Round 12 Match Reports (2019)

Round 12 Match Report (2019)

UNDER 19’s:

La Trobe forfeited to St Kevins FC


Vs De La Sale
Played at Tony Sheehan Oval
Game starts at 9:20 A.M.


La Trobe: 5.9 (39) defeated Albert Park 3.2 (20)
Goal Kickers:  J. Tomada 3, B. Plowman, L. Cooke
Best Players: T. Costa, A. Tomada, J. Tomada, J. Horder, L. Cooke, B. Coghill

‘The Midday Show’ ventured down to the cold, windy and absolutely garbage truck worth of a ground ‘Oval 20, Beaurepaire Pavilion’. Even the great name of Beaurepaire is not worthy of such an oval. The club itself weren’t much better.

The boys ran out in an amazing shade of orange in our special VAFA clash guernsey, which needless to say they weren’t washed, shocker right? Must have been the bright orange guernseys that blinded Albert Park, because we were off to a flyer, with a five goal first quarter. This should’ve been higher due to our wasted shots on goal, with a 4.5 score line.

In the second quarter Albert Park hit back with the wind. Thankfully our backs stood strong, repelling many of our opponents scoring opportunities. In the third quarter we got one of those goals back thanks to a lovely dribble from 40 out.

In the second half we only managed that one goal but our defensive pressure, especially in the last quarter, meant we kept Albert Park off our heals to run out 19-point victors. Fair to say the boys sang the song LOUD and made sure Albert Park heard, as they were their usual flog selves.

Vs Elsternwick AFC
Played at Tony Sheehan Oval
Game starts at 11:40 A.M.


La Trobe: 6.7 (43) defeated by Albert Park 19.10 (124)
Goal Kickers: M. Oliver, M. Ogle, J. Rogerson, T. Mooney, S. Denier, B. Zimmerman.
Best Players: T. Mooney, J. McCarten, M. Oliver, B. Zimmerman, A. Castles, H. Thackray.

It was a shocking day and an even worse game. After a tight and tough three quarters where we kicked 4 goals against the wind in the second quarter, Albert Park kicked away in the last, completely running away with the game.

Being their typical bastard selves Albert Park were giving La Trobe players plenty of attention off the ball, to the point where big Ogle suffered a concussion. Another week and another occasion where we were unable to finish the game without several injuries. Along with Ogle’s concussion, our skipper Tom Mooney broke his snoz and had to go to hospital. However, these injuries are still no excuse for the poor finish to the game.

The boys will look to bounce back against Elsternwick at home this weekend.

Vs Elsternwick AFC
Played at Tony Sheehan Oval
Game starts at 2:00 P.M.


La Trobe: 3.0 (18) defeated by Old Haileyburians 5.16 (46)
Goal Kickers: S. Greene, M. Andrews, S. Castagnini
Best Players: J. Yew, S. Watts, E. Turnbull, G. Alsop, S. Castagnini, K. Bond

Sit down and prepare yourself for the journey that you are about to embark on. In this match report it will highlight the strength, stamina and sheer determination that the La Trobe women faced in their match against Old Haileyburians.

As the La Trobe women were preparing in the change rooms prior to the big game ahead, a random person’s puppy ran into the change rooms. (This has nothing to do with the game itself, but I felt as though it is an important piece of information).

As always, the La Trobe women had a fantastic start to the game. Sam Greene was able to snag a crucial goal, which allowed for the girls to gain a lead within the first quarter.

The second quarter proved to be testing, as Old Haileyburians gained more confidence. However, it was no match against our elite back line. Turns, Grace and Swatta were constantly intercepting marks, spoiling the ball and booting it out of the backline.

After the half time break the Trober’s fighting spirit was back. Thanks to the exceptional work of Jocelyn, who constantly ran up and down the ground to open space, it allowed for her fellow winger Marleigh to kick a goal. Although this was no ordinary goal, as Marleigh booted it from the middle of the ground! As you can imagine we were all in awe.

Entering the fourth quarter, the game remained close. It was through Roz’s amazing ruck work that allowed La Trobe to stay in the game. It is very likely that Roz is the smallest ruck in the competition, but her ability to read the ball gives her a competitive edge.

It was a hard-fought game, and unfortunately La Trobe did not come out with the win. Hopefully they are able to get their fourth win of the season next Saturday against Hawthorn at our home ground. Yeet-haa!!!

Vs Hawthorn AFC
Played at Tony Sheehan Oval
Game starts at 10:30 A.M.

Published by Josh Horder, Damien Hamel, Lachlan Miller, Ros Melican and Caitlin Ross 18.07.2019

Round 11 Match Reports (2019)

Round 11 Match Report (2019)

UNDER 19’s:

La Trobe forfeited to Williamstown CYMS


Vs St Kevins FC
Played at TH King Oval
Game starts at 11:40 A.M.


