Grand Final Match Report (2019)
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)
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…!
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