The opening round of the season for Latrobe University Football Club was played over the weekend. The Under 19’s played away to St. Johns down in Dandenong at Thomas Carroll Reserve for an afternoon match up to kick start their season. The ‘Trobers’ won 15.7 97 to St Johns 5.9 39, in what was a solid contest with both teams playing quick free flowing footy. Latrobe University lead from the get go, kicking the first four majors of the game, with St. Johns only able to hit the score line late in the first term.
The second quarter was played mostly on St. Johns terms, with number 21 G.Ennis getting plenty of the footy but their inability to kick straight hurt them as they trailed Latrobe by 22 at the long break. The third quarter consisted with both teams able to pile on the goals, with seven kicked between the two sides. Leading by 26 at the last change, Latrobe were quick to bury the hatch with five last quarter goals to St. Johns one behind. Jack Philip was instrumental for the away side setting the tone for the match early on with his attack on the footy. Sam Williams also played a helping hand booting four majors from full forward.
The best on ground honours though went to small utility Tyler Costa. Playing across the forward flank and rotating into the middle, Costa gathered plenty of disposals, however, it was his toughness and tackling ability, which earned him first best from the coach, Theo. “Tyler’s ability to get in and under the pack and win the ball, along with his tackling demeanour was outstanding today,” Latrobe’s coach said post game. He also went on to congratulate his team for the way they handled themselves in the last quarter, knowing that if St. Johns gained the tiniest bit of momentum it would’ve been a tough ask for his troops.
Looking at around the grounds, the results for the senior Latrobe sides were not as successful as their younger counterparts. Playing against Hawthorn AFC, the reserves went down by 147 points, 173 – 26. The seniors also going down by 42 points, 112 – 71. Looking on to next week, we see a triple-header at home with the 19’s starting at 9:20am, reserves at 11:40am and the seniors at 2:00pm. Hopefully next week brings success to all three sides. Go Trobers!
By Aydin Payne