Round 7 Match Reports (2022)

Round 7 Match Reports (2022)

Senior Men:

La Trobe 28.15 (183) defeated Swinburne University 10.8 (68)

Goal Kickers: Riley Alexander 10, Bryce Dowler 5, Tate Spiteri 4, Ernie Fan 2, Robert Pain 2, Sam Benetti-Baker, Joe De Angelis, Josh Horder, Ben Vicary, Riley Keath
Best Players: Riley Alexander, Connor McCredden, Riley Keath, Tyler Costa, Andy Castles, Lachlan Webb

It was tipped to be our biggest challenge yet as we came up against top of the ladder Swinburne University who were 6-0, but after our disappointing performance last week against St Johns our boys were out for blood.

Our bull-brigade (Riley Keath, Ben Vicary, Sam Benetti-Baker and Archie Conboy) wiped last week from their memories as they took control of the contest from the first bounce asserting their physical presence on the game. It was Rob Pain who got the scoreboard ticking over with the first goal of the game, while Lachlan Webb hadn’t missed a beat after the week off opening the game up with his run. However, it was Riley ‘The Wiz’ Alexander who stole the show piling on four first quarter goals and eventually ending his day with a massive bag of 10!

Leading 51-7 at the first break the next three quarters were just pure dominance as we played our style of footy for four quarters. Bryce Dowler and Tate Spiteri had a purple patch within the game kicking three in a row each with ‘Brucey Doull’ finishing with five goals and ‘Spitta’ four. Tyler Costa was at his best winning groundballs and keeping us in possession. Andy Castles had the job on their key forward, keeping him quiet while intercepting and rebounding from the defensive 50. The addition of Tom Whelan proved to steady our back seven and freed up Connor McCredden to do what he does best and intercept everything off half back.

Despite finishing with no rotations on the bench with two out at halftime and another three pretty banged up bodies, we managed to win every quarter comfortably. Even the last quarter, when we left some goals on the table trying to get the ball to Wiz so he could bag his 10, we kicked 9.3 to cap off an emphatic win and make the strongest possible statement

It’s into the second bye round for our men with the Reserves sitting top of the table at 5-1, and the Seniors in second spot, a game behind Swinburne University who have played in all 7 rounds – go figure the VAFA!

Senior Women:

La Trobe 0.3 (3) defeated by Glen Eira 7.9 (51)

Best Players: Ineka Hart, Kate Bond, Molly O’Brien, Steph Darlington, Tayla Dando, Elise Freeman

A day full of major events with election day, the Trober women’s second home game for the season and Kyaa’s first game back since her ACL injury last year.

Pumped and fueled up on democracy sausages, the Trober’s knocked the dew off Tony Sheehan Oval with the 10 a.m. start time.

The first quarter was an arm wrestle. Unfortunately, the team were met with a string of injuries, taking out some of our key players. However, they persisted keeping Glen Eira to 2 goals for the quarter.

The second quarter saw the backline remain strong, with Ellen Brasier and Steph Darlington repeatedly attacking the ball and building a strong defensive line.

The third quarter was the strongest for the team. Co-Captain Kate Bond stood up and showed a bit of Trober spirit by breaking through the pack and delivering the ball into our forward 50. Up and coming first-year player Ineka Hart was able to make use of this opportunity by getting a score on the board.

Unfortunately, the team went to down in a tough match. Next week we are playing at home against AJAX for the second time this season after facing them back in Round 5.

Reserve Men:

La Trobe 8.6 (54) defeated by Swinburne University 8.8 (56)

Goal Kickers: Jordy O’Brien 3, Darcy Thorn 3, Laughlin Cargnali, Mackenzie Mann
Best Players: Darcy Thorn, Jacob Ellett, Laughlin Cargnali, James Toomey, Connor Burns, Jordy O’Brien

The Midday Show headed to St James Park in Hawthorn to take on the Razorbacks, looking to cement our spot on top of the ladder. Swinburne got off to a quick start, getting first hands on the ball through the middle of the ground, and the Trobers had a little trouble stemming the flow.

An injury late in the first term to a Swinburne forward saw the game stopped as we waited for an ambulance to arrive.

