Grand Final Match Report (2019)

Grand Final Match Report (2019)

RESERVE MEN:

La Trobe: 6.3 (39) defeated by South Melbourne FC 10.10 (70)
Goal Kickers: B. Coghill 3, J. Rogerson 2, Z. Price.
Best Players: M. Burrowes, B. Higgins, B. Plowman, B. Coghill, W. Lowry, L. Galvin.

It was an exciting day for footy on Sunday as The Midday Show took on South Melbourne Districts in the day of days, the big dance, the final hit-out, but better known as the Grand Final. Despite forecasts predicting rain, wind and a likely underdog win, only the first two occurred with the Trobers going down in a fierce battle 70-39.

It was a hotly contested footy from the get-go as La Trobe kept South Melbourne from getting an early blowout, finishing the first quarter trailing by just 7 points after their opponents had kicked with the wind. The fight continued into the second, as the Trobers took advantage of the wind and gained a 1 goal lead by half time. The third was the beginning of La Trobe’s downfall allowing South Melbourne to score 5.2 and edge in front by 8 points. Unfortunately, the last quarter went all South Melbourne’s way as they stacked on another 3.5 against an injured, depleted and ultimately scoreless La Trobe team.

This Grand Final loss was in fact a larger picture win for the La Trobe Club after a winless (Reserves Men) season in 2018. In fact, for a team that was unable to even field a team in the final weeks of last season to go on to compete in a Grand Final just 12 months later –  it was a true achievement for those who dedicated their Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays to improving their footy! At the beginning of the season about 30 individuals, who mostly didn’t know each other, threw on the Red and Black to play for The Midday Show. It shows what having a group of mates, a committee and a new oval and facilities can do to boost the hopes and aspirations within a Club. We look forward to seeing everyone again next year as the Club attempts to further its achievements!    

Published by Damien Hamel 19.09.2019

Preliminary Final Match Report (2019)

Preliminary Final Match Report (2019)

RESERVE MEN:

La Trobe: 11.6 (72) defeated Elsternwick AFC 9.14 (68)
Goal Kickers: J. Coghill 3, B. Higgins 2, J. Horder, B. Coghill, E. Buffon, Z. Price, R. Wills, S. Coghill.
Best Players: B. Higgins, W. Lowry, J. Lasslett, B. Coghill, J. Coghill, B. Plowman.

“the Triumphant Quarter”

The midday-show expressed determination, guts and mateship on Sunday to overthrow Elsternwick 72-68 in what was the Trober’s finest quarter of the year. The weather was much like the on-field calls by the whistle blowers “wet, dry, then wet again” but never consistent. Elsternwick jumped to an early lead of 13 at the close of the first, which La Trobe fought back in the second to finish 3 down by half time. By the end of the third, Elsternwick believed the game was theirs for the talking with a comfortable lead of 21 points. But the game wasn’t over, not until the fat man rings the bell and in the fourth it was all one-way traffic. The crowd were on the edges of the seats (because the other half was wet) as La Trobe dictated the game, play after play, inching away at the strong lead Elsternwick held until their lead was no more, the Trober’s were in front for the first time of the game with 5 minutes left on the clock. The seconds felt like hours as every mark was carefully transitioned to keep possession and marks inside 50 where cheered as it was a scoreboard certain. Hearts were thumping as the final siren blasted La Trobe victory across the park and finals celebration was in order with a cold tin and the team song that is still mumbled.

Two’s, two’s, two’s, two’s…!

NEXT MATCH:
Grand Final
Vs South Melbourne Districts FC
Played at Trevor Barker Oval (Sandringham)
Sunday 15th Sept at 11:40 A.M.

Published by Damien Hamel 09.09.2019

Semi-Final Match Reports (2019)

Semi-Final Match Report (2019)

RESERVE MEN:

La Trobe: 4.11 (35) defeated by South Melbourne Districts FC 12.10 (82)
Goal Kickers: J. Coghill, Z. Price, M. Burrowes, S. Pearson.
Best Players: J. Lasslett, B. Coghill, L. Cooke, J. Coghill, J. Ferguson, B. Plowman.

