Round 14 Match Reports (2019)

Round 14 Match Report (2019)

UNDER 19’s:

La Trobe: 4.4 (28) defeated by Peninsula O.B.F.C 30.9 (189)
Goal Kickers: E. Bowman, A. Burke, W. Wilson, D. Holmes
Best Players: T. Tregea-Copeland, W. Wilson, D. Thorn

The previous game against Peninsula turned out to be a thriller, with the brave U19s going down by just a few goals. Unfortunately, lack of numbers and a few weeks out of the game proved to be costly against the well drilled machine that was Peninsula for the rematch.

That being said, the scoreboard doesn’t show the effort that the 19s put in for the entire game. Sixteen on the field was no deterrent to the young team, who ran out the match with a determination that just can’t be taught. Every single player put in a mammoth effort to keep up with an opposition that had a comfortably large bench.

With a bye this weekend, the 19s will look to regain some valuable players and go into the final few rounds with a fully manned side.



La Trobe: 23.20 (158) defeated Box Hill North AFC 3.2 (20)
Goal Kickers: M. Burrowes 3, R. Wills 3, L. Cooke 3, S. Pearson 3, J. Coghill 2, J. Tomada 2, M. Waight 2, Z. Price, J. Ferguson, D. Naidoo, S. Nelson, A. Hodgson
Best Players: S. Nelson, D. Naidoo, D. Hamel, R. Wills, L. Cooke, A. Baillie

“Winner winner, Box Hill for dinner”, was the word on The Midday Show’s lips on Saturday after securing second position on the ladder. Redemption never tasted so sweet after the humiliating defeat to Box Hill North in Round 8, but this time La Trobe dictated the terms overwhelming them 158-20.

Conditions couldn’t have been any better on Saturday afternoon with no wind and cloud cover providing perfect conditions for ball movement and goal kicking. Keeping Box Hill North to only 3 goals was a monumental achievement by all the Trober defenders.

La Trobe also celebrated the final game of one of the Club’s veterans, Alain Baillie as he changes direction and moves across the ditch. Box Hill North provided a contest all game but the Trobers pressure, structure and consistency kept our opponents out of the game.

This weekend La Trobe travels down the coast to Citation Reserve, Mount Martha to play South Mornington FC. Last time we met South Mornington the Trobers snuck a win 84-61 but knowing that distance can sometime restrict numbers, we will expect a strong response on their home ground.

Vs South Mornington
Played at Active Real Estate Oval, Mount Martha (Citation Reserve)
Game starts at 11:40 A.M.


La Trobe: 10.11 (79) defeated Box Hill North AFC 7.7 (49)
Goal Kickers: B. Zimmermann 3, T. Spiteri 2, I. Fan, B. Higgins, D. Thorn, F. Balabanov, P. Howard
Best Players:  A. Castles, R. Nolan, M. O’Brien, I. Fan, H. Thackray, B. Higgins

After a tough and tight first half the La Trobe boys managed to kick away in the second half and record a 22-point win over bottom of the ladder Box Hill North AFC.

With a large number of players out, there was always going to be some challenges throughout the game. Box Hill’s early vigour was unexpected, and it took until the latter stages of the first half for La Trobe to wrestle the momentum of the game. Andy Castles stepped up as captain this week and bugger me, he led from the front and was easily our best player all day. Bailey Zimmerman had his bucket hands on point and managed to chime in for three important goals.

This week the boys hit the road to play South Mornington with all intentions of keeping the vibes happening.

Vs South Mornington
Played at Active Real Estate Oval, Mount Martha (Citation Reserve)
Game starts at 2:00 P.M.


La Trobe 4.6 (30) defeated by Old Scotch 14.13 (97)
Goal Kickers: S. Greene 2, K. Bond, C. Ross
Best Players: K. Bond, R. Melican, L. Molloy, J. Yew, K. Ritchie, S. Castagnini

It was the day of the La Trobe Women’s last game for the 2019 season. The birds were chirping, the sun was out and the girls were up and about. Everyone was excited for Sam Greene’s highly anticipated 150th and final game for La Trobe, before retiring from playing.

