Round 6 of the 2016 season for the Latrobe University Under 19’s, held huge ramifications if they were unable to grab their second win of the year. Unfortunately, the young side are staring at a record of 1-5, after their 5th consecutive loss on Saturday morning. The 19’s played away from home, down at Glen Waverly against Mazenod OCFC, who were sitting comfortably in third spot on the ladder leading into the game. The ‘Trobers’ knew they had a big test in front of them, however, were unable to secure the 4 points going down by 20 points, 9.15 – 69 to 6.13 – 49.
There were plenty of unwell faces in the Latrobe University change room, prior to the bounce of the ball on Saturday. Majority of the team resides on the Glenn college, which had their annual college ball on Thursday night during the week. Forced to endure a game of footy with suffering immune systems, the team rallied together after finding themselves 38 points down at quarter time and without a goal to their name. Thanks to a rev up from respected coach Theo, the team were able to bounce back in the second term, using the favourable blustery wind they kicked four goals, to Mazenod’s two points, to trail by 12 points at the long break. Latrobe’s coach was pleased with his players at halftime for the way they responded, fighting their way back into the contest. The second half begun with Mazenod controlling most of the play, although Latrobe was helped by playing two loose men in their defense. The third quarter got heated with number 17 for Mazenod being red carded and sent off for striking. The hosts kicked one goal and eight points in the third term with the wind, enabling Latrobe the chance to grasp a win, as they trailed by 25 points at the last break. The last quarter played primarily down in Latrobe’s forward half, however, tired legs and sore bodies meant that a comeback would not be successful for the visitors.
After the game, heading into Latrobe’s rooms, you could sense a depleted side had just given their all. Theo mentioned how he was proud of the way his side was able to “rally together and give 100 per cent” even though most were not match fit. He congratulated them for the way they played on and challenged the contest with their attack. Speaking with the coach after the game, he was pleased with back flanker, Josh Hay, for his rebounding kicks into the forward line and also for his intercept marks in defense. Around the grounds, both senior sides enjoyed huge wins over their opposition, Parkside, both sides are traveling along nicely. Looking onto next week, the ‘Trobers’ host St Bedes/Mentone AFC in the morning of their family & friends day, followed by all three Latrobe sides, the reserves, seniors and women’s side. Hope to see you all there and supporting the mighty ‘Trobers’.
By Aydin Payne