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

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 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 10 Match Reports (2019)

Round 10 Match Report (2019)

UNDER 19’s:

La Trobe: 0.3 (3) defeated by MHSOB 19.27 (141)
Best Players: T. Wight, R. Dell, K. Clarke, B. Zimmermann, J. McCaw, T. Tregea-Copeland

If there was an award for ‘muddiest ground in the VAFA’, the Melbourne High football ground would be a serious contender. Like the shoddy playing surface, so was the equally sub-par car park. With the day underpinned by these difficulties, it was always going to be an uphill battle for the brave Under 19s.

With a good portion of the side not available for selection, it was thanks to several top-up players that the team was able to play at all. These blokes who put their hands up are to be commended. As has become a repeat occurrence, the backline once again was under immense pressure all day and shouldered the burden well as always. Unfortunately, fate did not smile upon the Under 19s on Saturday, as they struggled to score at all throughout the match. Again, there were good signs however, as the team was able to move the ball effectively on such a poor-quality surface.

The next game will prove to be a big test for the young team, as they face Williamstown CYMS at home on Tony Sheehan Oval.

Vs Williamstown CYMS
Played at Tony Sheehan Oval, Bundoora
Game starts at 2:00 P.M.


La Trobe: 2.6 (18) defeated Old Mentonians 0.1 (1)
Goal Kickers: S. Greene, A. D’Angelo
Best Players: L. Molloy, R. Melican, J. Yew, E. Turnbull, S. Castagnini, M. Andrews

The good footy energies were strong on a cool Saturday morning down at Old Mentonians oval in Keysborough. Some would say the La Trobe women were cherry ripe and prepared for a big game ahead.

The girls had an explosive start to the game, as they were able to highlight their dominance on the field from the get-go. It was through the magnificent ruck work of Lilly (also known as ‘Crocs’), who embraced her good footy energies, in order to allow her team to get first possession of the ball.

They continued their great triumph into the second quarter. It was the Trober’s ability to take clean possession of the ball that allowed for them to take charge of the game and kick their first goal. Cuppa snagged a beautiful goal from the pocket.

Old Mentonians proved to be a physical team in the third quarter. However, it was no match compared to La Trobe’s efforts. Players such as Joz and Roz used their minds as tools and inspired their teammates, as they bashed and crashed through packs. Ultimately, highlighting their amazing defensive pressure and other one percenters.

The fourth quarter came around and the girls knew that they needed to maintain their high level of play in order to win the game. Although Sam Greene may have been too determined, as for when she was attacking the ball, she slid at least 10 meters in the extremely muddy centre and some say she is still sliding to this very moment!

It was through an amazing effort that the La Trobe women won their second game of the year!!! It was very exciting. The girls take on Ivanhoe this week, with hopefully another win for the Trobers. Yeehaa!!!


Vs Ivanhoe
Played at Tony Sheehan Oval, Bundoora
Game starts at 12:00 P.M.

Published by Josh Horder, Daniel Robertson, Ros Melican and Caitlin Ross 28.06.2019

The Trobers season so far

The Trobers Season so Far

After the first six rounds of the 2019 season, it’s time we take a closer look at how our four La Trobe University Football Club sides are travelling. The club has predominantly settled into its new facilities after hosting five out of the six rounds.

There has been a couple of early-season divisional changes for our women’s and under 19 men’s sides. The 19’s have moved into Division four from division three, while the women’s side moved from Premier B to Division One, after the reserves team folded due to unsustainable numbers. Division one is the highest possible division for standalone teams.

Round One we held our Family and Friends Day, which featured a quintuple header at the opening of our new Tony Sheehan Oval. The day was a huge success and we appreciate the huge number of spectators that turned up to support our teams. Next big day is our round nine quadruple header for Sponsors Day.

Our Women began round one with the Reserve Women having an amazing come from behind win to register our only victory for the women’s this year.

Despite the scoreboard not necessarily going our way in other games, full back Brittany Bordignon has been a shining light for the seniors. She has been in career best form down back and had cemented herself as an early contender for the B&F.

