Round 3 Match Reports (2021)

Round 3 Match Reports (2021)


La Trobe 17.22 (124) defeat Box Hill North AFC 5.11 (41)
Goal Kickers: M. Oliver 7, R. Alexander 3, J. Rogerson 2, R. Wills 2, M. Ogle, C. Randell, B. Vicary.
Best Players: B. Vicary, C. Ross, J. Rogerson, M. Ogle, M. Oliver, S. Benetti-Baker.

After two wins away from home the Round 3 clash with Box Hill North AFC at Elgar Reserve loomed as a danger game. Although we’d clearly outclassed them in a March practice match at La Trobe, we were playing them on their small oval with 8 forced changes – 5 due to injury and 3 due to players unavailable. Given we were already missing our captain and one vice-captain through injury from Round One we were testing the depths of football talent at the Club.

The first quarter proved frustrating for both sides, but particularly La Trobe, finishing with 9 behinds and no majors to BHN’s 3 behinds. On his return to the senior forward line, Mitch Oliver was showing off his agility, leaping ability and great hands, pulling in multiple marks but his kicking deserted him, ending in many missed chances to build a lead and destroy opposition confidence.

The second quarter saw an improvement, with La Trobe adding 6 goals to the scoreboard, to the opposition’s 2, to kick away to a handy if not comfortable lead, a process that continued in the third with yet another six goals. Quick handball and a running game were cutting our opponents apart, although they made sure we had to earn every possession! In pouring rain La Trobe added 5 more goals in the final quarter to run out clear winners against bigger bodies on a small ground, finishing 17.22 (124) to 5.11 (41).

The new players proved up to the task of senior football, with great performances from Rob Pain, Tyler Costa (in his 50th game for the Club – but first senior game), Joe Gibson and Dom Tracy all contributing to our running game while Mitch Horler battled an early injury to provide Matt Ogle support in the ruck. Ethan Stone showed promise until landing badly and taking an enforced rest on the pine. Tate Spiteri and Ryan Wills relished their return to the senior ranks with great contributions, especially in the wet.

New but already established players in Tom Whelan, Pat Lindsay, and Nathan Richardson continued their great form, while Ben Vicary was best on field in his second game for the Club, just pipping Cal Ross for the honours. As ever, the established players set the benchmark with Matt Ogle, Cal Randall, Josh Rogerson providing drive and Lachy Miller and Paddy McCormack solid down back, while Sam Benetti-Baker proved pivotal in a shut-down role on a dangerous player.

A great team effort!


La Trobe 8.10 (58) defeated Canterbury FC 1.1 (8)
Goal Kickers: K. Bond 2, N. Cappelletti 2, E. Williams, T. D’Angelo, H. Wapper, V. Lacock-Smith.
Best Players: K. Bond, K. Ritchie, A. Olschyna, M. Huxtable, T. D’Angelo, V. Lacock-Smith.

After last week’s loss, the girls were ready for redemption on Saturday against the also winless Canterbury FC. Brooklyn Woodham and Esta Williams made their senior debuts and following a quick spray painting of the centre circle, the opening siren was blown. It didn’t take long for the girls to start scoring albeit a little inaccurately! Esta opened the account for La Trobe with a superb goal and at the end of the first half the score was 2.7 to 0.0.
Following the half time break Canterbury came out firing, kicking the first goal barely a minute into the third quarter. However, the Trobers were able to quickly regain their composure and finish the game strongly with a 50-point winning margin. Natalie Cappelletti was relaxed in front of goal scoring a brace, with captain Kate Bond also kicking two goals. Hayley Wapper added to her goal tally and Teresa D’Angelo continued her strong return with a great hit from the boundary. Vanessa Lacock-Smith was also able to snag a goal in another strong performance in the ruck.

Overall, it was a great team performance by the Trobers with everyone having a great game and some team chemistry starting to form. Next week the women play their first home game of the season on Tony Sheehan Oval against RMIT in the battle of the universities in what is sure to be a hotly contested twilight match!