With shortened quarters, La Trobe started the second quarter strongly. Coach Mick Correnti rang the changes starting with moving our centre half back Laughlin Cargnali to centre half forward which paid dividends with Laughy taking some strong marks and kicking a goal. Darcy Thorn was also dominant across half forward and finished the quarter with a goal.

After closing the gap, the Trobers came out after half-time looking to continue their momentum, but unfortunately, we were unable to take advantage of some strong play from James Toomey and Jake Ellett on our wings, and finished the quarter by only scoring one goal, another major to Thorny.

La Trobe put the foot down in the final quarter attempting to run down a 27-point lead. The boys kicked 4 goals – Jordy O’Brien with 2, Mackenzie Mann 1, and Darcy Thorn 1, whilst holding Swinburne to just a single point.

The Reserves battled hard but would ultimately fall just short of taking home the 4 points. We will take full advantage of the bye and come back in Round 9 looking to get back in the winners’ column.

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Round 6 Match Reports (2022)

Round 6 Match Reports (2022)

Senior Men:

La Trobe 8.13 (61) defeated by St Johns 9.11 (65)
Goal Kickers: Riley Alexander 4, Tate Spiteri, Pat Lindsay, Josh Horder, Jonty Randall
Best Players: Andy Castles, Pat Lindsay, Jonty Randall, Riley Keath, Tate Spiteri, Liam Walsh

After losing our last two encounters with St Johns by four goals or less, our boys were looking to flip the script but unfortunately fell agonisingly short.

Against the wind in the first we started well with Riley Keath giving our mids first use and Tate Spiteri lively across half forward, but we were unable to capitalise on the scoreboard which gave St Johns a sniff to get their game going before we surged late in the quarter to peg back their four-goal lead to just eight points at the break.

In the second quarter we were able to structure up better and keep the ball in our forward half with Andy Castles and Robbie Fawcett ensuring nothing got past them in the back half. With the ball played predominately in our half and some inaccuracy, kicking 2.7 for the quarter, it was Pat Lindsay and Josh Horder who stood up in the contest to keep the ball in our half. Ernie Fan was exceptional below his knees with clean hands helping to bring his teammates into the game. We took an 11-point lead into halftime knowing this was going to be a tough contest – and an arm-wrestle it was in the second half.

St Johns again took advantage of the wind adding four goals to their tally from their 11 scoring shots in the quarter. Thankfully, Skipper Andy Castles found himself on the goal line saving a few to keep us in striking distance. Riley Alexander kept up his form with his fourth goal before being injected on-ball, while Pat Lindsay almost had himself a contender for Goal of the Year. Trailing by six points at the final break it was there for the taking.

The fourth quarter was a battle with Jonty Randall and Tyler Costa putting their heads over the footy and winning loose balls to generate us going forward. Eventually, we were able to break through with a Josh Horder goal giving us the lead, but St Johns managed to steal another goal before the final siren to give us our first loss of the season.

A tough loss to swallow but its eyes on next weekend now as we try to take a scalp over top of the ladder arch-rivals Swinburne University.

Senior Women:

La Trobe 0.0 (0) defeated by Whitefriars 5.8 (38)

Best Players: Courtney Donoghue, Tayla Dando, Amanda Olschyna, Paige Kenny, Steph Castagnini

It was a cloudy morning as the Trober women prepared to take on Whitefriars at Donvale.

The vibes were high, but they were higher than usual. “Why?”, you ask. Well, this was Steph ‘Casta’ Castagnini’s 50th game for La Trobe!! This is an amazing achievement and one for the record books!

The Trober’s carried their good vibes onto the field and commenced the game. It was a tough battle from the get go, with both teams continually laying strong tackles and creating smart passages of play. The Trober’s were able to keep the extremely skillful Whitefriars to only one goal in the first term.

The second quarter proved to be the most challenging for the team, as Whitefriars progressed their lead by a few quick (lucky) goals.

However, the team’s enthusiasm did not waiver. They took in coach Jaryd’s words of wisdom and came out as fiery as ever. Key players such as Courtney Donoghue and Tayla Dando stood up and showed some Trober spirit. Again, the team was able to keep Whitefriars to one goal.

The last quarter was a display of determination and grit from La Trobe. The backline remained strong in defense. Not letting Whitefriars get close to a goal all quarter. The team were able to create some really nice passages of play, with the assistance of Amanda Olschyna and Paige ‘PK’ Kenny. Once again, the team displayed an enormous amount of resilience.

