Grand Final Match Reports (2022)

Grand Final Match Reports (2022)

Senior Men:

La Trobe 11.11 (77) defeat Swinburne University 9.8 (62)
Goal Kickers: Riley Alexander 4, Matt Ogle, Pat Lindsay, Darcy Thorn, Bryce Dowler, Tom Whelan, Ben Vicary, Charlie Scanlon.
Best Players: Matt Ogle, Riley Alexander, Andy Castles, Riley Keath, Tom Whelan, Lachlan Webb. 

A dominant season but it all came down to the last 20 minutes of the season, on the Parade College ground that had riddled the Trobers with heartbreak and despair for nearly a decade, for our senior men to write their own piece of history!

With an unchanged team from our 80-point second semi-final victory over Swinburne and the fence line of Garvey Oval packed with Trobers young and old, our boys continued their form with two goals to zip in the first term kicking into the wind. It was our intense pressure that set the tone with a few big crunching tackles from Riley Alexander, Riley Keath and Harry Tanner. Riley Alexander got the opening goal five minutes in and then after the ball bounced between the arcs for another 15-minutes he broke the lock giving one off to his “dad” Bryce Dowler to take a 15-2 lead into the first break. Will ‘The Janitor’ Lowry was cleaning up across half-back and using the ball well with composure.

The Razorbacks didn’t take long to show they weren’t just going to roll over kicking their first goal just 53 seconds into the second quarter. Charlie Scanlon wrestled the next goal back for the Trobers, while ball winning machines Harry Tanner and Tyler Costa started to put their stamp on the contest. We went goal for goal until Riley Alexander kicked his second, quickly followed by a Ben Vicary “65 metre” goal. Andy Castles and Robbie Fawcett were locking it up down back, but Swinburne stole a very late goal to bring the margin back to 14-points at the halftime break.

Swinburne had the advantage of the wind in the third term which they made the most of with a goal in the opening minute. This was followed by another two goals as they took the lead for the first time at the 12-minute mark of the quarter. Tyler Costa looked the man of the moment with an intercept mark and hit Riley Alexander lace out on the lead, but the woodwork copped it for the third time from the league’s leading goalkicker. Swinburne rebounded with another to take a nine-point lead but just as all the momentum looked to be going their way, Matt Ogle put the ball down Sam Benetti-Baker’s throat who quickly dumped it forward. As the pack bought the ball down Pat ‘Uncle’ Lindsay collected and snapped a sensational goal from 45 to keep them in arm’s length. But the storm kept coming as The Piggies kicked two more late goals to take a 17-point lead into the final break.

With the season in the balance, Swinburne’s bench starting to get ahead of themselves, but our boys stayed composed as they had belief the tide was going to turn. They managed a fast forward entry kicking a point to get out to an 18-point lead, but we were up for the fight as the grind back began. Tom Whelan and Lachlan Miller were determined to keep the ball forward of the centre before Will Lowry was rewarded for a strong tackle and delivered a trademark bullet to Riley Alexander who finished off his work to bring back the deficit to nine points. Minutes later Wheels took an intercept mark on the wing then received a 50-metre penalty to put him in range. The key defender absolutely picked the moment to slot his first senior goal as he kicked truly to put us five-points down with 8 minutes gone. Sam Benetti-Baker was looking damaging around the ground, while Riley Keath had parked himself behind the ball and Matt Ogle began to look dangerous drifting forward. But it could only be one man who was going to put us back in front. Insert Riley ‘The Wiz’ Alexander for some magic as he drove home a 50-metre bomb to put the Trobers two-points up with 19-minutes played. It was a nervous five minutes of footy as the ball bounced in and out of our forward 50 before Matt Ogle drifted in to clunk a mark and kick an unlikely set shot to give us some breathing room with only minutes to go. With under two minutes left Darcy Thorn marked and put the sealer through to deliver the Trobers the premiership for season 2022!

Congratulations to first-year coach Ricky Nolan and his team on their success this season and we look forward to celebrating as a club for the next few weeks at Vote Count and Presentation Night!

