Grand Final Match Reports (2022)

Grand Final Match Reports (2022)

Senior Men:

La Trobe 11.11 (77) defeat Swinburne University 9.8 (62)
Goal Kickers: Riley Alexander 4, Matt Ogle, Pat Lindsay, Darcy Thorn, Bryce Dowler, Tom Whelan, Ben Vicary, Charlie Scanlon.
Best Players: Matt Ogle, Riley Alexander, Andy Castles, Riley Keath, Tom Whelan, Lachlan Webb. 

A dominant season but it all came down to the last 20 minutes of the season, on the Parade College ground that had riddled the Trobers with heartbreak and despair for nearly a decade, for our senior men to write their own piece of history!

With an unchanged team from our 80-point second semi-final victory over Swinburne and the fence line of Garvey Oval packed with Trobers young and old, our boys continued their form with two goals to zip in the first term kicking into the wind. It was our intense pressure that set the tone with a few big crunching tackles from Riley Alexander, Riley Keath and Harry Tanner. Riley Alexander got the opening goal five minutes in and then after the ball bounced between the arcs for another 15-minutes he broke the lock giving one off to his “dad” Bryce Dowler to take a 15-2 lead into the first break. Will ‘The Janitor’ Lowry was cleaning up across half-back and using the ball well with composure.

The Razorbacks didn’t take long to show they weren’t just going to roll over kicking their first goal just 53 seconds into the second quarter. Charlie Scanlon wrestled the next goal back for the Trobers, while ball winning machines Harry Tanner and Tyler Costa started to put their stamp on the contest. We went goal for goal until Riley Alexander kicked his second, quickly followed by a Ben Vicary “65 metre” goal. Andy Castles and Robbie Fawcett were locking it up down back, but Swinburne stole a very late goal to bring the margin back to 14-points at the halftime break.

Swinburne had the advantage of the wind in the third term which they made the most of with a goal in the opening minute. This was followed by another two goals as they took the lead for the first time at the 12-minute mark of the quarter. Tyler Costa looked the man of the moment with an intercept mark and hit Riley Alexander lace out on the lead, but the woodwork copped it for the third time from the league’s leading goalkicker. Swinburne rebounded with another to take a nine-point lead but just as all the momentum looked to be going their way, Matt Ogle put the ball down Sam Benetti-Baker’s throat who quickly dumped it forward. As the pack bought the ball down Pat ‘Uncle’ Lindsay collected and snapped a sensational goal from 45 to keep them in arm’s length. But the storm kept coming as The Piggies kicked two more late goals to take a 17-point lead into the final break.

With the season in the balance, Swinburne’s bench starting to get ahead of themselves, but our boys stayed composed as they had belief the tide was going to turn. They managed a fast forward entry kicking a point to get out to an 18-point lead, but we were up for the fight as the grind back began. Tom Whelan and Lachlan Miller were determined to keep the ball forward of the centre before Will Lowry was rewarded for a strong tackle and delivered a trademark bullet to Riley Alexander who finished off his work to bring back the deficit to nine points. Minutes later Wheels took an intercept mark on the wing then received a 50-metre penalty to put him in range. The key defender absolutely picked the moment to slot his first senior goal as he kicked truly to put us five-points down with 8 minutes gone. Sam Benetti-Baker was looking damaging around the ground, while Riley Keath had parked himself behind the ball and Matt Ogle began to look dangerous drifting forward. But it could only be one man who was going to put us back in front. Insert Riley ‘The Wiz’ Alexander for some magic as he drove home a 50-metre bomb to put the Trobers two-points up with 19-minutes played. It was a nervous five minutes of footy as the ball bounced in and out of our forward 50 before Matt Ogle drifted in to clunk a mark and kick an unlikely set shot to give us some breathing room with only minutes to go. With under two minutes left Darcy Thorn marked and put the sealer through to deliver the Trobers the premiership for season 2022!

Congratulations to first-year coach Ricky Nolan and his team on their success this season and we look forward to celebrating as a club for the next few weeks at Vote Count and Presentation Night!

Reserve Men:

La Trobe 4.6 (30) defeated by Albert Park 5.8 (38)
Goal Kickers: Nathan Richardson, Luke Nelson, Mark O’Brien, Mackenzie Mann
Best Players: Nathan Richardson, Paddy McCormack, Conall Barrett, Adrian Marulli, James Toomey, Jake Shelley. 

