Vale Bob Segrave

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.

Former LTUFC Secretary Jim ‘Snout’ McMillan wrote in No Ordinary Football Club, the history book published in 2017 to commemorate the Club’s 50th anniversary:


“Our first President was as much saint as patron. Bob performed his day job at the University as Publications and Information Officer with great distinction and steered the footy club with a gentle and avuncular hand. He rarely lost his temper but, if righteously provoked, he could go off with a booming voice and a rapier wit”.

Club Poet Laureate Craig Nelson contributed the following for our beloved Bob:

“Bob was La Trobe’s chief elder, first coach and first President. An immortal club stalwart, he was also a mentor to many. La Trobe’s most prestigious annual award is named in his honour (The Bob Segrave Award) and presented to a person who has provided the Club with outstanding service, on or off the field, over a significant period”.

“When he left La Trobe, Bob and his wife Suzy were spectacular hosts at their restaurant. I particularly remember a practice match between the Blacks and Reds in which Bob, making up the numbers, charged at the ball with a pipe in his mouth. Even in those pre-OH&S days, I thought that seemed dangerous! Not that anyone would get burnt, although that was a possibility, but that the pipe would get rammed down his throat!”


Bob’s daughter Robin Krabbe wrote:

“Dad wanted to thank you all for being such great friends. He was here with me, my husband and son for his last few months in Tasmania and will be buried on our property this Thursday. He didn’t want any flowers or any fuss made whatsoever!”

As the founding ‘father’ of the La Trobe University Football Club, Bob had a profound influence on a generation of players, many of whom went on to become leaders of industry, commerce, education and politics. He may now be gone, but he will never be forgotten! Our beloved Bob.

On behalf of the wider La Trobe family, we extend our deepest sympathy and condolences to Bob’s daughter Robin and family members.

Bob Segrave (6/5/1935 – 17/1/2022)

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Grand Final Match Reports (2022)

Senior Men are PREMIERS after a massive final quarter effort – coming from 17 points down to storm home and win by 15 points. The Reserve Men take it right up to Albert Park but fall just 8 points short.

Round Twelve – Senior Women, Reserve Men, Senior Men

“You bloody ripper!” It was a Trober Trifecta on Saturday at Tony Sheehan Oval as all three teams recorded resounding wins kicking a combined 42.42 to 13.9 for the day. The Women defeating Power House to record their second win and both Men’s teams accounting for Masala.

LTUFC Women’s Inaugural Team of the Decade

LTUFC Women’s Inaugural Team of the Decade

Along with the many other milestones La Trobe University Football Club have ticked off this year, there was one more we were awaiting to celebrate on June 20. In what was promised to be a special day with a history-making milestone, La Trobe University Football Club announced its first ever Women’s Team of the Decade for the 2009-18 era.

The day began with Club President Samantha Greene addressing the new and old faces of La Trobe, welcoming them to our new home. Samantha opened by reminiscing on her early years as a women’s footballer, including reciting the remarkable premiership in 2011 – only two years after establishing a women’s side. A lot has changed in 11 years, not only with the Club, but also with women’s football in general. When La Trobe University Football Club inaugurated a women’s side, there was approximately 35 registered women teams in 2009, where we fast forward to today and there are now over 1,000.

Speeches throughout the day recognised the past and present of the Club and the fundamental people involved to help establish the women’s football at La Trobe University; one of these key founders included Jess Smith in whom we were fortunate enough to have present on the day and share with us her memories on the early days of La Trobe University Football Club Women’s side. Following the formal proceedings of the 24 remarkable women being selected in the Inaugural Women’s Team of the Decade, club legend and games record holder Tony Sheehan took to the stage to present Samantha Greene her well-deserved Life Membership at La Trobe University Football Club for her 11 years of service to our Club. This was a fitting event to present Samantha’s Life Membership to her as her recognition was celebrated with players in all eras of her football career. We congratulate Samantha Greene once again for her stellar contribution given to the Club on and off the field. With old and new faces around our new home, it was a great day to celebrate the past and present, and we congratulate the players acknowledged in the 2009-18 Women’s Team of the Decade.

See the team below.

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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.

Round 13 Match Reports (2019)

Round 13 Match Reports (2019)

Senior Men:

La Trobe: 7.16 (58) defeated by Elsternwick 9.12 (66)
Goal Kickers: B. Zimmerman 2, R. Nolan, M. O’Brien, P. Howard, L. Miller, R. Timmins.
Best Players: A. Castles, W. Humphreys, P. Howard, T. Mooney, R. Nolan, M. O’Brien.

A tough loss in an important game for the boys on the weekend. La Trobe led by one point at Quarter time thanks to a freakishly brilliant goal from Lachie Miller. The game was always going to be topsy turvy due the strong winds favouring one end. Going into half trailing by 21 points the boys needed a big lift and they got it. La Trobe dominated the third quarter with 12 scoring shots.

Unfortunately, those scoring shots only lead to two goals. With X-factor man Lachie Miller going off with an injury it was always going to be tough to hold onto a one-point lead against the wind in the last quarter. Ultimately Elsternwick were too strong in the last quarter, but it wasn’t easy for them as La Trobe fought hard to final siren.  Mark O’Brian was immense down back and thick as a brick Nolan was strong all day as well.

The boys will look to get back on the winners list this week as they play Box Hill at Home in a night game.

NEXT MATCH:
Vs Box Hill North AFC
Played at Tony Sheehan Oval
Game starts at 6:00 P.M. 

Senior Women:

La Trobe: 5.7 (37) defeated Old Hawthorn 2.5 (17)
Goal Kickers: S. Greene, R. Melican, E. Freeman, A. D’Angelo, E. Miller.
Best Players: K. Bond, S. Velona, L. Molloy, E. Freeman, A. Cutler, K. Ritchie.