La Trobe: 11.12 (78) defeated Eley Park Sharks 6.7 (43)
Goal Kickers: J. Rogerson 3, S. Coghill 3, J. Lasslett 2, R. Wills, M. Waight, B. Plowman
Best Players: J. Lasslett, B. Coghill, J. Horder, D. Hamel, J. Rogerson, A. Baillie

‘The Midday Show’ fielded a strong team for a 78-43 win over Eley Park Sharks in Box Hill on Saturday. On a day of monumental achievements, La Trobe celebrated with Alain Baillie for his 100th game in the Red and Black! It was a good day for flying a kite, as the constant cross-field breeze later led to a sloppy, wet second half of 2’s footy.
Trobers jumped to an early lead, with the Sharks finding themselves in deep water at half time being 35 points behind. When the rain finally came, the Trobers’ hot run cooled and the grind began with a slippery ball and greasy blokes turning it into classic wet weather footy. This win cements La Trobe’s 3rd position on the ladder with a tough game coming against Albert Park in 2 weeks. Last time La Trobe and Albert Park met in Round 6 at home saw the Trobers go down by 17 points. There will be redemption in the air with La Trobe proving they are a finals team in 2019. 

Vs Albert Park FC
Played at Oval 20 Abert Park
Game starts at 11:40 A.M.


La Trobe: 10.10 (70) defeated by Eley Park Sharks 11.15 (81)
Goal Kickers: S. Denier 2, T. Mooney 2, A. Castles, R. Timmins, R. Nolan, T. Spiteri, W. Humphreys, M. Ogle
Best Players: T. Mooney, S. Benetti-Baker, M. Ogle, L. Miller, C. Randell, W. Humphreys

A tough loss in really trying conditions on the weekend. The Senior Men went down by 11 points in the wind and rain at Box Hill against a tough Eley Park Sharks. After a tight first quarter Eley Park kicked away through the next two quarters and had a 6-goal lead at 3 quarter time. Tom Mooney was on from the first bounce and led from the front in the last quarter comeback. Matt Ogle was good again and received a heap of attention from the Eley Park flogs.
Equally importantly, the Club Ball was on the weekend with Will Luhrs and Ryan Timmins showing their off-field form!
Another bye this week as the boys look to launch into the back end of the season in two weeks.

Vs Albert Park FC
Played at Oval 20 Abert Park
Game starts at 2:o0 P.M.


La Trobe: 2.6 (18) defeated Ivanhoe 0.9 (9)
Goal Kickers: S. Greene, K. Bond
Best Players: S. Castagnini, K. Bond, J. Yew, L. Molloy, S. Velona, R. Melican

Hurricane La Trobe came blasting in with the wind and a win on the weekend! It was wet weather footy and the girls knew they were in for a dirty day. They were praying to Mother Nature that the rain would hold off as any moisture would ruin their fresh fake tans for the Ball that night … bad luck sistas!
The first quarter was a beauty. It was 2.1 to zip and it looked (early) as if the weather wasn’t going to affect the game. Bondy was able to slot the first after leading by example and laying a tackle inside 50 which saw her take a set shot from 25 out – the ball could’ve hit the lower playing fields if she didn’t play the wind correctly. The next goal came from Greeney, who keeps adding to her goal tally to ensure no one else steals HER award from her this year! Her shot was on the run and from the boundary – doesn’t get silkier than that.
Lilly was jumping high all day to ensure first touch on the ball at every ruck contest, and made sure her little minions were below her getting first use of the ball. Our midfielders were elite all day and worked well with the backline to make sure Ivanhoe didn’t score in the second quarter. Ivanhoe did manage to kick a “goal” through tallying 6 behinds (stats are stats) and this showed how great our defensive pressure was.
In the third quarter (our last with the wind) and when the weather picked up, Ivanhoe dropped two loose players in our forward line which made it incredibly congested and hard to score. However, our forwards worked tirelessly to flip their role into a defensive one and made sure the ball didn’t leave our forward 50. Don’t put this tactic beyond Senior Coach Jaryd because come the fourth quarter, there were 36 players in Ivanhoe’s forward 50 (no, not forward half … forward 50!). I mean, didn’t Ivanhoe’s coach ever teach their defenders to build a wall rather than go inside their own forward line? If you drove past on Kingsbury Drive and turned to look at the oval when you only see one end, you would’ve thought there was no game on with not a single player in sight. Ivanhoe’s coach didn’t seem too happy after the game, but no one told him to tell his backline players to flood their own forward 50! #statsarestats #smartcoachingbyjaryd
Overall, the girls played a good, hard defensive game and made it two on the trot. Let’s make it 3!


Vs Old Haileyburian FC
Played at Princes Park Oval 2
Game starts at 10:30 A.M.

Published by Josh Horder,, Damien Hamel, Lachlan Miller, Ros Melican and Caitlin Ross 05.07.2019

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.

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


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!!!


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.

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


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!



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.



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!!

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