Round 16 Match Reports (2019)

Round 16 Match Report (2019)

UNDER 19’s:

La Trobe: 0.0 (60) defeated South Melbourne Districts FC 0.0 (0)
Goal Kickers: Nil
Best Players: Nil

South Melbourne Districts unfortunately decided to forfeit on Saturday. Which is very disappointing because the Under 19’s were about to play with their best team to date. All the boys were looking forward to seeing what they could have produced on Saturday morning. It meant for the 19’s, they get the 4 points for the first time this year – what a way to get their first win.

NEXT MATCH:
Vs Williamstown CYMS
Played at Fearon Reserve
Game starts at 11:40 A.M.

RESERVE MEN:

La Trobe: 10.10 (70) defeated Masala AFC 3.2 (20)
Goal Kickers: B. Coghill 2, J. Rogerson 2, B. Higgins 2, Price, Naidoo, Cooke, Pearson
Best Players: T. Costa, M. Welsh, J. Tomada, J. Ferguson, L. Cooke, J. Rogerson

The Midday Show fielded a strong team and firmly grasped second position on the ladder, after a confident 70 to 27 win over Masala at home on Tony Sheehan Oval.

A perfect day to be a duck, as the rain and wind made conditions nippy, making moving the ball difficult for both teams. Blowing a gale throughout the game didn’t deter the Trobers from applying pressure and minimising Masala’s ball movement around the ground and keeping them scoreless for 2 quarters.

The first quarter started off relatively even between the two teams but as the game progressed, Masala lost fitness, possession and mentality that contributed to their seemingly endless season long losing streak.

The Trobers need to maintain consistency over the coming weeks heading into the finals, it is a significant element to being successful at the end of the year. This weekend La Trobe travel to Narre Warren South to play St Francis Xavier OC. Last time St Francis met at La Trobe in Round 4, Trobers dominated from the start and edged a 1 goal win. This weekend it will be expected the 2nd and 3rd ladder clash should be a hotly contested game. 

NEXT MATCH:
Vs St Francis Xavier OC
Played at Strathaird Reserve
Game starts at 11:40 A.M.

SENIOR MEN:

La Trobe: 8.14 (62) defeated Masala FC 8.11 (59)
Goal Kickers: B. Zimmermann 3, S. Denier 2, Ross, Thackray, Spiteri
Best Players:  A. Castles, S. Benetti-Baker, E. Fan, M. Ogle, B. Zimmerman, S. Denier

A huge come from behind win in the wind and rain has kept the boy’s finals hopes well and truly alive. After letting Masala get out to a five-goal lead in the first quarter and still trailing by 21 at half time it was a bloody good comeback in extremely trying conditions.

The win was really set up in the third quarter where, despite Masala having the wind, the team held strong and managed to make it one goal apiece. In the last quarter La Trobe, inspired by their Coach’s words and the presence of the 2009/10 premierships players in their huddle, had too much run and ticker for Masala and overran them to win by three points in an absolute thriller.

Andy Castles took the piss again and word on the street is Mooney will not be getting the captaincy back off him. Can’t argue with a 100% winning record, eh Cas?! Bailey Zimmerman’s mongrel drop punts were effective as per usual as he snagged three handy goals in front of the 2009/10 premiership sides. As we should we celebrated with a beer pong competition that night which Lachlan “Swingman” Miller and Harrison “Paleo Pete” Thackray dominated from go to woe, taking the piss out of the competition. Worst on for the event was Theo Balabanov – could barely drink a glass of water leaving Josh Horder by himself for half the tournament but that didn’t stop Hords making the Final. He will be sure to pick a better partner for next year’s tournament!

This week the boys take on St Francis Xavier OC in what will be a big clash!

NEXT MATCH:
Vs St Francis Xavier OC
Played at Strathaird Reserve
Game starts at 2:00 P.M.

Published by Josh Horder, Damien Hamel & Lachlan Miller 14.08.2019

Round 15 Match Reports (2019)

Round 15 Match Report (2019)

UNDER 19’s:

BYE

NEXT MATCH:
Vs. South Melbourne Districts FC 
Played at Tony Sheehan Oval
Game starts at 9:20 A.M.

