signs on for 2022 as Reserve Men’s Coach

Despite season 2021 ultimately being cancelled, our Reserve Men sung the song plenty of times thanks to our new dynamic coaching duo of Grant ‘Huss’ Dowler and Michael Correnti.

After finishing third with just three loses for the season, a young Trober team with veteran club legend Jordy O’Brien down forward, looked destined for a big finals campaign but will have to wait until 2022 for that opportunity.

We are excited to announce that Michael Correnti will continue as our Reserve Men’s Coach in 2022. After a very enjoyable year coaching alongside Huss, he will go it alone in 2022, as Huss moves to Bendigo to start the next chapter of his life.

While we are sad to lose Huss, a true Trober legend, we are excited to see what the future has instore for him. A Life Member of LTUFC and a lifetime of contributions to match, including: Senior Men’s Captain 2013-15, Club Secretary 2017, Men’s Team of the Decade 2006-17, John Dumaresq Best Club-person 2013, Bob Segrave Outstanding Service 2016, La Trobe University Outstanding Service 2018, and other committee roles. Huss’ contribution over the past decade has been unmatched and no doubt you will find another footy club to contribute greatly to in Bendigo.

We look forward to seeing Mick take our boys further in 2022 with a focus and ability to help create a whole playing group, sense of belonging and develop players into senior players.

We wish both Mick and Huss all the best going forward!

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Kate Bond creates history with fourth consecutive Senior Best and Fairest

Kate Bond creates history with fourth consecutive Senior Best and Fairest

The name Kate Bond and nine votes have become an unmatched pair over recent years and 2021 was no different, as Kate secured her forth consecutive Senior Women’s Best and Fairest at last weekend’s Vote Count.

In what was one of the closest counts in a while, Kate got out to a lead early with three best on ground performances in the opening month of the season. However, her lead was only slim with Kaitlyn Ritchie breathing down her neck and would take the lead by three votes with one round remaining. In typical Kate Bond fashion, up against a tough outfit she stood up with a strong performance against a premiership contender to ultimately pip Kaitlyn at the post to claim the Best and Fairest honours for season 2021.

Already in the history books as one of the 10 Trobers to win multiple Senior Best and Fairest’s and the only player to win three consecutive and now four consecutive Best and Fairest’s, Kate now equals Club great Mario Bakogiannis for the most Senior Best and Fairest’s won at the Club. Firmly placing herself in discussion as one of the greatest Trobers of all-time.

2021 Senior Women Leaderboard
1st Kate Bond (32 votes)
2nd Kaitlyn Ritchie (29 votes)
3rd Natalie Cappelletti (18 votes)
4th Elise Freeman (15 votes)
5th Annie Atkinson (11 votes)
=6th Charlotte Croome (7 votes)
=6th Amanda Olschyna (7 votes)
8th Teresa D’Angelo (6 votes)
9th Steph Castagnini (5 votes)
10th Caitlin Ross (3 votes) 

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Mental Health Awareness Evening 2021

We were extremely lucky and grateful to hear from two passionate speakers on mental health, Dr Many Ruddock from Outside the Locker Room and Brad McEwan, a Beyond Blue ambassador, TV presenter and sports journalist.