LTUFC Presentation Night 2019

LTUFC Presentation Night 2019

Friday night witnessed La Trobe University Football Club officially conclude its 2019 season with Presentation Night held in the club’s new function room.

We kicked off our evening acknowledging the milestones throughout the season which included 50 club games for Lachlan Bence, Billy Higgins and Sophie Rodier. Alain Baillie becoming the 40th player to reach 100 club games and women’s games record holder Samantha Greene becoming the 19th player and the first women’s player to reach 150 club games. We followed with an acknowledgement to all our volunteers: our Committee, Assistant Coaches; Alyssa Black, Joe Callander, Scott Coghill and David Huffer, Team Managers; James Billings, Natalie Cappelletti, Kimberley Nash and Odi Robertson, and our Club Umpires; Jake Burgess and Charly Craine.

Our U19 Men were the first team awards for the evening with U19 Co-Captain Brad Tremellen presenting Will Luhrs with the Best Team Player Award voted by his peers. Tate Tregea-Copeland was awarded the Coaches Award for his outstanding commitment to the team and the way he constantly improved throughout the season often playing a selfless role down back. The U19 Men Leading Goal Kicker Award went to Will Luhrs who kicked a total of 15 goals in 10 games which was a quarter of the team’s goals kicked for the season. Michelle Hensel presented the Braedon Hensel U19 Men’s Best and Fairest Trophy to the 2019 winner Calvin Ross, Calvin had a remarkable first season at the club playing nine games in the U19’s and nine games in the seniors taking out the U19 Men Best and Fairest with 27 votes and also finishing eighth in the Senior Men Best and Fairest polling 16 votes. Ed Fleming was awarded the U19 Men Best and Fairest Runner-Up with a sensational season in the U19’s finishing just two votes shy of top honours on 25 votes from 10 games. While our U19 Men may not have gotten as many wins this season as they would have liked the future looks bright for these young Trobers with already 14 of this seasons U19’s having a taste of senior footy at the club.

Our Reserve Men followed a dinner break with the Best Team Player Award going to our Reserve Men Captain Alex Hodgson. Our Reserve Men Coaches Award was presented to Jackson Ferguson for his exceptional on and off field selflessness towards his teammates and his solid performances early in the season that set a tone for what would be a strong finals campaign for the team. Jaryd Coghill won the Reserve Men Leading Goal Kicker Award with 30 goals from 10 games playing when he wasn’t coaching the Senior Women. Our Reserve Co-Coach Edward Buffon had the honour of presenting his Co-Coach and good mate Jake Lasslett with the 2019 Reserve Men Best and Fairest Trophy after Jake’s stellar season leading the troops and polling 37 votes from 18 games. Brett Coghill was awarded the Reserve Men Best and Fairest Runner-Up Award after polling 33 votes in just 10 games in a dominate backend of the season.

Our John Dumaresq Best Club Person honours for 2019 was awarded to Jackson Ferguson. Jackson received this award for his off-field contributions towards the Club this season as he volunteered as the Club Photographer and did a large part of the Club’s social media while always getting around game day, trainings and club function with great commitment to our Club.

Our Senior Women were next with Senior Women Captain Kate Bond presenting Teresa D’Angelo with the Best Team Player Award voted by her peers. Senior Women’s Coach Jaryd Coghill presented his Coaches Award to first-year player Kyaa Davis for her exceptional improvement throughout the season. Samantha Greene was awarded the Senior Women Leading Goal Kicker Award for the 11th consecutive season with 20 goals in 14 games. Kate Bond won her third consecutive Jess Smith Senior Women Best and Fairest Trophy honours with another standout season polling 36 votes in 12 games. For the second year running Steph Castagnini was awarded the Senior Women Best and Fairest Runner-Up Award just falling short with 31 votes in 13 games as a pivotal member of the women’s team.

Our Senior Men followed a dessert break with Senior Men Captain Tom Mooney presenting Andy Castles with the Best Team Player Award voted by his peers. Fedor Balabanov received the Coaches Award for his determination to improve his game all season. First-year player Bailey Zimmerman was awarded the David Morgan Senior Men Leading Goal Kicker Trophy honours after kicking 35 goals in 16 games. The Tony Sheehan Senior Men Best and Fairest Trophy was awarded to Vice-Captain Andy Castles who polled 45 votes in 19 games in a dominate season. Ricky Nolan took out the Senior Men Best and Fairest Runner-Up Award with 35 votes in 16 games, while he also finished runner-up in the leading goal kicking with 25 goals.

Our Bob Segrave Trophy for outstanding service to the Club over a significant period was awarded to Andrew Sutherland. Andrew received this award for his exceptional service over many decades as a player, coach, volunteer and current committee member. 

The La Trobe University Football Club would like to thank all its members and supporters for a terrific 2019 season and look forward to continuing the momentum into the next season after a much deserved break before pre-season. A special thank you to Bread and Butta for catering the evening and our club dinners throughout the season.

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Published by Josh Rogerson 25.09.2019

Our Women to be led by Jaryd Coghill & Hayden Pfingst again in 2020

Our Women to be led by Jaryd Coghill & Hayden Pfingst again in 2020

La Trobe University Football Club are excited to announce that Jaryd Coghill has re-signed for the 2020 season as the Senior Women’s Coach and Hayden “Dos” Pfingst has re-signed for the 2020 Season as our Reserve Women’s Coach.

Jaryd, as the longest serving Senior Women’s Coach, will continue the top job for his fourth consecutive season. With a finals campaign already under his belt as head coach of the women’s, Jaryd and his players will be working towards more success in 2020.

‘Dos’ worked closely alongside Jaryd this year as an assistant following the folding of our reserves side early on in the season. Dos in particularly worked with the midfield and was able to up skill our midfield structures with his sublime knowledge of the game. He is super keen to re-establish a Reserves side again for 2020, and excited to get stuck into pre-season.

There is an obvious high regard for Jaryd from his players, as his entire senior playing group provided feedback that they would like Jaryd to remain as head coach next year. Jaryd is raring to go for pre-season in November and says “I’m keen to get stuck into another year with a passionate list of players who keep wanting to improve”

We are very excited to have both women’s coaching positions locked in for 2020. Please join us in congratulating Jaryd Coghill and Hayden Pfingst on their re-appointment.

Published by Emily Turnbull 11.09.2019

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.

NEXT MATCH:
BYE

RESERVE MEN:

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.

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

SENIOR MEN:

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.

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

SENIOR WOMEN:

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.

 

NEXT MATCH:
The Women’s season has finished for 2019.

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

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