After a solid win last week against Box Hill North, the Reserves entered the Grand Final to take on Albert Park for the fifth time this season. We entered the game without our full-back Jamie Koo, who unselfishly gave up his spot in the side after picking up an injury at training during the week, putting the team first as he has all year.

The pre-game message was, “to be first in and tackle and harass if you’re not”. The first quarter started off red-hot with players from both sides trying to have an impact early. The La Trobe midfield, led by Nathan Richardson and Dom Tracy, set the tone early with some crunching tackles on their Albert Park counterparts. The Falcons would score a couple of early goals, before the Trobers started to get some ascendancy through the middle of the ground but were unable to take advantage on the scoreboard kicking 3 points for the quarter. Unfortunately, we did lose our Vice Captain Laughlin Cargnali to a dislocated knee early in the quarter. Albert Park led by 10 points at quarter-time.

The second quarter was much of the same, the intensity was high and the Trobers were up for the task. The back six lead by Paddy McCormack, Conall Barrett and Jacob Shelley, held strong only conceding one goal for the quarter. Trobers once again had their opportunities but were held goalless for the quarter, and the half. Albert Park led by 17 points at half-time.

The message at halftime from coach Mick Correnti was to “maintain the intensity” and “to show a little more composure with the ball going forward”. Some changes were made with the tackling machine Ernie Fan moving into the backline to help the pressure in Albert Park’s forward 50, and the ever-reliable Mark O’Brien was swung forward to give our forward line another mobile marking target.

The third term saw the continued running of James Toomey, Liam Walsh and Adrian Marulli help the Trobers set-up more forward opportunities and they were able to capitalise. Our midfield hard-nut Nathan Richardson would kick the first and light a fire under the boys; Luke Nelson, one of our most consistent performs across the whole finals’ series, would kick the second; and the Big Mack Truck, MacKenzie Mann, would kick the third. Unfortunately, not all good news as Ernie Fan sustained a hamstring injury and was out for the remainder of the game. La Trobe entered three-quarter time 8 points down.

The Three Quarter-Time message was to “maintain the belief” and “just keep coming”. The final term was much the same as the other three, with a high intensity arm-wrestle all over the ground. The Trobers kicked the first goal for the quarter, thanks to what could only be described as a contentious deliberate rushed behind call – Mark O’Brien was the beneficiary of the decision kicking a goal and bringing the Trobers within 2 points. The boys continued to run and harass but were unable to get a possession in our forward line that could be converted into a goal. Albert Park kicked a late goal and won by 8pts.

A disappointing finish to a very good year, the boys can all hold their heads high knowing they gave their all and fought hard right to the very end!

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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.

Finals Week 2 Match Report (2022)

Finals Week 2 Match Report (2022)

Reserve Men:

La Trobe 10.10 (70) defeated Box Hill North AFC 8.1 (49)
Goal Kickers: Luke Nelson 3, Liam Walsh, Jordy O’Brien, Laughlin Cargnali, Andy Devine, Adrian Marulli, Mackenzie Mann, Cameron Marcroft.
Best Players: Luke Nelson, Andy Devine, Paddy McCormack, Conall Barrett, Mark O’Brien,  Nathan Richardson. 

After last week’s disappointing result, The Reserves headed back to Whitefriars College in Donvale on Sunday to take on Box Hill North in the D4 Reserves Preliminary Final, with a spot in the Grand Final against Albert Park on the line.

The first quarter started in red hot fashion as both teams were determined to be first to the pill and bring the pressure when they didn’t have it. The Demons were able to kick a couple of early goals, before La Trobe responded with one of their own from Luke Nelson. The Trobers entered quarter time trailing, but with enough positives to know the deficit could be turned around.

The arm wrestle continued into the second quarter, as our midfield battled for supremacy in the centre square. Led by Andrew Devine and Nathan Richardson, the Trobers worked hard to gain momentum but were unable to capitalise on the scoreboard. Liam Walsh found the big sticks and Nels slotted his second to give La Trobe a slim lead at half-time.

