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 (president@ltufc.org). 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

Trobers appoint Josh Rogerson to coach our U19 Men in season 2020

Trobers appoint Josh Rogerson to coach our U19 Men in season 2020

Senior footballer Josh Rogerson will be taking a break from playing in 2020 and instead has signed on to coach the La Trobe University Football Club’s U19’s program.

With a wealth of experience playing football his whole life, Josh is also studying his Masters of Teaching and has a knack for helping others learn, especially with sport and in particular AFL.

Josh has played 49 games in the Red and Black so far, and has now diverted his focus on his coaching aspirations as he recovers from a shoulder injury. Josh is particularly excited to take on the U19s coaching role this year, as it is another way for him to stay directly involved with football whilst not playing, whilst helping young footballers develop their skills, football knowledge and chemistry.

Josh has been giving back to La Trobe University FC in many ways in his tenure at the club, including 2018 Club Secretary, and now Men’s Football Operations Manager from 2019 to today.

We are excited to announce Josh Rogerson as U19s Coach and we look forward to seeing his on-field leadership transition into leadership on the sidelines.

We are now recruiting U19 Men for season 2020, if you are born after 1st July 2000 and are interested in playing football with LTUFC this year training’s are currently Monday and Wednesday 6pm at Tony Sheehan Oval (LTU). For more information regarding joining our teams visit ltufc.org/our-club/welcome-to-new-players/ and for more information regarding the U19 Men contact Josh Rogerson 0409 280 029.

Published by La Trobe University Football Club 03.02.2020

One-and-done, Laz and Squeak step aside from coaching in 2020

One-and-done, Laz and Squeak step aside from coaching in 2020

The La Trobe University Football Club would like to express our utmost gratitude for the work that Edward Buffon and Jake Lasslett put into the Reserve Men last season in their maiden season as coaches. The boys demonstrated a great ability to coach as they took our Reserve Men from a win-less 2018 season to Grand Finalists in 2019. 

Unfortunately due to work commitments and travel the boys are unable to continue in the role for 2020 and have therefore stepped aside. They both enjoyed their time as coaches and appreciate the great group of players they had the fortune of coaching in 2019. Jake not only led off the field as coach but on the field through his performances which led to him claiming the Reserve Men Best and Fairest last season. Edward, while injured for a large part of the season, managed to find his way back into the senior lineup late in the season. Both boys will continue to play for the Club in 2020.

We cannot thank Edward and Jake enough for their contributions to our Club and wish them all the best for the coming year!

Apply for the vacant position of Reserve Men’s Coach here.

Published by La Trobe University Football Club 14.01.2020

Trobers appoint former Premiership Coach Andrew Sutherland to lead the Senior Men for season 2020

Trobers appoint former Premiership Coach Andrew Sutherland to lead the Senior Men for season 2020

20 years after guiding the Club to its 1999 Senior Men’s premiership Andrew Sutherland returns for his second stint at leading our Trober Men after being appointed the 2020 Senior Men’s Coach.

Andy comes with a wealth of coaching knowledge but more importantly a wealth of knowledge about how our Club has operated over the past 52 seasons and the rich University culture of the Club. Andy, like many of our players, moved to Melbourne to study at La Trobe University, living on Menzies College he found his way down to our football club. He quickly made his way into the senior team and played 112 games for the Club, playing predominately as a defender Andy was selected in the Clubs 1977-1986 Team of the Decade. After focusing on his career Andy found his way back to the Club as the Senior Men’s Coach from 1999-2001 where he led the Club to the 1999 Senior Men’s Premiership and promotion to VAFA Division 1. Andy went on to spent the next nine seasons as Senior Assistant Coach in VAFA Premier Division for St Kevin’s OB from 2002-03, VAFA Premier B for Mazenod OC from 2004-08 and VAFA Representative Football from 2009-10. Andy was selected as the Coach of our La Trobe University FC 1997-2006 Team of the Decade.

Club Legend Tony Sheehan when speaking of Andy’s success in 1999 says “Andy proved to be a great student of the game, meticulous in his planning and supportive of his players” which ultimately led to his success as a coach. Now back coaching the Club, Andy is hoping to provide the players in 2020 with that supportive environment to create a well-structured and fast paced brand of footy that will hopefully see the Trobers taste some success next season.

With good numbers out on the track since early November we are very excited to have Andrew Sutherland taking up the role as Senior Men’s Coach as we lead into our final pre-Christmas training session this Thursday evening. We wish both Andy and the Men’s teams all the best for season 2020!

Published by La Trobe University Football Club 10.12.2019