LTUFC Women’s Inaugural Team of the Decade

LTUFC Women's Inaugural Team of the Decade

Along with the many other milestones La Trobe University Football Club have ticked off this year, there was one more we were awaiting to celebrate on June 20. In what was promised to be a special day with a history-making milestone, La Trobe University Football Club announced its first ever Women’s Team of the Decade for the 2009-18 era.

The day began with Club President Samantha Greene addressing the new and old faces of La Trobe, welcoming them to our new home. Samantha opened by reminiscing on her early years as a women’s footballer, including reciting the remarkable premiership in 2011 – only two years after establishing a women’s side. A lot has changed in 11 years, not only with the Club, but also with women’s football in general. When La Trobe University Football Club inaugurated a women’s side, there was approximately 35 registered women teams in 2009, where we fast forward to today and there are now over 1,000.

Speeches throughout the day recognised the past and present of the Club and the fundamental people involved to help establish the women’s football at La Trobe University; one of these key founders included Jess Smith in whom we were fortunate enough to have present on the day and share with us her memories on the early days of La Trobe University Football Club Women’s side. Following the formal proceedings of the 24 remarkable women being selected in the Inaugural Women’s Team of the Decade, club legend and games record holder Tony Sheehan took to the stage to present Samantha Greene her well-deserved Life Membership at La Trobe University Football Club for her 11 years of service to our Club. This was a fitting event to present Samantha’s Life Membership to her as her recognition was celebrated with players in all eras of her football career. We congratulate Samantha Greene once again for her stellar contribution given to the Club on and off the field. With old and new faces around our new home, it was a great day to celebrate the past and present, and we congratulate the players acknowledged in the 2009-18 Women’s Team of the Decade.

See the team below.

Published by Teresa D’Angelo 25.07.2019

Round 13 Match Reports (2019)

Round 13 Match Report (2019)

UNDER 19’s:

La Trobe forfeited to De La Sale OB

 

NEXT MATCH:
Vs Peninsula OB
Played at Tony Sheehan Oval
Game starts at 1:20 P.M.

RESERVE MEN:

La Trobe: 15.18 (108) defeated Elsternwick 6.3 (39)
Goal Kickers:  M. Burrowes 4, S. Pearson 3, J. Coghill 3, B. Coghill 2, R. Wills 2, J. Tomada.
Best Players: M. Burrowes, J. Tomada, J. Ellett, H. Fry, J. Lasslett, S. Pearson.

The midday show is sitting pretty in second position after a defining win over Elsternwick 108-39 at home over the weekend. Blowing a gale throughout the game didn’t detour the boys from applying pressure and ball movement around the ground to dictate the terms of the game.

Elsternwick jumped to an early lead using the wind after the first quarter, but the Trobers kept pressure on Elsternwick’s throat and kept them scoreless in both the 2nd and 4th quarters. The Trobers enjoyed controlling the game in adverse weather conditions and ensured capitalising on forward entries was a focal component of the forwards attack. Maintaining consistency over the weeks coming tracking into finals is a significant element to being successful at the end of the year.

This weekend La Trobe hosts Box Hill North at home to rectify the humiliating defeat when we last met back in round 8 where we failed to take off against a lower ranked team.

NEXT MATCH:
Vs Box Hill North AFC
Played at Tony Sheehan Oval
Game starts at 1:20 P.M.

SENIOR MEN:

La Trobe: 7.16 (58) defeated by Elsternwick 9.12 (66)
Goal Kickers: B. Zimmerman 2, R. Nolan, M. O’Brien, P. Howard, L. Miller, R. Timmins.
Best Players: A. Castles, W. Humphreys, P. Howard, T. Mooney, R. Nolan, M. O’Brien.

A tough loss in an important game for the boys on the weekend. La Trobe led by one point at Quarter time thanks to a freakishly brilliant goal from Lachie Miller. The game was always going to be topsy turvy due the strong winds favouring one end. Going into half trailing by 21 points the boys needed a big lift and they got it. La Trobe dominated the third quarter with 12 scoring shots.

Unfortunately, those scoring shots only lead to two goals. With X-factor man Lachie Miller going off with an injury it was always going to be tough to hold onto a one-point lead against the wind in the last quarter. Ultimately Elsternwick were too strong in the last quarter, but it wasn’t easy for them as La Trobe fought hard to final siren.  Mark O’Brian was immense down back and thick as a brick Nolan was strong all day as well.

The boys will look to get back on the winners list this week as they play Box Hill at Home in a night game.

NEXT MATCH:
Vs Box Hill North AFC
Played at Tony Sheehan Oval
Game starts at 6:00 P.M.

