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 for over a decade since being established in 2009.

We play in the Victorian Amateur Football Association (VAFA) and currently field 3 teams competing in the league. Senior and Reserve Men’s, and Senior Women’s teams. With our brand new state of the art community level football oval and facilities opened in 2019 we endeavor to play all of our teams together at home as often as possible to continue to build what we believe is an inclusive, united football Club for all. 

A founding member of the La Trobe University Sports and Recreation Association (SARA), the La Trobe University Football Club has achieved success throughout its years enjoying 8 Senior Men’s premierships (1969, 1976, 1988, 1989, 1999, 2009, 2010, & 2022), 5 Reserve Men’s premierships (1983, 1993, 2004, 2006, 2009), a Senior Women’s premiership in 2011, a Club XVIII Men’s premiership in 2014 and 4 Intervarsity Men’s championships.

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2022 Pre-Christmas Training Times

We return to training on Monday and Wednesday nights from 6 p.m. at the Tony Sheehan Oval, La Trobe University Sports Park from Monday 14th November 2022.

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 2022 Committee continues to grow and develop our Club. 

Andrew Sutherland
President
Simon Hast
Alumni Representative

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Tate Tregea-Copeland
Men's Football Operations Manager
Kate Bond
Women's Football Operations Manager
Samantha Greene
Treasurer
Teresa D'Angelo
Secretary
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Events Coordinator
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Media & Communications Officer
Natalie Cappelletti
Welfare Officer
Brian Woodhead
Apparel Officer
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Volunteer Roles Officer
Tom Dixon
Strategy Officer

Meet Our Coaches

Ricky Nolan
Senior Men's Coach

In 2022 Ricky stepped into his first coaching role as Senior Coach for our men, leading the team to the ultimate prize of a premiership!

Ricky has played 98 games for La Trobe since joining the Club in 2014 through our Under 19’s program. In 2019 Ricky was our Best and Fairest Runner Up in the Senior Men and in 2021 was appointed Vice-Captain. A long-term member of our Club, Ricky provides plenty of insight into the Club for new players and continues the culture that has been developing over the last few seasons.

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Jaryd Coghill
Senior Women's Coach

Jaryd joined La Trobe in 2017 as our Senior Women’s Coach, reaching the finals in 2018. Jaryd has an enthusiastic drive for his personal development as a coach and for his players, which has been evident in the consistent improvement in recent seasons.   

Jaryd played his junior football with the Mildura FC and Old Camberwell Grammarians before joining Masala FC, where he won the Reserves leading goal kicking (2017 & 2018), and Reserves best and fairest runner-up (2016, 2017 & 2018). Jaryd played at La Trobe in 2019 where he won the Reserve Men leading goal kicking and placed third in the best and fairest.

Michael Correnti
Reserve Men's Coach

Michael will continue to coach our Reserve Men in season 2023 after a successful 2021 season and a Grand Final play-off in 2022.

Michael debuted for the Club in 2001 where he played 127 games until his final 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, which included our 2009 Senior Men Premiership.

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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

Back In Motion Preston

Our goal is to help you achieve optimal lifelong physical health. This philosophy of care is encapsulated in our clinical approach, Results4Life® ; helping you achieve lasting results.

Sustainable results allow you to enjoy living life without having to holding back with the endless threat of injury reoccurrence. Reaching your chosen health destination is much easier when you’re enjoying the journey. Therefore, we do our best to provide a great experience that is both informative and engaging.

Back In Motion offers a range of Allied Health services designed to meet your needs including Physiotherapy, Massage, Clinical Exercise and many more.

Partners

Outside The Locker Room

OTLR are a not-for-profit foundation that provide critical mental health education and welfare support to community sporting clubs, schools and workplaces across Australia.

Their vision is to connect lives and communities through conversation by delivering welfare and education programs that build both collective and individual mental health and wellbeing within our communities.

Beyond Blue

Beyond Blue has been providing supports and services to people in Australia for 20 years.

We are Australia’s most well-known and visited mental health organisation, focused on supporting people affected by anxiety, depression and suicide. We don’t ever take this position for granted nor do we rest on our laurels.

The generational defining events of 2020 have required us to be innovative and agile in responding to the needs of the communities we serve.

Movember

Movember fundraisers are a global community of fired up Mo Bros and Mo Sisters – aka rock stars making a difference in mental health and suicide prevention, prostate cancer and testicular cancer.

Your donation could help save a father, a brother, a son, a friend, a partner, a man’s life.

Our story: https://au.movember.com/about/history

VAFA

The Victorian Amateur Football Association (VAFA) was originally founded in 1892 as the Metropolitan Junior Football Association (MJFA). For the 1900 season, the name was changed to Metropolitan Football Association. After a change back to the MJFA, the name of the competition was changed again to the Metropolitan Amateur Football Association (1912) before finally settling on the VAFA in 1932.

The VAFA has and continues to be the main bastion of Amateur Football in Australia and within our competition all players play for the love of the game.

La Trobe Sport

La Trobe Sport facilitates programs, partnerships, research and course development to enable La Trobe to:
– Be the leading university in Australia for sport-related teaching and research
– Support student participation in sport and sport related clubs
– Actively engage the local community and schools through the use of enhanced sporting facilities and sport services
– Leverage sports facilities to encourage all members of the University to improve their health and fitness
– Secure long-term, meaningful institutional influence within the sport industry in Victoria and Australia

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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