Unfortunately, La Trobe couldn’t take home the cookies this weekend. However, there are some very positive signs for the team. Can’t wait to see what happens next week against Glen Eira at home. Go Trobers!!!

Reserve Men:

La Trobe 13.6 (84) defeated St Johns 4.7 (31)
Goal Kickers: Jordy O’Brien 8, Rob Pain 2, Lachlan Miller 2, Jacob Ellett
Best Players: Jordy O’Brien, Dom Tracy, Angus Tickner, James Toomey, Jacob Ellett, Rob Pain

The Reserves were back at Tony Sheehan Oval for just their second home game of the year. With the Reserves unfortunately missing out on a game in Round 5 due to Eley Park Sharks forfeiting the boys were chomping at the bit for the chance to play some footy.

The game started in wet conditions with rain falling for most of the first half. La Trobe’s commitment to attack the ball helped them get first hands on the pill and build a 13-point first quarter lead, with our Skipper Jordy “Jobba” O’Brien kicking 2 and Rob Pain slotting one as well.

The second quarter would see much of the same thanks to the work of Dom Tracy and Angus Tickner through the middle of the ground. The Trobers were able to add 5 more goals, with 3 to Jobba, another to Painy and Jake Ellett also kicking truly. La Trobe went into half time 37 points up.

St Johns came out after half time determined to get back into the contest and were able to keep the Trobers goalless during the third quarter. James Toomey would continue patrolling the wing and getting to plenty of contests, with the back six led by Jamie Koo, able to repel continual entries and concede only a couple of goals.

The boys entered the final quarter looking to rebound from the disappointing third quarter and rebound they did, with Jobba kicking another 3 goals to take his total to 8 for the game. The returning Lachlan Miller added 2 goals of his own as La Trobe ran out comfortable 53-point winners.

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Round 5 Match Reports (2022)

Round 5 Match Reports (2022)

Senior Men:

La Trobe 27.19 (181) defeated Eley Park Sharks 1.7 (13)
Goal Kickers: Riley Alexander 5, Bryce Dowler 5, Archie Conboy 3, Lachlan Webb 2, Sam Benetti-Baker 2, Kane Newby 2, Josh Horder 2, Ernie Fan, Ben Vicary, Nathan Richardson, Connor McCredden, Pat Lindsay, Riley Keath

Best Players: Lachlan Webb, Archie Conboy, Ben Vicary, Sam Benetti-Baker, Connor McCredden, Will Lowry

Without The Midday Show this week our senior boys decided to put on a show of their own with a 168-point thumping of Eley Park Sharks on the road.

Josh Horder, in his first game back in the seniors, got the ball rolling with the opening goal. Quickly followed by a running banana from Sam Benetti-Baker as he found the scoreboard for the first time this season. From there the goals kept flowing with a seven to one goal first term. Ben Vicary, Sam Benetti-Baker and Riley Keath dominated the contest early, while debutants Archie Conboy and Kane Newby made their presence known from the get-go.

The second quarter saw the floodgates open as we piled on another eight goals to their none. Kane Newby kicked his first of two for the day, as Riley Alexander kicked four of his five in the first half. Will Lowry was finding plenty of the footy and using it well, while Lachlan Webb continued to break the lines as he took the game on. Nathan Richardson and Ernie Fan were both rewarded with a goal each for their pressure efforts inside 50.

With a 91-point lead at the half and ten goal kickers, our boys were determined to make this a statement game and not get complacent. Bryce Dowler continued his great 2022 form with three goals in the third term to take his tally to five for the day, while Pat Lindsay continued to be an option higher up the ground. With a little bit more play in the defensive half, Robbie Fawcett and Adrian Marulli stood tall winning the one-on-one contests and allowing run off half back for Connor McCredden, which included kicking a great goal on the run from outside 50! Tyler Costa won plenty of the footy, especially once the game turned wet in the last quarter, but it was Archie Conboy on debut who made the final term his own with three goals in a row! Eventually running out winners by 28 goals, it was a pleasant change for Damon Guy who played his first senior game since 2018 where we went down by 229. A massive 397-point turn around!

