Match report: Round 7

Round 7 of the season seen the La Trobe University under 19’s play on a day which draws the biggest crowds of the year for the La Trobe Football Club. It was ‘family & friends day’, an event which brings plenty of spectators to watch all the home sides play. Many onlookers throughout the day were from parents, who had travelled in from the country for surprise visits. The 19’s kicked off the big day of festivities, followed by the reserves, seniors, then finishing up with the women’s side. The under 19’s were facing a very fit and roaring to go St Bedes/Mentone Tigers AFC, who, just like the hosts, were searching for their second win for the season. The Tigers were able to walk away from La Trobe University oval with the four points, winning the game 11.8 – 74 to 5.9 – 39.

With the two sides lining up against each other at the early start of 9:20am, there was always going to be one key factor early on in the game, the morning dew that had formed across the ground. This had made gathering the loose ball and overhead marking incredible difficult. Despite the wet conditions and the heavy Sherrin, St Bedes/Mentone were able to capitalize on La Trobe’s poor use of the footy, kicking the first five goals of the game. It wasn’t until halfway through the second term, that the hosts were able to kick their first major of the day. Heading into the main break, La Trobe trailed St Bedes/Mentone by 31 points. Once again, the home side found themselves in a position that they were all too familiar with already this year.

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As the second half was underway the wind had quickly picked up, ultimately, favouring the pavilion end of the ground. St Bedes/Mentone used the wind to help set up a structure which allowed them to have total control of the play, opting to leave their loose players in defence, they had more numbers when La Trobe looked to attack, enabling them to rebound back inside their forward fifty. Heading into the last quarter La Trobe’s coach, Theo, asked simply that his troops give their 100%, to help gain some pride in front of the large crowd. The Tigers kicked the first two goals of the last quarter into the breeze, however, pressure from La Trobe around the ground definitely lifted, as they kicked the last three goals of the game, finishing up 35 points behind at the final siren.

As the two sides shook hands and departed the ground, a depleted silence fell on the struggling home team. Frustration filled the locker room, as the reality of their sixth straight loss sunk in. La Trobe’s coach quietly asked his players, that they evaluate their performance from the last two hours, over the next couple of days. He was pleased with his sides ability to not give in, for their “100% effort in that last quarter”. The better players for La Trobe were winger Tyler Costa and midfielder/forward Daniel Skaer. Looking onto next week, the under 19’s face rival club, Old Paradians AFC, in what should be a thrilling contest, after their round 4 encounter saw Old Paradians win by less than a goal.

By Aydin Payne

Spotlight on sport: #5

Welcome again to the fifth edition of the ‘Spotlight on Sport’ blog. In the last fortnight, sport has really quietened down, with no intercollege being played whatsoever, as it has taken a backseat to study and exams which are fast approaching at La Trobe. As a result, I will again be checking in on the international and national sporting stage, where plenty of action has been happening, particularly in the EPL and AFL.

The EPL season has only just come to a close over the weekend, and what a season it was. Leicester City pulled off the most miraculous EPL title win in history, holding off Arsenal and Tottenham to finish clear on top. The Foxes overcome 5000-1 odds at the beginning of the season to win their first EPL title in their club history, and become the first club outside Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool to win the league in 21 years. Leicester spent just £54.4 million on their squad, whereas Manchester City’s squad price was a whopping £418.8 million, with their most expensive player, Kevin De Bruyne costing them £54m, basically the same price as Leicester’s entire squad. The title win by Leicester shows that miracles can and do still happen in sport.

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Leicester Captain, Wes Morgan, and manager, Claudio Ranieri lift the Premier League trophy after being officially announced as champions. (Image source: Getty Images)

Since last time writing about the AFL, the surprises have continued in what has so far been a rollercoaster season for all clubs and supporters. Round 8 was completed on the weekend, with North Melbourne remaining atop of the ladder unbeaten and Fremantle anchored to the bottom of the ladder without a win to their name. Over the weekend, Carlton continued their great form with a win over Port Adelaide by two points, extending their run to four wins on the trot – a huge shock. However, this was not even the best moment of the round, as Richmond downed Sydney by one point on Saturday night following a goal after the siren to Sam Lloyd. The win was only Richmond’s second of the season, but could be the turning point they need. Although North Melbourne are unbeaten, Geelong look like the most genuine contender so far, sitting second with a 7-1 record and a healthy percentage to go with the wins.

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Richmond’s Sam Lloyd celebrates after kicking the goal that got the Tigers over the line by one point against Sydney. (Image source: AFL Media/Getty Images)

The sport world seems to be undergoing mass changes at the moment, particularly in the sports that have been discussed in this blog, EPL and AFL. Who knows, Leicester’s title win in the EPL may possibly inspire a team such as Melbourne or Carlton to challenge for the flag, as they are both enjoying far better success than in previous years. Personally, I am not ready to make the call on that yet, but time will tell.