RESERVE MEN:

La Trobe: 13.12 (90) defeated by South Mornington 15.11 (101)
Goal Kickers: J. Coghill 4, Z. Price 3, W. Lowry 2, D. Naidoo, J. Ferguson, J. Lasslett, L. Cooke
Best Players: J. Lasslett, J. Coghill, J. Horder, L. Cooke, Z. Price, W. Lowry

‘The Midday Show’ experienced a stiff loss over the weekend against South Mornington going down 101 to 90. South Mornington jumped to an early lead largely due to our inaccurate kicking, and by half time had La Trobe on the back foot with their ability to move quickly and capitalise on the loose ball.

South Mornington found vulnerabilities throughout the Trobers defence and commanded the game, largely due to the influence of their senior players. La Trobe moved the ball well and dictated terms of the game in sections but failed to sustain that momentum throughout the whole game.

During the third quarter La Trobe pushed for a fightback by posting 4 goals straight, ending the quarter only 10 points down. The final quarter went goal for goal with the final margin being 11 points. A disappointing loss!

This weekend La Trobe faces winless Masala on Tony Sheehan Oval. The last time La Trobe and Masala met back in Round 7 Trobers came away with a handy win, but it wasn’t without a fight. La Trobe sits second on the ladder a game clear of 3rd position St Francis Xavier although 3rd, 4th and 5th all sit on 40 points, with healthy percentages.

NEXT MATCH:
Vs Masala Dandenong FC 
Played at Tony Sheehan Oval
Game starts at 11:40 A.M.

SENIOR MEN:

La Trobe: 26.17 (173) defeated South Mornington 7.11 (53)
Goal Kickers: R. Nolan 6, B. Zimmermann 4, M. Ogle 4, M. Oliver 3, D. Thorn 2, C. Ross, W. Luhrs, B. Higgins, F. Balabanov, S. Denier, R. Dell, N. Richardson
Best Players: A. Castles, R. Nolan, W. Luhrs, C. Ross, S. Denier, P. Howard

It was a big win on the road for the boys on the weekend to keep our finals hopes alive. Coming up against the severely undermanned South Mornington it was still very important for the boys get off to a good start and crush the opposition.

A good start is exactly what occurred with La Trobe kicking 15 goals to three in the first half. This was helped with plenty of run and gun off half back from exciting young players Calvin Ross and Will Luhrs.

With the big Ogle clunking everything at full forward the Trobers dominated the game. Ogle kicked four but missed a shitload – which at the end of the day is not surprising at all! Rick Nolan bagged a lazy six as he feasted on what was left of the South Mornington carcass. Bailey Zimmerman and Mitch Oliver were also impressive in front of goal.

The weekend’s game was a relatively bruise-free affair, so the boys will be fresh to take on Masala this week at the Tony Sheehan Oval.

NEXT MATCH:
Vs Masala Dandenong FC
Played at Tony Sheehan Oval
Game starts at 2:00 P.M.

Published by Josh Horder, Damien Hamel & Lachlan Miller 09.08.2019

Round 14 Match Reports (2019)

Round 14 Match Report (2019)

UNDER 19’s:

La Trobe: 4.4 (28) defeated by Peninsula O.B.F.C 30.9 (189)
Goal Kickers: E. Bowman, A. Burke, W. Wilson, D. Holmes
Best Players: T. Tregea-Copeland, W. Wilson, D. Thorn

The previous game against Peninsula turned out to be a thriller, with the brave U19s going down by just a few goals. Unfortunately, lack of numbers and a few weeks out of the game proved to be costly against the well drilled machine that was Peninsula for the rematch.

That being said, the scoreboard doesn’t show the effort that the 19s put in for the entire game. Sixteen on the field was no deterrent to the young team, who ran out the match with a determination that just can’t be taught. Every single player put in a mammoth effort to keep up with an opposition that had a comfortably large bench.

With a bye this weekend, the 19s will look to regain some valuable players and go into the final few rounds with a fully manned side.

NEXT MATCH:
BYE

RESERVE MEN:

La Trobe: 23.20 (158) defeated Box Hill North AFC 3.2 (20)
Goal Kickers: M. Burrowes 3, R. Wills 3, L. Cooke 3, S. Pearson 3, J. Coghill 2, J. Tomada 2, M. Waight 2, Z. Price, J. Ferguson, D. Naidoo, S. Nelson, A. Hodgson
Best Players: S. Nelson, D. Naidoo, D. Hamel, R. Wills, L. Cooke, A. Baillie

“Winner winner, Box Hill for dinner”, was the word on The Midday Show’s lips on Saturday after securing second position on the ladder. Redemption never tasted so sweet after the humiliating defeat to Box Hill North in Round 8, but this time La Trobe dictated the terms overwhelming them 158-20.

