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Finals time always brings a sense of excitement and anticipation with the sun shining and a Grand Final spot up for grabs as we headed out to Whitefriars College in Donvale to take on Swinburne University. Just the one change to the side as our playing Assistant Coaches swapped, with Matt Ogle coming in for the injured Josh Rogerson. The message from Coach Ricky Nolan was very clear – the hours and hours of hard work and effort have created this opportunity and we aren’t going to let it slip! And boy, did the lads bring the heat, intensity and attack at the footy.

It was a typical start to a final with intense pressure and a number of skill errors as both sides tested each other in the opening 5 minutes. There were plenty of hard contests between the arcs before our midfielders started to gain control with either clearances or denying Swinburne with our ferocious tackle pressure. Tate Spiteri slotted our first major as we started to gain the ascendency with League Leading Goalkicker Riley Alexander, Tate again and midfield bull Ben Vicary also kicking goals before The Piggies got their first. Harry Tanner added a late goal as we took a 25-point lead into the first break – 5.2 to 1.1. The quarter time message was more of the same and let’s not give this mob a sniff!

Both teams had their chances at the start of the second quarter before Spitta kicked his third, Wiz his second and Riley Keath stretched our lead to 45-points midway through the term. Swinburne started to win their share of clearances and delivering inside their forward 50 but our backline held strong with great defensive pressure from Tom Whelan, Lachlan Miller, Andy Castles and Rob Fawcett, plus rebounding run from Will Lowry, Jonty Randall and Connor McCredden. The Piggies added a late goal to trim the halftime margin to 38-points.

Swinburne came out hard at the start of the third quarter and gained control through repeated clearances and inside 50s. After they kicked the first 3 goals of the term and cut the lead to 20-points, our Trobers put the foot down and slammed on 5 unanswered goals to regain control of the game. Ben Vicary, Ricky Nolan, Riley Keath, Bryce Dowler and Charlie Scanlon all found the big sticks as we extended our lead to 53-points at the final break.

As many former players, families and friends joined the player’s huddle the message from Coach Ricky was that the job was not done and the team wanted to send a very clear message to future opponents! The Trobers dominated the final quarter with our defensive unit conceding just 2 points and the forwards adding another 4.5 with Riley Alexander kicking another 3 to take his season’s tally to 73 and Tate Spiteri slotting his fourth for the day for a season total of 44 (his jumper number) and third place in the goalkicking, with Bryce Dowler in 5th place on 35 goals.

As often happens as a result of our high pressure and relentless attacking style of play, we had a few banged-up bodies by the end of the game and a depleted bench. The most serious injury was to Skipper Andy Castles who landed on his opponent’s foot and rolled his left ankle. Lots of swelling and pain, but we know Ace will do everything possible in the next fortnight to get back for the Big Show!

Our lads controlled the majority of the game except for around 10 minutes early in the third quarter before they steadied and absorbed the challenge thrown at them by a determined, but ultimately out-gunned Swinburne. The side is well coached and drilled, know their roles and now have next weekend off as they prepare for a Grand Final and the ultimate prize – a premiership flag!

Viva La Varsity!

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The Reserves headed to Whitefriars College in Donvale to take on Albert Park in the D4 Reserves Second Semi-Final, with a spot in the Grand Final on the line.

The first quarter was an arm wrestle as both sides tackling and pressure around the pill was immense, ‘The Midday Show’ led by the strong tackling duo of Nathan Richardson and Ernie Fan. The Trobers managed to hit the scoreboard thanks to a running goal from the returning Liam Walsh. Albert Park led by 1 point at quarter time.

The second quarter saw The Falcons get on top in the midfield which helped them gain a four-goal lead as they held the Trobers goal-less for the quarter. Jake Ellett, James Toomey and Luke Nelson continued to run and present across the ground, doing everything in their power to help La Trobe gain some forward momentum. The Trobers were unable to take advantage of some limited opportunities up forward with Albert Park going into half-time with a 26-point lead.

Coach Mick Correnti moved a few magnets at half-time to see if the boys could wrestle back some of the momentum. Two Trobers given big roles for the quarter were Paddy McCormack who headed to Centre Half Back to provide us with some defensive height and rebounding attack. The other Trober given a big job was Cam McPherson who was tasked with shutting down one of Albert Park’s key movers out on the wing, and shut him down he did, completely taking him out of the game. Unfortunately, we were unable to take advantage of this great work, with our skipper Jordy “Jobba” O’Brien kicking our only major for the quarter.  Trobers went into three-quarter time 33 points behind.

Coach Correnti implored the boys that we were not out of the contest and “Lets get the first one and then worry about the rest”. The Trober ball pressure and intensity was once again at manic levels. Brendan Plowman, Rob Pain and Richo helped the Trobers wrestle away some control in the middle, which saw Walshy slot the first goal of the quarter for the Trobers. La Trobe continued to battle away but the Albert Park defense stood tall, and we were only able to add one more goal, thanks to some help from the umps, as Albert Park got frustrated and gave away a 50. Martin “Ginnis” Grinter was the beneficiary of the umpire’s displeasure. Albert Park won the game by 30 points.

Thanks to all the Past Players, Parents, Women’s Players and Men’s Players who got down and watched us, and also volunteered for jobs – your support was greatly appreciated!

The Reserves will now return to Whitefriars College this coming Sunday to host Box Hill North in the Preliminary, with a Grand Final spot on the line.

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