A Look at Trobers Mid-Season Form

A Look at Trobers Mid-Season Form

With only three regular season games left of the VAFA men’s and 19’s fixtures and the women’s season finishing just over a week ago, it’s time we check up on how our Trober teams have fared.

Our Women began with a tough start to the season and our Reserve Women team folding, our Senior Women managed a respectable four wins, including three from their last five games.

One of those was a resounding win on Past Players Day, after which the Women’s Inaugural Team of the Decade was announced for 2009 to 2018. Seven current players were included in that side: Steph Castagnini, Emily Turnbull, Antonietta D’Angelo, Samantha Greene, Teresa D’Angelo, Kate Bond and Brittany Bordignon. Current Senior Women’s Coach Jaryd Coghill was named as Assistant Coach of the team.

A couple of milestones for Samantha Greene came in Round 8 when she kicked her 300th  La Trobe goal and in Round 14 when she celebrated her 150th game for the Club. “Greeney” has now overtaken club legend David Morgan’s goal record and is the first woman to reach the 150-game mark. Sadly, Greeney’s time with La Trobe has now come to an end, but we thank her for her years of dedication to the Club as a player and wish her all the very best for the future.

With the season now over our attention turns to the Best and Fairest race. This year’s contest is expected to be extremely tight with Kate Bond, Steph Castagnini, Emily Turnbull, Stef Velona, Roslyn Melican and Lilly Molloy all in contention.

Unfortunately, with every season there is player injuries and this year for the women was no exception. Nat Cappelletti broke her ankle/tibia and fibula in the first practice game. This was followed by vice-captain Teresa ‘Swift’ D’Angelo who suffered the same injury in Round 9 and Jess Wright breaking her collarbone in that same game. Kaitlyn Ritchie dislocated her shoulder and was out for four weeks but fortunately made it back in time to play the last couple of games. We wish all these girls the best with their recoveries and look forward to hopefully seeing them back fit and firing next year.

Our Under 19 boys faced a similarly tough start and although they have remained competitive in some games, they are yet to notch their first win of the season. Their case hasn’t been helped by the fact they’ve had to forfeit three games during Uni holidays.

Despite all this, the side has provided the Club with plenty of positives. Since Round five, players Will Holmes, Patrick Howard, Brad Tremellen, Nathan Richardson and Richy Dell have all got a taste of senior footy. In total 11 U19 players have earned senior games this season, which will no doubt hold the Club in good stead going into 2020.

In the last six games the team has played, Will Luhrs has been a standout featuring with three bests and six goals, while Calvin Ross and Darcy Thorn have both impressed with four bests. Will Wilson, Thomas Wight, Ed Fleming, Richy Dell, Kingsley Clarke, Jacob Ellett and Tate Tregea-Copeland have also featured in the best players multiple times.

Hopefully this Saturday provides the Unders with their first win as everyone is back from Uni holidays.

Our Reserve Men in a complete turnaround from last year are absolutely flying, winning six of their past eight games, taking them to second spot on the ladder.

Round 7 saw the introduction of a “Coghill Combo” with Brett Coghill joining Jaryd Coghill to play and defeat their former Club Malasa. Since then, both Jaryd and Brett have become a formidable force. Brett has featured in the best four times and kicked six goals, while Jaryd has kicked 15 goals to bring his season total to 26 from just seven games. This coming weekend looks to see all Coghill brothers finally line up together in a La Trobe jumper.

Round 11 provided a special moment for club stalwart Alain Baillie who played his 100th game for the Club. Al has wound back the clock this year and featured in the best four of his six games.

While scoring was an issue for the side last year, no such problem exists in 2019. The likes of Arron Tomada, Scott “Snags” Pearson, Brendan Plowman, Josh Rogerson, Micheal Burrowes and Ryan Wills have regularly found the scoreboard in the middle part of the season.

With good wins comes some great individual form. Harry Fry, Jake Lasslett, Damien Hamell, Arron Tomada, Josh Rogerson, Tyler Costa, Bas Nelson, Lachie Cooke, Will Lowry & Steven Sutton have all put in multiple good games.

Our Senior Men have also reversed their 2018 fortunes, currently sitting fifth on the ladder, however their middle-season form has been patchy winning five out of their past nine games.

In round 7 the side had a confidence-building win over the then-in-form Masala, with Bailey Zimmerman kicking a “Sam Lloyd-like” goal to win the game after the siren.

Zimmerman has been dominating in the scoring department throughout the middle part of the season kicking 23 goals in the last eight matches. Ricky Nolan with 17 goals and Billy Higgins with nine have also been significant contributors in recent weeks.

During the mid-year period Midfielder Sam Benetti-Baker went on a sensational four-week-streak of featuring in the best, for his domination through the midfield. Skipper Tom Mooney also had a hat-trick of best on ground performances, during which he slotted nine goals.

