Round 16 Match Reports (2019)

Round 16 Match Report (2019)

UNDER 19’s:

La Trobe: 0.0 (60) defeated South Melbourne Districts FC 0.0 (0)
Goal Kickers: Nil
Best Players: Nil

South Melbourne Districts unfortunately decided to forfeit on Saturday. Which is very disappointing because the Under 19’s were about to play with their best team to date. All the boys were looking forward to seeing what they could have produced on Saturday morning. It meant for the 19’s, they get the 4 points for the first time this year – what a way to get their first win.

NEXT MATCH:
Vs Williamstown CYMS
Played at Fearon Reserve
Game starts at 11:40 A.M.

RESERVE MEN:

La Trobe: 10.10 (70) defeated Masala AFC 3.2 (20)
Goal Kickers: B. Coghill 2, J. Rogerson 2, B. Higgins 2, Price, Naidoo, Cooke, Pearson
Best Players: T. Costa, M. Welsh, J. Tomada, J. Ferguson, L. Cooke, J. Rogerson

The Midday Show fielded a strong team and firmly grasped second position on the ladder, after a confident 70 to 27 win over Masala at home on Tony Sheehan Oval.

A perfect day to be a duck, as the rain and wind made conditions nippy, making moving the ball difficult for both teams. Blowing a gale throughout the game didn’t deter the Trobers from applying pressure and minimising Masala’s ball movement around the ground and keeping them scoreless for 2 quarters.

The first quarter started off relatively even between the two teams but as the game progressed, Masala lost fitness, possession and mentality that contributed to their seemingly endless season long losing streak.

The Trobers need to maintain consistency over the coming weeks heading into the finals, it is a significant element to being successful at the end of the year. This weekend La Trobe travel to Narre Warren South to play St Francis Xavier OC. Last time St Francis met at La Trobe in Round 4, Trobers dominated from the start and edged a 1 goal win. This weekend it will be expected the 2nd and 3rd ladder clash should be a hotly contested game. 

NEXT MATCH:
Vs St Francis Xavier OC
Played at Strathaird Reserve
Game starts at 11:40 A.M.

SENIOR MEN:

La Trobe: 8.14 (62) defeated Masala FC 8.11 (59)
Goal Kickers: B. Zimmermann 3, S. Denier 2, Ross, Thackray, Spiteri
Best Players:  A. Castles, S. Benetti-Baker, E. Fan, M. Ogle, B. Zimmerman, S. Denier

A huge come from behind win in the wind and rain has kept the boy’s finals hopes well and truly alive. After letting Masala get out to a five-goal lead in the first quarter and still trailing by 21 at half time it was a bloody good comeback in extremely trying conditions.

The win was really set up in the third quarter where, despite Masala having the wind, the team held strong and managed to make it one goal apiece. In the last quarter La Trobe, inspired by their Coach’s words and the presence of the 2009/10 premierships players in their huddle, had too much run and ticker for Masala and overran them to win by three points in an absolute thriller.

Andy Castles took the piss again and word on the street is Mooney will not be getting the captaincy back off him. Can’t argue with a 100% winning record, eh Cas?! Bailey Zimmerman’s mongrel drop punts were effective as per usual as he snagged three handy goals in front of the 2009/10 premiership sides. As we should we celebrated with a beer pong competition that night which Lachlan “Swingman” Miller and Harrison “Paleo Pete” Thackray dominated from go to woe, taking the piss out of the competition. Worst on for the event was Theo Balabanov – could barely drink a glass of water leaving Josh Horder by himself for half the tournament but that didn’t stop Hords making the Final. He will be sure to pick a better partner for next year’s tournament!

This week the boys take on St Francis Xavier OC in what will be a big clash!

NEXT MATCH:
Vs St Francis Xavier OC
Played at Strathaird Reserve
Game starts at 2:00 P.M.

Published by Josh Horder, Damien Hamel & Lachlan Miller 14.08.2019

Round 15 Match Reports (2019)

Round 15 Match Report (2019)

UNDER 19’s:

BYE

NEXT MATCH:
Vs. South Melbourne Districts FC 
Played at Tony Sheehan Oval
Game starts at 9:20 A.M.

RESERVE MEN:

La Trobe: 13.12 (90) defeated by South Mornington 15.11 (101)
Goal Kickers: J. Coghill 4, Z. Price 3, W. Lowry 2, D. Naidoo, J. Ferguson, J. Lasslett, L. Cooke
Best Players: J. Lasslett, J. Coghill, J. Horder, L. Cooke, Z. Price, W. Lowry

‘The Midday Show’ experienced a stiff loss over the weekend against South Mornington going down 101 to 90. South Mornington jumped to an early lead largely due to our inaccurate kicking, and by half time had La Trobe on the back foot with their ability to move quickly and capitalise on the loose ball.

