2021 Presentation Night Recap

2021 Presentation Night Recap

On Friday night, the Club held its Virtual Presentation Night with the event live streamed via Facebook and YouTube from 7 p.m. With the current restrictions excluding a face-to-face gathering to celebrate Season 2021 this was the best possible way of ending the disrupted and incomplete season that was 2021!

Our Virtual Presentation Night is available to watch here: Facebook or YouTube

The evening was kicked off with a special guest appearance from our friend Brad McEwan, who introduced the night. Before Club President, Tom Dixon, took the reins as MC for the evening.

Tom launched the Club’s New Strategic Plan and thanked the many volunteers that help the Club run this season. Click here to read the LTUFC Strategic Plan to 2025.

Club Alumni Representative, Simon Hast, had the duty of recapping our game milestone achievements from season 2021. This included six players playing their 50th game for the Club: Josh Rogerson (rnd 1), Ross Campbell (rnd 3), Tyler Costa (rnd 3), Sam Benetti-Baker (rnd 5), Andy Castles (rnd 5) and Robbie Fawcett (rnd 12). 

Our Thirds Men’s Awards for the first our our team awards for the evening, presented by Josh Rogerson and Cam Blair. Robbie Fawcett and Thirds captain Jake Lasslett took out the honours of winning the Best and Fairest, while Tom Floyd and Darcy Thorn came in runner up. Ryan Timmins was awarded the Thirds Best Team Player for the season. 

Club Secretary, Teresa D’Angelo, acknowledged two of our key figures of our women’s program for their external achievements this season. Senior Women’s Coach Jaryd Coghill was shortlisted for the AFL Volunteers National Senior Coach of the Year, while Senior Women’s captain Kate Bond finished second in the League Best and Fairest this season.  

Our Reserve Men’s Awards was next, presented by joint coaches Michael Correnti and Grant Dowler and captain Josh Hay. Campbell McKenzie in his first season at the Club won the Best and Fairest, while Mitch Oliver, Dom Tracy and Jed Holland tied for runner up. Returning star Jordy O’Brien lead the goal kicking for season 2021. Tate Tregea-Copeland was voted by his peers as the Best Team Player

Our Young Leader Awards were presented by our Women’s Football Operations Manager Steph Castagnini and Men’s Football Operations Manager Josh Rogerson. Shalini Jayasekera and Pat Lindsay received the awards for their demonstration of leadership throughout 2021.

Next was an exciting announcement from Club Legend David Morgan as he announced that the Club would be naming a new award. The Samantha Greene Senior Women’s Leading Goal Kicker Award

Our Senior Women’s Awards followed, presented by coach Jaryd Coghill, captain Kate Bond and all-time club leading goal kicker Samantha Greene. Captain Kate Bond took out the Best and Fairest for the fourth consecutive season, while Kaitlyn Ritchie claimed runner up in a break out season. Annie Atkinson was awarded the Best First Year Player. Kate Bond also lead the goal kicking for the season. Teresa D’Angelo was voted by her peers as the Best Team Player, while Emily Davis received a nod from Jaryd with the Coaches Award.

Our John Dumaresq Best Club Person perpetual trophy was awarded to Tate Tregea-Copeland. Throughout season 2021, Tate excelled in many roles and with many tasks. Including: in his deputy role, Reserve Men’s Team Manager, assisting Jaryd with the Senior Women, organising our Virtual Vote Count and being the first to volunteer or cover a game day role when needed. It is Tate’s selfless nature, commitment, attention to detail and hard work that has rightful earned him this award in 2021.

Our Senior Men’s Awards were the final team awards for the evening, presented by coach Andy Sutherland, club games record holder Tony Sheehan, Michelle Hensel and captain Andy Castles. Club Treasurer Sam Benetti-Baker had the honour of winning the Best and Fairest, while Tyler Costa was runner up after making his senior debut in round three. Tom Whelan was awarded the Best First Year Player in honour of Braedon Hensel. Josh Horder was the leading goal kicker this season. Sam Benetti-Baker doubled up also being voted by his peers as the joint winner of the Best Team Player, along with Harry Baker

Lastly, our most prestigious award at the Club, the Bob Segrave Outstanding Service perpetual trophy was awarded to Josh Rogerson. Rogo has been a stalwart in the senior men’s side since 2018, finishing top three in the goal kicking twice in three seasons. On the field, he has been a leader to the younger players and off the field, he has been a leader of the Club. Rogo has been on the executive committee since 2018 and has put in more work than anyone. The Club has come first for Rogo and his body of work shows that. Winning the Bob Segrave Outstanding Service Award is a perfect way of sending Rogo out as he steps away from the committee in season 2022.

