One-and-done, Laz and Squeak step aside from coaching in 2020

One-and-done, Laz and Squeak step aside from coaching in 2020

The La Trobe University Football Club would like to express our utmost gratitude for the work that Edward Buffon and Jake Lasslett put into the Reserve Men last season in their maiden season as coaches. The boys demonstrated a great ability to coach as they took our Reserve Men from a win-less 2018 season to Grand Finalists in 2019. 

Unfortunately due to work commitments and travel the boys are unable to continue in the role for 2020 and have therefore stepped aside. They both enjoyed their time as coaches and appreciate the great group of players they had the fortune of coaching in 2019. Jake not only led off the field as coach but on the field through his performances which led to him claiming the Reserve Men Best and Fairest last season. Edward, while injured for a large part of the season, managed to find his way back into the senior lineup late in the season. Both boys will continue to play for the Club in 2020.

We cannot thank Edward and Jake enough for their contributions to our Club and wish them all the best for the coming year!

Apply for the vacant position of Reserve Men’s Coach here.

Published by La Trobe University Football Club 14.01.2020

The Best of 2019

1969 Premiership Reunion

2019 Jumper Presentation

2019 Round One Quintuple Header

2019 Round Four Triple Header

2019 Round Six Senior Men

2019 Round Nine Sponsors Day

2019 Round Eleven Reserve Men

2019 Gala Ball

2019 Mental Health Awareness Evening

2019 Round Eighteen U19 Men

2019 Round Eighteen Reserve & Senior Men

2019 Presentation Night

2019 Pre-Christmas Training

Trobers appoint former Premiership Coach Andrew Sutherland to lead the Senior Men for season 2020

Trobers appoint former Premiership Coach Andrew Sutherland to lead the Senior Men for season 2020

20 years after guiding the Club to its 1999 Senior Men’s premiership Andrew Sutherland returns for his second stint at leading our Trober Men after being appointed the 2020 Senior Men’s Coach.

Andy comes with a wealth of coaching knowledge but more importantly a wealth of knowledge about how our Club has operated over the past 52 seasons and the rich University culture of the Club. Andy, like many of our players, moved to Melbourne to study at La Trobe University, living on Menzies College he found his way down to our football club. He quickly made his way into the senior team and played 112 games for the Club, playing predominately as a defender Andy was selected in the Clubs 1977-1986 Team of the Decade. After focusing on his career Andy found his way back to the Club as the Senior Men’s Coach from 1999-2001 where he led the Club to the 1999 Senior Men’s Premiership and promotion to VAFA Division 1. Andy went on to spent the next nine seasons as Senior Assistant Coach in VAFA Premier Division for St Kevin’s OB from 2002-03, VAFA Premier B for Mazenod OC from 2004-08 and VAFA Representative Football from 2009-10. Andy was selected as the Coach of our La Trobe University FC 1997-2006 Team of the Decade.

Club Legend Tony Sheehan when speaking of Andy’s success in 1999 says “Andy proved to be a great student of the game, meticulous in his planning and supportive of his players” which ultimately led to his success as a coach. Now back coaching the Club, Andy is hoping to provide the players in 2020 with that supportive environment to create a well-structured and fast paced brand of footy that will hopefully see the Trobers taste some success next season.

With good numbers out on the track since early November we are very excited to have Andrew Sutherland taking up the role as Senior Men’s Coach as we lead into our final pre-Christmas training session this Thursday evening. We wish both Andy and the Men’s teams all the best for season 2020!

Published by La Trobe University Football Club 10.12.2019

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