Before the game started the ‘Greene Machine’ ran through her brilliantly crafted 150th banner created by some of the girls on Wednesday night after training. As well as Lou having his own specially made banner, it was a very memorable moment.

During the first quarter, the girls were taken by surprise by Old Scotch’s incredible athleticism. This enabled them to jump out to a 49-point lead over La Trobe.

However, this didn’t dampen the girls’ spirit, as during the second quarter the Trobers came out fighting. They were able to get a few goals on the board and show Old Scotch the La Trobe spirit.

La Trobe continued their attacking brand of football into the third quarter. The backline and midfielders worked in cohesion in order to keep the opposition from scoring too many goals.

Unfortunately, the girls couldn’t get one last win for the season, but in all honesty the result didn’t affect anyone’s happy attitudes.

Thanks to everyone who has volunteered their time to help out the women’s team this year for the 2019 season. Yeehaa!!!


La Trobe Women’s Team 2019: A, B, C

  • Attacking – The La Trobe Women’s team have an amazing ability to attack the football.
  • Backline – The backline works extremely well together. Their ability to spoil, run and tackle are just some of the words to describe their role within the team. The players that allowed the backline to be so prominent during the 2019 season were: Kya, Grace, Swatta, Soph, Sherise, Turns, Brit, Bry, and Ash.
  • Captain Kate Bond – Her leadership on and off the field can be easily spotted. On the football field she had a natural ability to burst through packs and deliver the ball to her team-mates.
  • Dos – Although cssistant coach Dos was introduced into La Trobe as the coach of the reserves women’s team, he has easily fitted into the senior team. Exploring his deep passion and excitement for the game.
  • Excitement – Every single game the women’s team played has been a thrilling and exciting match.
  • Forward-line – The forward-line had the important role of kicking the team’s goals. Their ability to take set shots, goals on the run and snaps from the boundary is extraordinary. The players that killed it in the forward-line in 2019 were: Ritchie, Cuppa, Freo, Roz, and Charly.
  • Greene Machine – Sam Greene is a pivotal player within the La Trobe Women’s team. She has played 150 games for La Trobe and kicked over 300 career goals.
  • Happiness – The girls are happy to be training and playing for the La Trobe Football Club.
  • Injury – Unfortunately the La Trobe women’s team were struck with injury throughout the entire season. However, this did not hinder the girls’ spirit and passion for the game.
  • Jaryd Coghill – Senior coach Jaryd demonstrates his enthusiasm and passion for the game at every training session and match day.
  • Kicking goals – The La Trobe women were literally and figuratively kicking goals during the 2019 season.
  • Losses – Unfortunately the La Trobe women’s team had more losses than wins in the 2019 season. They had 10 losses for the season.
  • Midfield – The midfielders have the major role of getting the ball out of the midfield and into the forward-line. Their ability to burst and swerve out of packs is exceptional. The players that put on a clinic in the midfield were: Marleigh, Lilly, Soccer, Casta, Rosco, Millzy, Swifty, and Joc.
  • Next season – Hopefully next season the La Trobe women’s team can get more wins on the board and keep having fun.
  • One percenter’s – Tackling, blocking and shepherding (also known as one percenters) were a key part in La Trobe’s game plan.
  • Panicking – The opposition are always panicking when they have to verse the La Trobe women’s team.
  • Quickly – The 2019 season has gone far too quickly!
  • Running – There is a lot of running involved in a football game, and I think all the women’s players can vouch for that.
  • Scott Coghill – Scott has been a great asset to the coaching team. He has been able to effectively and passionately coach the forward-line.
  • Trainings – The girls would train on a Monday and Wednesday night throughout the entire season. Training was where a lot of girls would hone their skills and have a laugh.
  • Unique bond – The strong bond between all the players within the team is very unique and like no other. All players show each other kindness and respect.
  • Vibes – It is all about the good vibes. Good vibes can be felt in the atmosphere of a place or felt by the players. They have allowed for La Trobe to get a few wins on the board.
  • Winning – The La Trobe women were able to come away with 4 wins during the 2019 season.
  • Xyresic – Xyresic is another word for razor sharp and also the definition of the skills of the women’s player. Their kicking, marking, handballing and tackling skills were razor sharp.
  • Yee-haa – This word was used by some players to describe their joy and excitement to be playing football at La Trobe. It is also how some of the women’s match reports were signed off.
  • Zeal – Zeal is the eagerness to learn, and that is exactly what the La Trobe women had. All the girls were willing to learn and develop their football skills throughout the season.