SENIOR WOMEN:

La Trobe: 5.7 (37) defeated Old Hawthorn 2.5 (17)
Goal Kickers: S. Greene, R. Melican, E. Freeman, A. D’Angelo, E. Miller.
Best Players: K. Bond, S. Velona, L. Molloy, E. Freeman, A. Cutler, K. Ritchie.

The La Trobe women had a big game ahead on a cool Saturday evening. The Tony Sheehan oval was packed with supporters, including past women’s players of La Trobe who had earlier that day been presented with the team of decade. Well done to the girls who were awarded with this amazing achievement.

The Trober’s started the first quarter off with the challenge of playing against the wind. However, it did not phase them as they were able to keep Hawthorn to one goal. It was through the likes of the amazing defenders Soph and Brit, that enabled the girls to keep the scoring margin down so low.

The Trober’s unleashed the beast during the second quarter. They were able break away with the wind on their side, by kicking 3 goals. Amongst the goal kickers was Millzy, who kicked her first Trober goal for the year.

During the third quarter La Trobe continued their attacking brand of football. Kya and Bry were able to assist with the incredible pressure through applying the one percenters throughout the whole game.

It was the dynamic duo, Lilly Molloy and captain Kate Bond that finalized La Trobe’s position within the fourth quarter. Their ability to seamlessly mark and run with ball gave the team a competitive edge that Hawthorn didn’t have.

The girls were able to maintain their lead throughout the game resulting in their fourth win for the season. What an amazing effort!! The Trober’s take on Old Scotch for their final game of the season and Sam Greene’s 150th. Hopefully they can come away with another win. Yeet-haa!!!

NEXT MATCH:
Vs Old Scotch FC
Played at Camberwell Sports Ground
Game starts at 2:00 P.M.

Published by Josh Horder, Damien Hamel, Lachlan Miller, Ros Melican and Caitlin Ross 25.07.2019

Round 7 Match Reports (2019)

Round 7 Match Report (2019)

UNDER 19’s:

La Trobe: 7.8 (50) defeated by St Bede/Mentones Tigers 19.14 (128)
Goal Kickers: W. Luhrs 3, C. Ross, T. Floyd, L. Worsnop, W. Wilson
Best Players: E. Fleming, C. Ross, W. Luhrs, D. Holmes, T. Wight, J. Ellett

After performing part of their pre-game warm-up in a construction site, it was always going to be an uphill battle for the Trober U19’s. Unfortunately, the ground wasn’t much better, with a centre-square more befitting an outback road than a football field.

Despite these setbacks, the brave U19’s did not give up. We stuck with the opposition for most of the day, only trailing by a few goals at the main break. However, like our previous games, we were severely under-manned for the entire day. This meant that by three-quarter time, we were all feeling the effects of fatigue, while the opposition always had at least six players on their bench.

There were good patches, with La Trobe winning the second quarter, kicking five goals to four. The lead never went beyond a few goals until the last quarter, when the advantage of having a bench came into play for our opponents.

All we can do now is train this week and continue looking forward to the next game. There are good signs ahead, all we need to do is take our chances.

NEXT MATCH:
Vs Brunswick NOBSPC
Played at Tony Sheehan Oval, Bundoora
Game starts at 11:40 A.M.

RESERVE MEN:

La Trobe: 11.18 (84) defeated Masala 6.6 (42)
Goal Kickers: J. Coghill 5, B. Plowman, A. Tomada, J. Callander, R. Wills, W. Lowry, S. Pearson
Best Players: W. Lowry, J. Coghill, J. Rogerson, B. Coghill, H. Fry, S. Sutton

‘The Midday Show’ started off sluggishly when we travelled to meet Masala at their home ground, but eventually coming away with a much needed 42-point win.

With the aid of a strong wind and a Masala crowd full of yap, the home team capitalised and jumped to a quick lead in the first quarter. Their sails soon ran out of puff after the first quarter as the La Trobe boys dominated the midfield and moved the ball into our forward 50; but the gusty wind proved goal kicking to be hard work, with 18 behinds for the day. Unfortunately, that meant 7 straight losses for Masala, who play excellent footy but fail to gain consistency and points on the board.

This weekend La Trobe travel East once again to play Box Hill North AFC who have only managed one win for the season. The La Trobe 2’s need to play good footy to maintain their winning status.

NEXT MATCH:
Vs Box Hill North AFC
Played at Elgar Park, Box Hill North
Game starts at 11:40 A.M.

