Thanking our out-going Committee members as we welcome our 2021 Committee

Thanking our out-going Committee members as we welcome our 2021 Committee


We offer our sincere thanks to out-going committee members Samantha Greene, James Billings and Vanessa Lacock-Smith. Greeney served on the committee as female vice-president from 2013 to 2016, and was also the sponsorship co-ordinator in 2017. She stepped into the role of President in 2018 when the future of the Club was tenuous at best and guided the Club with great skill, commitment and hard work to a position of strength and optimism for the future! Bilbo served as male vice-president in 2018 and has been the volunteer officer during 2019-20. Ness has held the position of events co-ordinator from 2018 and among her many fantastic achievements she organised the very successful Red & Black Warriors Launch Event held in March 2020. We wish Greeney, Bilbo and Ness the very best and success for their respective personal lives and professional careers! Thank you on behalf of all Trobers!


Season 2020 has been a year like no other! For our Football Club it was to be a year of stability and growth, 12 months back home on Tony Sheehan Oval and both teams graded correctly.
Collaboration between the Club and Alumni continued to gel, and we were excited for what 2020 would hold. Events included the official launch of the Red & Black Warriors which raised over $25,000.
We successfully integrated Xero and Square to ensure Club finances would become easier to manage and reporting could be better utilised throughout the year.
In January 2020, Andrew Sutherland was named Senior Men’s Coach, which was a great acquisition for the Club. Speaking to current and past players (both old and young), many were thrilled to see Andy take hold of the reins. From a Club perspective, it was also exciting to see a strong coach who was committed to the progression of both our men’s and women’s programs.
Two pre seasons were completed, however committed numbers continue to be an issue for the Club, with a shift required to ensure player retention and acquisition is significantly improved. 2021 will remain difficult as University living may never be the same.
The highlight for the year was our rejuvenated Club Newsletter and game flashbacks from Simon Hast, these were appreciated from all over the globe. Many of us have been reliving these memories, with the exaggerated stories to go along with them! I have certainly taken the opportunity to ask Jaryd and Danger what they were possibly thinking when I was left out of votes with a big bag of goals, on multiple occasions!
In a year with limited highlights we are excited to confirm the re-appointments of both senior coaches, Andy Sutherland and Jaryd Coghill. For Andy, he will have completed his third pre-season prior to any formal season. Whilst Jaryd, will lead the women for a record fifth season.
From a personal perspective, I would like to thank all of you who have provided me with the time and opportunity to learn. There are many people behind the scenes who continue to quietly give a great deal to the Club – the Club is extremely lucky to have the support these people. I have enjoyed my time as both President and Vice President of the Club and look forward to the success the incoming committee will enjoy.
I am delighted to introduce you to your new Club president Tom Dixon, who highlights the belief that there are no outsiders at La Trobe. Although Tom has not played for La Trobe, he completed his study at the University and works for Vicsport, focusing on community sporting clubs. Tom is a great acquisition for the Club and will lead our new committee well. 


I would like to thank outgoing President Sam Greene for her hard work and dedication and for putting me forward as the next President of LTUFC. I look forward to working with the committee, the alumni group, the coaches, trainers and players. While I don’t have a strong footy background from a playing perspective, I am as mad about footy as any Victorian, and in my professional life I am the Participation & Innovation Manager at the peak body for sport in Victoria – Vicsport. My main focus is setting up for a safe, fun 2021 season and developing a new strategic plan to drive the growth of the Club over the next decade. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to me at


Following last Monday night’s Annual General Meeting we are pleased to announce the election of our new Committee!

President: Tom Dixon (new to Committee)
Men’s Football Operations Manager: Josh Rogerson
Women’s Football Operations Manager: Steph Castagnini
Treasurer: Sam Benetti-Baker
Secretary: Teresa D’Angelo
Media & Communications Officer: Bailey Zimmermann (new to Committee)
Events Coordinator: Joe Callander (new role)
Welfare Officer: Natalie Cappelletti (new to Committee)
Apparel Officer: Sophie Rodier (new to Committee)
Volunteer Officer: Daniel Robertson (new to Committee)
Alumni Representative: Simon Hast (new role)
General: Andrew Sutherland
Deputy (Men’s Football): Tate Tregea-Copeland (new to Committee)
Deputy (Treasurer): Bradley Tremellen

We look forward to getting back to footy in 2021 and wish all our Committee members the best for the year ahead!

Trobers re-commit to 2021 season for women’s side

Trobers re-commit to 2021 season for women's side

The La Trobe University Football Club proudly announces the re-commitment of key pieces for the 2021 women’s football

Jaryd Coghill has been re-appointed as coach of the women’s senior team for 2021. Jaryd has been coach of the women’s side since 2017 and the club is excited to see Jaryd going around again next year. Also re-committing to the club is three time best and fairest winner Kate Bond. Kate has captained the Trobers for the past three seasons and will be a valuable asset for the team yet again next year. 

Other players who have re-committed to the Trobers in 2021 include two time best and fairest runner-up Steph Castagnini, representative footballer Teresa D’Angelo, Caitlin Ross, Amy Dunn, Elise Freeman, Charlotte Croome, Kate Fox, Hericka Bruna and Sherise Scicluna. We can’t wait to see the girls out on the track again for a positive outlook into next season.