Conditions couldn’t have been any better on Saturday afternoon with no wind and cloud cover providing perfect conditions for ball movement and goal kicking. Keeping Box Hill North to only 3 goals was a monumental achievement by all the Trober defenders.

La Trobe also celebrated the final game of one of the Club’s veterans, Alain Baillie as he changes direction and moves across the ditch. Box Hill North provided a contest all game but the Trobers pressure, structure and consistency kept our opponents out of the game.

This weekend La Trobe travels down the coast to Citation Reserve, Mount Martha to play South Mornington FC. Last time we met South Mornington the Trobers snuck a win 84-61 but knowing that distance can sometime restrict numbers, we will expect a strong response on their home ground.

NEXT MATCH:
Vs South Mornington
Played at Active Real Estate Oval, Mount Martha (Citation Reserve)
Game starts at 11:40 A.M.

SENIOR MEN:

La Trobe: 10.11 (79) defeated Box Hill North AFC 7.7 (49)
Goal Kickers: B. Zimmermann 3, T. Spiteri 2, I. Fan, B. Higgins, D. Thorn, F. Balabanov, P. Howard
Best Players:  A. Castles, R. Nolan, M. O’Brien, I. Fan, H. Thackray, B. Higgins

After a tough and tight first half the La Trobe boys managed to kick away in the second half and record a 22-point win over bottom of the ladder Box Hill North AFC.

With a large number of players out, there was always going to be some challenges throughout the game. Box Hill’s early vigour was unexpected, and it took until the latter stages of the first half for La Trobe to wrestle the momentum of the game. Andy Castles stepped up as captain this week and bugger me, he led from the front and was easily our best player all day. Bailey Zimmerman had his bucket hands on point and managed to chime in for three important goals.

This week the boys hit the road to play South Mornington with all intentions of keeping the vibes happening.

NEXT MATCH:
Vs South Mornington
Played at Active Real Estate Oval, Mount Martha (Citation Reserve)
Game starts at 2:00 P.M.

SENIOR WOMEN:

La Trobe 4.6 (30) defeated by Old Scotch 14.13 (97)
Goal Kickers: S. Greene 2, K. Bond, C. Ross
Best Players: K. Bond, R. Melican, L. Molloy, J. Yew, K. Ritchie, S. Castagnini

It was the day of the La Trobe Women’s last game for the 2019 season. The birds were chirping, the sun was out and the girls were up and about. Everyone was excited for Sam Greene’s highly anticipated 150th and final game for La Trobe, before retiring from playing.

Before the game started the ‘Greene Machine’ ran through her brilliantly crafted 150th banner created by some of the girls on Wednesday night after training. As well as Lou having his own specially made banner, it was a very memorable moment.

During the first quarter, the girls were taken by surprise by Old Scotch’s incredible athleticism. This enabled them to jump out to a 49-point lead over La Trobe.

However, this didn’t dampen the girls’ spirit, as during the second quarter the Trobers came out fighting. They were able to get a few goals on the board and show Old Scotch the La Trobe spirit.

La Trobe continued their attacking brand of football into the third quarter. The backline and midfielders worked in cohesion in order to keep the opposition from scoring too many goals.

Unfortunately, the girls couldn’t get one last win for the season, but in all honesty the result didn’t affect anyone’s happy attitudes.

Thanks to everyone who has volunteered their time to help out the women’s team this year for the 2019 season. Yeehaa!!!