Reserve Men:

La Trobe 4.6 (30) defeated by Albert Park 5.8 (38)
Goal Kickers: Nathan Richardson, Luke Nelson, Mark O’Brien, Mackenzie Mann
Best Players: Nathan Richardson, Paddy McCormack, Conall Barrett, Adrian Marulli, James Toomey, Jake Shelley. 

After a solid win last week against Box Hill North, the Reserves entered the Grand Final to take on Albert Park for the fifth time this season. We entered the game without our full-back Jamie Koo, who unselfishly gave up his spot in the side after picking up an injury at training during the week, putting the team first as he has all year.

The pre-game message was, “to be first in and tackle and harass if you’re not”. The first quarter started off red-hot with players from both sides trying to have an impact early. The La Trobe midfield, led by Nathan Richardson and Dom Tracy, set the tone early with some crunching tackles on their Albert Park counterparts. The Falcons would score a couple of early goals, before the Trobers started to get some ascendancy through the middle of the ground but were unable to take advantage on the scoreboard kicking 3 points for the quarter. Unfortunately, we did lose our Vice Captain Laughlin Cargnali to a dislocated knee early in the quarter. Albert Park led by 10 points at quarter-time.

The second quarter was much of the same, the intensity was high and the Trobers were up for the task. The back six lead by Paddy McCormack, Conall Barrett and Jacob Shelley, held strong only conceding one goal for the quarter. Trobers once again had their opportunities but were held goalless for the quarter, and the half. Albert Park led by 17 points at half-time.

The message at halftime from coach Mick Correnti was to “maintain the intensity” and “to show a little more composure with the ball going forward”. Some changes were made with the tackling machine Ernie Fan moving into the backline to help the pressure in Albert Park’s forward 50, and the ever-reliable Mark O’Brien was swung forward to give our forward line another mobile marking target.

The third term saw the continued running of James Toomey, Liam Walsh and Adrian Marulli help the Trobers set-up more forward opportunities and they were able to capitalise. Our midfield hard-nut Nathan Richardson would kick the first and light a fire under the boys; Luke Nelson, one of our most consistent performs across the whole finals’ series, would kick the second; and the Big Mack Truck, MacKenzie Mann, would kick the third. Unfortunately, not all good news as Ernie Fan sustained a hamstring injury and was out for the remainder of the game. La Trobe entered three-quarter time 8 points down.

The Three Quarter-Time message was to “maintain the belief” and “just keep coming”. The final term was much the same as the other three, with a high intensity arm-wrestle all over the ground. The Trobers kicked the first goal for the quarter, thanks to what could only be described as a contentious deliberate rushed behind call – Mark O’Brien was the beneficiary of the decision kicking a goal and bringing the Trobers within 2 points. The boys continued to run and harass but were unable to get a possession in our forward line that could be converted into a goal. Albert Park kicked a late goal and won by 8pts.

A disappointing finish to a very good year, the boys can all hold their heads high knowing they gave their all and fought hard right to the very end!

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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.

Pre-game huddle
Game on!
Andy Devine clears from the backline watched by our Senior players
Paddy McCormack across half back with Mackenzie Mann
Best on ground Luke Nelson
Nathan Richardson kicking and Mark O'Brien
Cameron Marcroft does battle in the ruck
Ernie Fan set to pounce just outside the forward 50 arc
Andy Devine with another clearance
Liam Walsh takes a strong grab on the wing
Mobla giving those hammies a workout!
Luke Nelson marks inside 50
Nels finishes by kicking our first goal
Congratulated by Jobba and Laughy
Midfielder Andy provides another inside 50
Jordy O'Brien kicks for goal
Quarter time huddle with plenty of work required
Luke Nelson kicks his second goal
Sugar in the ruck
Andy about to break free along the wing
Andy at work yet again!
Laughy snaps a "Daicos-like" goal!
Three quarter-time break
Coach Mick Correnti urges his players to give it their all in the final quarter!
Final words of encouragement
Birthday boy Adrian Marulli kicks truly
High fives in celebration
Mackenzie Mann adds another goal
Laughy, Ernie, Painy and Cho celebrate with Macca
Paddy Mac on his left with another rebound from defense
Luke Nelson kicks his third for the match
The lead extends to 27 points just before time on
The boys celebrate Sugar's snap goal after great work by Painy and Ernie!
Ernie kicks to Dom Tracy as the siren is about to sound!

