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.

Published by Teresa D’Angelo 25.07.2019

Round 13 Match Reports (2019)

Round 13 Match Report (2019)

UNDER 19’s:

La Trobe forfeited to De La Sale OB

 

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

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.

Published by Josh Horder, Damien Hamel, Lachlan Miller, Ros Melican and Caitlin Ross 25.07.2019

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.

Published by Samantha Greene 29.07.2018

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.

Congratulation to our 61st life member, Brett Tonkin.

Published by Samantha Greene 01.07.2018