Preliminary Final Match Report (2019)

Preliminary Final Match Report (2019)

RESERVE MEN:

La Trobe: 11.6 (72) defeated Elsternwick AFC 9.14 (68)
Goal Kickers: J. Coghill 3, B. Higgins 2, J. Horder, B. Coghill, E. Buffon, Z. Price, R. Wills, S. Coghill.
Best Players: B. Higgins, W. Lowry, J. Lasslett, B. Coghill, J. Coghill, B. Plowman.

“the Triumphant Quarter”

The midday-show expressed determination, guts and mateship on Sunday to overthrow Elsternwick 72-68 in what was the Trober’s finest quarter of the year. The weather was much like the on-field calls by the whistle blowers “wet, dry, then wet again” but never consistent. Elsternwick jumped to an early lead of 13 at the close of the first, which La Trobe fought back in the second to finish 3 down by half time. By the end of the third, Elsternwick believed the game was theirs for the talking with a comfortable lead of 21 points. But the game wasn’t over, not until the fat man rings the bell and in the fourth it was all one-way traffic. The crowd were on the edges of the seats (because the other half was wet) as La Trobe dictated the game, play after play, inching away at the strong lead Elsternwick held until their lead was no more, the Trober’s were in front for the first time of the game with 5 minutes left on the clock. The seconds felt like hours as every mark was carefully transitioned to keep possession and marks inside 50 where cheered as it was a scoreboard certain. Hearts were thumping as the final siren blasted La Trobe victory across the park and finals celebration was in order with a cold tin and the team song that is still mumbled.

Two’s, two’s, two’s, two’s…!

NEXT MATCH:
Grand Final
Vs South Melbourne Districts FC
Played at Trevor Barker Oval (Sandringham)
Sunday 15th Sept at 11:40 A.M.

Published by Damien Hamel 09.09.2019

Round 18 Match Reports (2019)

Round 18 Match Report (2019)

UNDER 19’s:

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!

NEXT MATCH:
Season completed.

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.

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

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.

NEXT MATCH:
Semi-Final
Vs Elsternwick AFC
Played at Coburg City Oval
Sunday 1st Sept at 2:00 P.M.

Published by Josh Horder, Damien Hamel, Daniel Roberston & Lachlan Miller 29.08.2019

Round 17 Match Reports (2019)

Round 17 Match Report (2019)

UNDER 19’s:

La Trobe forfeited  to Williamstown CYMS
Goal Kickers: Nil
Best Players: Nil

No report.

NEXT MATCH:
Vs Therry Penola OB FC
Played at John Pascoe Fawkner Reserve 
Game starts at 9:20 A.M.

RESERVE MEN:

La Trobe: 16.7 (103) defeated St Francis Xavier OC 7.9 (51)
Goal Kickers: M. Burrowes 3, S. Pearson 3, L. Cooke 2, Z. Price 2, E. Buffon 2, J. Rogerson 2, L. Galvin, S. Coghill
Best Players: L. Cooke, Z. Price, B. Coghill, J. Horder, A. Hodgson, B. Plowman

It was another outstanding win for The Midday Show over the weekend, dominating St Francis Xavier 103-51 in Narre Warren South. The conditions couldn’t have been any better for footy as 2nd and 3rd clashed, with the winner snagging 2nd position leading into the finals.

The first half was governed by hotly contested footy from both teams with the Trobers only nudging out a four-goal lead by the end of the second. Heading into the third quarter the ball began to move easier for La Trobe and the goals continued well into the fourth as Michael Burrowes and Scott Pearson snagged three each for the day.

Next week La Trobe head to Albert Park to play first placed, South Melbourne Districts in a top of a ladder clash as the last game of the regular season. Last time South Melbourne and La Trobe met back in the Round 1; South Melbourne scoring a 10-point win in what was a very even game.

NEXT MATCH:
Vs South Melbourne Districts FC
Played at Lindsey Hassett Oval
Game starts at 11:40 A.M.

SENIOR MEN:

La Trobe: 13.6 (84) defeated St Francis Xavier OC 11.15 (81)
Goal Kickers: M. Oliver 7, B. Zimmerman 2, T. Spiteri 2, B. Higgins, R. Nolan
Best Players:  C. Ross, M. Oliver, L. Miller, S. Benetti-Baker, M. O’Brien, T. Mooney

An absolute ripsnorter of a win on the road secured a spot in the finals for La Trobe Seniors on the weekend. The sun was shining, the birds were chirping, and the Narre Warren bogans were riding their dirt bikes past the ground.

It was a Round 17 clash with a genuine final’s feel about it – 1 v 4, and my word the game lived up to the hype. La Trobe started well kicking the first 2 goals – there was a buzz about the boys and St Francis knew it. La Trobe held a 1-point lead at half time and were a goal down at three quarter time.

The last quarter is where the game came to life. There was drama: St Francis big man Harry Coe needing four goals to reach the magical 100 – he ended up kicking 3.6 and hitting the post twice in the last term! The second time he hit the post put St Francis up by 14 points with about 5 minutes to play as the hysteria surrounding that moment overcame the home side. 

La Trobe went to work. Mitch Oliver said, “come with me boys” as he was kicking them from everywhere. The midfield took over, with the likes of Tom Mooney and Benetti-Baker lifting immensely. With a minute to go La Trobe kicked a goal and the deficit was just 3 points. There was a vibe about the joint. The next 30 seconds of play was a grind, a quagmire of bodies diving about and then suddenly, a quick handball squirts out to Harry Thackray, he chucks it on the boot, and it glides straight onto Bailey Zimmermann’s slender chest. Fifty metres out, it would be a tough kick – but like some divine intervention, the St Francis defender loses his mind and runs over the mark giving away a 50-metre penalty and all but sealing the deal. There were shades of Jim Stynes in the ’87 prelim running through the mark! As Zimmer nailed the shot from the synthetic goal square, the game was done and one of the best wins the Club has had in recent times was complete!

A magical day will now colloquially and fittingly be remembered as ‘the miracle on dead grass’.

NEXT MATCH:
Vs South Melbourne Districts FC
Played at Lindsey Hassett Oval
Game starts at 2:00 P.M.

Published by Josh Horder, Damien Hamel & Lachlan Miller 21.08.2019