Finals Week Two – Reserve Men (2022)

Finals Week 2 Match Report (2022)

Finals Week 2 Match Report (2022)

Reserve Men:

La Trobe 10.10 (70) defeated Box Hill North AFC 8.1 (49)
Goal Kickers: Luke Nelson 3, Liam Walsh, Jordy O’Brien, Laughlin Cargnali, Andy Devine, Adrian Marulli, Mackenzie Mann, Cameron Marcroft.
Best Players: Luke Nelson, Andy Devine, Paddy McCormack, Conall Barrett, Mark O’Brien,  Nathan Richardson. 

After last week’s disappointing result, The Reserves headed back to Whitefriars College in Donvale on Sunday to take on Box Hill North in the D4 Reserves Preliminary Final, with a spot in the Grand Final against Albert Park on the line.

The first quarter started in red hot fashion as both teams were determined to be first to the pill and bring the pressure when they didn’t have it. The Demons were able to kick a couple of early goals, before La Trobe responded with one of their own from Luke Nelson. The Trobers entered quarter time trailing, but with enough positives to know the deficit could be turned around.

The arm wrestle continued into the second quarter, as our midfield battled for supremacy in the centre square. Led by Andrew Devine and Nathan Richardson, the Trobers worked hard to gain momentum but were unable to capitalise on the scoreboard. Liam Walsh found the big sticks and Nels slotted his second to give La Trobe a slim lead at half-time.

The message from Coach Mick Correnti at half-time was to maintain the pressure and be first to the footy. As our midfield hard nuts Dom Tracy and Angus “Tick” Tickner kicked into gear, the Trobers started to gain a little more control of the footy. The back six held strong, and thanks to the rebounding play of Mark “Mobla” O’Brien, Paddy McCormack and Conall Barrett, were able to provide our forwards with plenty of opportunities. Andy Devine was rewarded for his hard running with a major, our skipper Jordy “Jobba” O’Brien also kicked truly, and defender-come-forward Laughlin Cargnali kicked one that can only be described as “Daicos-Like”. La Trobe entered three-quarter time with a solid lead.

The final term saw much of the same from The Trobers as they stood up to The Demons’ pressure and continued to hit the scoreboard. The move of Adrian Marulli to the wing saw instant dividends as he racked up the touches, took a couple of very important marks and slotted a goal. Mackenzie Mann was rewarded for his hard work across half forward with a goal, and Luke Nelson cemented his best-on-ground performance kicking his third. And in a passage of play that can only sum up the Trobers effort across the day, Ernie Fan and Rob Pain refused to give up on a contested ball, they managed to keep the ball moving forward and their work was rewarded when Cameron “Sugar” Marcroft picked up the loose pill and kicked truly. The Trobers won by 21 points and booked their ticket to the Grand Final this coming SUNDAY on Garvey Oval at Parade College, Bundoora!

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Finals Week 1 Match Reports (2022)

Finals Week 1 Match Reports (2022)

Senior Men:

La Trobe 17.15 (117) defeated Swinburne University 5.7 (37)
Goal Kickers: Riley Alexander 5, Tate Spiteri 4, Riley Keath 2, Ben Vicary 2, Ricky Nolan, Bryce Dowler, Charlie Scanlon, Harry Tanner.
Best Players: Will Lowry, Connor McCredden, Ben Vicary, Riley Alexander, Rob Fawcett, Riley Keath. 