By Tennyson Tinning

Match Report: Round 6

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

Spotlight on Sport: #4

Hello all, and welcome to edition four of the ‘Spotlight on Sport’ blog. As mentioned in the previous post, there was plenty of sporting action in the last fortnight at La Trobe, with huge clashes between the colleges in tennis and footy (AFL) taking place.

Intercollege tennis was played on Wednesday the 27th April, with Menzies and Chisholm colleges desperately needing to take a clean sweep to catch up to the Glenn college juggernaut. However, it was not to be for Menzies and Chisholm, with Glenn again dominating, winning five out of six matches against Menzies and all games against Chisholm, assisted by an enormous support crew of boozy blokes dressed in white. The Glenn men were particularly devastating, making the other colleges look like amateurs against professionals as they breezed past all-comers. The only team to register a win over any Glenn team was in the women’s division, with the two games between Menzies and Glenn girls resulting in a win for each college.

Following another commanding display by Glenn, it was expected that they would continue their momentum into the footy on the Sunday. Although, this was not the case, with the Menzies women causing a major boil over in a low scoring game and setting up what may have been a turning point in the Sporty Cup for Menzies. With Chisholm withdrawing both teams from the footy competition, the game between the Menzies and Glenn men was of vast importance for both colleges and only intensified the rivalry of the two colleges. However, it was not to be for the Menzies lads, as Glenn took control from the get go, cruising to an easy win on the scoreboard, but not without a fight or two from the spirited Menzies college, who went down swinging.

The results from last week’s sports has placed Glenn on top with an extremely healthy lead over the next challenger in Menzies, followed by Chisholm who have not progressed after tennis and footy. With not a lot of sport on the horizon, it appears Glenn are far and away the favourite to take out the Sporty Cup.

POINTS TABLE:

GLENN – 20

MENZIES – 8

CHISHOLM – 5

By Tennyson Tinning

Match Report: Round 4 vs. Oakleigh AFC

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

Spotlight on Sport: #3

Hello all. Welcome to the third edition of the ‘Spotlight on Sport’ blog.

It has been a huge fortnight of sport at La Trobe Bundoora, with the intercollege Volleyball and Basketball competitions being played. In the Volleyball, Glenn College continued their flawless start to the Sporty Cup, registering emphatic wins over Menzies and Chisholm colleges in the Men’s division. Menzies men had the better of Chisholm as consolation and kept themselves in the Sporty Cup. In the girl’s division, Menzies triumphed over the Glenn girls and Chisholm to stamp the Menzies dominance in the girl’s competition, as Glenn also took care of Chisholm.

The Sporty Cup then proceeded to the intercollege Basketball, where Glenn College again stamped their dominance and stretched their lead in the overall competition. The Glenn men claimed easy wins over the other colleges, while Chisholm defeated Menzies to salvage something of the day and leave Menzies winless. However, the mighty Menzies was saved from total embarrassment, with the girls leading a massive comeback for the college and registering spirited wins over Glenn and Chisholm colleges in their division. The Glenn girls had a win over Chisholm to cap off a good day for Glenn College and increase their buffer in the points table.

A dominant start to the 2016 Sporty Cup has seen Glenn holding a two-point lead over Menzies, with Chisholm trailing by a further point. The Sporty Cup schedule is not slowing down at all, with intercollege tennis and football (AFL) taking place within the next fortnight. The next fortnight of sport will be huge for the colleges, particularly for Menzies and Chisholm, who cannot drop any more points in the competition if they aim to stay in contention for the Sporty Cup.

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POINTS TABLE:

GLENN – 8

MENZIES – 6

CHISHOLM – 5

By Tennyson Tinning

Match Report: La Trobe University vs. De La Salle

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

Preseason Training at La Trobe University

It’s that time of the year again. Footy’s back and roaring into action. It’s that time for you to remember to pick your weekly footy tips for your local tipping competition, and to dust off those colours of your favourite side again. However, for some, this time of the year brings a sigh of relief after a heavy workload, which is every footballer’s nightmare: pre-season training. You bust your guts for months before the opening round even begins to be the fittest, strongest side in the competition. At Latrobe University (the side I will be calling home for the next 6 months of the year), pre season training had a different scenario to hundreds of other clubs in Victoria. Our under 19’s side first begun training in our first week of school this semester, compared to the senior group which had begun at the end of last year. The point for this was many of our team members didn’t begin living in Melbourne until only February; which has given us an incredible task of trying to gel as a team in the space of 6 weeks.