The Women’s season has finished for 2019.

Published by Josh Horder, Damien Hamel, Lachlan Miller, Ros Melican and Caitlin Ross 02.08.2019

Round 12 Match Reports (2019)

Round 12 Match Report (2019)

UNDER 19’s:

La Trobe forfeited to St Kevins FC


Vs De La Sale
Played at Tony Sheehan Oval
Game starts at 9:20 A.M.


La Trobe: 5.9 (39) defeated Albert Park 3.2 (20)
Goal Kickers:  J. Tomada 3, B. Plowman, L. Cooke
Best Players: T. Costa, A. Tomada, J. Tomada, J. Horder, L. Cooke, B. Coghill

‘The Midday Show’ ventured down to the cold, windy and absolutely garbage truck worth of a ground ‘Oval 20, Beaurepaire Pavilion’. Even the great name of Beaurepaire is not worthy of such an oval. The club itself weren’t much better.

The boys ran out in an amazing shade of orange in our special VAFA clash guernsey, which needless to say they weren’t washed, shocker right? Must have been the bright orange guernseys that blinded Albert Park, because we were off to a flyer, with a five goal first quarter. This should’ve been higher due to our wasted shots on goal, with a 4.5 score line.

In the second quarter Albert Park hit back with the wind. Thankfully our backs stood strong, repelling many of our opponents scoring opportunities. In the third quarter we got one of those goals back thanks to a lovely dribble from 40 out.

In the second half we only managed that one goal but our defensive pressure, especially in the last quarter, meant we kept Albert Park off our heals to run out 19-point victors. Fair to say the boys sang the song LOUD and made sure Albert Park heard, as they were their usual flog selves.

Vs Elsternwick AFC
Played at Tony Sheehan Oval
Game starts at 11:40 A.M.


La Trobe: 6.7 (43) defeated by Albert Park 19.10 (124)
Goal Kickers: M. Oliver, M. Ogle, J. Rogerson, T. Mooney, S. Denier, B. Zimmerman.
Best Players: T. Mooney, J. McCarten, M. Oliver, B. Zimmerman, A. Castles, H. Thackray.

It was a shocking day and an even worse game. After a tight and tough three quarters where we kicked 4 goals against the wind in the second quarter, Albert Park kicked away in the last, completely running away with the game.

Being their typical bastard selves Albert Park were giving La Trobe players plenty of attention off the ball, to the point where big Ogle suffered a concussion. Another week and another occasion where we were unable to finish the game without several injuries. Along with Ogle’s concussion, our skipper Tom Mooney broke his snoz and had to go to hospital. However, these injuries are still no excuse for the poor finish to the game.

The boys will look to bounce back against Elsternwick at home this weekend.

Vs Elsternwick AFC
Played at Tony Sheehan Oval
Game starts at 2:00 P.M.


La Trobe: 3.0 (18) defeated by Old Haileyburians 5.16 (46)
Goal Kickers: S. Greene, M. Andrews, S. Castagnini
Best Players: J. Yew, S. Watts, E. Turnbull, G. Alsop, S. Castagnini, K. Bond

Sit down and prepare yourself for the journey that you are about to embark on. In this match report it will highlight the strength, stamina and sheer determination that the La Trobe women faced in their match against Old Haileyburians.