 

La Trobe Women’s Team 2019: A, B, C

  • Attacking – The La Trobe Women’s team have an amazing ability to attack the football.
  • Backline – The backline works extremely well together. Their ability to spoil, run and tackle are just some of the words to describe their role within the team. The players that allowed the backline to be so prominent during the 2019 season were: Kya, Grace, Swatta, Soph, Sherise, Turns, Brit, Bry, and Ash.
  • Captain Kate Bond – Her leadership on and off the field can be easily spotted. On the football field she had a natural ability to burst through packs and deliver the ball to her team-mates.
  • Dos – Although cssistant coach Dos was introduced into La Trobe as the coach of the reserves women’s team, he has easily fitted into the senior team. Exploring his deep passion and excitement for the game.
  • Excitement – Every single game the women’s team played has been a thrilling and exciting match.
  • Forward-line – The forward-line had the important role of kicking the team’s goals. Their ability to take set shots, goals on the run and snaps from the boundary is extraordinary. The players that killed it in the forward-line in 2019 were: Ritchie, Cuppa, Freo, Roz, and Charly.
  • Greene Machine – Sam Greene is a pivotal player within the La Trobe Women’s team. She has played 150 games for La Trobe and kicked over 300 career goals.
  • Happiness – The girls are happy to be training and playing for the La Trobe Football Club.
  • Injury – Unfortunately the La Trobe women’s team were struck with injury throughout the entire season. However, this did not hinder the girls’ spirit and passion for the game.
  • Jaryd Coghill – Senior coach Jaryd demonstrates his enthusiasm and passion for the game at every training session and match day.
  • Kicking goals – The La Trobe women were literally and figuratively kicking goals during the 2019 season.
  • Losses – Unfortunately the La Trobe women’s team had more losses than wins in the 2019 season. They had 10 losses for the season.
  • Midfield – The midfielders have the major role of getting the ball out of the midfield and into the forward-line. Their ability to burst and swerve out of packs is exceptional. The players that put on a clinic in the midfield were: Marleigh, Lilly, Soccer, Casta, Rosco, Millzy, Swifty, and Joc.
  • Next season – Hopefully next season the La Trobe women’s team can get more wins on the board and keep having fun.
  • One percenter’s – Tackling, blocking and shepherding (also known as one percenters) were a key part in La Trobe’s game plan.
  • Panicking – The opposition are always panicking when they have to verse the La Trobe women’s team.
  • Quickly – The 2019 season has gone far too quickly!
  • Running – There is a lot of running involved in a football game, and I think all the women’s players can vouch for that.
  • Scott Coghill – Scott has been a great asset to the coaching team. He has been able to effectively and passionately coach the forward-line.
  • Trainings – The girls would train on a Monday and Wednesday night throughout the entire season. Training was where a lot of girls would hone their skills and have a laugh.
  • Unique bond – The strong bond between all the players within the team is very unique and like no other. All players show each other kindness and respect.
  • Vibes – It is all about the good vibes. Good vibes can be felt in the atmosphere of a place or felt by the players. They have allowed for La Trobe to get a few wins on the board.
  • Winning – The La Trobe women were able to come away with 4 wins during the 2019 season.
  • Xyresic – Xyresic is another word for razor sharp and also the definition of the skills of the women’s player. Their kicking, marking, handballing and tackling skills were razor sharp.
  • Yee-haa – This word was used by some players to describe their joy and excitement to be playing football at La Trobe. It is also how some of the women’s match reports were signed off.
  • Zeal – Zeal is the eagerness to learn, and that is exactly what the La Trobe women had. All the girls were willing to learn and develop their football skills throughout the season.

 

NEXT MATCH:
The Women’s season has finished for 2019.

Published by Josh Horder, Damien Hamel, Lachlan Miller, Ros Melican and Caitlin Ross 02.08.2019

Round 13 Match Reports (2019)

Round 13 Match Report (2019)

UNDER 19’s:

La Trobe forfeited to De La Sale OB

 

NEXT MATCH:
Vs Peninsula OB
Played at Tony Sheehan Oval
Game starts at 1:20 P.M.

RESERVE MEN:

La Trobe: 15.18 (108) defeated Elsternwick 6.3 (39)
Goal Kickers:  M. Burrowes 4, S. Pearson 3, J. Coghill 3, B. Coghill 2, R. Wills 2, J. Tomada.
Best Players: M. Burrowes, J. Tomada, J. Ellett, H. Fry, J. Lasslett, S. Pearson.

The midday show is sitting pretty in second position after a defining win over Elsternwick 108-39 at home over the weekend. Blowing a gale throughout the game didn’t detour the boys from applying pressure and ball movement around the ground to dictate the terms of the game.