The message from Coach Mick Correnti at half-time was to maintain the pressure and be first to the footy. As our midfield hard nuts Dom Tracy and Angus “Tick” Tickner kicked into gear, the Trobers started to gain a little more control of the footy. The back six held strong, and thanks to the rebounding play of Mark “Mobla” O’Brien, Paddy McCormack and Conall Barrett, were able to provide our forwards with plenty of opportunities. Andy Devine was rewarded for his hard running with a major, our skipper Jordy “Jobba” O’Brien also kicked truly, and defender-come-forward Laughlin Cargnali kicked one that can only be described as “Daicos-Like”. La Trobe entered three-quarter time with a solid lead.

The final term saw much of the same from The Trobers as they stood up to The Demons’ pressure and continued to hit the scoreboard. The move of Adrian Marulli to the wing saw instant dividends as he racked up the touches, took a couple of very important marks and slotted a goal. Mackenzie Mann was rewarded for his hard work across half forward with a goal, and Luke Nelson cemented his best-on-ground performance kicking his third. And in a passage of play that can only sum up the Trobers effort across the day, Ernie Fan and Rob Pain refused to give up on a contested ball, they managed to keep the ball moving forward and their work was rewarded when Cameron “Sugar” Marcroft picked up the loose pill and kicked truly. The Trobers won by 21 points and booked their ticket to the Grand Final this coming SUNDAY on Garvey Oval at Parade College, Bundoora!

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Finals Week 1 Match Reports (2022)

Finals Week 1 Match Reports (2022)

Senior Men:

La Trobe 17.15 (117) defeated Swinburne University 5.7 (37)
Goal Kickers: Riley Alexander 5, Tate Spiteri 4, Riley Keath 2, Ben Vicary 2, Ricky Nolan, Bryce Dowler, Charlie Scanlon, Harry Tanner.
Best Players: Will Lowry, Connor McCredden, Ben Vicary, Riley Alexander, Rob Fawcett, Riley Keath. 

Finals time always brings a sense of excitement and anticipation with the sun shining and a Grand Final spot up for grabs as we headed out to Whitefriars College in Donvale to take on Swinburne University. Just the one change to the side as our playing Assistant Coaches swapped, with Matt Ogle coming in for the injured Josh Rogerson. The message from Coach Ricky Nolan was very clear – the hours and hours of hard work and effort have created this opportunity and we aren’t going to let it slip! And boy, did the lads bring the heat, intensity and attack at the footy.

It was a typical start to a final with intense pressure and a number of skill errors as both sides tested each other in the opening 5 minutes. There were plenty of hard contests between the arcs before our midfielders started to gain control with either clearances or denying Swinburne with our ferocious tackle pressure. Tate Spiteri slotted our first major as we started to gain the ascendency with League Leading Goalkicker Riley Alexander, Tate again and midfield bull Ben Vicary also kicking goals before The Piggies got their first. Harry Tanner added a late goal as we took a 25-point lead into the first break – 5.2 to 1.1. The quarter time message was more of the same and let’s not give this mob a sniff!

Both teams had their chances at the start of the second quarter before Spitta kicked his third, Wiz his second and Riley Keath stretched our lead to 45-points midway through the term. Swinburne started to win their share of clearances and delivering inside their forward 50 but our backline held strong with great defensive pressure from Tom Whelan, Lachlan Miller, Andy Castles and Rob Fawcett, plus rebounding run from Will Lowry, Jonty Randall and Connor McCredden. The Piggies added a late goal to trim the halftime margin to 38-points.

Swinburne came out hard at the start of the third quarter and gained control through repeated clearances and inside 50s. After they kicked the first 3 goals of the term and cut the lead to 20-points, our Trobers put the foot down and slammed on 5 unanswered goals to regain control of the game. Ben Vicary, Ricky Nolan, Riley Keath, Bryce Dowler and Charlie Scanlon all found the big sticks as we extended our lead to 53-points at the final break.

As many former players, families and friends joined the player’s huddle the message from Coach Ricky was that the job was not done and the team wanted to send a very clear message to future opponents! The Trobers dominated the final quarter with our defensive unit conceding just 2 points and the forwards adding another 4.5 with Riley Alexander kicking another 3 to take his season’s tally to 73 and Tate Spiteri slotting his fourth for the day for a season total of 44 (his jumper number) and third place in the goalkicking, with Bryce Dowler in 5th place on 35 goals.

As often happens as a result of our high pressure and relentless attacking style of play, we had a few banged-up bodies by the end of the game and a depleted bench. The most serious injury was to Skipper Andy Castles who landed on his opponent’s foot and rolled his left ankle. Lots of swelling and pain, but we know Ace will do everything possible in the next fortnight to get back for the Big Show!