Round four was the first Division One game for the ladies after being relocated. The match was a thrilling contest which saw the girls in it until the final minutes. Unfortunately, a five-goal breeze in the opposition’s favour and some temperamental weather saw them fall short by ten points. The performance highlighted the competitiveness they will bring to their new division and we eagerly await their future results after a couple of close loses in Division One.

Other notable players of the season so far include Ros Melican and Steph Casta who have been good through the midfield, while new recruits Sarah Watts and Grace Alsop have frequently been included in the best players. Returning from injury Steph Velona, has added some much-needed composure from the wing which earns her the April Women’s Player of the Month honours.

Our U19 Men had a tough start to the season after being placed in the wrong division for the first three matches. Since then they have been super competitive despite their lack of available numbers, which has regularly led to them playing without a bench.

In round four the unders challenged top side Peninsula and were trailing by just nine points at three quarter time. Unfortunately, some of their star players in Calvin Ross, Will Luhrs and Will Humphreys had to leave early to go play seniors. The Trobers just fell short of their first win, finishing the game with only 16 players on the field in a game that demonstrated their potential to be a force in Division Four.

Round five involved another close encounter, this time against St Kevin’s. The returns of Calvin Ross and Will Luhrs were key inclusions, however five big outs in Paddy McCormack (Seniors), Brad Tremellen (Reserves), Will Holmes, Liam Whitbourne and Thomas Floyd once again left the boys undermanned with only 19 players, falling just short once again.

Although there haven’t been any wins for the under 19s so far, seven members of the side in Bailey Zimmerman, Will Humphreys, Calvin Ross, Will Luhrs, Paddy McCormack, Darcy Thorn and Will Holmes have already tasted senior action. This will no doubt be invaluable for them and the under 19s as they look to make their move up the ladder.

Players of note include skippers Brad Tremellen and Richy Dell who continue to lead by example, while Ed Fleming, Thomas Floyd, Jacob Ellett, Lachlan Mitchell and Nathan Richardson have also shown a lot. Ethan Bowman has hit the scoreboard on numerous occasions and Tate Tregea-Copeland has been pivotal in defence. The fact that 18 individual players have been named in the best this year shows just how much depth the 19s have. If the boys stick together and continue to work hard it is inevitable that the first win is just around the corner.

Our Reserve Men began with a narrow round one loss before going on a three-game winning streak, under the expert guidance of rookie coaches Squeak and Laz. They presently sit fourth on the ladder.

The reserves have enjoyed the luxury of returning senior players Sam Benetti-Baker and Billy Higgins in rounds one, two and four. Both the boys saw an enormous amount of the ball and as a result are believed to have suffered a severe bout of leather poisoning.

Women’s Senior Coach Jaryd Coghill has made the most of his two appearances, kicking small bags of four and three.

Club stalwarts in Mark O’Brien, Sam Condon and Will Lowry have made their returns, while skipper Alex Hodgson and second-year player Jackson Ferguson have been influential in the team’s early success. Recruits Ryan Wills, Brendan Plowman and Lachlan Galvin have been promising additions to the side.

Our Senior Men had big round one win kicked off their campaign in style. Seven multiple goalkickers formed part of a great team performance, which was a fitting way to christen the new oval.

The following rounds featured some tough battles where the side was hampered by slow starts. Unfortunately, the boys consistently left too little time to bridge the gap and get the win.

In round five the slow starts were put to bed, as the side came out firing early against the undefeated Eley Park, eventually cruising home to a comfortable victory. Two wins and three close losses places the ones just outside the top four on percentage.

Last season’s VAFA Division Three, Team of the Year ruckman Matt Ogle has been phenomenal so far with the midfield brigade benefitting from his dominance. In the middle 2018 B&F winner Tom Mooney has relished the presence of some new midfield depth, with the additions of Jade Russell, Callum Randell, Bailey Zimmerman and Ricky Nolan.

Young guns Joel McCarten and Lachlan Tunbridge have thrived in new roles this season, while the returning Lachie Cooke has been an electric presence down forward.

With plenty of footy to come in the year the Trober teams look to build off the positives within the opening rounds of this 2019 season.

Published by Matthew Hughes 19.05.2019