For the second year in a row both our Senior and Reserve Men’s sides have started the season 4-0, setting our seniors up for a big two weeks, taking on worthy rivals third-placed St Johns followed by arch-rivals second-placed Swinburne.

Senior Women:

La Trobe 0.1 (1) defeated by AJAX 2.5 (17)

Best Players:  Ineka Hart, Eve Conlan, Steph Darlington, Jess Lowry, Jasmine Smith, Nat Cappelletti

Coming off last week’s defeat against the top team in the competition, we wanted to ensure we started the game well and win the contested footy throughout the game.

The first quarter was very tightly contested and both teams had a chance to attack and defend with some free flowing movement between the arcs. Both defensive units held up as neither team was able to hit the scoreboard.
 
For the second quarter we tried to tighten some things up and to ensure we kicked out into space where we looked our best. The second quarter was much like the first, although AJAX looked to get a little on top and managed to score a goal before the half-time siren.
 
The main break was all about making sure we kept building on our team chemistry and ensuring we could get back into the game.
 
Unfortunately AJAX kicked away in a very low and tight game but it left us to think our main thing to work on and to keep us in games is to improve our ball entry into the forward line and how to score.
 
Ineka Hart provided a great option for us across half forward all game and Eve Conlan keeps getting better and better each week on the wing. Jasmine Smith and Steph Castagnini were playing great games of footy until they both received head knocks.

Reserve Men:

La Trobe defeated Eley Park Sharks via forfeit

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Round 4 Match Reports (2022)

Round 4 Match Reports (2022)

Senior Men:

La Trobe 15.6 (96) defeated Albert Park AFC 8.7 (55)
Goal Kickers: Riley Alexander 6, Bryce Dowler 3, Ernie Fan 2, Joe De Angelis, Patrick, Lindsay, Ben Vicary, Riley Keath
Best Players: Riley Alexander, Tom Whelan, Riley Keath, Liam Walsh, Andy Castles, Lachlan Webb

After a two-week break, we were finally back home at Tony Sheehan Oval for the first time this season in a triple header. While Albert Park are always a hard contested outfit, this was an opportunity for our boys to cement their ladder position in the early stages of the season.

The first half was exactly as expected – hard fought around the contest which ultimately left us with sore and injured bodies going into the main break up by just 12 points. Ernie Fan was again flourishing in his new role as a pressure forward, getting on the end of a couple of goals. The ever-reliable Tom Whelan was controlling the contest down back ably supported by Connor McCredden, while Lachlan Webb kept breaking the lines with his run and inside 50 deliveries.

Down two rotations and a couple of sore midfielders didn’t make Robbie Fawcett or Riley Keath’s day any easier as they handled the unique ruck-fullback-midfield rotation. Despite these challenges our boys rose to the occasion in front of the home crowd which included Carlton great Anthony Koutoufides who parked himself in the forward pocket to watch ‘The Wiz Show’ as Riley Alexander kicked another bag of six for the second game in a row. Connor McCredden was intercepting everything off half back making our transition game flow as we ran out 41-point winners. Joey De Angelis, in his return game, was playing basketball with the footy with multiple bursts running through the corridor and even managed to hit the scoreboard with his first career goal!

Our boys are back on the road next week to take on 5th placed Eley Park at Whitehorse Reserve.

Senior Women:

La Trobe 0.0 (0) defeated by Hampton Rovers 8.7 (55)
Best Players: Steph Castagnini, Teresa D’Angelo, Eve Conlan, Jess Lowry, Ineka Hart, Amanda Olschyna

It was great to be back on our home deck at Tony Sheehan Oval for the first triple header of the season. We understood going into the game how good Hampton Rovers have been over the first two rounds and that it was going to be a challenging night. The biggest thing we wanted to work on was being physical and never giving up on any contest.

The first quarter was really well defended and although we didn’t control a lot of the quarter, we were able to take away their run and carry through the middle. Unfortunately, we gave up a goal with 10 seconds to go.
 
The second quarter was much like our second quarter in Round 1 where we gave up the control to Hampton and they were able to kick some easy goals with the middle of the ground opening up. At the main break we knew we had some things to work on and we wanted to get back to the points we talked about pre-game.
 
