A Midway Look at Our Trobers Season

Tom Floyd
Anzac Day Ceremony


A Midway Look at Our Trobers Season

As we start to hit the pointy end of the season, let us take the opportunity to look at how our Trobers have fared in 2021 so far.

Our Women only have the two regular season games left and unfortunately will fall short of playing finals this season but are looking to finish off the season strong with two winnable games ahead.

With a big influx of new youth our women had 14 debutants across the first month of footy. The opening rounds were a real mixed bag of results: going down by a point, a scoreless game and then a big 50-point win. Captain Kate Bond broke away early with two best-on-ground performances and leading the goal kicking with four goals. It was Kaitlyn Ritchie however that was awarded April Player of the Month for her stellar form at centre-half forward. Round Four saw our women notch up back-to-back wins with a convincing win over cross-town rivals RMIT. New players Annie Atkinson and Amanda Olschyna featured in the best multiple times, while Vanessa Lacock-Smith worked hard in the ruck in her return to footy.

The rest of the women’s season has been very interrupted with lockdown and three bye weeks meaning they have only played four games in nine weeks. That has not stopped our women showing up in numbers on the training track and to club social events. Despite the interruptions and not being able to register another win since starting 2-2, senior coach Jaryd Coghill has been impressed with the girl’s endeavour and development this season as they look to begin a new era at the Club. The backline has been extremely reliable with experienced Trobers Charlotte Croome and Elise Freeman leading the way. New full-forward Hayley Wapper has managed to trouble the scorers with four majors but it’s still Kate Bond that leads with eight goals. Both Natalie Cappelletti and Teresa D’Angelo have continued to build over the weeks after both returning from serious leg injuries in 2019.

All signs are pointing towards an exciting finish to the season with hopefully a win on Family and Friends Day to complete the season. The big pending question will be can Kate Bond take out another senior Best and Fairest and her first Leading Goal Kicker or will she be challenged by Annie Atkinson, Kaitlyn Ritchie or Natalie Cappelletti for the honours this season? Regardless, what a finish to the season we have to look forward too.

Our Reserve Men continued their winning form from the 2019 season with a new look team, including the return of club legends Grant Dowler and Michael Correnti as joint-coaches and star full forward Jordy O’Brien returning to play at the club.

Starting the season 4-0 included many individual standout performances. Harry Thackray had self-proclaimed leather poisoning in the season opener, while Tate Spiteri kicked five majors. Jordy O’Brien destroyed Masala the next week kicking 10 goals but was up staged by Mitch Oliver who managed 11 goals in the same game. While 19 players featured in the best players across the first four games demonstrating plenty of depth. Highlights included Tyler Costa making his senior debut in what was his 50th game milestone and the likes of Robbie Fawcett, Darcy Thorn, Tom Floyd, Nick Delaney, Lachlan Mitchell and Danny Thwaites all getting a call up from our Thirds and making an immediate impact in the 2’s.

As our Senior Men were ravaged by injury it meant many of our Reserve Men got a senior call up which began to test our depth. Much like our Senior Women our Reserve Men have had an interrupted season with two opposition forfeits and the lockdown seeing us enter the league bye with a record of 7-3 after a four-week layoff mid-season. Campbell McKenzie has been running hot featuring in the best every week since returning from lockdown and earning himself the June Player of the Month. Brad Tremellen has also featured in the best multiple times after the break and Captain Josh Hay has been leading the troops well.

Jordy O’Brien has all but secured the Leading Goal Kicker award being 22 goals ahead of spearhead Jaryd Coghill and rugby convert Simon Rathbone. With the end of the Uni holidays approaching, here is hoping our Reserve Men can begin to feed Jordy O’Brien a little more on his quest to kicking 100 goals in a season.

Our Senior Men also began the season 4-0 before coming up against very strong Elsternwick and South Melbourne sides who both recruited well securing some very talented A-grade footballers since 2019. Nonetheless, a 4-0 start, under the new guidance of returning 1999 Premiership Coach Andrew Sutherland, is something the Trobers have not achieved in recent history.

