Trobers appoint Josh Rogerson to coach our U19 Men in season 2020

Trobers appoint Josh Rogerson to coach our U19 Men in season 2020

Senior footballer Josh Rogerson will be taking a break from playing in 2020 and instead has signed on to coach the La Trobe University Football Club’s U19’s program.

With a wealth of experience playing football his whole life, Josh is also studying his Masters of Teaching and has a knack for helping others learn, especially with sport and in particular AFL.

Josh has played 49 games in the Red and Black so far, and has now diverted his focus on his coaching aspirations as he recovers from a shoulder injury. Josh is particularly excited to take on the U19s coaching role this year, as it is another way for him to stay directly involved with football whilst not playing, whilst helping young footballers develop their skills, football knowledge and chemistry.

Josh has been giving back to La Trobe University FC in many ways in his tenure at the club, including 2018 Club Secretary, and now Men’s Football Operations Manager from 2019 to today.

We are excited to announce Josh Rogerson as U19s Coach and we look forward to seeing his on-field leadership transition into leadership on the sidelines.

We are now recruiting U19 Men for season 2020, if you are born after 1st July 2000 and are interested in playing football with LTUFC this year training’s are currently Monday and Wednesday 6pm at Tony Sheehan Oval (LTU). For more information regarding joining our teams visit and for more information regarding the U19 Men contact Josh Rogerson. 

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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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Round 18 Match Reports (2019)

Round 18 Match Reports (2019)

Senior Men:

La Trobe: 14.12 (96) defeated South Melbourne Districts FC 8.13 (61)
Goal Kickers: R. Nolan 3, B. Zimmerman 3, S. Denier 3, A. Castles, C. Randell, S. Condon, M. Ogle, T. Mooney.
Best Players:  A. Castles, S. Benetti-Baker, S. Denier, R. Nolan, B. Zimmerman, C. Ross. 

5 wins in a row to finish the home and away season. Despite having important players out and a real bizarre injury on the weekend to a key player, La Trobe were still able to record another comfortable 6 goal win.

A solid start with the wind in the first quarter was backed up by a grinding second quarter where the boys were able to kick a couple important snags against the breeze and take a 12-point lead into half time. By half time we had lost key defender Lachie Miller due an unfortunate knee driving into an unfortunate area resulting in an unfortunate cut in said unfortunate area.

This did not stop the Trobers dominating the third quarter with the win and taking an 8-goal lead into the final quarter. The last quarter was a pretty standard affair as the Trobers finished the game 6 goals in the better. Andy Castles was judged best on by both sides apart from the umpires who publicly announced that they “got that one wrong” when giving out the votes. Simon “the Boston bun” Denier was also very impressive around the ground in the ruck and managed to kick three snags as well.

A special mention will also go out to twos captain Alex Hodgson for providing 45 minutes of absolute box office entertainment at the function that evening. The stubbies/track pant combination he was rolling with was a thing of beauty.

Vs Elsternwick AFC
Played at Coburg City Oval
Sunday 1st Sept at 2:00 P.M.

Reserve Men:

La Trobe: 3.4 (22) defeated by South Melbourne Districts FC 12.11 (83)
Goal Kickers: J. Rogerson, B. Higgins, S. Condon.
Best Players: T. Costa, J. Lasslett, A. Hodgson, Z. Tunks, A. Tomada, Z. Price. 

La Trobe and South Melbourne played off in what was a dead-rubber match to finish the normal season over the weekend with South Melbourne running away with an 83-22 comfortable win.

The Albert Park ovals provided another mixed bag ground in conjunction with cross-field gale saw the Trobers undermanned and on the back foot early. Trobers provided a solid contest but South Melbourne where able to find holes in the La Trobe defence and snag a few lucky goals and by half time South Melbourne led by 4 goals.

With a strong breeze South Melbourne continued their attack in the 3rd and 4th stamping their make on the game with a 9-goal win. The end of the home and away season finished with South Melbourne, La Trobe, Albert Park and Elsternwick continuing to the finals. La Trobe rested numerous key players that will return this weekend to replay South Melbourne in the first round of qualifying finals.

A big thank you to all those players throughout the season that had contributed to La Trobe hitting the finals in a strong position to take the flag this year.

Vs South Melbourne Districts FC
Played at Coburg City Oval
Sunday 1st Sept at 11:40 A.M. 

U19 Men:

La Trobe: 18.7 (115) defeated Therry Penola OB 9. 6 (60)
Goal Kickers: J. Long 5, W. Luhrs 2, P. McCormack 2, K. Clarke 2, B. Zimmerman 2, B. Tremellen, D. Holmes, W. Wilson, D. Robertson, L. Badkin.
Best Players: W. Wilson, A. Leitch, B. Tremellen, J. Ellett, W. Luhrs, B. Zimmerman, K. Clarke. 

Victory! At last, the mighty Trobers have emerged victorious! In what was a very long and challenging season, the young under 19s were excited to play their final game.

Right off the bat, the 19s looked good. With the best squad of the year on the park, it did not take long to score the first goal. Within the first minute, a major was scored. A mere fifteen minutes later, six more goals were added. That was the story for the rest of the day, as the persistent u19s reaped the rewards and cruised to a ten-goal win.

Next year will be exciting as we will see if the 19s can build on this impressive win. Go Trobers!

Season completed. 

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