Elsternwick jumped to an early lead using the wind after the first quarter, but the Trobers kept pressure on Elsternwick’s throat and kept them scoreless in both the 2nd and 4th quarters. The Trobers enjoyed controlling the game in adverse weather conditions and ensured capitalising on forward entries was a focal component of the forwards attack. Maintaining consistency over the weeks coming tracking into finals is a significant element to being successful at the end of the year.

This weekend La Trobe hosts Box Hill North at home to rectify the humiliating defeat when we last met back in round 8 where we failed to take off against a lower ranked team.

NEXT MATCH:
Vs Box Hill North AFC
Played at Tony Sheehan Oval
Game starts at 1:20 P.M.

SENIOR MEN:

La Trobe: 7.16 (58) defeated by Elsternwick 9.12 (66)
Goal Kickers: B. Zimmerman 2, R. Nolan, M. O’Brien, P. Howard, L. Miller, R. Timmins.
Best Players: A. Castles, W. Humphreys, P. Howard, T. Mooney, R. Nolan, M. O’Brien.

A tough loss in an important game for the boys on the weekend. La Trobe led by one point at Quarter time thanks to a freakishly brilliant goal from Lachie Miller. The game was always going to be topsy turvy due the strong winds favouring one end. Going into half trailing by 21 points the boys needed a big lift and they got it. La Trobe dominated the third quarter with 12 scoring shots.

Unfortunately, those scoring shots only lead to two goals. With X-factor man Lachie Miller going off with an injury it was always going to be tough to hold onto a one-point lead against the wind in the last quarter. Ultimately Elsternwick were too strong in the last quarter, but it wasn’t easy for them as La Trobe fought hard to final siren.  Mark O’Brian was immense down back and thick as a brick Nolan was strong all day as well.

The boys will look to get back on the winners list this week as they play Box Hill at Home in a night game.

NEXT MATCH:
Vs Box Hill North AFC
Played at Tony Sheehan Oval
Game starts at 6:00 P.M.

SENIOR WOMEN:

La Trobe: 5.7 (37) defeated Old Hawthorn 2.5 (17)
Goal Kickers: S. Greene, R. Melican, E. Freeman, A. D’Angelo, E. Miller.
Best Players: K. Bond, S. Velona, L. Molloy, E. Freeman, A. Cutler, K. Ritchie.

The La Trobe women had a big game ahead on a cool Saturday evening. The Tony Sheehan oval was packed with supporters, including past women’s players of La Trobe who had earlier that day been presented with the team of decade. Well done to the girls who were awarded with this amazing achievement.

The Trober’s started the first quarter off with the challenge of playing against the wind. However, it did not phase them as they were able to keep Hawthorn to one goal. It was through the likes of the amazing defenders Soph and Brit, that enabled the girls to keep the scoring margin down so low.

The Trober’s unleashed the beast during the second quarter. They were able break away with the wind on their side, by kicking 3 goals. Amongst the goal kickers was Millzy, who kicked her first Trober goal for the year.

During the third quarter La Trobe continued their attacking brand of football. Kya and Bry were able to assist with the incredible pressure through applying the one percenters throughout the whole game.

It was the dynamic duo, Lilly Molloy and captain Kate Bond that finalized La Trobe’s position within the fourth quarter. Their ability to seamlessly mark and run with ball gave the team a competitive edge that Hawthorn didn’t have.

The girls were able to maintain their lead throughout the game resulting in their fourth win for the season. What an amazing effort!! The Trober’s take on Old Scotch for their final game of the season and Sam Greene’s 150th. Hopefully they can come away with another win. Yeet-haa!!!

NEXT MATCH:
Vs Old Scotch FC
Played at Camberwell Sports Ground
Game starts at 2:00 P.M.

Published by Josh Horder, Damien Hamel, Lachlan Miller, Ros Melican and Caitlin Ross 25.07.2019

Round 12 Match Reports (2019)

Round 12 Match Report (2019)

UNDER 19’s:

La Trobe forfeited to St Kevins FC

 

NEXT MATCH:
Vs De La Sale
Played at Tony Sheehan Oval
Game starts at 9:20 A.M.