The La Trobe women had a big game ahead on a cool Saturday evening. The Tony Sheehan oval was packed with supporters, including past women’s players of La Trobe who had earlier that day been presented with the team of decade. Well done to the girls who were awarded with this amazing achievement.

The Trober’s started the first quarter off with the challenge of playing against the wind. However, it did not phase them as they were able to keep Hawthorn to one goal. It was through the likes of the amazing defenders Soph and Brit, that enabled the girls to keep the scoring margin down so low.

The Trober’s unleashed the beast during the second quarter. They were able break away with the wind on their side, by kicking 3 goals. Amongst the goal kickers was Millzy, who kicked her first Trober goal for the year.

During the third quarter La Trobe continued their attacking brand of football. Kya and Bry were able to assist with the incredible pressure through applying the one percenters throughout the whole game.

It was the dynamic duo, Lilly Molloy and captain Kate Bond that finalized La Trobe’s position within the fourth quarter. Their ability to seamlessly mark and run with ball gave the team a competitive edge that Hawthorn didn’t have.

The girls were able to maintain their lead throughout the game resulting in their fourth win for the season. What an amazing effort!! The Trober’s take on Old Scotch for their final game of the season and Sam Greene’s 150th. Hopefully they can come away with another win. Yeet-haa!!!

NEXT MATCH:
Vs Old Scotch FC
Played at Camberwell Sports Ground
Game starts at 2:00 P.M. 

Reserve Men:

La Trobe: 15.18 (108) defeated Elsternwick 6.3 (39)
Goal Kickers:  M. Burrowes 4, S. Pearson 3, J. Coghill 3, B. Coghill 2, R. Wills 2, J. Tomada.
Best Players: M. Burrowes, J. Tomada, J. Ellett, H. Fry, J. Lasslett, S. Pearson.

The midday show is sitting pretty in second position after a defining win over Elsternwick 108-39 at home over the weekend. Blowing a gale throughout the game didn’t detour the boys from applying pressure and ball movement around the ground to dictate the terms of the game.

Elsternwick jumped to an early lead using the wind after the first quarter, but the Trobers kept pressure on Elsternwick’s throat and kept them scoreless in both the 2nd and 4th quarters. The Trobers enjoyed controlling the game in adverse weather conditions and ensured capitalising on forward entries was a focal component of the forwards attack. Maintaining consistency over the weeks coming tracking into finals is a significant element to being successful at the end of the year.

This weekend La Trobe hosts Box Hill North at home to rectify the humiliating defeat when we last met back in round 8 where we failed to take off against a lower ranked team.

NEXT MATCH:
Vs Box Hill North AFC
Played at Tony Sheehan Oval
Game starts at 1:20 P.M.

U19 Men:

La Trobe forfeited to De La Salle OC

NEXT MATCH:
Vs Peninsula OB
Played at Tony Sheehan Oval
Game starts at 1:20 P.M.

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Grant Dowler Awarded Life Membership at Past Players Day

Grant Dowler Awarded Life Membership at Past Players Day

Congratulations to Grant Dowler who was awarded Life Membership yesterday at our Past Players Day. Grant has been a proud member of our club for the past 9 years and has made a significant impact to the club over this time. Better known at the club as Huss, he has been a proud servant of our club being an example for all members to follow.

Huss joined the club in 2010 and quickly made the club his home. From an early stage he was offering assistance on a weekend and quickly moved to a committee position in 2013. Anyone who knows Huss, knows that he has a constant hands on approach which gained him the status as the clubs ‘Mr. Fix-It’. His reliability is unmatched, which can be hard to find at a young club, and he has ensured the club continuously moved forward. Huss has been instrumental in the connectivity between the women and men and without him we would not be the united club we now are. 

Huss introduced the La Trobe Gala Ball, helped facilitated the Koorie Academy of Excellence Program, Captained the Senior Men from 2013 to 2015, played over 130 games for the club, named in the Team of the Decade, in 2013 he was awarded the John Dumaresq Best Clubperson and 2016 awarded the Bob Segrave Trophy.

Huss has for a long time been a fundamental member of the football club and we will never be able to truly articulate the work he has done for the past 9 years. As he plans to travel overseas next year, the club will greatly miss him. Congratulations to Grant Dowler, our 62nd Life Member at La Trobe University Football Club.

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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.

Brett Tonkin Awarded Life Membership at the 2018 Gala Ball

Brett Tonkin Awarded Life Membership at the 2018 Gala Ball

Congratulations to Brett Tonkin, who become the 61st Life Member of La Trobe University Football Club at last nights Gala Ball. Tonks provided service to our club for 9 years and was a great mentor and role model for all who came through our doors. For many years Brett has been a proud servant of our club being an example for all members to follow.

He joined the club in 2009 and quickly made the club his home. From an early stage he was offering assistance on a weekend and quickly moved to a committee position in 2011. By 2013 Brett become the club president and held this role for 4 years. He mentored his committee members and ensured they got great value from the time they spent with him.

During Tonks time as President the club was able to successfully implement the Koorie Academy of Excellence Program, which is a mentoring service for players allowing them to build their resumes and secure ongoing employment. He Implemented the Club Award, Braedon Hensel U’19s award and helped introduct the La Trobe Gala Ball. Tonks played over 100 club games and was named Team of the Decade President. Most life members would receive the Bob Segrave award prior to being awarded life membership. However, in the case of Brett Tonkin, most of his service at the club has been spent in a presidential role and his humility has meant that he would not accept this award.

Congratulations to our 61st life member, Brett Tonkin.

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