As the La Trobe women were preparing in the change rooms prior to the big game ahead, a random person’s puppy ran into the change rooms. (This has nothing to do with the game itself, but I felt as though it is an important piece of information).

As always, the La Trobe women had a fantastic start to the game. Sam Greene was able to snag a crucial goal, which allowed for the girls to gain a lead within the first quarter.

The second quarter proved to be testing, as Old Haileyburians gained more confidence. However, it was no match against our elite back line. Turns, Grace and Swatta were constantly intercepting marks, spoiling the ball and booting it out of the backline.

After the half time break the Trober’s fighting spirit was back. Thanks to the exceptional work of Jocelyn, who constantly ran up and down the ground to open space, it allowed for her fellow winger Marleigh to kick a goal. Although this was no ordinary goal, as Marleigh booted it from the middle of the ground! As you can imagine we were all in awe.

Entering the fourth quarter, the game remained close. It was through Roz’s amazing ruck work that allowed La Trobe to stay in the game. It is very likely that Roz is the smallest ruck in the competition, but her ability to read the ball gives her a competitive edge.

It was a hard-fought game, and unfortunately La Trobe did not come out with the win. Hopefully they are able to get their fourth win of the season next Saturday against Hawthorn at our home ground. Yeet-haa!!!

Vs Hawthorn AFC
Played at Tony Sheehan Oval
Game starts at 10:30 A.M.

Published by Josh Horder, Damien Hamel, Lachlan Miller, Ros Melican and Caitlin Ross 18.07.2019

Round 11 Match Reports (2019)

Round 11 Match Report (2019)

UNDER 19’s:

La Trobe forfeited to Williamstown CYMS


Vs St Kevins FC
Played at TH King Oval
Game starts at 11:40 A.M.


La Trobe: 11.12 (78) defeated Eley Park Sharks 6.7 (43)
Goal Kickers: J. Rogerson 3, S. Coghill 3, J. Lasslett 2, R. Wills, M. Waight, B. Plowman
Best Players: J. Lasslett, B. Coghill, J. Horder, D. Hamel, J. Rogerson, A. Baillie

‘The Midday Show’ fielded a strong team for a 78-43 win over Eley Park Sharks in Box Hill on Saturday. On a day of monumental achievements, La Trobe celebrated with Alain Baillie for his 100th game in the Red and Black! It was a good day for flying a kite, as the constant cross-field breeze later led to a sloppy, wet second half of 2’s footy.
Trobers jumped to an early lead, with the Sharks finding themselves in deep water at half time being 35 points behind. When the rain finally came, the Trobers’ hot run cooled and the grind began with a slippery ball and greasy blokes turning it into classic wet weather footy. This win cements La Trobe’s 3rd position on the ladder with a tough game coming against Albert Park in 2 weeks. Last time La Trobe and Albert Park met in Round 6 at home saw the Trobers go down by 17 points. There will be redemption in the air with La Trobe proving they are a finals team in 2019. 

Vs Albert Park FC
Played at Oval 20 Abert Park
Game starts at 11:40 A.M.


La Trobe: 10.10 (70) defeated by Eley Park Sharks 11.15 (81)
Goal Kickers: S. Denier 2, T. Mooney 2, A. Castles, R. Timmins, R. Nolan, T. Spiteri, W. Humphreys, M. Ogle
Best Players: T. Mooney, S. Benetti-Baker, M. Ogle, L. Miller, C. Randell, W. Humphreys

A tough loss in really trying conditions on the weekend. The Senior Men went down by 11 points in the wind and rain at Box Hill against a tough Eley Park Sharks. After a tight first quarter Eley Park kicked away through the next two quarters and had a 6-goal lead at 3 quarter time. Tom Mooney was on from the first bounce and led from the front in the last quarter comeback. Matt Ogle was good again and received a heap of attention from the Eley Park flogs.
Equally importantly, the Club Ball was on the weekend with Will Luhrs and Ryan Timmins showing their off-field form!
Another bye this week as the boys look to launch into the back end of the season in two weeks.