It was another hard and gruelling day of footy for La Trobe when they faced South Melbourne Districts in the second semi-final last Sunday. Unfortunately, the Trober 2’s went down 35-82 in what was a fierce performance by South Melbourne.

The Coburg City Oval (AKA Piranha Park) almost felt like home for La Trobe but failing to capitalise on missed opportunities and a down field breeze halted goals for La Trobe in the first half. In patches SM revealed their ability to move the ball well, especially in both unmanned contests and congested footy. By the end of the first quarter, SM had La Trobe by the balls, keeping the depleted Trobers to only 1 point.

Coming into the second, La Trobe made a fighting comeback using the wind to narrow the margin to only 15 points, but South Melbourne wanted the win more finishing the 3rd and 4th strongly with an 8-goal win. The heavy contest wasn’t without consequences with Josh Tomada unfortunately breaking his arm and Tyler Costa and Josh Horder pulling up with hamstring injuries.

This weekend in the preliminary final, La Trobe take on Elsternwick in what will be a thrilling game to secure a Grand Final berth against South Melbourne. On both occasions La Trobe and Elsternwick have met this year, the Trobers have snagged confident wins and are hoping this weekend will be no different.

NEXT MATCH:
Preliminary Final
Vs Elsternwick AFC
Played at Waverley Oval (East Malvern)
Sunday 8th Sept at 12:00 P.M.

SENIOR MEN:

La Trobe: 3.6 (24) defeated by Elsternwick AFC 12.12 (84)
Goal Kickers: S. Benetti-Baker, T. Mooney, M. Oliver.
Best Players:  A. Castles, R. Nolan, S. Benetti-Baker, T. Mooney, C. Ross, M. Ogle.

A tough loss in a big game saw the Trober boys bow out of the finals race. La Trobe started strongly kicking the first goal of the game against a very strong wind, but after the first 10 minutes it was all Elsternwick as they proved too strong.

It was a typical Melbourne day with the first half played in glorious sunshine and the second played in the pouring rain. Andy Castles continued to lead the way with his performance – like he has all year. It was a tough way to end a positive year but there is no doubt that we can come back next year bigger and better!

All is not lost for the Club though as the Reserve boys will play in the preliminary final this week and the whole Club will be behind them.

NEXT MATCH:

Eliminated.

Published by Josh Horder, Damien Hamel & Lachlan Miller 05.09.2019

Round 17 Match Reports (2019)

Round 17 Match Report (2019)

UNDER 19’s:

La Trobe forfeited  to Williamstown CYMS
Goal Kickers: Nil
Best Players: Nil

No report.

NEXT MATCH:
Vs Therry Penola OB FC
Played at John Pascoe Fawkner Reserve 
Game starts at 9:20 A.M.

RESERVE MEN:

La Trobe: 16.7 (103) defeated St Francis Xavier OC 7.9 (51)
Goal Kickers: M. Burrowes 3, S. Pearson 3, L. Cooke 2, Z. Price 2, E. Buffon 2, J. Rogerson 2, L. Galvin, S. Coghill
Best Players: L. Cooke, Z. Price, B. Coghill, J. Horder, A. Hodgson, B. Plowman

It was another outstanding win for The Midday Show over the weekend, dominating St Francis Xavier 103-51 in Narre Warren South. The conditions couldn’t have been any better for footy as 2nd and 3rd clashed, with the winner snagging 2nd position leading into the finals.

The first half was governed by hotly contested footy from both teams with the Trobers only nudging out a four-goal lead by the end of the second. Heading into the third quarter the ball began to move easier for La Trobe and the goals continued well into the fourth as Michael Burrowes and Scott Pearson snagged three each for the day.