Finals time always brings a sense of excitement and anticipation with the sun shining and a Grand Final spot up for grabs as we headed out to Whitefriars College in Donvale to take on Swinburne University. Just the one change to the side as our playing Assistant Coaches swapped, with Matt Ogle coming in for the injured Josh Rogerson. The message from Coach Ricky Nolan was very clear – the hours and hours of hard work and effort have created this opportunity and we aren’t going to let it slip! And boy, did the lads bring the heat, intensity and attack at the footy.

It was a typical start to a final with intense pressure and a number of skill errors as both sides tested each other in the opening 5 minutes. There were plenty of hard contests between the arcs before our midfielders started to gain control with either clearances or denying Swinburne with our ferocious tackle pressure. Tate Spiteri slotted our first major as we started to gain the ascendency with League Leading Goalkicker Riley Alexander, Tate again and midfield bull Ben Vicary also kicking goals before The Piggies got their first. Harry Tanner added a late goal as we took a 25-point lead into the first break – 5.2 to 1.1. The quarter time message was more of the same and let’s not give this mob a sniff!

Both teams had their chances at the start of the second quarter before Spitta kicked his third, Wiz his second and Riley Keath stretched our lead to 45-points midway through the term. Swinburne started to win their share of clearances and delivering inside their forward 50 but our backline held strong with great defensive pressure from Tom Whelan, Lachlan Miller, Andy Castles and Rob Fawcett, plus rebounding run from Will Lowry, Jonty Randall and Connor McCredden. The Piggies added a late goal to trim the halftime margin to 38-points.

Swinburne came out hard at the start of the third quarter and gained control through repeated clearances and inside 50s. After they kicked the first 3 goals of the term and cut the lead to 20-points, our Trobers put the foot down and slammed on 5 unanswered goals to regain control of the game. Ben Vicary, Ricky Nolan, Riley Keath, Bryce Dowler and Charlie Scanlon all found the big sticks as we extended our lead to 53-points at the final break.

As many former players, families and friends joined the player’s huddle the message from Coach Ricky was that the job was not done and the team wanted to send a very clear message to future opponents! The Trobers dominated the final quarter with our defensive unit conceding just 2 points and the forwards adding another 4.5 with Riley Alexander kicking another 3 to take his season’s tally to 73 and Tate Spiteri slotting his fourth for the day for a season total of 44 (his jumper number) and third place in the goalkicking, with Bryce Dowler in 5th place on 35 goals.

As often happens as a result of our high pressure and relentless attacking style of play, we had a few banged-up bodies by the end of the game and a depleted bench. The most serious injury was to Skipper Andy Castles who landed on his opponent’s foot and rolled his left ankle. Lots of swelling and pain, but we know Ace will do everything possible in the next fortnight to get back for the Big Show!

Our lads controlled the majority of the game except for around 10 minutes early in the third quarter before they steadied and absorbed the challenge thrown at them by a determined, but ultimately out-gunned Swinburne. The side is well coached and drilled, know their roles and now have next weekend off as they prepare for a Grand Final and the ultimate prize – a premiership flag!

Viva La Varsity!

Reserve Men:

La Trobe 4.8 (32) defeated by Albert Park 9.8 (62)
Goal Kickers: Liam Walsh 2, Jordy O’Brien, Martin Grinter.
Best Players: Liam Walsh, Cam McPherson, Nathan Richardson, Paddy McCormack, James Toomey, Luke Nelson. 

The Reserves headed to Whitefriars College in Donvale to take on Albert Park in the D4 Reserves Second Semi-Final, with a spot in the Grand Final on the line.

The first quarter was an arm wrestle as both sides tackling and pressure around the pill was immense, ‘The Midday Show’ led by the strong tackling duo of Nathan Richardson and Ernie Fan. The Trobers managed to hit the scoreboard thanks to a running goal from the returning Liam Walsh. Albert Park led by 1 point at quarter time.

The second quarter saw The Falcons get on top in the midfield which helped them gain a four-goal lead as they held the Trobers goal-less for the quarter. Jake Ellett, James Toomey and Luke Nelson continued to run and present across the ground, doing everything in their power to help La Trobe gain some forward momentum. The Trobers were unable to take advantage of some limited opportunities up forward with Albert Park going into half-time with a 26-point lead.