La Trobe 21.26 (152) defeat Box Hill North AFC 2.7 (19)
Goal Kickers: J, O’Brien 4, T. Floyd 3, J. Russell 3, D. Thwaites 2, S. Rathbone 2, C. McKenzie 2, J. Koo, R. Campbell, M. Grinter, A. Marulli, B. Tremellen.
Best Players: D. Thorn, S. Rathbone, R. Fawcett, T. Hatty, T. Floyd, D. Thwaites.

Coming soon.
The boys celebrate Ross Campbell slotting a late goal in his 50th game!


La Trobe 0.0 (0) forfeited to MHSOB 0.0 (60)
Goal Kickers: Nil.
Best Players: Nil.

With eight forced changes to our senior men and a total of 39 unavailable players due to injuries and work commitments this week, our Trobers thirds men had to forfeit. 

While unfortunate, this meant a number of well performing boys from the 3’s got a call-up to our reserves. Well done to Robert Fawcett, Tom Floyd, Lachlan Mitchell, Danny Thwaites, Darcy Thorn, Will Wilson and Ross Campbell!

Expect the Thirds to bounce back this weekend to kick start the Quadruple Header at Tony Sheehan Oval.

Published by Lachlan Miller, Steph Castagnini & Bailey Zimmerman 25.04.2021

Round 2 Match Reports (2021)

Round 2 Match Reports (2021)


La Trobe 13.14 (92) defeat Masala Dandenong FC 12.4 (76)
Goal Kickers: J. Horder 4, T. Spiteri 3, M. Ogle 2, B. Vicary, P. Lindsay, R. Alexander, I. Fan.
Best Players: T. Whelan, B. Vicary, P. Lindsay, J. De Angelis, B. Robinson, I. Fan.

The Trober train is starting to roll. Saturday’s match was an arm wrestle from the first bounce but La Trobe were able to edge out a gutsy win against a competitive Masala outfit.

After trailing by 3 goals mid-way through the second quarter, the La Trobe boys needed a lift, especially in the midfield. That lift came from a pocket sized, Jack Russell type, Brad Robinson and the big tall bugger Matt Ogle. Their pairing shows a strong resemblance to the 1988 Arnie Schwarzenegger, Danny De Vito film “Twins’. It wasn’t just a two man show in there though – Sam Benetti-Baker played an important shutdown role and Josh Rogerson was also pivotal.

Ben Vicary impressed in his first game for the Club – you could argue his ferocious handle bar moustache enhanced his performance! The forward line is starting to gell with Josh Horder booting 4, Tate Spiteri snagging a treble and big “Uncle Pat” Lindsay dominating across half forward.

Ernie Fan played a nice lockdown role on a bloke affectionately known as “Disco’. Good on ya Ern! Tom Whelan continued his brilliant form with a stellar performance across half back and a special mention to Joey De Angelis for his running bounces – quite literally bouncing the pill on the paint of the boundary line.

Unfortunately, two players did go down with injuries late in the final quarter – Zach Tunks popped his shoulder out and Ernie Fan injured his knee. We wish them a speedy recovery.

The boys roll onto Box Hill North AFC next week and will look to go 3 ‘n’ Zip.

Some tired boys after a hard-fought win!


La Trobe 0.0 (0) defeat by Whitefriars OC FC 11.11 (77)
Goal Kickers: Nil.
Best Players: S. Darlington, K. Ritchie, E. Freeman, C. Croome, S. Castagnini, A. Atkinson.

After a near miss in Round 1 the women were hoping to taste victory this week. We arrived at Whitefriars home ground to find a large, expansive oval, similar to our own Tony Sheehan Oval.

This week there were 6 debutantes in the side, plus a number of noticeable outs.

Unfortunately, Whitefriars came bursting out of the middle, winning many clearances and getting on the board early and frequently. The girls in defence worked tirelessly all day, with Steph Darlington repeatedly putting her body on the line in only her second game of footy.

Our midfielders tried to keep up with their speedy opponents with Kaitlyn Ritchie able to break through the packs and gain some much-needed meterage with her long impactful kicking. Unfortunately, the ball boomeranged back down to our defensive 50 all too easily.