SENIOR MEN:

La Trobe: 12.11 (83) defeated Masala 12.9 (81)
Goal Kickers: B. Zimmermann 5, W. Holmes 2, R. Nolan 2, A. Castles, S. Denier, C. Randell
Best Players: W. Holmes, M. Ogle, C. Randell, B. Zimmermann, S. Benetti-Baker, R. Nolan

The Trobers travelled down to Dandenong, playing just off the Princess Highway. It was a windy match with the Trobers kicking against that wind in the first quarter. A tight tussle ensued, with Masala leading but with the wind at our backs the Trobers tried to hit back in the second quarter but to no avail.

The boys surged back after the half time break with a five goal to one quarter to lead by three points at three quarter time. What made this even more impressive was that La Trobe lost three of their experienced players in Tom Mooney, Josh Horder and Lachlan Tunbridge during the quarter.
This led to a tight and tense last quarter. At game’s end the Trobers prevailed with Bailey Zimmerman slotting his fifth goal after the siren to win the game! What’s not to like about fulfilling every footballer’s dream – kicking a clutch goal after the siren to win the game for your team!!

NEXT MATCH:
Vs Box Hill North AFC
Played at Elgar Park, Box Hill North
Game starts at 2:00 P.M.

SENIOR WOMEN:

La Trobe: 9.8 (62) defeated Hawthorn 3.6 (24)
Goal Kickers: S. Greene 5, K. Ritchie 2, K. Bond, A. Dunn
Best Players: S. Greene, R. Melican, L. Molloy, K. Bond, A. Cutler, S. Velona

As a famous poet once said, “All I do is win win win no matter what”- DJ Khaled. And oh boy, that’s exactly what the La Trobe Women’s football team did on Saturday morning!

The girls entered the first quarter with high levels of excitement and anticipation for Greene to finally kick her 300th career goal. The women’s team also had Charly making her debut – well done Charly! La Trobe were able to make a quick impact on the game, with impeccable leads from agile tall forward, Amy Dunn.

After the quarter time break the moment had finally come. Sam Greene kicked her 300th career goal during the second quarter, and chaos broke loose. The entire team ran to her to celebrate, there were supporters and teammates chanting her name from the sidelines, as well as Lou (Greene’s dog and team mascot) having a tear in his eyes. The Greene Machine ended up kicking 4 more goals for the game. According to a “source”, she was aiming for her 350th goal that very same game!

The La Trobe women continued their high intensity into the third quarter. They were able to get most clearances from the amazing ruck work of Leaping Lily. As well as the back-line players once again proving their strength, through the likes of attacking Abbey Cutler and Raring Roz’s defensive pressure.

The fourth quarter came around and the La Trobe Women were still kicking goals literally and figuratively. Kaitlyn Ritchie showed off her rich skills on the field, through her amazing pressure and strong hands. In the end, the La Trobe women took home the win against Hawthorn. All players put in their best effort and as coach Jaryd famously says, “there were no passengers”.
The La Trobe Women’s team take on Old Brighton this week at home on Tony Sheehan Oval. Hopefully they can channel their winning spirit again and get another win on the board. Yeehaa!!!!

NEXT MATCH:
Vs Old Brighton
Played at Tony Sheehan Oval, Bundoora
Game starts at 2:00 P.M.

Published by Josh Horder, Daniel Robertson, Lachlan Miller, Ros Melican and Caitlin Ross 31.05.2019

Successful Season for the Trober Girls Following NFNL Awards Night

Trober Girls clean up at NFL Awards

A big well done to our Senior Women’s Coach Jaryd Coghill who was nominated for Coach of the year. Jaryd led our girls to the finals this season after they finished last on the ladder in 2017. His leadership, positiveness and will to help development our footballers saw a number of our girls being highly recognised for their successful seasons. 

At last night’s Northern Football Netball League Presentation Night our girls received eight awards in total. Our senior captain Kate Bond won the Coaches MVP Award on 69 votes, while spearhead Samantha Greene won the League Leading Goal Kicker with 39 goals for the season. Kate Bond also finished runner up in the League Best and Fariest, finishing two votes shy of the winner, Teresa D’Angelo placed third in the same count. 

Six of our girls were honoured with making Team of the Year: Emily Turnbull, Half Back Flank; Teresa D’Angelo, Half Forward Flank; Samantha Greene, Centre Half Forward; Kate Bond, Ruck Rover and Steph Castagnini, Interchange for the Division 2 team, along with Claire Henderson making the Division 3 team on the interchange.

Congratulations to all our girls on a great season and those that won awards.

Published by Josh Rogerson 20.09.2018