Round 10 Match Reports (2021)
La Trobe 11.16 (82) defeated Box Hill North 9.6 (60)
Goal Kickers: J. Horder 3, P. Lindsay 3, B. Coghill 2, T. Spiteri, R. Pain, J. Coghill.
Best Players: D. Tracy, D. Thorn, H. Baker, C. Ross, J. Gibson, A. Moloney
Footy is back, thank God!
It was a scrappy affair on Tony Sheehan Oval that was full of rusty players after a three-week break.
Box Hill North, much like a COVID outbreak, caught La Trobe off guard by taking full advantage of the stiff southernly and kicking away to a 28-point lead midway through the second quarter. With La Trobe eventually locking down Box Hill North their spread began to diminish, but the home team were wasteful in front of the big sticks. This was followed by a few successful jabs at goal just before half time to take some much-needed momentum into the main break.
As Box Hill North began to tire things started to open up in the second half but both teams rued missed opportunities. The southerly had eased and our boys added 3.6 to 1.4 to lead by 7-points at the final change. The Trobers finished strongly by keeping Box Hill North scoreless while adding another 2.3 and kicking away to a 22-point victory by the final siren.
This game was led by the young brigade, again much like with COVID, they were able to take things on without fear. Dom Tracy and Uncle Pat Lindsay ran amok across half forward, while Darcy Thorn, Cal Ross and Harry Baker got plenty of the pill. Joe Gibson was rarely beaten and provided great drive out of the back half, while Andy Moloney was as hard as a cat’s head all day.
Patty McCormack was a real leader down back controlling the troops, brothers Brett and Jaryd Coghill provided some aerial highlights and goals, while Josh Horder bagged 3 himself but will be practicing chest marks at training this week!
It was good to be back & the boys roll on to play St Johns next Saturday!
La Trobe 4.5 (29) defeated by Therry Penola 10.9 (69)
Goal Kickers: E. Freeman, K. Ritchie, T. D’Angelo, K. Bond.
Best Players: A. Olschyna, K. Davis, A. Atkinson, M. Andrews, T. Dando, C. Croome.
After a 3-week hiatus, it’s safe to say everyone was pumped for footy to be back.
The girls faced off against Therry Penola – the sun was shining but there was not enough warmth to dry out their very soggy oval!
Therry Penola started strong, dominating in the ruck and with an unfair height advantage across the ground. La Trobe bounced back with some savvy clearances through the likes of Kate Bond and Elise Freeman managing to hit Kaitlyn Ritchie up forward a couple of times.
Unfortunately, the backline were kept busy with some stellar performances from Kyaa Davis, Tayla Dando and Kaitlyn O’Brien who stuck some tackles and stayed tight against their opponents throughout the game.
While there were some good passages of play at times, Therry Penola were just a bit quicker off the mark and capitalised with their chances in a scrappy, congested match over the four quarters.
Our girls were left wondering how to best get their muddy shorts white in time for next week’s away game against Old Melburnians.
La Trobe 11.6 (72) defeat Box Hill North 6.4 (40)
Goal Kickers: J. O’Brien 4, L. McDonald, J. Bruce, J. Tomada, L. Badkin, E. Buffon, A. Tomada, D. Stephenson.
Best Players: R. Dell, Z. Price, C. McKenzie, H. Fry, D. Guy, L. McDonald.
After receiving word this week that community sport would be going ahead, the Trobers’ footy department leapt into action to start building our squads for Round 10. Unfortunately, due to injuries and unavailability, the Ressies side was looking a little light on Tuesday night, but thanks to the hard work of Huss & Rogo, come Thursday evening we had a full squad.
After a month of forfeits, Lockdown and byes The Midday Show returned to the field at Tony Sheehan Oval to take on Box Hill North.
Our skipper for the day Jordy O’Brien won the toss and we would kick with the breeze in the first quarter. Taking advantage of his decision, Jobba kicked two goals in the opening term. The returning Ed “Squeak” Buffon and debuting Liam McDonald would also slot majors to help the Trobers go into quarter time leading by 23 points.
The second quarter was more of the same as Harry Fry, Richie Dell and Zac Price dominated through the middle to keep pressing forward into the breeze. Jobba would slot 2 more goals, and Aaron Tomada would also kick truly to help extend the Trobers lead to 31 points. Knowing the game was not going their way the Box Hill North boys decided that throwing a few cut lunches might help them get the job done. It did not!