Vs Albert Park FC
Played at Oval 20 Abert Park
Game starts at 2:o0 P.M.


La Trobe: 2.6 (18) defeated Ivanhoe 0.9 (9)
Goal Kickers: S. Greene, K. Bond
Best Players: S. Castagnini, K. Bond, J. Yew, L. Molloy, S. Velona, R. Melican

Hurricane La Trobe came blasting in with the wind and a win on the weekend! It was wet weather footy and the girls knew they were in for a dirty day. They were praying to Mother Nature that the rain would hold off as any moisture would ruin their fresh fake tans for the Ball that night … bad luck sistas!
The first quarter was a beauty. It was 2.1 to zip and it looked (early) as if the weather wasn’t going to affect the game. Bondy was able to slot the first after leading by example and laying a tackle inside 50 which saw her take a set shot from 25 out – the ball could’ve hit the lower playing fields if she didn’t play the wind correctly. The next goal came from Greeney, who keeps adding to her goal tally to ensure no one else steals HER award from her this year! Her shot was on the run and from the boundary – doesn’t get silkier than that.
Lilly was jumping high all day to ensure first touch on the ball at every ruck contest, and made sure her little minions were below her getting first use of the ball. Our midfielders were elite all day and worked well with the backline to make sure Ivanhoe didn’t score in the second quarter. Ivanhoe did manage to kick a “goal” through tallying 6 behinds (stats are stats) and this showed how great our defensive pressure was.
In the third quarter (our last with the wind) and when the weather picked up, Ivanhoe dropped two loose players in our forward line which made it incredibly congested and hard to score. However, our forwards worked tirelessly to flip their role into a defensive one and made sure the ball didn’t leave our forward 50. Don’t put this tactic beyond Senior Coach Jaryd because come the fourth quarter, there were 36 players in Ivanhoe’s forward 50 (no, not forward half … forward 50!). I mean, didn’t Ivanhoe’s coach ever teach their defenders to build a wall rather than go inside their own forward line? If you drove past on Kingsbury Drive and turned to look at the oval when you only see one end, you would’ve thought there was no game on with not a single player in sight. Ivanhoe’s coach didn’t seem too happy after the game, but no one told him to tell his backline players to flood their own forward 50! #statsarestats #smartcoachingbyjaryd
Overall, the girls played a good, hard defensive game and made it two on the trot. Let’s make it 3!


Vs Old Haileyburian FC
Played at Princes Park Oval 2
Game starts at 10:30 A.M.

Published by Josh Horder,, Damien Hamel, Lachlan Miller, Ros Melican and Caitlin Ross 05.07.2019

Round 5 Match Reports (2019)

Round 5 Match Report (2019)

UNDER 19’s:

Under 19’s:
La Trobe: 7.14 (56) defeated by St Kevin’s 10.6 (66)
Goal Kickers: W. Luhrs 3, D. Thorn 2, C. Ross, D. Robertson
Best Players: W. Luhrs, D. Thorn, T. Tregea-Copeland, T. Wight, E. Fleming, R. Dell

There is an age old saying that every player knows: “Bad kicking is bad football”. That was the story of the day, as La Trobe U19’s went down to St Kevin’s by ten points despite leading the scoring shots 21 to 16.
However, it wasn’t all bad. During the actual game, the Trobers looked very good by hand and foot. The team’s six defenders deserve credit for their rock-solid rebound throughout the game. Now the onus is on our forwards to hold up our end of the bargain and kick more goals. With some hard work on score conversion, the wins should come pouring in. La Trobe has been very close to a win in the last few weeks, so hopefully we can reverse our fortunes when we take on De La Salle in Malvern East this Saturday.

Vs De La Salle Football Club
Played at Basil Street Reserve, East Malvern
Game starts at 2:00 P.M.