The first night of training at any new club is a strange night. I’ve already done it once before and knew leading in that I would be having a very awkward hour and a half out on the track. However this wasn’t the case, the Latrobe boys went around and introduced themselves, and made me feel very welcomed to the club. I loved every part of my first night at my new home. The training drills for the first month were taken by the senior coach, Alan Ezard, a two-time premiership winning player for Essendon during the 80’s. Having someone who has played at the elite level take you through training is very rewarding for your progress in skills and the way you conduct yourself as a person. It wasn’t until the last week before the season began that our Under 19’s coach, Theo, owner of Latrobe Uni’s very own ‘Charlies’ in the Agora handled training. Theo has emphasised on the need for all of us boys to stay tight as a group, due to us all being kids from the country. He wants to see all of us enjoy our year and develop friendships and create memories lasting a lifetime. Theo is taking on our father figure, and so far he’s helping us bond together in an incredible way. Our Assistant coach, John, or better known around the club as ‘JD’, uses his knowledge of the game to help maintain our focus, and give us other alternatives in how we play the game. He’s also a bit of a joker, so he balances the role of teacher and friend really well.

It’s Friday the 8th of April and we begin our quest for the ultimate prize tomorrow down against St Johns at Dandenong’s Thomas Carroll Reserve. There’s something about the start of a new season that just makes you get goose bumps, whether that be the smell of deep heat being applied to tight muscles, or the banter that echoes throughout the change rooms. One thing is for certain: footy’s back.

By Aydin Payne

Match Report: La Trobe University vs St. Johns

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

Spotlight on Sport: #2

Hello again, welcome to the second edition of the ‘Spotlight on Sport’ blog.

It’s been a massive couple of weeks in sport outside of the deep and dark walls of the La Trobe Bundoora campus, with the AFL season kicking off, the NRL going full speed ahead, the EPL coming to the business end of the season and the T20 Cricket World Cup wrapping up.

The first two rounds of the AFL season have been captivating, with only four teams remaining unbeaten and plenty of surprises occurring. The four teams: Western Bulldogs, Sydney, Gold Coast and North Melbourne have all exceeded expectations at this early point of the season, with Gold Coast being the major shock of the lot.

There are also four teams yet to win a game this year, being St Kilda, Fremantle, Brisbane and Carlton. Fremantle, who were preliminary finalists last season, have been particularly disappointing so far. Already there is a large cluster of teams on the same amount of points, which is just a sign of things to come this season in the AFL, which could be one of, if not the most even seasons in history.

The NRL has also been tight throughout the first five rounds, with no team undefeated and only the Roosters and Knights being winless, although the Knights have registered points with a draw against the third-placed Canberra. The Roosters have been a powerhouse of the competition in the last few years, which makes it a huge surprise that they are sitting at the bottom of the table, but they seem to be missing the presence of experienced half-back Mitchell Pearce following his misdemeanours on Australia Day which have seen him rubbed out of the game for a lengthy period.

A hugely exciting T20 World Cup came to an end in the most unbelievable way on Monday morning. The final between England and West Indies may go down as the best final in the history of the T20 World Cup. England, who have had a massive turnaround in T20 cricket in only the past six months, found themselves well and truly in the box seat after 39 overs of cricket and only one over to play. Posting 155 off the back of Joe Root’s classy 54, England fought hard with the ball to look the likely winners of the title. The West Indies needed 19 to win from the final over with Ben Stokes to bowl the last six balls. Enter Carlos Brathwaite. The man mountain exploded from nowhere to finish the game with 4 sixes in a row and devastate the England players and supporters who were quietly thinking they had one hand on the trophy. Marlon Samuels, who was criticised for his careless body language earlier this year when the West Indies toured Australia, was awarded Man of the Match for his 85 not out off just 66 balls, arriving at the crease when the Windies were at their most vulnerable.

Earlier, the West Indian women set the tone for the day, accounting for red-hot favourites Australia in the final over of the game. The Southern Stars, gunning for their fourth T20 World Cup in a row, were chased down by the Windies women after the Aussies posted 148 off the back of fifties from consistent tournament performers Elyse Villani and Meg Lanning. However, it proved not enough, with the West Indies holding the trophy aloft for the first time. The wins by both the Windies men and women completed the three-peat of titles for the Caribbean nations, with the U19 team winning the World Cup earlier this year also.

In the EPL, the fairy-tale season for Leicester City is continuing as they sit comfortably at the top of the ladder, seven points clear of Tottenham in second. Although they were given no chance at the beginning of the season and still slim chances at the midway point where they maintained top position of the league, Leicester are now definitely in the box seat to take the title, in what would be one of the most remarkable title wins in the history of the EPL. There still remains doubt as to whether they are the best team in the league and they have been particularly lucky of late, winning their last four matches in the EPL only by 1-0 score lines. It will be fascinating to see if the Foxes can be overcome this late in the competition.

Away from the national and international scene, sport has been quiet at La Trobe as a result of the Easter break. However, Volleyball and Basketball soon have training, being held on Monday for Volleyball and Tuesday for Basketball already. The next round of sport will be crucial to the colleges to register some points and get off to a good start in the Sporty Cup.

By Tennyson Tinning