Vice-Captain Andy Castles is another who has been in electrifying form, featuring in the best in seven of his last nine games. In round 14 “Cas” was forced to step up in the absence of captain Mooney and put in one of the season’s best individual performances, leading the boys to a much-needed win over Box Hill North.

In June Ruckman Matt Ogle was rewarded for his form as one of the competition’s premier ruckman with selection in the Premier B-Div 4 Big V Squad for the second consecutive year. Ogle has had another extremely consistent year, kicking 17 goals to compliment his dominant ruckwork.

The Senior Men now sit fifth on the ladder and one game out of the top four with the challenge set in the last three matches to break into finals contention.

With three rounds to go for our male teams and the potential of having both men’s teams in the finals, we encourage all players and fans to get behind the Trobers for the rest of the season!

Published by Matthew Hughes 07.08.2019

LTUFC Women’s Inaugural Team of the Decade

LTUFC Women's Inaugural Team of the Decade

Along with the many other milestones La Trobe University Football Club have ticked off this year, there was one more we were awaiting to celebrate on June 20. In what was promised to be a special day with a history-making milestone, La Trobe University Football Club announced its first ever Women’s Team of the Decade for the 2009-18 era.

The day began with Club President Samantha Greene addressing the new and old faces of La Trobe, welcoming them to our new home. Samantha opened by reminiscing on her early years as a women’s footballer, including reciting the remarkable premiership in 2011 – only two years after establishing a women’s side. A lot has changed in 11 years, not only with the Club, but also with women’s football in general. When La Trobe University Football Club inaugurated a women’s side, there was approximately 35 registered women teams in 2009, where we fast forward to today and there are now over 1,000.

Speeches throughout the day recognised the past and present of the Club and the fundamental people involved to help establish the women’s football at La Trobe University; one of these key founders included Jess Smith in whom we were fortunate enough to have present on the day and share with us her memories on the early days of La Trobe University Football Club Women’s side. Following the formal proceedings of the 24 remarkable women being selected in the Inaugural Women’s Team of the Decade, club legend and games record holder Tony Sheehan took to the stage to present Samantha Greene her well-deserved Life Membership at La Trobe University Football Club for her 11 years of service to our Club. This was a fitting event to present Samantha’s Life Membership to her as her recognition was celebrated with players in all eras of her football career. We congratulate Samantha Greene once again for her stellar contribution given to the Club on and off the field. With old and new faces around our new home, it was a great day to celebrate the past and present, and we congratulate the players acknowledged in the 2009-18 Women’s Team of the Decade.

See the team below.

Published by Teresa D’Angelo 25.07.2019

The Trobers season so far

The Trobers Season so Far

After the first six rounds of the 2019 season, it’s time we take a closer look at how our four La Trobe University Football Club sides are travelling. The club has predominantly settled into its new facilities after hosting five out of the six rounds.

There has been a couple of early-season divisional changes for our women’s and under 19 men’s sides. The 19’s have moved into Division four from division three, while the women’s side moved from Premier B to Division One, after the reserves team folded due to unsustainable numbers. Division one is the highest possible division for standalone teams.

Round One we held our Family and Friends Day, which featured a quintuple header at the opening of our new Tony Sheehan Oval. The day was a huge success and we appreciate the huge number of spectators that turned up to support our teams. Next big day is our round nine quadruple header for Sponsors Day.

Our Women began round one with the Reserve Women having an amazing come from behind win to register our only victory for the women’s this year.

Despite the scoreboard not necessarily going our way in other games, full back Brittany Bordignon has been a shining light for the seniors. She has been in career best form down back and had cemented herself as an early contender for the B&F.

Round four was the first Division One game for the ladies after being relocated. The match was a thrilling contest which saw the girls in it until the final minutes. Unfortunately, a five-goal breeze in the opposition’s favour and some temperamental weather saw them fall short by ten points. The performance highlighted the competitiveness they will bring to their new division and we eagerly await their future results after a couple of close loses in Division One.

Other notable players of the season so far include Ros Melican and Steph Casta who have been good through the midfield, while new recruits Sarah Watts and Grace Alsop have frequently been included in the best players. Returning from injury Steph Velona, has added some much-needed composure from the wing which earns her the April Women’s Player of the Month honours.

Our U19 Men had a tough start to the season after being placed in the wrong division for the first three matches. Since then they have been super competitive despite their lack of available numbers, which has regularly led to them playing without a bench.

In round four the unders challenged top side Peninsula and were trailing by just nine points at three quarter time. Unfortunately, some of their star players in Calvin Ross, Will Luhrs and Will Humphreys had to leave early to go play seniors. The Trobers just fell short of their first win, finishing the game with only 16 players on the field in a game that demonstrated their potential to be a force in Division Four.

Round five involved another close encounter, this time against St Kevin’s. The returns of Calvin Ross and Will Luhrs were key inclusions, however five big outs in Paddy McCormack (Seniors), Brad Tremellen (Reserves), Will Holmes, Liam Whitbourne and Thomas Floyd once again left the boys undermanned with only 19 players, falling just short once again.