La Trobe: 14.9 (93) defeated Eley Park 4.5 (29)
Goal Kickers: E. Buffon 4, L. Bence 2, R. Wills 2, S. Pearson 2, J. Bruce, Z. Tunks, J. Ferguson, D. Hamel
Best Players: E. Buffon, R. Wills, J. Bruce, J. Ferguson, L. Bence, A. Tomada

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Vs Albert Park Football Club
Played at Tony Sheehan Oval, Bundoora
Game starts at 3:40 P.M.


La Trobe: 12.11 (83) defeated Eley Park 3.21 (39)
Goal Kickers: B. Higgins 5, R. Nolan 2, C. Randell, B. Plowman, L. Cooke, M. Ogle, B. Zimmermann
Best Players: R. Nolan, B. Higgins, B. Zimmermann, L. Tunbridge, P. McCormack, A. Castles

La Trobe had a comfortable 44-point win over the woefully inaccurate Eley Park Sharks. The Trobers got off to a good start and maintained a comfortable lead throughout the game. The back 6 were dominant in not allowing the opposition a single goal in the first half. The Sharks continued to shoot themselves in the foot after half time with piss poor accuracy in front of goal. They couldn’t hit water if they fell out of a boat!
Billy Higgins took the piss in the first half kicking 5 goals and really helped set up the win. In the second half he played through the middle and the backline in what was a complete performance. Reports coming through are that Billy’s head is so big he can’t fit through his front door!  Ricky Nolan was dominant again and was honoured with BOG (a bit lucky to get that to be honest).
This week the Trobers take on Albert Park under the lights at the Tony Sheehan Oval.

Vs Albert Park Football Club
Played at Tony Sheehan Oval, Bundoora
Game starts at 6:00 P.M.


La Trobe: 1.2 (8) defeated by Beaumaris 6.5 (41)
Goal Kickers: A. Dunn
Best Players: E. Turnbull, S. Castagnini, G. Alsop, A. Cutler, T. D’Angelo, S. Watts

Excited, energetic and edgy. These are just 3 words used to describe the emotions amongst the La Trobe women players before their 5th game of the season, against the Beaumaris Sharks. The girls begun the first quarter with a booming start, once again highlighting their dominance on the field. Although they didn’t score a goal this quarter, it was through the likes of Swifty that demonstrated a ferocious attack on the ball and dynamic running. Apparently, there was even a rumor that some of the spectators thought Swifty was actually Dustin Martin dressed in disguise!
The Beaumaris Sharks were after blood in the second quarter; however, La Trobe’s defense proved its resilience. Sadly, the Sharks were able to kick a few goals on the La Trobe girls. Yet, it was players such as Sarah Watts who swatted the ball away from her opposition, and Grace Aslop who ‘grace- fully’ took some spectacular marks, that stopped the Sharks from scoring more goals.
The La Trobe girls were back and fighting in the third quarter. They waved the bait right in front of the Sharks faces, by all players standing up to get the team back in the game. Amy Dunn was able to elegantly kick La Trobe’s first goal of the game, as well as her first goal as a La Trober!! The girls incredible defensive pressure remained strong – which was extremely evident by agile Abbey Cutler’s chase down tackle on the opposition.
The final quarter proved to be the hardest once again. With a grueling 20 minutes left in the game, the La Trober girls were still in it and they all knew they were going to have to step up. In the midfield Turns was running like a bull chasing after a red rag, although it was the red Sherrin footy. Unfortunately, La Trobe lost the game, but gave it a red-hot go.
The La Trobe Women’s football team will verse Old Haileyburians in this week’s game on FRIDAY NIGHT under the lights at Tony Sheehan Oval. Hopefully a first win is on the horizon. Yeehaa!!

Vs Old Haileyburians Football Club
Played at Tony Sheehan Oval, Bundoora
FRIDAY NIGHT – Game Starts at 8:00 P.M.

Published by Josh Horder, Daniel Robertson, Lachlan Miller, Ros Melican and Caitlin Ross 16.05.2019