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Coming off the best day of the season on our beautiful home deck last weekend, it was off to the worst place in Melbourne to play footy to take on Albert Park in a dreadful set of yellow VAFA clash guernseys. Despite the cow paddock we were playing on, the conditions were exceptional for a game at Albert Park Lake. A late out with Riley Keath crook as a dog meant Brendan Plowman came back in for a new look ruck combination, including Charlie Scanlon and Jaryd Coghill, who in his first senior game this season got us rolling with the first goal of the game.

Kicking with the breeze in the first term meant we had plenty of opportunities kicking 5.7 from 16 inside 50’s to give us a decent lead of 27-points in a scrappy affair. The second term saw Albert Park come out firing with a few quick goals to pull the margin back to within a goal before Bryce Dowler steadied the Trobers with a much-needed goal. Sam Benetti-Baker was at his dominant best by setting the standard on-ball nullifying every contest, laying tackle after tackle but also punishing them on the outside with his ability to get open. Archie Conboy followed suit working hard contest after contest, while Ricky Nolan and Ben Vicary were terrific at winning the one-on-one in the middle to get the ball going our way.

Holding a six-point lead at the half, the third quarter was a seesaw affair as the ball was locked in a scrap all quarter as we only managed two goals with the wind to extend our lead to 15-points at the final break. While Albert Park got a big gee up from their coach about how “piss-weak” we were and “always second to the ball”, our boys focused on what we do well – beating other teams at their own game and overrunning them. Again, Bryce Dowler was influential down forward as he put through a couple early goals to get the game well and truly on our terms and from there, we just kept our foot on their throat.

Will Lowry and Tom Whelan were instrumental off half back using the ball well kicking into the wind. Despite carrying an injury Ernie Fan bullied his way through the contest to make sure we maintained possession, while Damon Guy and Adrian Marulli started to get reward for their hard work down back all day. We ended up running away with the game to win by 52-points but what really took the wind out of Albert Park’s sails was when Tom Whelan buried a poor bloke in the middle of Ian Johnson Oval as they collided, Wheels spoilt the pill and jogged off while the other bloke lay there motionless and in tatters.

A hard-fought win to be proud of and a rare win in the VAFA clash jumper helps us move to the top of the ladder at 8-1. Next week we take on the 4th placed Masala in a triple header at Tony Sheehan Oval and our first 4:00 p.m. game of the season.

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It was a beautiful morning in Carnegie for the Senior Women to take on Glen Eira for what they knew would be a tough contest. The Trober women were up for the fight and they showed that with the first clearance and inside 50 of the game. The tackling pressure was high from every team member throughout the whole game with Elise Freeman and Teresa D’Angelo leading from the front.

Tayla Dando had her best game of the year and played through the midfield which gave us extra effort, voice and tackle pressure around the ball. Jess Lowry was superb in the ruck, mitigating the impact her opposition player had on the game. Ellen Brasier and Steph Castagnini continued their form in holding up strong in the backline despite how often the ball was coming in.

The effort was high all day and we were desperate to get on the scoreboard with a goal and Casta was able to slot 2 goals in quick succession during the last quarter.

Unfortunately, the Trober women went down but should be proud of their four-quarter effort.

Thank you to the many supporters who were there to cheer on the Trober women and we look forward to taking on Power House next week at home and hopefully get our second win for the season.

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The Reserves were off to Albert Park to take on the Falcons in this Top of the Table Clash.

Our Skipper Jordy “Jobba” O’Brien won the toss and La Trobe kicked with the breeze in the first quarter. The boys had their opportunities but were unable to convert in front of the big sticks, kicking 1.4 for the quarter. Martin “Ginnis” Grinter kicked truly for our first goal as Albert Park went into quarter-time with a 10-point advantage.

The second term saw Albert Park in full attack mode with the breeze, Mark “Mobla” O’Brien, Lachlan Miller and Jacob Shelley would defend valiantly and keep Albert Park to just 3 goals for the term. The Falcons would head into half-time leading by 29 points.

After half-time it was more of the same from Albert Park with La Trobe unable to get any real run or flow with our ball movement. Luke Nelson and Angus Tickner battled hard in the midfield but the high pressure of Albert Park made it very hard for our boys to get on top. The home team would slot another 3 goals to lead us by 47 points at ¾ time.

The final term started positively with La Trobe kicking the first goal via our Skipper Jobba, but unfortunately that would be the end of our scoring for the day. Albert Park would continue their strong ball-movement, our defence did their best but were worn down by force of numbers. Coach Mick Correnti would give Cam “Sugar” Marcroft a run in the ruck in the final quarter, and the big fella would battle away for the quarter winning a few taps and being able to halve most contests. Albert Park finished with a 58-point win.

Not the best days for the Trobers, but we will lick our wounds, learn a few lessons and bounce back against Masala next week.

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