A Look at Trobers Mid-Season Form

A Look at Trobers Mid-Season Form

With only three regular season games left of the VAFA men’s and 19’s fixtures and the women’s season finishing just over a week ago, it’s time we check up on how our Trober teams have fared.

Our Women began with a tough start to the season and our Reserve Women team folding, our Senior Women managed a respectable four wins, including three from their last five games.

One of those was a resounding win on Past Players Day, after which the Women’s Inaugural Team of the Decade was announced for 2009 to 2018. Seven current players were included in that side: Steph Castagnini, Emily Turnbull, Antonietta D’Angelo, Samantha Greene, Teresa D’Angelo, Kate Bond and Brittany Bordignon. Current Senior Women’s Coach Jaryd Coghill was named as Assistant Coach of the team.

A couple of milestones for Samantha Greene came in Round 8 when she kicked her 300th  La Trobe goal and in Round 14 when she celebrated her 150th game for the Club. “Greeney” has now overtaken club legend David Morgan’s goal record and is the first woman to reach the 150-game mark. Sadly, Greeney’s time with La Trobe has now come to an end, but we thank her for her years of dedication to the Club as a player and wish her all the very best for the future.

With the season now over our attention turns to the Best and Fairest race. This year’s contest is expected to be extremely tight with Kate Bond, Steph Castagnini, Emily Turnbull, Stef Velona, Roslyn Melican and Lilly Molloy all in contention.

Unfortunately, with every season there is player injuries and this year for the women was no exception. Nat Cappelletti broke her ankle/tibia and fibula in the first practice game. This was followed by vice-captain Teresa ‘Swift’ D’Angelo who suffered the same injury in Round 9 and Jess Wright breaking her collarbone in that same game. Kaitlyn Ritchie dislocated her shoulder and was out for four weeks but fortunately made it back in time to play the last couple of games. We wish all these girls the best with their recoveries and look forward to hopefully seeing them back fit and firing next year.

Our Under 19 boys faced a similarly tough start and although they have remained competitive in some games, they are yet to notch their first win of the season. Their case hasn’t been helped by the fact they’ve had to forfeit three games during Uni holidays.

Despite all this, the side has provided the Club with plenty of positives. Since Round five, players Will Holmes, Patrick Howard, Brad Tremellen, Nathan Richardson and Richy Dell have all got a taste of senior footy. In total 11 U19 players have earned senior games this season, which will no doubt hold the Club in good stead going into 2020.

In the last six games the team has played, Will Luhrs has been a standout featuring with three bests and six goals, while Calvin Ross and Darcy Thorn have both impressed with four bests. Will Wilson, Thomas Wight, Ed Fleming, Richy Dell, Kingsley Clarke, Jacob Ellett and Tate Tregea-Copeland have also featured in the best players multiple times.

Hopefully this Saturday provides the Unders with their first win as everyone is back from Uni holidays.

Our Reserve Men in a complete turnaround from last year are absolutely flying, winning six of their past eight games, taking them to second spot on the ladder.

Round 7 saw the introduction of a “Coghill Combo” with Brett Coghill joining Jaryd Coghill to play and defeat their former Club Malasa. Since then, both Jaryd and Brett have become a formidable force. Brett has featured in the best four times and kicked six goals, while Jaryd has kicked 15 goals to bring his season total to 26 from just seven games. This coming weekend looks to see all Coghill brothers finally line up together in a La Trobe jumper.

Round 11 provided a special moment for club stalwart Alain Baillie who played his 100th game for the Club. Al has wound back the clock this year and featured in the best four of his six games.

While scoring was an issue for the side last year, no such problem exists in 2019. The likes of Arron Tomada, Scott “Snags” Pearson, Brendan Plowman, Josh Rogerson, Micheal Burrowes and Ryan Wills have regularly found the scoreboard in the middle part of the season.

With good wins comes some great individual form. Harry Fry, Jake Lasslett, Damien Hamell, Arron Tomada, Josh Rogerson, Tyler Costa, Bas Nelson, Lachie Cooke, Will Lowry & Steven Sutton have all put in multiple good games.

Our Senior Men have also reversed their 2018 fortunes, currently sitting fifth on the ladder, however their middle-season form has been patchy winning five out of their past nine games.

In round 7 the side had a confidence-building win over the then-in-form Masala, with Bailey Zimmerman kicking a “Sam Lloyd-like” goal to win the game after the siren.

