The stakes were high leading into the round 4 matchup for the under 19’s on the weekend. Sitting 5th on the ladder with a record of 1-2, and on a two game losing streak, the under’s couldn’t afford to drop a third straight game. Their opponents were the boys from Oakleigh AFC. Unfortunately for the Trober’s they went down by 30 points, 14.11, 95 to 10.5, 65. The early game was played in blustery conditions with the wind playing a large role in both sides ability to score. In the first quarter, Oakleigh displayed their dashing run through the middle resulting in six straight goals to Latrobe’s two goals. The onslaught flowed over into the second term, with the hosts piling on a further five goals to the visitors single goal, to have the margin reach 50 points at the long break, 70 – 50.
Latrobe seemed unable to deliver a penetrating kick inside their forward fifty to their tall targets. Assistant coach of Latrobe, ‘JD’, emphasised during the break the want to get the footy, to be able to commit to the contest. After regrouping and focusing on winning the next contest after the interval the third quarter was underway. Latrobe looked a completely different team after the break, they were able to link up and use their run and carry. Latrobe managed to kick six unanswered goals in the third quarter to bridge the gap to 20 points at 3qt. However the chase didn’t seem to last, with Oakleigh able to hold off to eventually win by 30 points.
Latrobe’s coach Theo, mentioned after the game that his sides inability to “switch on and get focused” before the game as a major reason for his sides loss. Theo spoke about areas to improve after the game: “This is the second week in a row that we’ve struggled in the first half, and somehow come out of the long break and play unreal footy, it’s a mentality thing, it’s all in the boys head before the game. We will work on this before next weeks crucial game against Parkside.” He also gave credit to midfielder Daniel Stizza, who was able to gather the contested ball and break the game open with his slick kicking skills. Forward Sam Williams continued his hot form, with another 5 goals, which takes his season tally to 12. Looking at results around the ground and the seniors had a loss to Glen Eira AFC at home, losing 12.5 77 to 15.17 107. On a brighter note the reserves were able to walk away with a win, winning 9.9 63 to 8.1 49. Looking onto next week for all teams, the under’s play Parkside Football Club Friday night at home, and the senior sides play away to Swinburne University. Good luck to everyone playing.
By Aydin Payne