Round 11 Match Reports (2021)

Round 11 Match Reports (2021)


La Trobe 10.10 (60) defeated by St Johns 14.10 (84)
Goal Kickers: Bryce Dowler 5, Josh Horder 2, Josh Rogerson, Harry Baker, Tate Spiteri.
Best Players: Bryce Dowler, Sam Benetti-Baker, Dom Tracy, Joe Gibson, Andy Moloney, Mark O’Brien.

It was a 3 v 4 clash in Dandenong this weekend and the contest reflected the team’s ladder positions. It was a tight affair from start to finish but St Johns just proved to have too much polish, keeping the Trobers at arm’s length throughout the game. La Trobe’s inaccuracy was again a factor in the first quarter with 5 points on the board before BryceBrucey DoullDowler slotted our first major after the siren.

Brucey was back in the side and immediately back to his best kicking 5 scrumptious snags from centre half forward. The BB gun, Sam Benetti-Baker continued his good form through the middle and excelling in a shutdown role.

Mobla O’Brien showed a few of the younger brigade how to go about it, a dominant intercept marking game from the La Trobe veteran. Dom Tracy continued his good form from last week and Joe Gibson was excellent in the first half.

It was a disappointing loss for the boys with the game being such an even contest but the flipside is that it presents a great opportunity to reverse the fortunes on the return leg in Round 15 on Tony Sheehan Oval.

I would also like to start a formal petition to the VAFA to remove any teams from the Dandenong area from the league. Just about need the overnight bag to get there! (Editor’s note: The editor/team manager appreciates the “home” games around 20 minutes’ drive from Frankston South! Remember playing against South Mornington, Miller?)


La Trobe 1.0 (6) defeated by Old Melburnians 4.14 (38)
Goal Kicker: Kate Bond.
Best Players: Kate Bond, Teresa D’Angelo, Nat Cappelletti, Coby Lowrie, Stephanie Darlington, Charlotte Croome.

The girls fronted up to Elsternwick Park Oval 2 to take on Old Melburnians after their brief stint in Division 1.

Ness was competitive in the ruck but our opposition were just a bit too quick and good at finding space to get out of the congestion. Annie and Freo did well cleaning up from the half back line with great use of their bodies and good decision making.

It was a scrappy affair throughout, the Trober defensive pressure was solid for four quarters and despite a repeated onslaught by The Omelettes, they only managed to slot 1 goal each quarter, plus a fair few posters and near misses!

Swifty and Bond exhibited some silky skills in the middle with Ritchie providing a solid lead up front, but unfortunately unable to find the missing link in the chain to get the ball through the big sticks.

There were some notable tackles and pressuring efforts from the likes of Nat Cappelletti, Charlotte, Amanda and Coby.

Despite these great efforts the scoreboard was not on our side with the girls going down 4.14 – 38 to 1.0 – 6.

The Women have a bye next week, followed by the VAFA bye round – their next game will be against Hawthorn on July 17 @ Tony Sheehan Oval.


La Trobe 18.7 (115) defeated St Johns 9.11 (65)
Goal Kickers: Jordy O’Brien 5, Martin Grinter 3, Ryan Wills 3, Zac Price 2, Jaryd Coghill, Simon Rathbone, Aaron Tomada, Jonah Elias, Jed Holland.
Best Players: Jed Holland, Laughlin Cargnali, Campbell McKenzie, Ryan Wills, Jonah Elias, Brad Tremellen.

“The Midday Show” hit the road and made their way to Dandenong to take on St Johns. We would welcome in Laughlin Cargnali and Jed Holland for their first games in the Red & Black, and here’s looking forward to many more!

Our Skipper Josh Hay won the toss and we kicked with the breeze. The first quarter started strongly, with MartinGinisGrinter kicking 3 goals before he was taken down by a groin injury to end his day prematurely. Ryan Wills would also bob up to kick 2 goals, and JordyJobbaO’Brien would kick 1. La Trobe would go into the quarter-time huddle with a 23-point lead.

The second quarter would start off much the same as the first with La Trobe kicking four goals into the breeze – Jobba would kick another 2 and Zac Price would chip in with another couple. Laughlin Cargnali was solid across half back taking several intercept marks, and his fellow first-gamer Jed Holland was also creating great drive out of defence. La Trobe went into half-time leading by 31 points.

Another solid defensive effort saw the Trobers concede only one goal in the 3rd quarter to help extend their lead to 50 points. The ruck duo of Cam McKenzie and Brad Tremellen continued their great games through the middle. Jonah Elias, Ryan Wills, SimonDieselRathbone and Jaryd Coghill would all slot majors.

The final term saw La Trobe kick another 4 goals, Jobba would slot another 2 to take this total to 5, Jed Holland and Aaron Tomada would also kick goals. La Trobe would finish off another solid four quarter effort to win by 50 points. Viva La Varsity!

Published by Lachlan Miller, Steph Castagnini, Michael Correnti & Simon Hast – 27.06.2021

Round 10 Match Reports (2021)

Round 10 Match Reports (2021)


La Trobe 11.16 (82) defeated Box Hill North 9.6 (60)
Goal Kickers: J. Horder 3, P. Lindsay 3, B. Coghill 2, T. Spiteri, R. Pain, J. Coghill.
Best Players: D. Tracy, D. Thorn, H. Baker, C. Ross, J. Gibson, A. Moloney

Footy is back, thank God!