Zimmerman has been dominating in the scoring department throughout the middle part of the season kicking 23 goals in the last eight matches. Ricky Nolan with 17 goals and Billy Higgins with nine have also been significant contributors in recent weeks.

During the mid-year period Midfielder Sam Benetti-Baker went on a sensational four-week-streak of featuring in the best, for his domination through the midfield. Skipper Tom Mooney also had a hat-trick of best on ground performances, during which he slotted nine goals.

Vice-Captain Andy Castles is another who has been in electrifying form, featuring in the best in seven of his last nine games. In round 14 “Cas” was forced to step up in the absence of captain Mooney and put in one of the season’s best individual performances, leading the boys to a much-needed win over Box Hill North.

In June Ruckman Matt Ogle was rewarded for his form as one of the competition’s premier ruckman with selection in the Premier B-Div 4 Big V Squad for the second consecutive year. Ogle has had another extremely consistent year, kicking 17 goals to compliment his dominant ruckwork.

The Senior Men now sit fifth on the ladder and one game out of the top four with the challenge set in the last three matches to break into finals contention.

With three rounds to go for our male teams and the potential of having both men’s teams in the finals, we encourage all players and fans to get behind the Trobers for the rest of the season!

Published by Matthew Hughes 07.08.2019

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

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.

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

SENIOR WOMEN:

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!!!

 

NEXT MATCH:
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

Round 9 Match Reports (2019)

Round 9 Match Report (2019)

UNDER 19’s:

La Trobe: 6.8 (44) defeated by Mazenod 18.16 (124)
Goal Kickers: J. Ellett 2, B. Zimmermann 2, D. Thorn, W. Luhrs
Best Players: C. Ross, D. Thorn, W. Luhrs, J. Ellett, K. Clarke, A. Leitch

It was a bitterly cold Saturday night at the Tony Sheehan Oval when the Under 19’s ran out to finish off a great day for the Club. The 1999 Premiership team had reunited at the Club’s flashy new facilities, and the much loved ‘Shit Shirt Night’ was mere hours away.

Once more, the young 19’s played a good game. They were competitive for the entire game, despite what the scoreboard read at the final siren. In particular, the backline stood up as they always do, placing much needed pressure on the Mazenod forwards all night, and running the ball out of defence to the advantage of the midfield and forward-line.

Unfortunately, the team still faces a frustrating inability to score, but after this week, have shown that all other areas are sound. The next round is a good opportunity for the Under 19’s, as the reserves and seniors have the bye, meaning that the youngest side at the Club should be well supported as they take on Melbourne High School Old Boys.

NEXT MATCH:
Vs MHSOB Unicorns
Played at Melbourne High School, South Yarra
Game starts at 2:00 P.M.

RESERVE MEN:

La Trobe: 12.12 (84) defeated South Mornington 9.7 (61)
Goal Kickers: J. Coghill 5, B. Coghill 2, B. Rowles 2, H. Thackray, S. Condon, J. Rogerson
Best Players: H. Thackray, B. Coghill, J. Coghill, S. Nelson, S. Sutton, A. Hodgson 

‘The Midday Show’ came through with a handy win over South Mornington at home by 23 points to cement a top 4 position on the ladder. SMFC capitalized on a slow first quarter and jumped to an early lead that was overcome once the Trobers warmed up and began hitting targets.

By half time the matchups were relatively even and with South Mornington only 11 points behind, it was anyone’s game for the taking. La Trobe moved the ball well and controlled the game, extending the lead throughout the 3rd, but that momentum slowed allowing South Mornington to whittle some of the Trobers lead.

By the final siren La Trobe edged out South Mornington 84 to 61. This weekend La Trobe enjoys another bye to replenish bodies and souls before travelling to Box Hill next weekend to take on Eley Park Sharks and hopefully teach them how to play football like the Trobers did at home in Round 5. Then we head home to get ready for the biggest night of the Trober’s year, The Gala Ball!