Our lads controlled the majority of the game except for around 10 minutes early in the third quarter before they steadied and absorbed the challenge thrown at them by a determined, but ultimately out-gunned Swinburne. The side is well coached and drilled, know their roles and now have next weekend off as they prepare for a Grand Final and the ultimate prize – a premiership flag!

Viva La Varsity!

Reserve Men:

La Trobe 4.8 (32) defeated by Albert Park 9.8 (62)
Goal Kickers: Liam Walsh 2, Jordy O’Brien, Martin Grinter.
Best Players: Liam Walsh, Cam McPherson, Nathan Richardson, Paddy McCormack, James Toomey, Luke Nelson. 

The Reserves headed to Whitefriars College in Donvale to take on Albert Park in the D4 Reserves Second Semi-Final, with a spot in the Grand Final on the line.

The first quarter was an arm wrestle as both sides tackling and pressure around the pill was immense, ‘The Midday Show’ led by the strong tackling duo of Nathan Richardson and Ernie Fan. The Trobers managed to hit the scoreboard thanks to a running goal from the returning Liam Walsh. Albert Park led by 1 point at quarter time.

The second quarter saw The Falcons get on top in the midfield which helped them gain a four-goal lead as they held the Trobers goal-less for the quarter. Jake Ellett, James Toomey and Luke Nelson continued to run and present across the ground, doing everything in their power to help La Trobe gain some forward momentum. The Trobers were unable to take advantage of some limited opportunities up forward with Albert Park going into half-time with a 26-point lead.

Coach Mick Correnti moved a few magnets at half-time to see if the boys could wrestle back some of the momentum. Two Trobers given big roles for the quarter were Paddy McCormack who headed to Centre Half Back to provide us with some defensive height and rebounding attack. The other Trober given a big job was Cam McPherson who was tasked with shutting down one of Albert Park’s key movers out on the wing, and shut him down he did, completely taking him out of the game. Unfortunately, we were unable to take advantage of this great work, with our skipper Jordy “Jobba” O’Brien kicking our only major for the quarter.  Trobers went into three-quarter time 33 points behind.

Coach Correnti implored the boys that we were not out of the contest and “Lets get the first one and then worry about the rest”. The Trober ball pressure and intensity was once again at manic levels. Brendan Plowman, Rob Pain and Richo helped the Trobers wrestle away some control in the middle, which saw Walshy slot the first goal of the quarter for the Trobers. La Trobe continued to battle away but the Albert Park defense stood tall, and we were only able to add one more goal, thanks to some help from the umps, as Albert Park got frustrated and gave away a 50. Martin “Ginnis” Grinter was the beneficiary of the umpire’s displeasure. Albert Park won the game by 30 points.

Thanks to all the Past Players, Parents, Women’s Players and Men’s Players who got down and watched us, and also volunteered for jobs – your support was greatly appreciated!

The Reserves will now return to Whitefriars College this coming Sunday to host Box Hill North in the Preliminary, with a Grand Final spot on the line.

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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.

Round 18 Match Reports (2022)

Round 18 Match Reports (2022)

Senior Men:

La Trobe 6.2 (38) versus St Johns 2.1 (13)
Goal Kickers: Riley Alexander 4, Riley Keath, Bryce Dowler.
Best Players: Riley Alexander, Riley Keath, Will Lowry, Connor McCredden, Archie Conboy, Josh Rogerson. 

It was the final game of the home & away season as we made the trip down to Dandenong to take on St Johns, the only team to defeat our lads this season. And in what turned out to be yet another unusual day in Trober history, the game was stopped around 10 minutes into the second quarter after Assistant Coach Josh Rogerson was tackled and suffered a double fracture to his lower right leg.

The side was strengthened by the welcomed return of Bryce Dowler, Pat Lindsay, Harry Tanner and Lachlan Webb, while Riley Alexander needed to kick just a single goal to win the Division goalkicking with his co-leader having the bye this week. Our boys started well with centre clearances and inside 50s but it was the home team with the first goal of the game. Our lads responded immediately with The Wiz marking and kicking the first of his 4 goals for the day to secure the goalkicking award – and did the boys get around him to celebrate! Riley and Reserves skipper Jordy O’Brien won their respective goalkicking awards – a great personal achievement for each of these key forwards and perhaps the first time for the Club?