The message out of the half time huddle was that “throwing punches won’t win this game, so let’s just focus on the pill”. Anyone who watched our Reserves coach Mick “Narts” Correnti play, might see the irony in this advice!
Narts and Cam Blair decided to throw the magnets around for the second half, which may not have entirely worked as the third quarter would see Box Hill North play their best quarter of the day kicking 3 goals to bring the margin back to 24 points. The Trobers still maintained enough possession to kick a couple of goals themselves, Darcy “Deevo” Stephenson and James Bruce bobbed up to kick one each.
The final term started with Narts imploring the back six to play man-on-man and lock it down. And Lock It Down they did, conceding only one goal – an impressive effort considering Box Hill North were kicking with an absolute gale. La Trobe would kick two more goals into the breeze. Not to be outdone by his brother, Josh Tomada would kick himself a goal, as would Liam Badkin. Cam McKenzie, Damon Guy and Adrian Marulli continued their four-quarter performances to help the Trobers run out 32-point winners.
A quick thanks to everyone who put their hand up to play and help us out. Viva La Trobe!
Published by Lachlan Miller, Stephanie Castaganini and Mick Correnti (20.6.2021)
Round 5 Match Reports (2021)
La Trobe 9.12 (66) defeated by Elsternwick AFC 36.5 (221)
Goal Kickers: J. Horder 3, P. Lindsay 2, J. Rogerson 2, R. Alexander, B. Vicary.
Best Players: T. Whelan, S. Benetti-Baker, B. Dowler, M. Ogle, C. Randell. B. Vicary.
In what was to be a perfect afternoon weather-wise for football, La Trobe headed to Holmes/Todd Oval with some trepidation. An increasing injury list and rumours of strong recruiting from Premier grades by Elsternwick were at the back of all minds, although on the positive side we welcomed back captain Andy Castles for his 50th game and inducted yet another new senior player in Rob Fawcett.
La Trobe began well, scoring the first goal and as Elsternwick struggled to get into gear matching them for the first 10 minutes, but after that we were clearly outclassed. Elsternwick’s work around the ball, particularly their spread and delivery long to multiple tall marking targets who were laser like in their accuracy, saw them comfortably outscore the Trobers in every quarter, ultimately kicking 36 goals 5 behinds for the game. Accuracy plus!
La Trobe worked well in bursts, sharing the ball quickly by hand and foot passing, but whenever hesitation set in or mistakes were made Elsternwick were quick to pounce usually resulting in a goal. Even the scoring gods abandoned La Trobe, hitting the post 3 times in the match for our 9 goals 12 behinds.
Matt Ogle battled valiantly as always, taking on not one but two of the best ruckmen in the competition. Down back Bryce Dowler (the old dog) and Tom Whelan (the pup) worked hard, even attempting to spark run out of the backline at times, while Paddy McCormack slowly found his spoiling skills to manage his dangerous opponent as the game wore on. In the mid field, Sam Benetti-Baker (also playing his 50th club game), Cal Randell and Ben Vicary worked hard against a fast and classy opposition to retain some La Trobe pride and self-respect, while Pat Lindsay lead and presented well from CHF with Rob Pain working hard at his feet.
A youthful La Trobe were beaten but not broken, and will learn a lot from what looked like a game between a Premier division team and a D4 side, although the loss of vice-captain Ricky Nolan to injury will not help our cause. We face another big challenge next week as we travel down to Lindsay Hassett Oval to take on South Melbourne Districts.
La Trobe had the bye.
Goal Kickers: Nil.
Best Players: Nil.
La Trobe 5.12 (42) defeated by Elsternwick AFC 17.7 (109)
Goal Kickers: J. O’Brien 2, L. Mitchell, R. Wills.
Best Players: J. Hay, J. MacShane, P. Howard, D. Tracy, L. Mitchell, B. Tremellen.
This proved positive with the move of Josh Hay from half back to the wing, who battled manfully all day and shut down their link between half back and forward while being able to win some of the pill of his own. Pat Howard pushed out from full back to centre half back and provided some great intercept run and carry while Jamie Koo showed he has what it takes to take on some of key forwards in our competition.
The second half also showed a much-improved contested ball effort with Daniel Thwaites bullocking through the middle and providing use to our mids who started to lower the eyes and force the Elsternwick defenders to be more accountable. This is certainly the method of success against Elsternwick when we play them later in the year.
