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Look, it was a very tough day at the office to be fair. Poxy conditions and a poxy oval! The ‘Trobers tried hard all day however, were touched up a bigger, classier and well-drilled outfit in Hawthorn.

At no point could you fault the boys’ efforts in trying conditions. The fiancé man himself, Matt Ogle, was big in the ruck all day although it’s hard to know if he spent more time on his feet or lying on the ground!

Debutant Jackson Haigh got us off to a great start by slotting a major with his first kick in the red & black, and the big fella Oges also hit the scoreboard in the first stanza. The heat was on in the kitchen with every contest a fierce battle, with Hawthorn proving to be cleaner by both hand and foot. Our ‘Trobers were hard at every contest, bringing enormous tackle pressure and repeated stoppages.

The meatballs in Nathan Richardson & Ernie Fan cracked in all day – they are muscle & ticker. Sammy BB and coach Ricky Nolan were also fantastic all game, and the ever-reliable Lachlan Miller in the back half. Rick showing his toughness, but leaking some claret from his snout in the 1st quarter.

There’s not a lot to report on outside of that. The scoreboard was relatively inoffensive until the last quarter when Hawthorn broke the seal and kicked a bag of goals with the wind and in the rain. It wasn’t a true reflection, but by the final quarter our bigger bodied opponents had taken a toll with injuries and no bench, and the flood gates had opened.

We look forward to a big week on the training track as we prepare for our first home game, 2022 premiership flag raising, coach Ricky Nolan’s 100th, and a chance to knock off last year’s grand final opponents Swinburne University!

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The Senior Women’s team played Round 1 against Canterbury at their ground for a perfect sunny Saturday of footy. It was a glorious win all round, starting with Captain Tayla Dando winning the toss and finishing with a 67-point win (69-2).

After only having one practice match together, the girls really showed up to play as a team under Coach Sam Greene’s strategic guidance.

With 8 debutants making their mark for La Trobe, Molly O’Brien showing off by having numerous runs up the guts, taking bounces left, right and centre and 5 goal kickers – Nat Cappelletti snagging 3, Kaitlyn Richie 2, Ineka Hart 2, Ruby Pickett 1 and Eve Conlan 1 after the final siren.

A strong start for the women’s side, let’s keep the wins coming for next rounds triple header at home against Preston Bullants.

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The Midday Show made the trip down to Rathmines Road Reserve to kick off our season against Hawthorn AFC.

The Reserves saw the return of several players from last year’s grand final side, but in true ‘Trober fashion we would have 11 players making their debut in the Red and Black. Our skipper for the day Laughlin Cargnali won the toss and we kicked with the breeze in the first quarter. The boys got off to a strong start with Cam “Suga” Marcroft getting his hand to the ball in the ruck and giving our midfielders first use. Our forwards were able to capitalise on the strong work of Jacob Assemani, Sam O’Donnell and Gus Tickner, to kick four goals for the term. A returning Paddy Carroll kicked 2, as well as debutant Jacob Assemani, and with his first touch as a ‘Trober, Nick Simons also slotted a major. La Trobe went into quarter time with a 9-point lead.

Hawthorn kicked with the breeze in the second and controlled the ball for most of the quarter. The back six were under attack for the bulk of the quarter, led by Mark O’Brien, Jake Shelley and first game player Daniel Blake, they held up well in tough conditions. Hawthorn went into half time leading by 20 points.

La Trobe came out after half-time looking to score quickly and wrestle back some of Hawthorn’s momentum. James Toomey and debutant Harry Taylor out on the wings continued to run and help create drive through the middle of the ground. First gamer Hugo O’Callaghan kept presenting well across half forward and took some strong marks, but apart from a goal to Paddy Carroll, we were unable to apply much scoreboard pressure, so at three-quarter time Hawthorn led by 25 points.

The final term saw Coach Mick Correnti throw some of the magnets around to create a spark. Cam McPherson went into the midfield to help provide us with some extra grunt, while Jacob Cassells and Harry Taylor found themselves down back to add some tackle pressure to the back six. One of the highlights of the quarter was 2nd year player Jayden Jacobson taking to his new role as a lockdown defender, saving a goal in the goal square and laying some crunching tackles to halt Hawthorn’s attack on several occasions.

Unfortunately, we were unable to get the job done and the Hawks ran out 35 point victors. To add even more to our misery, we lost Cam Marcroft to a concussion, and our Skipper Laughlin Cargnali to a hamstring injury. Good luck in your recovery boys and we look forward to seeing you back out there.

We now look forward to our first home for the year this coming week against Swinburne University.

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