The Trober girls trailed 49 to 0 at half time. Coach Jaryd inspired the women to focus on areas of improvement to take into both the second half of the game and next round.

Elise Freeman, Charlotte Croome, Steph Castagnini and Annie Atkinson were also among the best in a much better second half with the final score 77 to 0.


La Trobe 33.33 (231) defeat Masala Dandenong FC 1.2 (8)
Goal Kickers: M. Oliver 11, J. O’Brien 10, J. Coghill 4, E. Stone 2, P. Howard, C. McKenzie, T. Hatty, J. Gibson, S. Rathbone, Z. Price.
Best Players: M. Oliver, J. O’Brien, J. Gibson, T. Costa, R. Pain, A. Marulli.

The Midday Show took to the road yet again, this time to the outer suburb of Dandenong to take on Masala and fair to say the boys had a big, big day out! The Trobers were levels above their opposition on Saturday and that showed with the massive 223-point margin at the finish.

Naturally with 33 goals scored, there were some big bags kicked by our forwards. And there was none bigger than the 11 snags kicked by big Mitch Oliver and 10 from Jordy ‘Jobba’ O’Brien. Despite the score line, there was a dramatic finish to this one as with just seconds left Jobba was fishing for his tenth, and he found it with a mark in the goal square just before the air horn sounded to slot it through.

The boys got off to a solid start in the first quarter but lacked a bit of polish in front of goal after finishing with 5.8 at the break. However, they straightened up in the next couple of quarters to go on and take the absolute mickey out of the game. The 100-point margin was brought up late in the second as the boys went on to kick 20.10 in the space of two quarters.
While the entire 22 played a part and could have been named in the best, the midfield combination of Harry ‘Pale’ Thackray and Ethan Stone had a field day while Joe Gibson was racking up the possessions from half-back. Women’s coach Jaryd Coghill turned up late in the first quarter but that didn’t stop him from kicking his four goals in quick succession in the second quarter against his former club.

To Masala’s credit, they were able to kick their first goal of the season early in the third quarter, a play we’re sure will be heavily scrutinised by coaches Huss and Nartz!
The Trobers will be looking for another big effort against Box Hill North AFC next week as they take off for their last away game before coming back home in Round 4.


La Trobe 9.13 (67) defeated by Emmaus St Loes OC FC 15.9 (99)
Goal Kickers: D. Guy 2, N. Delaney 2, M. Minichilli, N. Singh, D. Stephenson, M. Trainor, A. Tomada.
Best Players: T. Floyd, D. Thorn, R. Fawcett, L. Antonio, D. Guy, J. Lasslett.

With a full team of twenty-four our Thirds had the opposite problem to last week – trying to balance rotations. Cam Blair stepped up to help coach for the first time as the boys put up a good fight against Emmaus St Leos.

With a few more new faces again there were some cobwebs to blow off early, but Liam Antonio continued his Round 1 form dominating in the ruck like a young Nic Nat roving his own work and dancing around opponents with ease. Mark Trainor and Damon Guy kicked goals in the first term to get us on the board while Nick Delaney and Darcy Stephenson continued the trend with early goals in the second term in a tight contest.

Tom Floyd, in his first game for the season, was a class above with his slick skills and high work-rate. Jake Lasslett, Robbie Fawcett, Damon Guy and Will Wilson again led the way all day with solid performances. Darcy Thorn was also good in his first game back for the Club.

Unfortunately, the boys ran out of legs after three quarter time which would suggest the importance of getting along to training during the week. However, the good news is that plenty of boys are putting pressure on the Reserves for spots!

Published by Lachlan Miller, Steph Castagnini & Bailey Zimmerman 18.04.2021

Round 1 Match Reports (2021)

Round 1 Match Reports (2021)


La Trobe 15.15 (105) defeat Swinburne AFC 9.11 (65)
Goal Kickers: R. Alexander 4, J. Rogerson 3, C. Randell 2, R. Wills, B. Robinson, J. Horder, P. Lindsay, R. Nolan, N. Richardson.
Best Players: C. Ross, S. Benetti-Baker, R. Alexander, J. Rogerson, B. Robinson, M. Ogle.