Another change was the new half back line of Dom Tracy, Pat Howard and debutant Jobe MacShane who were very solid in the second half and built a base for our greater success. La Trobe were able to gain possession across wing and half back rather than on the last line of defence allowing for more effective forward thrusts, despite our again poor kicking at goals which did not allow us to put any scoreboard pressure on Elsternwick. The last quarter showed some highlights with Jobe MacShane putting in an almost, almost footy legends highlight getting some elevation but not quite bringing down the grab. Get along to watch his aerial acrobatics in the coming weeks. Lachlan Mitchell moved forward and kicked a couple of snags to show his class – perhaps a new position in the coming weeks! Brad Tremellen may have also found a new position across half forward, hitting up at the contest and starting to get his hands on a few marks.
The second half proved to be a very good contest and showed that our Trobers are up to the task of taking on these sides, with some areas to improve for sure. We are confident we have the cattle and the desire to take these guys on at Tony Sheehan Oval later in the year! The tests come thick and fast with ladder leaders South Melbourne Districts away next weekend.
La Trobe 0.0 (0) forfeited to AJAX FC 0.0 (60)
Goal Kickers: Nil.
Best Players: Nil.
As injuries in the seniors pile up, the struggle to field a Thirds continues. However, all it takes is another half a dozen players to come back and pull the boots on for the Trobers again for our Thirds to get back on track.
Word is Ryan McMinn and Lachlan Watson are due for their comeback games this Saturday for their first run on Tony Sheehan Oval. While Jake Lasslett is primed to play game 100 for the club in the same match. If you’re keen to lace them up with these two great men then get in contact with Thirds Coach Cam Blair, 0412 694 805.
Published by Andrew Sutherland & Grant Dowler 09.05.2021
Round 3 Match Reports (2021)
La Trobe 17.22 (124) defeat Box Hill North AFC 5.11 (41)
Goal Kickers: M. Oliver 7, R. Alexander 3, J. Rogerson 2, R. Wills 2, M. Ogle, C. Randell, B. Vicary.
Best Players: B. Vicary, C. Ross, J. Rogerson, M. Ogle, M. Oliver, S. Benetti-Baker.
After two wins away from home the Round 3 clash with Box Hill North AFC at Elgar Reserve loomed as a danger game. Although we’d clearly outclassed them in a March practice match at La Trobe, we were playing them on their small oval with 8 forced changes – 5 due to injury and 3 due to players unavailable. Given we were already missing our captain and one vice-captain through injury from Round One we were testing the depths of football talent at the Club.
The first quarter proved frustrating for both sides, but particularly La Trobe, finishing with 9 behinds and no majors to BHN’s 3 behinds. On his return to the senior forward line, Mitch Oliver was showing off his agility, leaping ability and great hands, pulling in multiple marks but his kicking deserted him, ending in many missed chances to build a lead and destroy opposition confidence.
The second quarter saw an improvement, with La Trobe adding 6 goals to the scoreboard, to the opposition’s 2, to kick away to a handy if not comfortable lead, a process that continued in the third with yet another six goals. Quick handball and a running game were cutting our opponents apart, although they made sure we had to earn every possession! In pouring rain La Trobe added 5 more goals in the final quarter to run out clear winners against bigger bodies on a small ground, finishing 17.22 (124) to 5.11 (41).
The new players proved up to the task of senior football, with great performances from Rob Pain, Tyler Costa (in his 50th game for the Club – but first senior game), Joe Gibson and Dom Tracy all contributing to our running game while Mitch Horler battled an early injury to provide Matt Ogle support in the ruck. Ethan Stone showed promise until landing badly and taking an enforced rest on the pine. Tate Spiteri and Ryan Wills relished their return to the senior ranks with great contributions, especially in the wet.
New but already established players in Tom Whelan, Pat Lindsay, and Nathan Richardson continued their great form, while Ben Vicary was best on field in his second game for the Club, just pipping Cal Ross for the honours. As ever, the established players set the benchmark with Matt Ogle, Cal Randall, Josh Rogerson providing drive and Lachy Miller and Paddy McCormack solid down back, while Sam Benetti-Baker proved pivotal in a shut-down role on a dangerous player.
A great team effort!
La Trobe 8.10 (58) defeated Canterbury FC 1.1 (8)
Goal Kickers: K. Bond 2, N. Cappelletti 2, E. Williams, T. D’Angelo, H. Wapper, V. Lacock-Smith.
