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Returning to Ross Gregory Oval (or the only Albert Park oval with grass on it) for the first time since 2017 with a very different looking side, including six new faces this season and four senior debutants. Patrick Mulvahill returned to the seniors, while Paddy Carroll also returned for his second senior game after making his senior debut back in 2015. Cam ‘Suga’ Marcroft, a club favourite, made a highly anticipated debut in the seniors after his massive pre-season and a dominant season in the reserves so far this season. First-year players Harry Taylor, Jacob Cassells and Josh Ioannidis also earnt the right to their senior debuts.

After three years at the helm our captain Andy Castles has jetted off to the warm summers in Europe, handing the reins over the Pat ‘Uncle’ Lindsay to captain the boys for the rest of the season. And Uncle did not disappoint, leading by example with a Trober best on ground performance in his first game as skipper!

The first quarter had our boys showing a lot of fight, with an emphasis on tackling strong they were on level playing terms in all areas except the scoreboard with just the sole goal kicker in Ben Vicary, who was solid all day in the mid and down back when needed. Ernie Fan set the tone with his low, hard attack on the footy from the opening bounce and collecting a few victims on the way! After trailing by 19 points at the first break, our mids continued to battle hard in the middle but Power House’s surge football eventually broke the game open with the ball spending most of the time in their forward half.

Jacob Cassells and Harry Taylor provided us utility options, and both cracked in hard all day on debut. Unable to score and needing a spark across half forward, Jacob Assemani went to centre half forward with himself and Luke Nelson giving us the spark we needed forward of the ball to generate forward 50 entries. While Pat Lindsay came out swinging laying consecutive bone-crunching tackles in the opening minute of the half. With the soft touch from caretaker coach Matt Ogle, Sam Benetti-Baker was able to extract the ball in the contest to give us some chances going forward. Paddy Carroll and Cam ‘Suga’ Marcroft both registered their first senior goals in the second half, while Sam ‘Scooba’ O’Donnell was clean around the ground all day on the wing.

Adrian Marulli was again massive for us with another tagging role, completely shutting down their most damaging mid/forward while beating him in contest getting plenty of his own footy. The scoreboard might not have reflected so, but our boys fought hard all day with a performance that they can be proud of with so many players unavailable this weekend.

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A 50 minute drive out east and another cold morning for the girls matched up against Whitefriars.

It was a huge day with much excitement as co-captain Kate Bond returned to football after missing since Round 3! As expected, she didn’t look like she skipped a beat despite playing forward to ease her way into the game. Her running efforts and pressure in the forward 50 saw her on the end of a perfectly executed handball by Eve Conlan to run into an open goal. And she loved the double cobra celebration! Welcome back, Bondy!
Sam Greene dusted the cobwebs off her boots and named herself to play, coming out of retirement to help with numbers over the Uni holidays. Sammy wanted a bit of “me-time” and shuffled some magnets around the board to put herself in a midfield rotation. That’s NOT autocorrect – MIDFIELD! 12 years of footy and Sam finally got to see what the centre square looks like. Reports are she’s pulling up a little sore after laying her first tackle in 12 seasons!
Teresa ‘Swifty’ D’Angelo earned herself the shit shirt on a silver platter by thinking she had a perfect clearance only to find out it was in the wrong direction. She blamed nightshift after being up for 20 hours straight by that point!
Steph Castagnini continues her strong form by earning La Trobe’s BOG performance. Blink and you’d miss her. One second she was in defence and the next she’s up the other end helping move it forward. Working tirelessly and providing good leadership all over the ground.
Issie Allison-Reyke and Ineka Hart worked together in the ruck in absence of JLO and performed the role well by evening up the ruck contest all game. Grace Molloy was as trusty as ever out on the wing marking everything that came her way. Megan Phillips played her best game yet in the red and black taking a couple crucial marks and hitting targets.
Jocelyn Yew, Amanda ‘Schooner’ Olschyna and Issie Warrillow all had the task to tag their two best midfielders and wore them like a glove.
The girls look to reset this week and take on Parkside in a twilight game for Indigenous Round during NAIDOC Week.

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The Uni Holidays continued to wreak havoc on selection as we had another large group of players unavailable for this week’s clash with Power House. We put the call out to the Trobers past players base and had a number of players put their hands up to help out, some even brought some mates with them.

Among those to volunteer were former Skipper Jordy ‘Jobba’ O’Brien, Ben Jackson, Liam Badkin and Matthew ‘Dutchy’ Velthuis (who also brought along 3 mates). Consistent performer Jacob Cassells was absent due to making his senior debut, but he brought along a mate to fill his spot in the side, thanks Lachlan Moon. Josh Rogerson also called in some favours and brought along his mate Jack Collins.

The boys struggled for the first half as we did our best to find some cohesiveness and the best set-up with so many new players in the side. Jackson Haigh took on the ruck duties for the day, and would carry the load for all four quarters, never letting up and fighting hard to the final siren. Lachlan Pike found himself in the midfield, and played his best game for the club, getting in and under nearly every pack, constantly harassing and tackling the opposition at every opportunity.

A bloke who started out as “fill-in” player that has now played enough games I think we just class him as one of the boys, Tom Hatty played an important part in the set-up, filling gaps at both ends of the ground where needed. Liam Badkin showed he hasn’t missed a beat since his last game at La Trobe in 2021, slotting into the midfield and battling hard all day winning his share of the footy all over the ground.

Tirian ‘Tiz’ Hillman had a good day out on the wing, working hard up and down the ground helping us gain forward momentum, and sliding back to help the defence when he could. Our reliable back pocket competitor Tate Tregea-Copeland also had battled hard all day and stopped a number of Power House’s attacking movements.

Former skipper ‘Jobba’ showed that no matter how long he has been away he can still sniff a goal, kicking our only major for the day. It was a very tough day at the office, the boys efforts could never be questioned but we were unfortunately out-gunned by a more experienced side.

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