LTUFC Presentation Night 2019

LTUFC Presentation Night 2019

Friday night witnessed La Trobe University Football Club officially conclude its 2019 season with Presentation Night held in the club’s new function room.

We kicked off our evening acknowledging the milestones throughout the season which included 50 club games for Lachlan Bence, Billy Higgins and Sophie Rodier. Alain Baillie becoming the 40th player to reach 100 club games and women’s games record holder Samantha Greene becoming the 19th player and the first women’s player to reach 150 club games. We followed with an acknowledgement to all our volunteers: our Committee, Assistant Coaches; Alyssa Black, Joe Callander, Scott Coghill and David Huffer, Team Managers; James Billings, Natalie Cappelletti, Kimberley Nash and Odi Robertson, and our Club Umpires; Jake Burgess and Charly Craine.

Our U19 Men were the first team awards for the evening with U19 Co-Captain Brad Tremellen presenting Will Luhrs with the Best Team Player Award voted by his peers. Tate Tregea-Copeland was awarded the Coaches Award for his outstanding commitment to the team and the way he constantly improved throughout the season often playing a selfless role down back. The U19 Men Leading Goal Kicker Award went to Will Luhrs who kicked a total of 15 goals in 10 games which was a quarter of the team’s goals kicked for the season. Michelle Hensel presented the Braedon Hensel U19 Men’s Best and Fairest Trophy to the 2019 winner Calvin Ross, Calvin had a remarkable first season at the club playing nine games in the U19’s and nine games in the seniors taking out the U19 Men Best and Fairest with 27 votes and also finishing eighth in the Senior Men Best and Fairest polling 16 votes. Ed Fleming was awarded the U19 Men Best and Fairest Runner-Up with a sensational season in the U19’s finishing just two votes shy of top honours on 25 votes from 10 games. While our U19 Men may not have gotten as many wins this season as they would have liked the future looks bright for these young Trobers with already 14 of this seasons U19’s having a taste of senior footy at the club.

Our Reserve Men followed a dinner break with the Best Team Player Award going to our Reserve Men Captain Alex Hodgson. Our Reserve Men Coaches Award was presented to Jackson Ferguson for his exceptional on and off field selflessness towards his teammates and his solid performances early in the season that set a tone for what would be a strong finals campaign for the team. Jaryd Coghill won the Reserve Men Leading Goal Kicker Award with 30 goals from 10 games playing when he wasn’t coaching the Senior Women. Our Reserve Co-Coach Edward Buffon had the honour of presenting his Co-Coach and good mate Jake Lasslett with the 2019 Reserve Men Best and Fairest Trophy after Jake’s stellar season leading the troops and polling 37 votes from 18 games. Brett Coghill was awarded the Reserve Men Best and Fairest Runner-Up Award after polling 33 votes in just 10 games in a dominate backend of the season.

Our John Dumaresq Best Club Person honours for 2019 was awarded to Jackson Ferguson. Jackson received this award for his off-field contributions towards the Club this season as he volunteered as the Club Photographer and did a large part of the Club’s social media while always getting around game day, trainings and club function with great commitment to our Club.

Our Senior Women were next with Senior Women Captain Kate Bond presenting Teresa D’Angelo with the Best Team Player Award voted by her peers. Senior Women’s Coach Jaryd Coghill presented his Coaches Award to first-year player Kyaa Davis for her exceptional improvement throughout the season. Samantha Greene was awarded the Senior Women Leading Goal Kicker Award for the 11th consecutive season with 20 goals in 14 games. Kate Bond won her third consecutive Jess Smith Senior Women Best and Fairest Trophy honours with another standout season polling 36 votes in 12 games. For the second year running Steph Castagnini was awarded the Senior Women Best and Fairest Runner-Up Award just falling short with 31 votes in 13 games as a pivotal member of the women’s team.

Our Senior Men followed a dessert break with Senior Men Captain Tom Mooney presenting Andy Castles with the Best Team Player Award voted by his peers. Fedor Balabanov received the Coaches Award for his determination to improve his game all season. First-year player Bailey Zimmerman was awarded the David Morgan Senior Men Leading Goal Kicker Trophy honours after kicking 35 goals in 16 games. The Tony Sheehan Senior Men Best and Fairest Trophy was awarded to Vice-Captain Andy Castles who polled 45 votes in 19 games in a dominate season. Ricky Nolan took out the Senior Men Best and Fairest Runner-Up Award with 35 votes in 16 games, while he also finished runner-up in the leading goal kicking with 25 goals.

Our Bob Segrave Trophy for outstanding service to the Club over a significant period was awarded to Andrew Sutherland. Andrew received this award for his exceptional service over many decades as a player, coach, volunteer and current committee member. 

The La Trobe University Football Club would like to thank all its members and supporters for a terrific 2019 season and look forward to continuing the momentum into the next season after a much deserved break before pre-season. A special thank you to Bread and Butta for catering the evening and our club dinners throughout the season.

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Published by Josh Rogerson 25.09.2019

Thank You For Everything Alan Ezard

Thank You For Everything Alan Ezard

After five seasons spanning 2015-19 our Senior Men’s Coach Alan Ezard is departing our Club.

The La Trobe University Football Club is extremely grateful for all the time and effort Alan has tirelessly given to our Club over the years. Always first to arrive and last to leave, Alan has helped guide our men through multiple challenging seasons, especially last season when we played without a home base. Alan had a couple of finals campaigns with the club but unfortunately, we didn’t progress all the way.

We cannot thank Alan enough for his contribution to the La Trobe University Football Club as our second longest serving coach and we wish him and his family all the very best in the future.

The vacant position of Senior Men’s Coach will be advertised shortly.

Published by La Trobe University Football Club 19.09.2019

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