For the month of November, the girls will be participating in the club’s Movember team and will each be running a total of 60 kilometres or more to raise funds for men’s mental health. We encourage all Trober members, former players and supporters to get behind the team and take part in this great cause via the link below:

Key leaders to return for senior men’s team in 2021 season

Key leaders to return for senior men's team in 2021 season

The La Trobe men’s senior side are excited to welcome back key staff and players for the 2021 season.

Andrew Sutherland has re-committed as senior men’s coach. He returned to coach the team for the 2020 season before it was cancelled due to COVID-19. Andrew has a proud history with the club as a player and coach, coaching his team to a senior premiership in 1999.

The senior men will also welcome the addition of two new assistant coaches in Jaryd Coghill and Josh Rogerson. Both men are experienced members of the Club and are excited to take on their new roles.

Also joining the coaches in committing to the club are many returning players. Senior captain and 2019 best and fairest winner Andy Castles and vice-captain Lachlan Miller headline a core group of leaders returning to the Club for the 2021 season. Sam Benetti-Baker, Harry Thackery, Tate Spiteri, Josh Rogerson and Mark O’Brien will also be returning in the red and black next year.

The club is also excited to announce the return of 2018 reserves captain and best & fairest winner Darcy Stephenson and former senior captain Grant Dowler for the 2021 season.

The men’s football sides will be looking a bit different to previous seasons in 2021. The Trobers will still be fielding a seniors and a reserves team, but instead of an U19’s side the club has decided to field a thirds team. This is to avoid age restrictions difficulties and fast track young players into our senior and reserve teams. The search for both a reserves and a thirds coach is currently underway. 

For the month of November, the boys will be taking part in the club’s Movember team where they will either grow a mo or run 60 or more kilometres for men’s mental health. We encourage all Trober members, former players and supporters to contribute or take part in the team for this great cause via the link below:

Top Club awards announced for 2020

Top Club awards announced for 2020

2020 has been a difficult year like never before for everyone around the globe which resulted in no footy being played this season. Despite no footy there is always an enormous amount of the work going on behind the scenes at our Club meaning we had two deserving candidates for our Bob Segrave Outstanding Service Award and our John Dumaresq Best Clubperson Award. It is with great pleasure that the La Trobe University Football Club announces our 2020 John Dumaresq Best Clubperson recipient as Simon Hast and our 2020 Bob Segrave Outstanding Service Award recipient as Esta Williams. 

The John Dumaresq Best Clubperson Award is awarded to a person who has made a great contribution to the La Trobe University Football Club during the current year. Simon, a past player of the Club, joined our Committee as the deputy Alumni Representative for 2020. Simon becoming involved in the Club Alumni activities in recent years has spent many hours tracking down and documenting our rich history to help ensure that our past is well represented in our redevelopment of the Club, including input to our Club History Book, our photo memorabilia in the rooms and games records database. Simon organised our only 2020 Club event which was a food tasting fundraiser before throwing his energy into revamping our Club Newsletter, merging the Club and Alumni news together. Simon provided us with a great trip down memory lane as he provided daily match reviews over the past 52 years of La Trobe University Football Club history. It enabled our entire community to recall fond memories of their experiences and the lifelong friendships developed and has hopefully inspired many alumni to reconnect with the club in 2021.

The Bob Segrave Outstanding Service Award is our Club’s most prestigious award and is awarded to a person who has provided the Club with outstanding service, on or off the field, over a significant period. Esta has been a vital part of our Club as a trainer since 2017, including head trainer since 2019. Esta has regularly preformed her job at a high level, while going above and beyond her duties with exceptional care, commitment, and compassion. Esta demonstrated exceptional organisational skills by implementing an efficient process to ensure the trainers objectives were clear and a sustainable aspect of the Club. Esta never hesitated to go above and beyond which meant she often found herself carrying injured players from the field, going in an ambulance with players, waiting for players in the hospital to ensure they were okay and even pulling on the boots for our women in 2019 when they were short and desperate for numbers. As with her application to being a trainer she showed the same level of commitment to playing and polled a maximum of nine votes in the Club best and fairest that game. 

Congratulations to both Simon and Esta!

Published by La Trobe University Football Club 15.010.2020

Trobers seeking new Head Trainer

Trobers seeking new Head Trainer

After three years of service to our club Head Trainer Esta Williams leaves a void at the Trobers as she pursues a career change. Esta began with the club in 2017 as a Trainer while she was studying Osteopathy before becoming our Head Trainer and leading our student driven team of Trainers at the club. In 2020 Esta will be returning to study Speech Pathology and rumour has it may return to the field as a player after her debut best on ground performance last season. We would like to thank Esta for her great contribution to our club over the years and wish her all the best going forward!

If you are interested in becoming a Trainer at the La Trobe University Football Club please apply via email to President Samantha Greene ( We are looking to fill multiple Trainer positions, including Head Trainer for the 2020 season. If you are passionate about sports, have or willing to attain accreditation, studying in the health science field or have experience as a sports trainer then we hope to here from you soon.

Published by La Trobe University Football Club 14.02.2020