RESERVE MEN:

La Trobe: 5.9 (39) defeated Albert Park 3.2 (20)
Goal Kickers:  J. Tomada 3, B. Plowman, L. Cooke
Best Players: T. Costa, A. Tomada, J. Tomada, J. Horder, L. Cooke, B. Coghill

‘The Midday Show’ ventured down to the cold, windy and absolutely garbage truck worth of a ground ‘Oval 20, Beaurepaire Pavilion’. Even the great name of Beaurepaire is not worthy of such an oval. The club itself weren’t much better.

The boys ran out in an amazing shade of orange in our special VAFA clash guernsey, which needless to say they weren’t washed, shocker right? Must have been the bright orange guernseys that blinded Albert Park, because we were off to a flyer, with a five goal first quarter. This should’ve been higher due to our wasted shots on goal, with a 4.5 score line.

In the second quarter Albert Park hit back with the wind. Thankfully our backs stood strong, repelling many of our opponents scoring opportunities. In the third quarter we got one of those goals back thanks to a lovely dribble from 40 out.

In the second half we only managed that one goal but our defensive pressure, especially in the last quarter, meant we kept Albert Park off our heals to run out 19-point victors. Fair to say the boys sang the song LOUD and made sure Albert Park heard, as they were their usual flog selves.

NEXT MATCH:
Vs Elsternwick AFC
Played at Tony Sheehan Oval
Game starts at 11:40 A.M.

SENIOR MEN:

La Trobe: 6.7 (43) defeated by Albert Park 19.10 (124)
Goal Kickers: M. Oliver, M. Ogle, J. Rogerson, T. Mooney, S. Denier, B. Zimmerman.
Best Players: T. Mooney, J. McCarten, M. Oliver, B. Zimmerman, A. Castles, H. Thackray.

It was a shocking day and an even worse game. After a tight and tough three quarters where we kicked 4 goals against the wind in the second quarter, Albert Park kicked away in the last, completely running away with the game.

Being their typical bastard selves Albert Park were giving La Trobe players plenty of attention off the ball, to the point where big Ogle suffered a concussion. Another week and another occasion where we were unable to finish the game without several injuries. Along with Ogle’s concussion, our skipper Tom Mooney broke his snoz and had to go to hospital. However, these injuries are still no excuse for the poor finish to the game.

The boys will look to bounce back against Elsternwick at home this weekend.

NEXT MATCH:
Vs Elsternwick AFC
Played at Tony Sheehan Oval
Game starts at 2:00 P.M.

SENIOR WOMEN:

La Trobe: 3.0 (18) defeated by Old Haileyburians 5.16 (46)
Goal Kickers: S. Greene, M. Andrews, S. Castagnini
Best Players: J. Yew, S. Watts, E. Turnbull, G. Alsop, S. Castagnini, K. Bond

Sit down and prepare yourself for the journey that you are about to embark on. In this match report it will highlight the strength, stamina and sheer determination that the La Trobe women faced in their match against Old Haileyburians.

As the La Trobe women were preparing in the change rooms prior to the big game ahead, a random person’s puppy ran into the change rooms. (This has nothing to do with the game itself, but I felt as though it is an important piece of information).

As always, the La Trobe women had a fantastic start to the game. Sam Greene was able to snag a crucial goal, which allowed for the girls to gain a lead within the first quarter.

The second quarter proved to be testing, as Old Haileyburians gained more confidence. However, it was no match against our elite back line. Turns, Grace and Swatta were constantly intercepting marks, spoiling the ball and booting it out of the backline.

After the half time break the Trober’s fighting spirit was back. Thanks to the exceptional work of Jocelyn, who constantly ran up and down the ground to open space, it allowed for her fellow winger Marleigh to kick a goal. Although this was no ordinary goal, as Marleigh booted it from the middle of the ground! As you can imagine we were all in awe.

Entering the fourth quarter, the game remained close. It was through Roz’s amazing ruck work that allowed La Trobe to stay in the game. It is very likely that Roz is the smallest ruck in the competition, but her ability to read the ball gives her a competitive edge.

It was a hard-fought game, and unfortunately La Trobe did not come out with the win. Hopefully they are able to get their fourth win of the season next Saturday against Hawthorn at our home ground. Yeet-haa!!!

NEXT MATCH:
Vs Hawthorn AFC
Played at Tony Sheehan Oval
Game starts at 10:30 A.M.

Published by Josh Horder, Damien Hamel, Lachlan Miller, Ros Melican and Caitlin Ross 18.07.2019