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Another big game and another great win for our senior men as they knock off 4th placed Masala comfortably to take their winning streak to five games. Despite several forced changes this week, including Lachlan Miller, Mark O’Brien, and Paddy McCormack returning to senior footy and Angus Tickner and Luke Nelson making their senior debuts, our boys didn’t look like skipping a beat from the get-go.

Kicking with the breeze in the first term we quickly added scoreboard pressure with a five to one goal start which included three majors for Riley Alexander. Archie Conboy got off to a fast start and finished off in front of goal, while Riley Keath was the barometer for pressure around the ground. The second term we were able to maintain control of the game and extend our lead to 45 points at the main break. Debutant Luke Nelson showed he didn’t look out of place at senior level with a big bone crunching tackle on the wing.

In the second half our boys maintained the pressure and controlled the entire four quarters of footy. Sam Benetti-Baker was at his dominate best in his new white boots, while Riley Keath dominated the ruck and drifted forward to snag a couple. Charlie Scanlon, in the absence of Bryce Dowler, managed to hit the scoreboard for the first time this season and was also pivotal with his ruck work. Ben Vicary and Tyler Costa hunted the footy all day and found plenty of it. Again, it was a strong team performance with 22 contributors across the park.

Our men’s sides now have a two-week break before returning to Tony Sheehan Oval on July 23 for Past Players, Parents and Supporters Day!

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The Senior Women opened a triple header at Tony Sheehan Oval, taking on Power House in what was bound to be a competitive game and a great opportunity to get a win on the board for the first time since Round 2.

The vibes were high and so was the intensity from the first bounce, getting the first clearance out of the middle. Steph Castagnini, who has been damaging in her new position in the forward line, kicked the opening goal early in the first quarter.

Teresa D’Angelo continued her stellar form with a “best on” performance. Swifty was the clearance queen for the day, getting everything out of the stoppages and bringing the ball forward. She made things happen around goal when she rested forward, as well as converting one of her own.

Kate Bond played an incredible game yet again, proving her footy smarts around the ground and with the footy; sidestepping her opponents and knowing what to do with the pill including slotting 3 goals. Her highlight of the day is the selfless play running into an open goal square and handballing over the top to give first year player Megan Phillips an open shot at goal. And what a goal it was! Congratulations on your first goal Megan!

The other goal scorers included Sophie Rodier who was back in for her first game since Round 4, Courtney Donoghue and Jasmine Smith.

Sherise Scicluna and Ellen Brasier are starting to combine nicely as the twin towers down back with improving chemistry in playing together. Jasmine Smith and Molly O’Brien continue to be consistent and are having a great first year at Trober town. Jocelyn Yew played a great game on the wing with the highlight being the running bounce on the wing and side step of two opponents to get the ball moving forward.

After a player review two weeks ago, one of the biggest goals was to “beat Power House”. With determination and grit, the women came away with a fantastic 50-point win with an overall team effort!

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Due to a triple header at Tony Sheehan Oval ‘The Midday Show’ was moved to the later timeslot of 1.40 p.m. to take on third placed Masala.

The Trobers won the toss and kicked with the breeze in the first term, and took full advantage, getting on top through the mid-field and hitting the score board with our skipper Jordy “Jobba” O’Brien kicking 2, as well as Patrick “Mulva” Mulvahill and Jake Ellett also kicking truly. All whilst keeping Masala scoreless for the quarter, thanks to the great pressure we applied all over the ground led by Simon “Diesel” Rathbone in his first game for the year.

Masala took this dominance as you would expect them to and decided to try their hand at MMA instead and fared about as well at that as they did at playing footy. Note to the reader – don’t make Andy Devine angry, you won’t like him when he’s angry! Trobers went into quarter time with a 28-point lead.

The second term was much the same from the Trobers, not letting kicking into the breeze stifle their attacking play and would continue to attack the goal face. Jobba would add another 2, Mulva would kick his second, Josh Horder and Martin “Ginnis” Grinter would also kick snags. The back six would hold strong again led by the attacking play of Joey De Angelis and Jacob Shelley. Our Trobers went into half-time leading by 52 points.

Coach Mick Correnti implored the boys to not take their foot off the gas in the second half, and they did not, adding another 6.4 for the third quarter. Jobba slotted another 2, and the boys shared the pill around which saw Hords and Ginnis each kick their second, Shelley would sneak forward to slot one and Big Benny Jackson would sell some candy before he kicked truly. Trobers entered the break with an 85-point lead.

The final term would see the Masala ump do his best to even up the result, but much to his disappointment he couldn’t hand out enough 50 metre penalties to get them back in the game. James Toomey would continue to prowl the big wings of Tony Sheehan Oval in what the coach would say was “his best game for the club”. Jobba would kick 4 goals to give him 10 for the game, and showing why he is the comp’s top forward, Brendan “Plow” Plowman would take a rest from his work in the ruck to kick himself a goal. The Trobers finished the game with a 95-point victory.

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