The Trobers were gaining control through the middle with Riley Keath taking on the rucking duties, as Matt Ogle was rested this week. Our midfield bulls Sam Benetti-Baker, Ben Vicary, Harry Tanner, and Archie Conboy were getting on top and providing plenty of inside 50s along with our outside runners Tyler Costa, Lachlan Webb and Darcy Thorn, while the forwards were applying tremendous tackle pressure to lock the ball in our forward half.

Our backs have done a number on every opposition team this season allowing an average of less than 40 points per game, and they were at it again! Tom Whelan, Connor McCredden, Will Lowry, skipper Andy Castles and Rob Fawcett have been the pillars of our defense all season! Their work as a defensive unit – rebounding, spoiling, smothering and intercept marking – has been outstanding!

Goals to Wiz, Keathy and Bryce Dowler saw our lead stretch to 26 points before St Johns kicked a late goal after the siren – Trobers by 20 points at quarter time.

Coach Ricky Nolan’s message at the first break was to maintain the intensity and attack on the ball and not give our opponents a sniff! An early goal to Wiz saw our lead out to 25 points before Josh Rogerson was turned in a tackle which resulted in a double fracture to his lower right leg. With the sound and anguished cry from Rogo, it was obvious this was a very serious injury and the game was stopped immediately. A great call by field umpires Bryan Crowe and Victor Wong which allowed training staff and officials from both teams onto the ground to care for Rogo. With an ambulance called, the trainers and our player/physiotherapists went to work making Rogo as comfortable as possible.

The players went into their huddles and then left the ground as we waited for the ambulance – which made pretty good time given the current demand on our health system. Once Rogo’s leg was stabilised and he was carried from the ground to the ambulance the umpires, coaches and captains made the decision to call the game at around 3.30 p.m.

Not an ideal way to finish the home & away season but our focus turns to preparing for this week’s second semi-final against Swinburne University, a place in the Grand Final and promotion!

The Trobers finish as Minor Premiers with 13 wins, 1 loss and yesterday’s “draw” but it’s now the business end of the season as we prepare for a successful finals campaign!

Reserve Men:

La Trobe 15.14 (104) defeated St Johns 1.2 (8)
Goal Kickers: Jordy O’Brien 8, Paddy McCormack 3, Martin Grinter 2, Andy Devine, Mackenzie Mann.
Best Players: Paddy McCormack, Jordy O’Brien, Brendan Plowman, Mark O’Brien, Adrian Marulli, James Toomey. 

‘The Midday Show’ headed to Thomas Carroll Reserve in Dandenong to take on St Johns as the Trobers were looking to secure the 4 points and maintain their momentum heading into finals.

St Johns started strongly and challenged the Trobers through the midfield, but we held up and continued to push forward at every opportunity. Our Trobers started well having 11 shots on goal in the first quarter. Leading from the front, Skipper Jordy “Jobba” O’Brien kicked 4 for the quarter, with Paddy McCormack and Martin “Ginnis” Grinter also slotting majors. La Trobe went into quarter-time with a commanding 40-point lead.

The second quarter saw much of the same with St Johns continuing to challenge the Trobers all over the field but our boys were up to the task led by our ruckman Brendan Plowman, and the midfield combination of Rob “Painy” Pain and Adrian Marulli. Jobba and Paddy kicked another goal each as we took a 47-point lead into the main break.

The third term turned into a bit of an arm-wrestle as the home team threw everything they had at the Trobers. The ball lived between the 50 metre arcs for most of the quarter, with the La Trobe defense, led by Mark “Mobla” O’Brien, repelling every St Johns attempted forward entry. La Trobe only kicked one goal for the quarter, thanks to Mackenzie Mann.

The last quarter saw the Trobers take back control through the middle, with Plow and Paddy continuing their dominance in the ruck, the mids would get first hands on the pill and turn that dominance into plenty of forward opportunities. Andrew Devine would run amok, racking up clearances at will and kicking a goal. James Toomey finished off a solid day out on the wing to continue his good season’s form rolling into finals. Our skipper Jobba kicked another 3 goals to give him 8 for the day, Paddy and Ginnis also slotted majors, to help give La Trobe a 96-point win.