What a night it was, despite celebrating from our loungerooms, it was fantastic to celebrate all the achievements this season had! 

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Vale Bob Segrave

It is with great sadness that we inform the Trober community of the passing of Bob Segrave on Monday morning 17th January, 2022.

Vale Russell Badham

It is with tremendous sadness that we inform our Trober community of the passing of Russell Badham on Monday morning 3rd January, 2022 after a short illness. Russell Badham arrived at LTUFC in 1969.

Kate Bond creates history with fourth consecutive Senior Best and Fairest

Kate Bond creates history with fourth consecutive Senior Best and Fairest

The name Kate Bond and nine votes have become an unmatched pair over recent years and 2021 was no different, as Kate secured her forth consecutive Senior Women’s Best and Fairest at last weekend’s Vote Count.

In what was one of the closest counts in a while, Kate got out to a lead early with three best on ground performances in the opening month of the season. However, her lead was only slim with Kaitlyn Ritchie breathing down her neck and would take the lead by three votes with one round remaining. In typical Kate Bond fashion, up against a tough outfit she stood up with a strong performance against a premiership contender to ultimately pip Kaitlyn at the post to claim the Best and Fairest honours for season 2021.

Already in the history books as one of the 10 Trobers to win multiple Senior Best and Fairest’s and the only player to win three consecutive and now four consecutive Best and Fairest’s, Kate now equals Club great Mario Bakogiannis for the most Senior Best and Fairest’s won at the Club. Firmly placing herself in discussion as one of the greatest Trobers of all-time.

2021 Senior Women Leaderboard
1st Kate Bond (32 votes)
2nd Kaitlyn Ritchie (29 votes)
3rd Natalie Cappelletti (18 votes)
4th Elise Freeman (15 votes)
5th Annie Atkinson (11 votes)
=6th Charlotte Croome (7 votes)
=6th Amanda Olschyna (7 votes)
8th Teresa D’Angelo (6 votes)
9th Steph Castagnini (5 votes)
10th Caitlin Ross (3 votes) 

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Andy Sutherland to retire from coaching again after his second stint as Men’s Senior Coach

Andy Sutherland to retire from coaching again after his second stint as Men’s Senior Coach

After a second stint at the helm for Andrew Sutherland, that spanned twice as long as planned due to the cancellation of the 2020 season, Andy will again retire from coaching to focus on the Club from an administrative role.

Andy has been a member of the Committee at La Trobe University Football Club since the end of 2017, including as the inaugural Alumni Representative in 2019, before stepping back into the Senior Men’s coaching role for season 2020 and then what would be 2021.

Over the past two years, Andy has helped rejuvenate the older members of the playing group, while welcoming a new generation of players that continue to enhance the playing groups focus on strong mateship and on-field success. An achievement that will put this group in good shape for the future.

Andy’s level of commitment to his role as coach will no doubt leave big shoes to fill, however Andy and the Club are confident and dedicated to finding the right person to take the reins as Senior Men’s Coach for 2022 and beyond.

Thank you, Andy, for the last two seasons and we look forward to what you will continue to bring to the Club and the Committee!

For further details regarding the vacant coaching position CLICK HERE. 

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LTUFC Launches Strategic Plan to 2025

The plan outlines our club’s purpose, vision, values, strategies, and action areas as we strive for continuous improvement and success on and off the field.