Although there haven’t been any wins for the under 19s so far, seven members of the side in Bailey Zimmerman, Will Humphreys, Calvin Ross, Will Luhrs, Paddy McCormack, Darcy Thorn and Will Holmes have already tasted senior action. This will no doubt be invaluable for them and the under 19s as they look to make their move up the ladder.

Players of note include skippers Brad Tremellen and Richy Dell who continue to lead by example, while Ed Fleming, Thomas Floyd, Jacob Ellett, Lachlan Mitchell and Nathan Richardson have also shown a lot. Ethan Bowman has hit the scoreboard on numerous occasions and Tate Tregea-Copeland has been pivotal in defence. The fact that 18 individual players have been named in the best this year shows just how much depth the 19s have. If the boys stick together and continue to work hard it is inevitable that the first win is just around the corner.

Our Reserve Men began with a narrow round one loss before going on a three-game winning streak, under the expert guidance of rookie coaches Squeak and Laz. They presently sit fourth on the ladder.

The reserves have enjoyed the luxury of returning senior players Sam Benetti-Baker and Billy Higgins in rounds one, two and four. Both the boys saw an enormous amount of the ball and as a result are believed to have suffered a severe bout of leather poisoning.

Women’s Senior Coach Jaryd Coghill has made the most of his two appearances, kicking small bags of four and three.

Club stalwarts in Mark O’Brien, Sam Condon and Will Lowry have made their returns, while skipper Alex Hodgson and second-year player Jackson Ferguson have been influential in the team’s early success. Recruits Ryan Wills, Brendan Plowman and Lachlan Galvin have been promising additions to the side.

Our Senior Men had big round one win kicked off their campaign in style. Seven multiple goalkickers formed part of a great team performance, which was a fitting way to christen the new oval.

The following rounds featured some tough battles where the side was hampered by slow starts. Unfortunately, the boys consistently left too little time to bridge the gap and get the win.

In round five the slow starts were put to bed, as the side came out firing early against the undefeated Eley Park, eventually cruising home to a comfortable victory. Two wins and three close losses places the ones just outside the top four on percentage.

Last season’s VAFA Division Three, Team of the Year ruckman Matt Ogle has been phenomenal so far with the midfield brigade benefitting from his dominance. In the middle 2018 B&F winner Tom Mooney has relished the presence of some new midfield depth, with the additions of Jade Russell, Callum Randell, Bailey Zimmerman and Ricky Nolan.

Young guns Joel McCarten and Lachlan Tunbridge have thrived in new roles this season, while the returning Lachie Cooke has been an electric presence down forward.

With plenty of footy to come in the year the Trober teams look to build off the positives within the opening rounds of this 2019 season.

Published by Matthew Hughes 19.05.2019

Hayden Pfingst Appointed Reserve Women’s Coach for 2019

Hayden Pfingst Appointed Reserve Women's Coach for 2019
Hayden “Dos” Pfingst joins La Trobe University Football Club as our Reserve Women’s Coach for season 2019. Hayden originally from Queensland played his junior football at Brothers Bulldogs AFC in the AFL Wide Bay league where he was handy in front of goal. 
 
Hayden has gained experience coaching junior football and as an Assistant Senior Coach in men’s football, he is currently studying at the Carlton College of Sport and lives on campus at La Trobe University.
 
Hayden is looking forward to his first role of coaching women’s football and working alongside Senior Women’s Coach Jaryd Coghill.
 
The Club is very excited to welcome Hayden to the Club and we wish him and the Reserve Women all the best for season 2019.

Published by Emily Turnbull 01.04.2019

Stalwarts Laz and Squeak Appointed Reserve Men’s Joint Coaches for 2019

Stalwarts Laz and Squeak Appointed Reserve Men's Joint Coaches for 2019

Edward ‘Squeak’ Buffon and Jake ‘Laz’ Lasslett join the coaching ranks at La Trobe University Football Club for 2019 as joint Reserve Men’s Coaches. After a year away from footy and travelling Europe in 2018 Edward is keen for his sixth season at the Club and taking on coaching with his good mate. Jake is stepping up from being Co-Captain of the Reserve’s in 2018 to coach in his seventh season at the Club.

Both Edward and Jake are keen to pull on the boots as playing coaches as they both have an opportunity to notch up their 100 game milestone for the Club this season. 2018 Reserve’s Co-Captain Darcy Stephenson says “Jake’s nurturing and compassionate nature with Ed’s drive for success will be the perfect combination to hopefully make them the next great duo like, Kobe and Shaq; Byron Pickett and torps; or Jay-Z and Kanye”.

1999 Premiership Coach Andy Sutherland says “its great to see two young players step into a coaching role after many years of playing with the club. It demonstrates how our club is able to develop people into leaders and the opportunities that are available from being involved in this great club”.

The Club are exciting to see the impact both Edward and Jake will have on our young list and we wish them all the best for season 2019.

 

Published by Josh Rogerson 28.03.2019