Our Club

About La Trobe University Football Club

Our Club has a rich history since its establishment in 1967 and our women’s football has continuously led the way over the past decade since being established in 2009.

We play in the Victorian Amateur Football Association (VAFA) and field five teams competing in the league. Senior, Reserve and Thirds men, and Senior and Reserve women teams. With our brand new state of the art community level football oval and facilities opened in 2019 we endeavor to play all five of our teams together at home as often as possible to continue to build what we believe is a inclusive, united football Club for all. 

A founding member of the La Trobe University Sports and Recreation Association, the La Trobe University Football Club has achieved success throughout its years enjoying 7 Senior Men premierships (1969, 1976, 1988, 1989, 1999, 2009, 2010), 5 Reserve Men premierships, a Senior Women premiership in 2011, a Club XVIII Men premiership in 2014 and 4 Intervarsity Men championships.

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Pre-Season Training Times

We hope to return to training in early 2021 which will be Monday and Wednesday nights 6pm at the Tony Sheehan Oval in the La Trobe University Sports Park.

Meet Our Committee

We pride ourselves as a student run Club and this is evident in our young and vibrant committee filled with recent alumni and current La Trobe University Students. With a blend of experienced committee members and a few fresh faces our 2021 Committee continues to grow and develop our Club. 

Tom Dixon
President

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Simon Hast
Alumni Representative
Josh Rogerson
Men's Football Operations Manager
Steph Castagnini
Women's Football Operations Manager
Sam Benetti-Baker
Treasurer

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Teresa D'Angelo
Secretary

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Joe Callander
Events Coordinator
Bailey Zimmerman
Media & Communications Officer

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Natalie Cappelletti
Welfare Officer
Sophie Rodier
Apparel Officer
Daniel Robertson
Volunteer Officer
Andrew Sutherland
General

Meet Our Coaches

Andrew Sutherland
Senior Men's Coach

Andy, former Premiership Coach at the Club, returns as Senior Coach for our men in 2021. 

Andy played 112 senior games for La Trobe and was selected in the 1977-1986 Club Team of the Decade. Andy returned to coach the La Trobe Senior Men between 1999-2001, where he won the VAFA Division 2 Premiership in 1999. He was selected as Coach of the Clubs 1997-2006 Team of the Decade. Andy spent a further nine seasons as a Senior Assistant coaching in VAFA Premier Division with St Kevin’s OB in 2002-03, Maznod OC in VAFA Premier B Division 2004-08 and VAFA Representative Teams in 2009-10.

Jaryd Coghill
Senior Women's Coach

Jaryd joined the Club in 2017 as Senior Coach for our women, reaching the finals in 2018. Jaryd has an enthusiastic drive for development as a coach and for his players which has been evident in the consistent improvement over the past three seasons.   

Jaryd played his junior football with the Mildura FC and Old Camberwell Grammarians before playing with Masala FC the past five seasons, where he won the reserve leading goal kicking (2017 & 2018), and reserve runners up best and fairest (2016, 2017 & 2018). Jaryd join La Trobe in 2019 where he won the Reserve Men leading goal kicking and third in the best and fairest.

Vacant
Reserve Men's Coach

If you believe you could be suited to this role please apply here.

Hayden Pfingst
Reserve Women's Coach

Hayden joined the Club in 2019 as the Reserve Women’s Coach, however unfortunately the team folded early in the season but Hayden picked up the role of senior assistant with a focus on the midfield.

Hayden originally from Queensland played his junior football at Brothers Bulldogs AFC in the AFL Wide Bay league. 
 
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.
Vacant
Thirds Men's Coach

If you believe you could be suited to this role please apply here.

Jaryd Coghill
Senior Men's Assistant Coach

Jaryd in 2021 will remain our Senior Women’s Coach while also taking on a Assistant Coaching role with our Senior Men. 

Josh Rogerson
Senior Men's Assistant Coach

Josh joined the coaching ranks in 2020 as our U19 Men’s Coach and in 2021 will be an Assistant Coach for our Senior Men.

Josh joined the Club in 2014 where he was part of our U19’s program. He has since played both seniors and reserves for La Trobe, accumulating 49 games for the club. Josh played his junior football with Mildura FC where he won multiple under-age premierships, including captaining their U18’s to a back to back premiership.  

Meet Our Sponsors

Major Sponsors

O'Brien Accountants and Advisors

We understand everyone has differing needs and goals. We aim to create value for you by ensuring our team is able to look after all aspects of your affairs through their specialist skills and ability to work collaboratively to get the best outcome for you.

With our strategic advice and a documented plan you will have confidence about your future and will stay on track to turn your dreams into reality.

Polaris 3083

Polaris is the social heart of Melbourne’s inner north, shining a new light on connected urban living. As part of our vision to build a connected community, Polaris are hosting a series of Spring community events for locals to check out the fantastic local amenities available at Polaris. A dynamic town centre surrounded by diverse residential architecture continues to evolve, combining contemporary and heritage designs and sustainable, connected living.

Support Sponsors

East Ivanhoe Physiotherapy

The clinic is a general and sports physiotherapy clinic with physiotherapists that are professionally trained in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of injuries relating to work, sports and recreational activities.

Physiotherapists at East Ivanhoe Physiotherapy have undergone extensive training in the management of injuries and are qualified in the safe and effective use of treatment techniques such as joint mobilisation, manipulation, massage, electrotherapy (ultrasound, interferential therapy), dry needling, rehabilitation exercise prescription (stretching, strengthening & stabilisation) and advice for the workplace (ergonomics), your sporting endeavours or just daily life.

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Our Logo

The Story Behind Larry La Trobe

A Great Logo for a Great Man

The Club logo is based on a real person, the one and only Graeme “Gus” Guppy.

It was created by one of Bob Segrave’s staff, artist Rosemary Sale, as part of marketing for La Trobe University hosting the intervarsity championships in 1973. An irrepressible, effervescent character, Gus was in many ways the epitome of a devil-may-care, authority-defying ethos prevalent at the time. Teammates turning up for pre-season training in 1976 were devastated to learn that Gus had taken his life over the summer, on 12 December of the previous year. He left us far too early, but is forever young.

“The logo is truly an amalgam of the spirit of the Club at the time,” said Jim McMillan. “For decades, he may have become somewhat dated but is very much back in hipster present”

Gus would be amused at that.

Gus was the heart and soul of the Football Club and, above all, he was gut-wrenchingly funny. Gus’s humour was never at anyone else’s expense and he was able to unite all university teams together with his goodwill and camaraderie. He never had a bad word for anybody and was a friend to us all.

Mind you, you can take goodwill and camaraderie a bit too far sometimes. Gus’s social leadership might have contributed to one or two losses!

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