Coach Mick Correnti moved a few magnets at half-time to see if the boys could wrestle back some of the momentum. Two Trobers given big roles for the quarter were Paddy McCormack who headed to Centre Half Back to provide us with some defensive height and rebounding attack. The other Trober given a big job was Cam McPherson who was tasked with shutting down one of Albert Park’s key movers out on the wing, and shut him down he did, completely taking him out of the game. Unfortunately, we were unable to take advantage of this great work, with our skipper Jordy “Jobba” O’Brien kicking our only major for the quarter.  Trobers went into three-quarter time 33 points behind.

Coach Correnti implored the boys that we were not out of the contest and “Lets get the first one and then worry about the rest”. The Trober ball pressure and intensity was once again at manic levels. Brendan Plowman, Rob Pain and Richo helped the Trobers wrestle away some control in the middle, which saw Walshy slot the first goal of the quarter for the Trobers. La Trobe continued to battle away but the Albert Park defense stood tall, and we were only able to add one more goal, thanks to some help from the umps, as Albert Park got frustrated and gave away a 50. Martin “Ginnis” Grinter was the beneficiary of the umpire’s displeasure. Albert Park won the game by 30 points.

Thanks to all the Past Players, Parents, Women’s Players and Men’s Players who got down and watched us, and also volunteered for jobs – your support was greatly appreciated!

The Reserves will now return to Whitefriars College this coming Sunday to host Box Hill North in the Preliminary, with a Grand Final spot on the line.

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Reserves quarter time huddle
Umpire Tate holds the ball aloft
Brendan Plowman wins the hit out
Andy Devine with the clearance
Plow kicks into Trober's forward 50
Adrian Marulli on the move
Adro burns off the opposition and kicks inside 50
Andy kicks into the forward line
Jordy O'Brien in the contest
Andy with yet another inside 50
Eyes on the ball
Nathan Richardson about to handball as Martin Grinter and Rob Pain watch
Andy receives Cho's handball
And kicks for goal
This man's on fire!
Handballing to Adro
Adro looks into the forward 50 as Cho provides a shepherd
Pat McCormack handballs as Dez and Ginnis watch on
Paddy marks inside 50
Rob Pain kicks the ball forward
Jake Shelley selling candy
Jake sends the ball down the pavilion wing
Painy passes and calls to Adro
Adro marks
Adro delivers into the forward half
Ginnis shoots from the boundary line
Plow can't quite find the big sticks
Connor Burns kicks inside 50
Plow takes a great grab as Ernie is front and centre and Toomsey arrives
Mackenzie Mann delivers into the forward line
Jobba takes the mark
And kicks one of his 8 for the game
Adro on the move again
Ernie delivers inside 50
Paddy takes a great mark
Dez under the pump!
Senior Men's pre-game huddle
Harry Tanner has eyes for the ball
Riley Alexander kicks his first to secure the Leading Goalkicker Award for the Division!
Riley Keath jumps clear of his opponent
Keathy palms with precision to Ben Vicary
Sam Benetti-Baker with his head over the ball as Vicars and Lachlan Webb close in
Where'd the ball go Wiz?
Rob Fawcett switches in defense
Archie Conboy kicks into the forward 50
Wiz leads his opponent to the ball
Wiz turns and kicks towards goal
Josh Rogerson takes possession as Bryce Dowler looks on
A little high Ump?
Wiz kicks another goal
Keathy wins again and Archie is on the move as Tyler Costa runs in from the wing
Brucey kicks inside 50
Keathy again, with Connor McCredden's hands in great position!
Charlie Scanlon kicks on goal
Brucey ready to mark
Brucey kicks his goal
BB delivers inside 50 early in the 2nd quarter
Ball up inside our forward 50
Rogo takes possession just before it happens!!

Round Eighteen – Reserve & Senior Men (2022)