Round One saw a new look team with a good mix of experience and six debutants comfortably notch up a win against Uni-rivals Swinburne. Matt Ogle was giving the mids silver service, while Riley Alexander kicked four on debut and Josh Rogerson snagged three majors in his 50th milestone game. Round Three saw Mitch Oliver return to the senior line-up where he bagged seven majors. Brad Robinson, Sam Benetti- Baker, Josh Rogerson and Ben Vicary all made the most of April Player of the Month Matt Ogle’s ruckwork as our midfield found themselves heavily featuring in the best as we remained undefeated after a month of footy.

The following weeks saw our men outclassed as the injuries began to pile up, including key players Andy Castles, Matt Ogle, Ricky Nolan, Mitch Oliver, Ernie Fan and Zac Tunks experiencing lengthy times on the sidelines. Our Trobers bounced back against 4th placed St Johns with a massive 89-point win before our season was derailed by lockdown and the Uni holidays adding young guns Tom Whelan, Pat Lindsay, Jonty Randall, Riley Alexander, Ben Vicary and Nathan Richardson to the list of players missing as they returned home.

In the absence of Matt Ogle and Mitch Oliver, wingman Andy Castles moved to the ruck and reliable defender Bryce Dowler was moved forward where he kicked a gallant bag of five in a fierce battle against St Johns where they bettered us in our second encounter. Tyler Costa and Harry Baker both found opportunities in the middle each earning a Player of the Month nod.

Sam Benetti-Baker has been continuing his late 2019 form featuring in the best the most times this season, while Ben Vicary, Josh Rogerson, Harry Baker and Tyler Costa featured in the best regularly. Josh Horder has found a new position down forward leading the goal kicking with 20 goals, while Riley Alexander trails with 16 goals for the season.

Both our Reserve Men and Senior Men currently sit 3rd on the ladder going into the back end of the season.

Saturday the 24th of July will be our Family and Friends Day at Tony Sheehan Oval (LTU) where all three teams are at home. Our Major Raffle will also be drawn on the day so purchase your tickets HERE to support the club and we look forward to seeing the Trober community at the footy!  

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Published by La Trobe University Football Club 12.07.2021

Mental Health Awareness Evening 2021

Mental Health Awareness Evening 2021
On Saturday night the club held its 3rd consecutive Annual Mental Health Awareness Evening. The purpose of the evening was to raise greater awareness for mental health and to create a safe space for club members to be open about mental health.
We were extremely lucky and grateful to hear from two passionate speakers on mental health, Dr Many Ruddock from Outside the Locker Room and Brad McEwan, a Beyond Blue ambassador, TV presenter and sports journalist.
The club has managed to raise $500 for Outside The Locker Room and $500 for Beyond Blue, however ticket sales will remain open on the club website with all money earned going towards these organisations.
A huge thanks to Brad and Mandy for coming down and to our Club Welfare Officer Natalie Cappelletti for organising the evening!
Let’s remember to look after our mates and to reach out when we’re not feeling well 🥰 🔴⚫️

Published by Tom Dixon 19.04.2021

Club legends Grant Dowler & Michael Correnti Appointed Reserve Men’s Joint Coaches for 2021

Club legends Grant Dowler & Michael Correnti Appointed Reserve Men's Joint Coaches for 2021

It is with great pleasure that the Club announces Grant Dowler and Michael Correnti as joint coaches for our Reserve Men in 2021.

Both have been outstanding members of the Club over the past two decades and it was only natural that they would put their hands up to coach. Grant already returned this season as a player for the Club with his 150th game milestone in sight so he will play the role of playing and coaching. Michael will return in a fulltime coaching capacity.

Michael debuted for the Club in 2001 where he played 127 games until his last season in 2013. During his playing days Michael was the Club XVIII captain in 2005. Michael was also heavily involved as an assistant coach between 2006-11 for both Dean Sheldrick and Zoran Colavic, including our 2009 Senior Men Premiership.

Join us in welcoming both these legends to their new role for season 2021.

If you’re interested in playing this season you can contact Grant on 0491 718 781 or Michael on 0430 285 853.

Published by La Trobe University Football Club 08.04.2021

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 president@ltufc.org


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: