The second round of the season saw Latrobe University host the boys from De La Salle, a prestigious college down in the suburb of Malvern. The 9:20am game being played before the senior sides, turned out to be one that the under 19’s boys would rather have again. In what was a dominant display from De La Salle, the ‘Trobers’ went down by 44 points, 11.10 76 to 5.2 32. They now sit in 4th position on the ladder.
The first quarter showcased a determined Latrobe side willing to gather the contested ball, playing the game on their terms. Small utility Tommy Hunt, was able to get in and under the contest as well as break through his tackles and feed the ball out to Ned Tansey who helped set up multiple first quarter goals. The end of the first quarter saw Latrobe leading three goals straight, 18 to 9. During the second quarter De La Salle managed to break the shackles kicking four goals to Latrobe’s one point. After the long break, De La Salle continued onwards with them kicking all four goals of the third quarter. The last quarter saw Latrobe gain their composure back and applied the pressure that was lacking in the previous two quarters.
The hosts lost their run and carry during the middle of the game, which appeared to break down at the half forward line; allowing too many loose numbers to rebound the ball back into their defensive 50. Their coach, Theo, stated that a poor second and third quarter were the reason they couldn’t find the win. “The boys lacked intensity, we chased for those two quarters, because we weren’t ready to do the hard running and help out.” Looking onto next week and what areas the team needs improvement on, Theo emphasised that the players, “need to stop, look at their options, not to get tunnel vision because we play our best footy when we look to open up and switch the ball.”
The better players on the day went to Abe Lewis, who tirelessly defended and gave the side much needed composure down back. Tyler Joseph stood out with his aggression on the ball. Jack Philip tried his hardest down forward but always seemed to be outnumbered at the contest and Aydin Payne ended up kicking three goals for the hosts. The senior sides managed to get their first win of the season against Elsternwick AFC, with the reserves winning 21.16, 142 to 2.1, 13. The seniors also won comfortably with a 107-point win, 21.11, 137 to 4.6, 30. Well done to the senior boys. Hopefully the under 19’s can bounce back next week, and the seniors can continue on their winning ways. Go Trobers!
By Aydin Payne