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)


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)


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…!

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

Semi-Final Match Reports (2019)

Semi-Final Match Report (2019)


La Trobe: 4.11 (35) defeated by South Melbourne Districts FC 12.10 (82)
Goal Kickers: J. Coghill, Z. Price, M. Burrowes, S. Pearson.
Best Players: J. Lasslett, B. Coghill, L. Cooke, J. Coghill, J. Ferguson, B. Plowman.

It was another hard and gruelling day of footy for La Trobe when they faced South Melbourne Districts in the second semi-final last Sunday. Unfortunately, the Trober 2’s went down 35-82 in what was a fierce performance by South Melbourne.

The Coburg City Oval (AKA Piranha Park) almost felt like home for La Trobe but failing to capitalise on missed opportunities and a down field breeze halted goals for La Trobe in the first half. In patches SM revealed their ability to move the ball well, especially in both unmanned contests and congested footy. By the end of the first quarter, SM had La Trobe by the balls, keeping the depleted Trobers to only 1 point.

Coming into the second, La Trobe made a fighting comeback using the wind to narrow the margin to only 15 points, but South Melbourne wanted the win more finishing the 3rd and 4th strongly with an 8-goal win. The heavy contest wasn’t without consequences with Josh Tomada unfortunately breaking his arm and Tyler Costa and Josh Horder pulling up with hamstring injuries.

This weekend in the preliminary final, La Trobe take on Elsternwick in what will be a thrilling game to secure a Grand Final berth against South Melbourne. On both occasions La Trobe and Elsternwick have met this year, the Trobers have snagged confident wins and are hoping this weekend will be no different.

Preliminary Final
Vs Elsternwick AFC
Played at Waverley Oval (East Malvern)
Sunday 8th Sept at 12:00 P.M.


La Trobe: 3.6 (24) defeated by Elsternwick AFC 12.12 (84)
Goal Kickers: S. Benetti-Baker, T. Mooney, M. Oliver.
Best Players:  A. Castles, R. Nolan, S. Benetti-Baker, T. Mooney, C. Ross, M. Ogle.

A tough loss in a big game saw the Trober boys bow out of the finals race. La Trobe started strongly kicking the first goal of the game against a very strong wind, but after the first 10 minutes it was all Elsternwick as they proved too strong.

It was a typical Melbourne day with the first half played in glorious sunshine and the second played in the pouring rain. Andy Castles continued to lead the way with his performance – like he has all year. It was a tough way to end a positive year but there is no doubt that we can come back next year bigger and better!

All is not lost for the Club though as the Reserve boys will play in the preliminary final this week and the whole Club will be behind them.



Published by Josh Horder, Damien Hamel & Lachlan Miller 05.09.2019