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A number of changes were made at selection on Thursday night with veteran Bryce Dowler moved to the backline, Jake Lowry into the ruck and the twin towers Hugo O’Callaghan and Adam Zimmermann filling the key forward roles, or as skipper Connor McCredden put it on game day … no, forget that – still way too soon!

The game plan required quicker ball movement, overlap running, using the space on Tony Sheehan Oval and getting the ball into our forward 50 to our tall forwards with the crumbing smalls at their feet. While Clifford was doing well in the ruck and our midfield, led by Jonty Randall and Archie Conboy, were creating inside 50s the Power House back 6 were able to defend and run the ball forward far too easily and in turn provide their dangerous forwards with scoring opportunities. At the first break we were trailing by 22 points and had not troubled the scorers.

James Toomey, Adrian Marulli and Turtle were doing their best to contain their forwards but this was proving to be very challenging given the quality of ball the visitor’s midfield were providing. ‘Trober scoring opportunities came in the second term with Jackson ‘Jacko’ Haigh kicking our first major and Hugo ‘Huges’ O’Callaghan adding a second before the main break but the visitors added 4.3 for the quarter and we were down by 35 points at half time.

The Trobers’ pressure and intensity improved in the third term but there was little to show on the scoreboard with Tate Spiteri our only goal kicker for the quarter and Power House added 5.1 to stretch their lead to 10 goals at three-quarter time.

The pattern continued for much of the final quarter with Tirian Hillman adding our final goal while the visitors maintained the pressure while kicking 4.5 to record an 81-point win.

A hard day at the office against a well-drilled, hard running and bigger bodied opponent. La Trobe’s best players were James Toomey, Archie Conboy, Jonty Randall, Adrian Marulli, Connor McCredden and Liam Walsh.

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This week the women arrived bright and early on a chilly Saturday morning to Tony Sheehan Oval ready to celebrate club stalwart Kate ‘Bondy’ Bond’s 100th game. In front of a large crowd of past players, family and friends Bondy led the girls out to start the game.

Due to the dewy conditions, clean possession was hard to come by early in the game with a tight arm wrestle against the greatly improved UHS-VU team. The first quarter ended an even 0.1 apiece thanks to a timely behind scored by the milestone girl.
The tight contest continued into the second quarter with the midfield battling hard led by Jess ‘JLo’ Lowry performing well in the ruck, supported by the strong Charlotte ‘Char’ Croome and the speedy and silky Yasmine ‘Yas’ Budic. UHS-VU were able to break the deadlock by adding a solitary goal prior to the halftime break.

After halftime the ground had dried up and became more favourable to the clean possessions the ‘Trober girls prefer. A move into the midfield by the milestone girl also proved valuable allowing the ball to push into the attacking fifty more regularly. Resting midfielder and captain Teresa ‘Swifty’ D’Angelo was able to make this count by scoring a goal from the boundary. Another goal, this time kicked by Thara Sar, meant that La Trobe was able to take the lead into three-quarter time.

Reminiscent of the game against Brunswick the previous week, La Trobe knew they needed to hold off a hard-finishing opponent. Through tight defence led by Kaitlyn Ritchie (name added by the editor as Ritchie is way too modest to include her own name!), Shelley Tucker and the ever-reliable Courtney Donoghue at full back, UHS-VU were only able to score one more goal despite repeated entries into their fifty. Down the other end Swifty was able to put the icing on the cake for her great mate’s 100th game to kick what would be the game sealer for the women with the game ending at La Trobe 3.2-20 vs UHS-VU 2.3-15.

Yasmine Budic, Teresa D’Angelo, Charlotte Croome, Jessica Lowry, Thara Sar, Courtney Donoghue were all named in the best.

After the game the women were able to celebrate upstairs in a fantastic Ladies Day function organised by Co-Events Co-Ordinator Vanessa Lacock-Smith.

Next week they look forward to playing the Wattle Park Animals in Burwood and celebrating captain Teresa D’Angelo’s 100th game.

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The Trobers came into The Midday Show with aspirations of an upset victory against a strong Power House team. In the second game of the Trober Triple Header, it was Power House who jumped us early on in the contest with a strong opening term.

Trailing by five goals at the break, co-captain Laughlin Cargnali implored the troops to lift their pressure and intensity around the ball. Things didn’t get much better in the second quarter for the Trobers, with Power House’s run and carry through the middle of the ground overwhelming the boys at times.

We trailed by 64 points at half-time, but after the break the boys came out with much better pressure and began playing a good brand of footy. In the third quarter the Trobers were able to match their opposition, kicking one goal to the visitor’s two for the term.

Our best footy came in the last quarter, holding Power House to just one point while we kicked four goals. Austin Bennett kicked three goals in his forward role, while Luke Vaughan launched a bomb from outside 50 to round out a strong fightback for the Trobers.

The boys ended up going down by 52 points and will look to play more consistent footy across four quarters next week against Canterbury.

The best players were Luke Vaughan, Tate Tregea-Copeland, Austin Bennett, Ryan Cole, Aaron Smale and Ben Freeman.

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