Best Players: K. Bond, K. Ritchie, A. Olschyna, M. Huxtable, T. D’Angelo, V. Lacock-Smith.
After last week’s loss, the girls were ready for redemption on Saturday against the also winless Canterbury FC. Brooklyn Woodham and Esta Williams made their senior debuts and following a quick spray painting of the centre circle, the opening siren was blown. It didn’t take long for the girls to start scoring albeit a little inaccurately! Esta opened the account for La Trobe with a superb goal and at the end of the first half the score was 2.7 to 0.0.
Following the half time break Canterbury came out firing, kicking the first goal barely a minute into the third quarter. However, the Trobers were able to quickly regain their composure and finish the game strongly with a 50-point winning margin. Natalie Cappelletti was relaxed in front of goal scoring a brace, with captain Kate Bond also kicking two goals. Hayley Wapper added to her goal tally and Teresa D’Angelo continued her strong return with a great hit from the boundary. Vanessa Lacock-Smith was also able to snag a goal in another strong performance in the ruck.
Overall, it was a great team performance by the Trobers with everyone having a great game and some team chemistry starting to form. Next week the women play their first home game of the season on Tony Sheehan Oval against RMIT in the battle of the universities in what is sure to be a hotly contested twilight match!
La Trobe 21.26 (152) defeat Box Hill North AFC 2.7 (19)
Goal Kickers: J, O’Brien 4, T. Floyd 3, J. Russell 3, D. Thwaites 2, S. Rathbone 2, C. McKenzie 2, J. Koo, R. Campbell, M. Grinter, A. Marulli, B. Tremellen.
Best Players: D. Thorn, S. Rathbone, R. Fawcett, T. Hatty, T. Floyd, D. Thwaites.
La Trobe 0.0 (0) forfeited to MHSOB 0.0 (60)
Goal Kickers: Nil.
Best Players: Nil.
With eight forced changes to our senior men and a total of 39 unavailable players due to injuries and work commitments this week, our Trobers thirds men had to forfeit.
While unfortunate, this meant a number of well performing boys from the 3’s got a call-up to our reserves. Well done to Robert Fawcett, Tom Floyd, Lachlan Mitchell, Danny Thwaites, Darcy Thorn, Will Wilson and Ross Campbell!
Expect the Thirds to bounce back this weekend to kick start the Quadruple Header at Tony Sheehan Oval.
Published by Lachlan Miller, Steph Castagnini & Bailey Zimmerman 25.04.2021
Round 2 Match Reports (2021)
La Trobe 13.14 (92) defeat Masala Dandenong FC 12.4 (76)
Goal Kickers: J. Horder 4, T. Spiteri 3, M. Ogle 2, B. Vicary, P. Lindsay, R. Alexander, I. Fan.
Best Players: T. Whelan, B. Vicary, P. Lindsay, J. De Angelis, B. Robinson, I. Fan.
The Trober train is starting to roll. Saturday’s match was an arm wrestle from the first bounce but La Trobe were able to edge out a gutsy win against a competitive Masala outfit.
After trailing by 3 goals mid-way through the second quarter, the La Trobe boys needed a lift, especially in the midfield. That lift came from a pocket sized, Jack Russell type, Brad Robinson and the big tall bugger Matt Ogle. Their pairing shows a strong resemblance to the 1988 Arnie Schwarzenegger, Danny De Vito film “Twins’. It wasn’t just a two man show in there though – Sam Benetti-Baker played an important shutdown role and Josh Rogerson was also pivotal.
Ben Vicary impressed in his first game for the Club – you could argue his ferocious handle bar moustache enhanced his performance! The forward line is starting to gell with Josh Horder booting 4, Tate Spiteri snagging a treble and big “Uncle Pat” Lindsay dominating across half forward.
Ernie Fan played a nice lockdown role on a bloke affectionately known as “Disco’. Good on ya Ern! Tom Whelan continued his brilliant form with a stellar performance across half back and a special mention to Joey De Angelis for his running bounces – quite literally bouncing the pill on the paint of the boundary line.
Unfortunately, two players did go down with injuries late in the final quarter – Zach Tunks popped his shoulder out and Ernie Fan injured his knee. We wish them a speedy recovery.
The boys roll onto Box Hill North AFC next week and will look to go 3 ‘n’ Zip.