“We’re a bloody great team we’ll sing it again” … It was the textbook definition
of four seasons in one day Melbourne with La Trobe proving too strong for a
competitive Swinburne outfit. It was the first competitive game in 18 months
and there was legitimate excitement in the air. The game was hot with
pressure but La Trobe was able to always be first to the pill despite a few
dodgy late hits from a couple of Swinburne flogs. The game was tight until
three quarter time, but La Trobe were too fit and too good as they kicked
away with a 7-goal final quarter.
Riley Alexander took the mickey in his first game for the Club with 4 goals
and plenty of other chances, and will remain a player to watch. Calvin Ross
dominated on the wing by throwing himself into every contest and his
repeated inside 50 entries resulting in a BOG performance.
Despite some concern in regard to how the backline would hold up without
star defender Lachie Miller who was out with a stonefish sting, they proved to
be unfounded. Two debutants Tom Whelan and Joey De Angelis impressed
in the back six, quelling any concerns.
Brad Robinson excited in his first game back for the Club whilst senior
players Sam Benetti-Baker, Josh Rogerson (playing his 50th game) and
Matt Ogle were also impressive.
In some unfortunate news, captain Andy Castles went down in the second
quarter with a shoulder injury. Fingers crossed for Cas and a speedy recovery
with his 50th game due up next!


La Trobe 4.4 (28) defeated by Hawthorn AFC 3.11 (29)
Goal Kickers: K. Bond 2, T, D’Angelo, H. Wapper.
Best Players: K. Bond, N. Cappelletti, A. Atkinson, K. Ritchie, A. Olschyna, V. Lacock-Smith.

After a long hiatus the La Trobe women commenced Round 1 on a cold and windy day Saturday morning against Hawthorn at Rathmines Road Reserve. Eleven new Trobers made their debut in the red and black (Emily Davis, Annie Atkinson, Stephanie Darlington, Coby Lowrie, Shalini Jay, Maeve Huxtable, Montana Hillman, Amanda Olschyna and KJ EL-Sayed). All the girls, new and returning were pumped to put all their pre-season work to the test.

It was a slow start for both teams, as first game nerves got the best of the girls, with Hawthorn leading by 8-points at half time.

Fortunately, in the third term the Trober girls really stepped up the x-factor (it was probably because Coach Jaryd was manifesting good vibes only). Captain Kate Bond was one of many players who led by example. Her silky-smooth skills and pin-point accuracy allowed the girls to remain within arm’s reach of Hawthorn as she burst through the packs and slotted a beautiful goal, her second for the game.

Ness and Ritchie did well in the ruck, and some great tackling was seen around the ground by all players. Waps took a solid mark up front and kicked straight through the big sticks and Swifty finally got one after a couple missed chances.

Unfortunately, Hawthorn were just too good and defeated the Trober girls by a nail-biting one point in the final minutes.


La Trobe 11.21 (87) defeat Swinburne AFC 5.13 (43)
Goal Kickers: T. Spiteri 5, M. Oliver 3, S. Rathbone, J. O’Brien, T. Costa.
Best Players: H. Thackray, D. Tracy, T. Spiteri, T. Costa, M. Oliver, J. Hay.