A solid finish to our regular season sees us finish second on the ladder, and sets up a Second Semi Final against Albert Park. Jordy O’Brien’s 8 goals was more than enough to secure the League Goal Kicking Trophy for our skipper. Congratulations Jobba!

On to Finals!!!

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Round 17 Match Reports (2022)

Round 17 Match Reports (2022)

Senior Men:

La Trobe 16.14 (110) defeated Box Hill North AFC 0.2 (2)
Goal Kickers: Riley Alexander 4, Tate Spiteri 3, Riley Keath 2, Ernie Fan, Archie Conboy, Ben Vicary, Paddy McCormack, Matt Ogle, Josh Rogerson, Charlie Scanlon.
Best Players: Sam Benetti-Baker, Riley Alexander, Riley Keath, Tyler Costa, Connor McCredden, Ben Vicary. 

An unusual day in Trober history as the game was abandoned at half-time due to lightning and thunderstorms with a score line that would usually represent a fully completed match.

Our boys burst out of the gates with a seven-goal opening term kicking into the wind as the ball lived in our forward half for the quarter (and game). Sam Benetti-Baker was at his dominant best doing a tagging job and accumulating plenty of the ball. The second quarter was much the same as we piled on nine unanswered goals from 18 scoring shots for the quarter. Riley Keath was everywhere across half forward and enjoying the freedom of not having the ruck duties, while Tyler Costa was running amok through the middle of the ground.

Our seven forwards all managed to hit the scoreboard as they went to work, but it was Riley Alexander that topped the tally yet again. Trailing the league goal kicking by just two goals and the leader having the bye in the final round, it was a nervous wait for Riley ‘The Wiz’ Alexander at half-time as he was itching to get back out there. Fortunately, his four goals were enough to secure himself as the equal league leading goal kicker going into the final game this Saturday against St Johns.

With the pressure off Wiz and the boys getting through injury free, all the focus turns to our rematch with St Johns before the finals, as we sit top of the ladder at 13 and 1.

Reserve Men:

La Trobe 16.11 (107) defeat Box Hill North AFC 6.6 (42)
Goal Kickers: Jordy O’Brien 10, Bryce Dowler 4, Mackenzie Mann, Jayden Jacobson.
Best Players: Jordy O’Brien, James Toomey, Bryce Dowler, Adrian Marulli, Cameron Marcroft, Pat Mulvahill. 

‘The Midday Show’ welcomed Box Hill North to Tony Sheehan Oval for our final home game of the season. Coach Mick Correnti was looking for a solid four quarter performance after last week’s close loss to ladder leaders Albert Park.

The Trobers got off to a bit of a slow start but managed to wrestle back control and go into quarter-time with a 1 goal lead. Mackenzie Mann and Jordy “Jobba” O’Brien were rewarded for their hard work up forward with a goal each. An unfortunate injury to Dom Tracy ended his day much earlier than the Trobers would have liked.

The second term saw the Trobers take full control of the contest across all parts of the ground. The midfield started to get on top after some re-working due to Dom’s absence, with Adrian Marulli, Rob Pain and Co getting on top and giving our forward line first use. Bryce “Brucey Doull” Dowell benefitted from this the most by kicking 4 goals for the quarter, with Jobba also slotting 2 to give the Trobers a 39-point half-time lead.

The team came out after half-time looking to build on their solid lead. The Midday Show unfortunately lost another player to injury as Angus “Tick” Tickner went down with an ankle injury, ending his day. The Trobers lifted their effort to cover for the loss of Tick and remain on top, with the defence led by Patrick “Mulva” Mulvahill, Jacob Shelley and Laughlin Cargnali rebounding Box Hill North and setting up many a forward attack. The beneficiary of the defence’s hard work was our Skipper Jobba who kicked 3 goals for the term. The Trobers now led by 51 points at three-quarter time.

The message at the final break was not to take the foot off the pedal and maintain the pressure for the final term. The forward line continued to function well with Cameron “Sugar” Marcroft and Bryce Dowler presenting well and giving our Skipper Jobba first use, as he kicked another 4 giving him 10 goals for the day. But the real story of the final term was Jayden “JJ” Jacobson who put his body on the line up forward and was rewarded with a free kick 35 metres out from goal straight in front. JJ went back and kicked truly to give himself his first goal for the Red & Black, and one of our moments of the year as every player on the field streamed forward to celebrate with Jayden. The Trobers won by 65 points.

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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.