Round 15 Match Reports (2021)
La Trobe 7.6 (48) defeated by St Johns OC 8.13 (61)
Goal Kickers: Joe Gibson 3, Josh Horder, Bryce Dowler, Nathan Richardson, Sam Benetti-Baker.
Best Players: Joe Gibson, Calvin Ross, Tyler Costa, Bryce Dowler, Andy Castles, Harry Baker.
After yet another lockdown it was good to be back playing on Tony Sheehan Oval again, unfortunately it wasn’t the Trobers day with St Johns slightly edging out the home team.
La Trobe got away to good start in blustery conditions but weren’t able to capitalise on their use of the scoring end as they led by just 8 points at the first break. A much improved second term saw the Trobers kick 3 goals into the wind to trail by just 7 points at the end of the half.
The breeze had dropped considerably for the second half as St Johns increased their lead to 14 points by the three-quarter time siren. Coach Andrew Sutherland urged his players to be daring in the final term and run their opponents off their feet! An early goal narrowed the gap but the visitors were able to absorb the pressure and go on to record a 13-point win.
It was a very tight tussle throughout the whole game but St Johns were just able to get a few more looks at the big sticks.
Joey “Giblet” Gibson was outstanding across the whole ground, but was most potent in front of goals, snagging three majors. Tyler Costa continued to be a ball magnet however, he still can’t kick it over a jam tin!
Andy Castles played a mighty game against an opposing ruckman who had about 25 kilos on him. Cas showed great leadership in fighting all day. Calvin Ross provided great run in the first half while Harry Baker and Bryce Dowler were also among the Trober’s best.
Three games to go in the home and away season, fingers crossed there are no more lockdowns!
In Round 16 we play South Melbourne Districts.
La Trobe 16.14 (110) defeated St Johns OC 5.8 (38)
Goal Kickers: Grant Dowler 4, Jordy O’Brien 3, Jaryd Coghill 2, Ryan Timmins 2, Ernie Fan, Martin Grinter, Campbell McKenzie, Laughlin Cargnali, Ryan Wills.
Best Players: Ernie Fan, Ryan Timmins, Jed Holland, Jonah Elias, Zac Tunks, Laughlin Cargnali.
Lockdown 5.0 was over, and The Midday Show was back at Tony Sheehan Oval to take on St Johns OC.
St Johns won the toss and chose to kick with the strong breeze. It was a hard-fought quarter, but goals to Jordy “Jobba” O’Brien and the returning Grant “Huss” Dowler saw the Trobers hold on and go into quarter time with the scores level.
The boys headed out in the second quarter determined to take advantage of the breeze and build a solid lead. The midfield, led by Ryan Timmins and Ernie Fan, started to get on top and win the clearance battle. The forward line really started to fire, with Jobba kicking two more goals, as Huss, Ryan Timmins, Martin “Ginnis” Grinter and Jarryd “Cogs” Coghill also slotting majors. La Trobe went into the half-time break leading by 37 points.
After half-time the Trobers looked to stop St Johns from taking advantage of the breeze, and with some solid play from the back six, led by Zachary Tunks and Laughlin Cargnali, saw them restrict St Johns to 3 goals for the quarter. La Trobe kicked a couple of goals into the breeze thanks to Cogs & Huss and finished the quarter with a 28-point lead.
The Midday Show kicked with a strong breeze in the final term and held St Johns scoreless. Jed Holland continued his solid game through the midfield and Jonah Elias presenting at half forward, before Burgo robbed him of the goal of the day because he ran too far! Goals were spread amongst the boys with 6 different goal kickers slotting one for the quarter: Ryan Wills, Cam McKenzie, Ernie Fan, Laughlin Cargnali, Ryan Timmins and Huss. The Trobers went on to record a comfortable win by 72 points.
Viva La Trobe!
Published by Lachlan Miller, Michael Correnti & Simon Hast 1.08.2021