Next week La Trobe head to Albert Park to play first placed, South Melbourne Districts in a top of a ladder clash as the last game of the regular season. Last time South Melbourne and La Trobe met back in the Round 1; South Melbourne scoring a 10-point win in what was a very even game.

NEXT MATCH:
Vs South Melbourne Districts FC
Played at Lindsey Hassett Oval
Game starts at 11:40 A.M.

SENIOR MEN:

La Trobe: 13.6 (84) defeated St Francis Xavier OC 11.15 (81)
Goal Kickers: M. Oliver 7, B. Zimmerman 2, T. Spiteri 2, B. Higgins, R. Nolan
Best Players:  C. Ross, M. Oliver, L. Miller, S. Benetti-Baker, M. O’Brien, T. Mooney

An absolute ripsnorter of a win on the road secured a spot in the finals for La Trobe Seniors on the weekend. The sun was shining, the birds were chirping, and the Narre Warren bogans were riding their dirt bikes past the ground.

It was a Round 17 clash with a genuine final’s feel about it – 1 v 4, and my word the game lived up to the hype. La Trobe started well kicking the first 2 goals – there was a buzz about the boys and St Francis knew it. La Trobe held a 1-point lead at half time and were a goal down at three quarter time.

The last quarter is where the game came to life. There was drama: St Francis big man Harry Coe needing four goals to reach the magical 100 – he ended up kicking 3.6 and hitting the post twice in the last term! The second time he hit the post put St Francis up by 14 points with about 5 minutes to play as the hysteria surrounding that moment overcame the home side. 

La Trobe went to work. Mitch Oliver said, “come with me boys” as he was kicking them from everywhere. The midfield took over, with the likes of Tom Mooney and Benetti-Baker lifting immensely. With a minute to go La Trobe kicked a goal and the deficit was just 3 points. There was a vibe about the joint. The next 30 seconds of play was a grind, a quagmire of bodies diving about and then suddenly, a quick handball squirts out to Harry Thackray, he chucks it on the boot, and it glides straight onto Bailey Zimmermann’s slender chest. Fifty metres out, it would be a tough kick – but like some divine intervention, the St Francis defender loses his mind and runs over the mark giving away a 50-metre penalty and all but sealing the deal. There were shades of Jim Stynes in the ’87 prelim running through the mark! As Zimmer nailed the shot from the synthetic goal square, the game was done and one of the best wins the Club has had in recent times was complete!

A magical day will now colloquially and fittingly be remembered as ‘the miracle on dead grass’.

NEXT MATCH:
Vs South Melbourne Districts FC
Played at Lindsey Hassett Oval
Game starts at 2:00 P.M.

Published by Josh Horder, Damien Hamel & Lachlan Miller 21.08.2019

Successful Season for the Trober Girls Following NFNL Awards Night

Trober Girls clean up at NFL Awards

A big well done to our Senior Women’s Coach Jaryd Coghill who was nominated for Coach of the year. Jaryd led our girls to the finals this season after they finished last on the ladder in 2017. His leadership, positiveness and will to help development our footballers saw a number of our girls being highly recognised for their successful seasons. 

At last night’s Northern Football Netball League Presentation Night our girls received eight awards in total. Our senior captain Kate Bond won the Coaches MVP Award on 69 votes, while spearhead Samantha Greene won the League Leading Goal Kicker with 39 goals for the season. Kate Bond also finished runner up in the League Best and Fariest, finishing two votes shy of the winner, Teresa D’Angelo placed third in the same count. 

Six of our girls were honoured with making Team of the Year: Emily Turnbull, Half Back Flank; Teresa D’Angelo, Half Forward Flank; Samantha Greene, Centre Half Forward; Kate Bond, Ruck Rover and Steph Castagnini, Interchange for the Division 2 team, along with Claire Henderson making the Division 3 team on the interchange.

Congratulations to all our girls on a great season and those that won awards.

Published by Josh Rogerson 20.09.2018