The second half was a good showing of what we can achieve against the top teams. We are able to defend well and win the contested footy, but we lack the run and skills that the top teams have which they are able to use to apply scoreboard pressure.
 
We discussed after the game that it’s a long season and like other years, we are only going to get better and gel as the season continues.
 
Steph Castagnini was once again terrific in defense and stopped multiple goals. Teresa D’Angelo’s attack on the ball was a standout and Eve Conlan was evasive on the wing and provided run all game. There were improving signs for all players and once we balance up our attack to go with our defense, good things will come.
 

Reserve Men:

La Trobe 10.11 (71) defeated Albert Park AFC 9.6 (60)
Goal Kickers: Jordy O’Brien 4, Archie Conboy 2, James Billings, Andrew Devine, Robert Pain, Damon Guy
Best Players: Andrew Devine, Angus Tickner, Jacob Ellett, Darcy Thorn, Archie Conboy, Robert Pain

It was a day for debutants in The Magoos this week as Matt Ogle and Josh Rogerson stepped up as caretaker coaches while Michael Correnti was in isolation with COVID. With the well-oiled machine that Mick has operating, the most difficult decision was unfortunately having to leave four blokes out of the side. A good issue to have and no doubt a major reason why both men’s teams are undefeated after four rounds. But it wasn’t the coaches that stood out, it was Andy Devine’s best on ground performance in his first ever game of footy.

Our boys knew that Albert Park would be big bodies that want to play a contested game, so they took it right up to them from the start in the middle with James Billings getting first use in the ruck and our three bulls Andy Devine, fellow debutant Archie Conboy and Angus Tickner hitting the contest hard. James Toomey had plenty of the ball in the first quarter, making it look easy with just three points in it at quarter time. The second quarter was just as much of an arm wrestle but with plenty of run off half back from Jacob Ellett and through the wing from Darcy Thorn, we were able to match them as we kicked into the wind trailing by just one point at the half. After a massive collision going back with the flight, we moved Archie Conboy forward and Rob Pain into the guts which saw them link up for a pivotal goal late in the term.

The third quarter saw the ball spend 90-percent of the time in Albert Park’s forward half, but our defenders stood up only allowing them to kick two goals. Trailing by 8 points going into the last we knew the game was going to be won by outworking our opponents. With Andy Devine and Angus Tickner nullifying the contest inside, it allowed Jacob Ellett, Darcy Thorn and Damon Guy to find space to run and use the footy. Archie Conboy hit the scoreboard for his second goal to give us the lead after trailing at every break before Jordy O’Brien sealed the game with a drop-punt set shot on the boundary and a point to the crowd.

With another four goals, Jordy O’Brien continues to lead the league goal kicking in his quest to bag 100 goals, while our reserve men are now the only undefeated team in their competition after a great come from behind win!

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Round 3 Match Report (2022)

Round 3 Match Report (2022)

Senior Men:

BYE ROUND

Senior Women:

La Trobe 6.2 (38) defeated by Power House AFC 6.8 (44)
Goal Kickers: Kate Bond 5, Amanda Olschyna
Best Players: Kate Bond, Teresa D’Angelo, Steph Castagnini, Molly Godde, Tayla Dando

Back into Round 3 after the Easter Break and another early morning start away from home!

We entered the game with 20 players, including two fill ins who hadn’t played before. Thank you to Emily and Jess for helping out!
 
The first quarter was a slow start for us as we hunted the ball but Power House were very well set up around the contest and were able to clear it with ease. Unfortunately, after the first quarter Summer Finn had to come off with a wrist injury and went off to hospital at halftime. We all wish her a speedy recovery!
 
We discussed at the quarter time break that our effort was low and we needed to bring some more hunger and endeavour to the contest. The second quarter was much better and saw us fight back into the game and control parts of the quarter.
 
The third quarter saw further improvement as we added another 2 goals to draw within 4 points. This set up a fourth quarter comeback that unfortunately we couldn’t finish off with a win – the final margin being 6 points!
 
Kate Bond was brilliant in the midfield and managed to add another 5 goals. Teresa D’Angelo won plenty of clearances and applied wonderful pressure while Steph Castagnini was terrific in defense, setting everyone up and intercepting a lot of the play. 
 
Overall it was a good effort and shows what we can do when we have a full team.

Reserve Men:

BYE ROUND

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