South Mornington found vulnerabilities throughout the Trobers defence and commanded the game, largely due to the influence of their senior players. La Trobe moved the ball well and dictated terms of the game in sections but failed to sustain that momentum throughout the whole game.

During the third quarter La Trobe pushed for a fightback by posting 4 goals straight, ending the quarter only 10 points down. The final quarter went goal for goal with the final margin being 11 points. A disappointing loss!

This weekend La Trobe faces winless Masala on Tony Sheehan Oval. The last time La Trobe and Masala met back in Round 7 Trobers came away with a handy win, but it wasn’t without a fight. La Trobe sits second on the ladder a game clear of 3rd position St Francis Xavier although 3rd, 4th and 5th all sit on 40 points, with healthy percentages.

NEXT MATCH:
Vs Masala Dandenong FC 
Played at Tony Sheehan Oval
Game starts at 11:40 A.M.

SENIOR MEN:

La Trobe: 26.17 (173) defeated South Mornington 7.11 (53)
Goal Kickers: R. Nolan 6, B. Zimmermann 4, M. Ogle 4, M. Oliver 3, D. Thorn 2, C. Ross, W. Luhrs, B. Higgins, F. Balabanov, S. Denier, R. Dell, N. Richardson
Best Players: A. Castles, R. Nolan, W. Luhrs, C. Ross, S. Denier, P. Howard

It was a big win on the road for the boys on the weekend to keep our finals hopes alive. Coming up against the severely undermanned South Mornington it was still very important for the boys get off to a good start and crush the opposition.

A good start is exactly what occurred with La Trobe kicking 15 goals to three in the first half. This was helped with plenty of run and gun off half back from exciting young players Calvin Ross and Will Luhrs.

With the big Ogle clunking everything at full forward the Trobers dominated the game. Ogle kicked four but missed a shitload – which at the end of the day is not surprising at all! Rick Nolan bagged a lazy six as he feasted on what was left of the South Mornington carcass. Bailey Zimmerman and Mitch Oliver were also impressive in front of goal.

The weekend’s game was a relatively bruise-free affair, so the boys will be fresh to take on Masala this week at the Tony Sheehan Oval.

NEXT MATCH:
Vs Masala Dandenong FC
Played at Tony Sheehan Oval
Game starts at 2:00 P.M.

Published by Josh Horder, Damien Hamel & Lachlan Miller 09.08.2019

2009/10 LTUFC Premiership Reunion

Please note that this event is ‘FREE’ to RSVP your attendance however there will be an on the day cost of approx. $40.00 for the luncheon.

A Look at Trobers Mid-Season Form

A Look at Trobers Mid-Season Form

With only three regular season games left of the VAFA men’s and 19’s fixtures and the women’s season finishing just over a week ago, it’s time we check up on how our Trober teams have fared.

Our Women began with a tough start to the season and our Reserve Women team folding, our Senior Women managed a respectable four wins, including three from their last five games.

One of those was a resounding win on Past Players Day, after which the Women’s Inaugural Team of the Decade was announced for 2009 to 2018. Seven current players were included in that side: Steph Castagnini, Emily Turnbull, Antonietta D’Angelo, Samantha Greene, Teresa D’Angelo, Kate Bond and Brittany Bordignon. Current Senior Women’s Coach Jaryd Coghill was named as Assistant Coach of the team.

A couple of milestones for Samantha Greene came in Round 8 when she kicked her 300th  La Trobe goal and in Round 14 when she celebrated her 150th game for the Club. “Greeney” has now overtaken club legend David Morgan’s goal record and is the first woman to reach the 150-game mark. Sadly, Greeney’s time with La Trobe has now come to an end, but we thank her for her years of dedication to the Club as a player and wish her all the very best for the future.

With the season now over our attention turns to the Best and Fairest race. This year’s contest is expected to be extremely tight with Kate Bond, Steph Castagnini, Emily Turnbull, Stef Velona, Roslyn Melican and Lilly Molloy all in contention.

Unfortunately, with every season there is player injuries and this year for the women was no exception. Nat Cappelletti broke her ankle/tibia and fibula in the first practice game. This was followed by vice-captain Teresa ‘Swift’ D’Angelo who suffered the same injury in Round 9 and Jess Wright breaking her collarbone in that same game. Kaitlyn Ritchie dislocated her shoulder and was out for four weeks but fortunately made it back in time to play the last couple of games. We wish all these girls the best with their recoveries and look forward to hopefully seeing them back fit and firing next year.

