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Round 1 finally arrived on Saturday and the senior boys travelled down to Thomas Carroll Reserve in Dandenong to take on St Johns and with multiple debutants in the side the boys were buzzing to go after the jumpers were presented to the new lads by David Huffer – 262 La Trobe games, 4 premierships.

It was a tough start to the game as St Johns kicked the first couple goals of the quarter. The home side were well drilled, big bodied and hard ran in numbers. Hugo O’Callaghan kicked a goal late in the term to give the boys some momentum heading into quarter time.

St Johns dominated the second quarter after adding 7 majors to La Trobe’s 3 from Tate SpiteriErnie Fan and Liam Walsh as the home side headed into half time with a lead of 51 points.

The third quarter showed glimpses of what the Trobers can produce as they kicked 3 goals (including Ruben Cottee’s first in the red & black), but also held St Johns to 3 goals as well, and even though still down by 50 points they took some momentum into the final break. Unfortunately, the home side ran over the top of our boys in the fourth term with the final score ending at 23.17 – 155 to 9.8 -62.

Connor McCreddenHugo O’CallaghanSam Benetti-BakerLiam WalshTate Spiteri, and Lachlan Webb fought hard all day and were named in the best, with Tate kicking 4 and Walshy chipping in with 2.

With the bye scheduled for Round 2 the boys will be looking forward to working hard on the track for the next fortnight before taking on Eley Park in Round 3 on Tony Sheehan Oval.

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After an excellent preseason and many months between games the Trober girls were ready and raring to go for Round 1 on a beautiful, sunny Saturday morning.

Leading from the first bounce with our captain Teresa ‘Swift’ D’Angelo seamlessly collecting from vice-captain Jess ‘JL’ Lowry’s clean ruck hands we sent the ball forward time and time again. There were some lovely handball passages through the midfielders from debutante Yasmine ‘Yaz’ Budic and veteran Marleigh ‘Merl’ Andrews, showing off the skills we have been honing during a strong preseason. JL took countless intercept marks and the tackling pressure around the ground was excellent.

It was a day for small forwards in front of goal with Jocelyn ‘Joce’ Yew converting some Parkside children to pulling on the red and black telling us to kick it to number 34 – they were on point as she slotted 5 goals for the match, a 500% improvement on her goal kicking career so far. Molly Stewart had strong hands and took some great marks up forward in her first game with the Trobers kicking 2 goals while other small forward Makayla (aka Swifty’s sister) D’Angelo had clean hands on the ground wheeling around and weaving between Parkside defenders to slot 2 goals as well.

Down back Kaitlyn Ritchie and Ellen Brasier kept things tight in defence mopping up a few balls and keeping the home team to just 2 goals for the entire game. The energy was up throughout the match, helped along by our amazing halftime refreshment station (Ness is surely securing her place as top team manager for the Club).

Coach Sam Greene was confident going into the match that “We don’t lose at Parkside” and was proven right – the girls just need to learn the 2nd verse of the Trober song as it’s been some time between wins!

The girls are looking forward to what the next few rounds bring.

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The Reserves kicked off the year with a trip to Doveton to take on St Johns and like most years we saw an influx of new players, with 11 players making their La Trobe debut!

St Johns started strongly with a number of forays forward but the back six, led by Ben Carter and Laughlin Cargnali, held up strong and managed to repel a number of St Johns entries. The midfield of Austin BennettCam Marcroft & Jade Russell created some forward opportunities for us, with a couple of our debutants Matt Wills & Adam Zimmermann kicking truly. Trobers entered quarter time trailing by just 2 points.

The second quarter saw St Johns continue to put the pressure on our backline, they kicked more accurately which saw them extended their lead. We managed to kick one goal of our own in reply, thanks to another first gamer in Jack Morcom. La Trobe entered half-time trailing by 27 points.

The Midday Show came out after half-time looking to tidy up our ball use and lift our intensity around the contest. The lift in pressure and intensity around the ball carrier helped us restrict St Johns to 2 goals for the quarter, unfortunately we were unable to take advantage of our forward opportunities and going into the three-quarter time break we trailed by 39 points.

The final term saw much of the same with a high intensity contest across the ground making it difficult for either team to score. Jade Russell was able to slot a major to finish off the term with the home team claiming a 42-point victory at the final siren.

With the BYE scheduled for next weekend we look forward to our Round 3 game against Eley Park on Tony Sheehan Oval.

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