Major Raffle 2021

Due to Victorian lockdown we are extending ticket sales until Friday August 13th 2021 and we will draw the raffle at our next Club event. Thank you for your patience and supporting our club!
T&C’s – tickets can be purchased on the day at the Club luncheons. Winner does not need to be present on the day to receive the 1st prize and 2nd prize. However, the Mighty Meat Tray will be re-drawn if not collected before post-game presentations.
Club members that sell the most tickets get a chance to win a social package.

Round 15 Match Reports (2021)

Round 15 Match Reports (2021)

Senior Men:

La Trobe 7.6 (48) defeated by St Johns OC 8.13 (61)
Goal Kickers: Joe Gibson 3, Josh Horder, Bryce Dowler, Nathan Richardson, Sam Benetti-Baker.
Best Players: Joe Gibson, Calvin Ross, Tyler Costa, Bryce Dowler, Andy Castles, Harry Baker. 

After yet another lockdown it was good to be back playing on Tony Sheehan Oval again, unfortunately it wasn’t the Trobers day with St Johns slightly edging out the home team.

La Trobe got away to good start in blustery conditions but weren’t able to capitalise on their use of the scoring end as they led by just 8 points at the first break. A much improved second term saw the Trobers kick 3 goals into the wind to trail by just 7 points at the end of the half.

The breeze had dropped considerably for the second half as St Johns increased their lead to 14 points by the three-quarter time siren. Coach Andrew Sutherland urged his players to be daring in the final term and run their opponents off their feet! An early goal narrowed the gap but the visitors were able to absorb the pressure and go on to record a 13-point win.

It was a very tight tussle throughout the whole game but St Johns were just able to get a few more looks at the big sticks.

JoeyGibletGibson was outstanding across the whole ground, but was most potent in front of goals, snagging three majors. Tyler Costa continued to be a ball magnet however, he still can’t kick it over a jam tin!

Andy Castles played a mighty game against an opposing ruckman who had about 25 kilos on him. Cas showed great leadership in fighting all day. Calvin Ross provided great run in the first half while Harry Baker and Bryce Dowler were also among the Trober’s best.

Three games to go in the home and away season, fingers crossed there are no more lockdowns!

In Round 16 we play South Melbourne Districts. 

Reserve Men:

La Trobe 16.14 (110) defeated St Johns OC 5.8 (38)
Goal Kickers: Grant Dowler 4, Jordy O’Brien 3, Jaryd Coghill 2, Ryan Timmins 2, Ernie Fan, Martin Grinter, Campbell McKenzie, Laughlin Cargnali, Ryan Wills.
Best Players: Ernie Fan, Ryan Timmins, Jed Holland, Jonah Elias, Zac Tunks, Laughlin Cargnali.

Lockdown 5.0 was over, and The Midday Show was back at Tony Sheehan Oval to take on St Johns OC.

St Johns won the toss and chose to kick with the strong breeze. It was a hard-fought quarter, but goals to Jordy Jobba O’Brien and the returning Grant “Huss” Dowler saw the Trobers hold on and go into quarter time with the scores level.

The boys headed out in the second quarter determined to take advantage of the breeze and build a solid lead. The midfield, led by Ryan Timmins and Ernie Fan, started to get on top and win the clearance battle. The forward line really started to fire, with Jobba kicking two more goals, as Huss, Ryan Timmins, MartinGinnisGrinter and Jarryd “Cogs” Coghill also slotting majors. La Trobe went into the half-time break leading by 37 points.

After half-time the Trobers looked to stop St Johns from taking advantage of the breeze, and with some solid play from the back six, led by Zachary Tunks and Laughlin Cargnali, saw them restrict St Johns to 3 goals for the quarter. La Trobe kicked a couple of goals into the breeze thanks to Cogs & Huss and finished the quarter with a 28-point lead.

The Midday Show kicked with a strong breeze in the final term and held St Johns scoreless. Jed Holland continued his solid game through the midfield and Jonah Elias presenting at half forward, before Burgo robbed him of the goal of the day because he ran too far! Goals were spread amongst the boys with 6 different goal kickers slotting one for the quarter: Ryan Wills, Cam McKenzie, Ernie Fan, Laughlin Cargnali, Ryan Timmins and Huss. The Trobers went on to record a comfortable win by 72 points.

Viva La Trobe! 

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