Our Under 19 boys faced a similarly tough start and although they have remained competitive in some games, they are yet to notch their first win of the season. Their case hasn’t been helped by the fact they’ve had to forfeit three games during Uni holidays.

Despite all this, the side has provided the Club with plenty of positives. Since Round five, players Will Holmes, Patrick Howard, Brad Tremellen, Nathan Richardson and Richy Dell have all got a taste of senior footy. In total 11 U19 players have earned senior games this season, which will no doubt hold the Club in good stead going into 2020.

In the last six games the team has played, Will Luhrs has been a standout featuring with three bests and six goals, while Calvin Ross and Darcy Thorn have both impressed with four bests. Will Wilson, Thomas Wight, Ed Fleming, Richy Dell, Kingsley Clarke, Jacob Ellett and Tate Tregea-Copeland have also featured in the best players multiple times.

Hopefully this Saturday provides the Unders with their first win as everyone is back from Uni holidays.

Our Reserve Men in a complete turnaround from last year are absolutely flying, winning six of their past eight games, taking them to second spot on the ladder.

Round 7 saw the introduction of a “Coghill Combo” with Brett Coghill joining Jaryd Coghill to play and defeat their former Club Malasa. Since then, both Jaryd and Brett have become a formidable force. Brett has featured in the best four times and kicked six goals, while Jaryd has kicked 15 goals to bring his season total to 26 from just seven games. This coming weekend looks to see all Coghill brothers finally line up together in a La Trobe jumper.

Round 11 provided a special moment for club stalwart Alain Baillie who played his 100th game for the Club. Al has wound back the clock this year and featured in the best four of his six games.

While scoring was an issue for the side last year, no such problem exists in 2019. The likes of Arron Tomada, Scott “Snags” Pearson, Brendan Plowman, Josh Rogerson, Micheal Burrowes and Ryan Wills have regularly found the scoreboard in the middle part of the season.

With good wins comes some great individual form. Harry Fry, Jake Lasslett, Damien Hamell, Arron Tomada, Josh Rogerson, Tyler Costa, Bas Nelson, Lachie Cooke, Will Lowry & Steven Sutton have all put in multiple good games.

Our Senior Men have also reversed their 2018 fortunes, currently sitting fifth on the ladder, however their middle-season form has been patchy winning five out of their past nine games.

In round 7 the side had a confidence-building win over the then-in-form Masala, with Bailey Zimmerman kicking a “Sam Lloyd-like” goal to win the game after the siren.

Zimmerman has been dominating in the scoring department throughout the middle part of the season kicking 23 goals in the last eight matches. Ricky Nolan with 17 goals and Billy Higgins with nine have also been significant contributors in recent weeks.

During the mid-year period Midfielder Sam Benetti-Baker went on a sensational four-week-streak of featuring in the best, for his domination through the midfield. Skipper Tom Mooney also had a hat-trick of best on ground performances, during which he slotted nine goals.

Vice-Captain Andy Castles is another who has been in electrifying form, featuring in the best in seven of his last nine games. In round 14 “Cas” was forced to step up in the absence of captain Mooney and put in one of the season’s best individual performances, leading the boys to a much-needed win over Box Hill North.

In June Ruckman Matt Ogle was rewarded for his form as one of the competition’s premier ruckman with selection in the Premier B-Div 4 Big V Squad for the second consecutive year. Ogle has had another extremely consistent year, kicking 17 goals to compliment his dominant ruckwork.

The Senior Men now sit fifth on the ladder and one game out of the top four with the challenge set in the last three matches to break into finals contention.

With three rounds to go for our male teams and the potential of having both men’s teams in the finals, we encourage all players and fans to get behind the Trobers for the rest of the season!

Published by Matthew Hughes 07.08.2019

Mental Health Awareness Evening (2019)

The La Trobe University Football Club is determined to create a safe, supportive, inclusive and enjoyable environment for all our members at the Club so on Thursday 25th July 2019 we will be hosting a Mental Health Awareness Evening with the Support of Outside The Locker Room for the second year running. 

Outside The Locker Room Foundation is a non-for profit organisation that is dedicated to supporting sporting clubs, schools and work places for their welfare and education requirements across Australia.

“Focusing on areas such as mental health, drugs, alcohol, gambling and domestic violence our program educates and brings awareness to these topics.”

“Our passion is creating a supportive, inclusive and loyal communities of people who help drive our foundation vision forward.”

Check out more from Outside The Locker Room at www.otlr.com.au

Purchase your ticket below or donate to the foundation!