Welcome to the Midday Show!
The return to footy in 2021 welcomed a new co-coaching team of Grant “Huss” Dowler and Michael “Nartz” Correnti and 8 debutants to the Club. With the team working hard over the glorious summer months Round 1 arrived with icy winds and drizzle throughout the day.
The game started with strong service from ruckman Harry Fry giving our midfielders first use and with Mitch Oliver starting by kicking truly! Unfortunately, this would not continue throughout the day as Mitch would end up with a wasteful 3.7. A real bag gone missing! Martin “Ginis” Grinter was getting plenty of the ball on the half forward flank feeding the rest of the forwards. At the end of the first quarter, we had much of the play leading 4.6 (30) to 1.4 (10).
The second quarter saw Dom Tracy get into his work, laying multiple tackles and smothers to keep the Swinburne mids under pressure. Lead up forward Tate Spiteri marking and kicking (mostly) well with 2 long goals to half time, even if he managed to kick one into the man on the mark from about 15m out directly in front. We headed into half time 5.11 (41) to 3.6 (24) controlling the game, but yet to put Swinburne to the sword.
The coaches implored our Trobers to continue with the pressure all across the
ground, with the dour defence forcing Swinburne wide and making their goals very hard to come by. Defender Josh “Tangles” Hay put in his first entry for the golden fist with consistent spoiling all across the ground. The midfield group of Dom TracyHarry Thackray and Zac Price all prolific being in and under with multiple tackles and smothering efforts. The injury of Jade Russell led to Tate Spiteri being moved into the midfield rotation, a move that resulted in an impressive Dusty-like game of 5 goals and plenty of the pill. More peppering of the goals meant less than full reward for effort, kicking 3.6 for the quarter.
The final quarter began and it being Round 1, bodies started to tire on both sides and with plenty of cramps evident, the game opened right up. Jordy “Jobba” O’Brien was left very flat after a clean pickup deep in the pocket, a great hit right over the goal umpire’s hat on his opposite foot and running back to give a high five, only to find the umpire had given a free to the opposition! Reckon Diesel owes him a froff. Following this, some late Tyler Costa magic by kicking one from well inside the square to cap off a solid victory and a winning start to the 2021 campaign – 11.21 (87). Think we might do some goal kicking work when we get back our oval later this week!
A big thank you to Alumni Representative Simon Hast for coming into the rooms and allowing us to learn about the contributions of our former Trobers Jim Phillips and Andrew “Boris” Brennan. We are all custodians of this Club and value the importance of reflecting on those who have come before us. Viva La Varsity!


La Trobe 2.2 (14) defeated by Whitefriars OC FC 12.18 (90)
Goal Kickers: J. Bellinger, J. Lasslett.
Best Players: J. Lasslett, C. McKenzie, R. Timmins, R. Fawcett, R. Campbell, Will Wilson.

With 25 blokes named on Thursday night, in typical Third’s fashion, the boys only had 19 players come early Saturday morning at Whitefriars College. Many of our boys hadn’t touched a footy in 18 months while Whitefriars had a big group that had done a full pre-season meaning it took us some time to blow off the cobwebs!
However, after quarter time the contest was more even with our boys winning their own footy and holding strong down back. Unfortunately, the side was unable to move the ball forward and capitalise on the scoreboard. Jake Lasslett kicked a nice crumbing goal to boost the boys early in the second as the Trobers took back control of the game. 
Jake Lasslett, Ryan Timmins and Damon Guy all bought their own footy to the game having plenty of it all day. Jack Bellinger and Jack Kovacic were solid on the ball with rucks Will Wilson and Liam Antonio giving them first use. Cam McKenzie and Ross Campbell were strong down back with the fist while Robbie Fawcett continuously cleared the ball out of our defensive 50.
Highlight of the day was Jack Bellinger calling his own free kick in the ruck contest which our Club Umpire Paddy McCormack happily obliged rewarding the shot on goal free kick which Bellinger kicked true.
Plenty of promise and improvement for the boys as the season progresses!

Published by Lachlan Miller, Steph Castagnini, Josh Rogerson & Grant Dowler 11.04.2021

The Best of 2019 (2020)

1969 Premiership Reunion

2019 Jumper Presentation

2019 Round One Quintuple Header

2019 Round Four Triple Header

2019 Round Six Senior Men

2019 Round Nine Sponsors Day

2019 Round Eleven Reserve Men

2019 Gala Ball

2019 Mental Health Awareness Evening

2019 Round Eighteen U19 Men

2019 Round Eighteen Reserve & Senior Men

2019 Presentation Night

2019 Pre-Christmas Training

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