It was a scrappy affair on Tony Sheehan Oval that was full of rusty players after a three-week break.

Box Hill North, much like a COVID outbreak, caught La Trobe off guard by taking full advantage of the stiff southernly and kicking away to a 28-point lead midway through the second quarter. With La Trobe eventually locking down Box Hill North their spread began to diminish, but the home team were wasteful in front of the big sticks. This was followed by a few successful jabs at goal just before half time to take some much-needed momentum into the main break.

As Box Hill North began to tire things started to open up in the second half but both teams rued missed opportunities. The southerly had eased and our boys added 3.6 to 1.4 to lead by 7-points at the final change. The Trobers finished strongly by keeping Box Hill North scoreless while adding another 2.3 and kicking away to a 22-point victory by the final siren.

This game was led by the young brigade, again much like with COVID, they were able to take things on without fear. Dom Tracy and Uncle Pat Lindsay ran amok across half forward, while Darcy Thorn, Cal Ross and Harry Baker got plenty of the pill. Joe Gibson was rarely beaten and provided great drive out of the back half, while Andy Moloney was as hard as a cat’s head all day.

Patty McCormack was a real leader down back controlling the troops, brothers Brett and Jaryd Coghill provided some aerial highlights and goals, while Josh Horder bagged 3 himself but will be practicing chest marks at training this week!

It was good to be back & the boys roll on to play St Johns next Saturday!


La Trobe 4.5 (29) defeated by Therry Penola 10.9 (69)
Goal Kickers: E. Freeman, K. Ritchie, T. D’Angelo, K. Bond.
Best Players: A. Olschyna, K. Davis, A. Atkinson, M. Andrews, T. Dando, C. Croome.

After a 3-week hiatus, it’s safe to say everyone was pumped for footy to be back.

The girls faced off against Therry Penola – the sun was shining but there was not enough warmth to dry out their very soggy oval!

Therry Penola started strong, dominating in the ruck and with an unfair height advantage across the ground. La Trobe bounced back with some savvy clearances through the likes of Kate Bond and Elise Freeman managing to hit Kaitlyn Ritchie up forward a couple of times.

Unfortunately, the backline were kept busy with some stellar performances from Kyaa Davis, Tayla Dando and Kaitlyn O’Brien who stuck some tackles and stayed tight against their opponents throughout the game.

While there were some good passages of play at times, Therry Penola were just a bit quicker off the mark and capitalised with their chances in a scrappy, congested match over the four quarters.

Our girls were left wondering how to best get their muddy shorts white in time for next week’s away game against Old Melburnians.


La Trobe 11.6 (72) defeat Box Hill North 6.4 (40)
Goal Kickers: J. O’Brien 4, L. McDonald, J. Bruce, J. Tomada, L. Badkin, E. Buffon, A. Tomada, D. Stephenson.
Best Players: R. Dell, Z. Price, C. McKenzie, H. Fry, D. Guy, L. McDonald.

After receiving word this week that community sport would be going ahead, the Trobers’ footy department leapt into action to start building our squads for Round 10. Unfortunately, due to injuries and unavailability, the Ressies side was looking a little light on Tuesday night, but thanks to the hard work of Huss & Rogo, come Thursday evening we had a full squad.

After a month of forfeits, Lockdown and byes The Midday Show returned to the field at Tony Sheehan Oval to take on Box Hill North.

Our skipper for the day Jordy O’Brien won the toss and we would kick with the breeze in the first quarter. Taking advantage of his decision, Jobba kicked two goals in the opening term. The returning Ed “Squeak” Buffon and debuting Liam McDonald would also slot majors to help the Trobers go into quarter time leading by 23 points.

The second quarter was more of the same as Harry Fry, Richie Dell and Zac Price dominated through the middle to keep pressing forward into the breeze. Jobba would slot 2 more goals, and Aaron Tomada would also kick truly to help extend the Trobers lead to 31 points. Knowing the game was not going their way the Box Hill North boys decided that throwing a few cut lunches might help them get the job done. It did not!

The message out of the half time huddle was that “throwing punches won’t win this game, so let’s just focus on the pill”. Anyone who watched our Reserves coach Mick “Narts” Correnti play, might see the irony in this advice!

Narts and Cam Blair decided to throw the magnets around for the second half, which may not have entirely worked as the third quarter would see Box Hill North play their best quarter of the day kicking 3 goals to bring the margin back to 24 points. The Trobers still maintained enough possession to kick a couple of goals themselves, Darcy “Deevo” Stephenson and James Bruce bobbed up to kick one each.

The final term started with Narts imploring the back six to play man-on-man and lock it down. And Lock It Down they did, conceding only one goal – an impressive effort considering Box Hill North were kicking with an absolute gale. La Trobe would kick two more goals into the breeze. Not to be outdone by his brother, Josh Tomada would kick himself a goal, as would Liam Badkin. Cam McKenzie, Damon Guy and Adrian Marulli continued their four-quarter performances to help the Trobers run out 32-point winners.

A quick thanks to everyone who put their hand up to play and help us out. Viva La Trobe!

Published by Lachlan Miller, Stephanie Castaganini and Mick Correnti (20.6.2021)