La Trobe 0.0 (0) defeat by Whitefriars OC FC 11.11 (77)
Goal Kickers: Nil.
Best Players: S. Darlington, K. Ritchie, E. Freeman, C. Croome, S. Castagnini, A. Atkinson.
After a near miss in Round 1 the women were hoping to taste victory this week. We arrived at Whitefriars home ground to find a large, expansive oval, similar to our own Tony Sheehan Oval.
This week there were 6 debutantes in the side, plus a number of noticeable outs.
Unfortunately, Whitefriars came bursting out of the middle, winning many clearances and getting on the board early and frequently. The girls in defence worked tirelessly all day, with Steph Darlington repeatedly putting her body on the line in only her second game of footy.
Our midfielders tried to keep up with their speedy opponents with Kaitlyn Ritchie able to break through the packs and gain some much-needed meterage with her long impactful kicking. Unfortunately, the ball boomeranged back down to our defensive 50 all too easily.
The Trober girls trailed 49 to 0 at half time. Coach Jaryd inspired the women to focus on areas of improvement to take into both the second half of the game and next round.
Elise Freeman, Charlotte Croome, Steph Castagnini and Annie Atkinson were also among the best in a much better second half with the final score 77 to 0.
La Trobe 33.33 (231) defeat Masala Dandenong FC 1.2 (8)
Goal Kickers: M. Oliver 11, J. O’Brien 10, J. Coghill 4, E. Stone 2, P. Howard, C. McKenzie, T. Hatty, J. Gibson, S. Rathbone, Z. Price.
Best Players: M. Oliver, J. O’Brien, J. Gibson, T. Costa, R. Pain, A. Marulli.
Naturally with 33 goals scored, there were some big bags kicked by our forwards. And there was none bigger than the 11 snags kicked by big Mitch Oliver and 10 from Jordy ‘Jobba’ O’Brien. Despite the score line, there was a dramatic finish to this one as with just seconds left Jobba was fishing for his tenth, and he found it with a mark in the goal square just before the air horn sounded to slot it through.
The boys got off to a solid start in the first quarter but lacked a bit of polish in front of goal after finishing with 5.8 at the break. However, they straightened up in the next couple of quarters to go on and take the absolute mickey out of the game. The 100-point margin was brought up late in the second as the boys went on to kick 20.10 in the space of two quarters.
While the entire 22 played a part and could have been named in the best, the midfield combination of Harry ‘Pale’ Thackray and Ethan Stone had a field day while Joe Gibson was racking up the possessions from half-back. Women’s coach Jaryd Coghill turned up late in the first quarter but that didn’t stop him from kicking his four goals in quick succession in the second quarter against his former club.
To Masala’s credit, they were able to kick their first goal of the season early in the third quarter, a play we’re sure will be heavily scrutinised by coaches Huss and Nartz!
The Trobers will be looking for another big effort against Box Hill North AFC next week as they take off for their last away game before coming back home in Round 4.
La Trobe 9.13 (67) defeated by Emmaus St Loes OC FC 15.9 (99)
Goal Kickers: D. Guy 2, N. Delaney 2, M. Minichilli, N. Singh, D. Stephenson, M. Trainor, A. Tomada.
Best Players: T. Floyd, D. Thorn, R. Fawcett, L. Antonio, D. Guy, J. Lasslett.
With a full team of twenty-four our Thirds had the opposite problem to last week – trying to balance rotations. Cam Blair stepped up to help coach for the first time as the boys put up a good fight against Emmaus St Leos.
With a few more new faces again there were some cobwebs to blow off early, but Liam Antonio continued his Round 1 form dominating in the ruck like a young Nic Nat roving his own work and dancing around opponents with ease. Mark Trainor and Damon Guy kicked goals in the first term to get us on the board while Nick Delaney and Darcy Stephenson continued the trend with early goals in the second term in a tight contest.
Tom Floyd, in his first game for the season, was a class above with his slick skills and high work-rate. Jake Lasslett, Robbie Fawcett, Damon Guy and Will Wilson again led the way all day with solid performances. Darcy Thorn was also good in his first game back for the Club.
Unfortunately, the boys ran out of legs after three quarter time which would suggest the importance of getting along to training during the week. However, the good news is that plenty of boys are putting pressure on the Reserves for spots!
Published by Lachlan Miller, Steph Castagnini & Bailey Zimmerman 18.04.2021