NEXT MATCH:
Vs BYE

SENIOR MEN:

La Trobe: 15.15 (105) defeated South Mornington 10.8 (68)
Goal Kickers B. Zimmermann 6, W. Lowry 2, T. Spiteri 2, T. Mooney 2, F. Balabanov, W. Luhrs, M. Oliver
Best Players: T. Mooney, A. Castles, B. Zimmermann, M. Ogle, W. Luhrs, S. Benetti-Baker

It was good to be back on Tony Sheehan Oval after a few weeks away and there was additional hype about the game as we were playing in front of the 1999 Premiership side. Having the buzz around really lifted the boys, which led to a fast start and a four-goal lead at quarter time.

Young gun Bailey Zimmerman had superglue on his hands as he clunked and booted his way to a lazy 6 goals during the game. Tom Mooney was bullish all day in the middle and at one point needed to employ the finger point to the opposition to highlight his displeasure with their dirty tactics. Those same dirty tactics led to Callum Randell being knocked out, leaving him with a bent nose and Mitch Oliver having his hair pulled!

In the end the footy did the talking and the Trobers won convincingly and sent the South Mornington peanuts on their way.

NEXT MATCH:
Vs BYE

SENIOR WOMEN:

La Trobe: 6.4 (40) defeated by Beaumaris 10.7 (67)
Goal Kickers: S. Greene 2, A. Dunn 2, L. Molloy, S. Castagnini
Best Players: E. Turnbull, S. Castagnini, L. Molloy, E. Freeman, C. Ross, G. Alsop

On a cool Saturday afternoon, the La Trobe Women prepared to take on Beaumaris on Tony Sheehan Oval. However, this game was different compared to the others they have played this year. It was Soph Rodier’s 50th game for the Club! An incredible effort and may I add that she played an amazing game!

The girls had a stellar first quarter, by starting the game with 4 goals. It was through the likes of the amazing Amy Dunn, who kicked 2 goals, and inspired her teammates Sam Greene and Lilly to also kick a goal each.

The La Trobe women continued their dominance on the field into the second quarter. Their ability to have smooth passages of play allowed for them to maintain their lead in the second quarter. Unfortunately the second quarter was cut short, due to one of La Trobe’s star players suffering a major injury. Teresa ‘Swifty’ D’Angelo went down in pain with a serious ankle injury which required an ambulance to attend. Great care was provided by our fantastic medical staff, which also included former Club trainer Kylie Edmunds (née Turton) who was attending the 1999 Premiership reunion with husband and LTUFC Life Member Danny.

Ridden with injury, the La Trobe women were ready to shake off the bad vibes and energies, in order to put their best foot forward in the third quarter. Although Beaumaris were able to kick a few sneaky goals, it did not affect marvelous Millzy and magnificent Marleigh’s determination to win the contest with their persistent pressure.

The La Trobe women highlighted their never-say-die attitude, with a brilliant and gritty fourth quarter. Star performances from Turns and Casta, allowed for the girls to kick two more final quarter goals. Sadly, the La Trobe women lost the game, but put in an amazing effort and demonstrated their resilience.
As a matter of fact, Taylor Swift wrote a song about how the game went on Saturday. It is to the tune of “Shake It Off” and is as follows:
 

This game was too late
The La Trobe women have nothing to gain
That’s what the Beaumaris girls say, mmm-mmm
That’s what the Beaumaris girls say, mmm-mmm

The La Trobe women win too many games
But they can’t make that change
At least that’s what the Beaumaris girls say, mmm-mmm
That’s what Beaumaris girls say, mmm-mmm

But the La Trobe women keep cruising
Can’t stop, won’t stop moving
It’s like they have got this music
In their mind
Saying, “It’s gonna be alright.”

Cause the La Trobe players gonna play, play, play, play, play
And the Beaumaris haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate
Baby, the La Trobe Women are just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake
We are gonna shake it off,  shake it off
Beaumaris defenders are gonna break, break, break, break, break
And the Beaumaris fakers gonna fake, fake, fake, fake, fake
Baby, the La Trobe women are just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake
We are gonna shake it off, shake it off

 
The La Trobe Women’s team will play Old Mentonians down at Keysborough this week. Hopefully, they can get their second win on the board. Also, best wishes and a quick recovery to Swifty and Jess who were both injured during last week’s game. Yeehaa!!


NEXT MATCH:
Vs Old Mentonians FC
Played at Mentone Grammar Playing Fields, Keysborough
Game starts at 10:45 A.M.

Published by Josh Horder, Daniel Robertson, Damien Hamel, Lachlan Miller, Ros Melican and Caitlin Ross 21.06.2019

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