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It was the final game of the home & away season as we made the trip down to Dandenong to take on St Johns, the only team to defeat our lads this season. And in what turned out to be yet another unusual day in Trober history, the game was stopped around 10 minutes into the second quarter after Assistant Coach Josh Rogerson was tackled and suffered a double fracture to his lower right leg.

The side was strengthened by the welcomed return of Bryce Dowler, Pat Lindsay, Harry Tanner and Lachlan Webb, while Riley Alexander needed to kick just a single goal to win the Division goalkicking with his co-leader having the bye this week. Our boys started well with centre clearances and inside 50s but it was the home team with the first goal of the game. Our lads responded immediately with The Wiz marking and kicking the first of his 4 goals for the day to secure the goalkicking award – and did the boys get around him to celebrate! Riley and Reserves skipper Jordy O’Brien won their respective goalkicking awards – a great personal achievement for each of these key forwards and perhaps the first time for the Club?

The Trobers were gaining control through the middle with Riley Keath taking on the rucking duties, as Matt Ogle was rested this week. Our midfield bulls Sam Benetti-Baker, Ben Vicary, Harry Tanner, and Archie Conboy were getting on top and providing plenty of inside 50s along with our outside runners Tyler Costa, Lachlan Webb and Darcy Thorn, while the forwards were applying tremendous tackle pressure to lock the ball in our forward half.

Our backs have done a number on every opposition team this season allowing an average of less than 40 points per game, and they were at it again! Tom Whelan, Connor McCredden, Will Lowry, skipper Andy Castles and Rob Fawcett have been the pillars of our defense all season! Their work as a defensive unit – rebounding, spoiling, smothering and intercept marking – has been outstanding!

Goals to Wiz, Keathy and Bryce Dowler saw our lead stretch to 26 points before St Johns kicked a late goal after the siren – Trobers by 20 points at quarter time.

Coach Ricky Nolan’s message at the first break was to maintain the intensity and attack on the ball and not give our opponents a sniff! An early goal to Wiz saw our lead out to 25 points before Josh Rogerson was turned in a tackle which resulted in a double fracture to his lower right leg. With the sound and anguished cry from Rogo, it was obvious this was a very serious injury and the game was stopped immediately. A great call by field umpires Bryan Crowe and Victor Wong which allowed training staff and officials from both teams onto the ground to care for Rogo. With an ambulance called, the trainers and our player/physiotherapists went to work making Rogo as comfortable as possible.

The players went into their huddles and then left the ground as we waited for the ambulance – which made pretty good time given the current demand on our health system. Once Rogo’s leg was stabilised and he was carried from the ground to the ambulance the umpires, coaches and captains made the decision to call the game at around 3.30 p.m.

Not an ideal way to finish the home & away season but our focus turns to preparing for this week’s second semi-final against Swinburne University, a place in the Grand Final and promotion!

The Trobers finish as Minor Premiers with 13 wins, 1 loss and yesterday’s “draw” but it’s now the business end of the season as we prepare for a successful finals campaign!

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‘The Midday Show’ headed to Thomas Carroll Reserve in Dandenong to take on St Johns as the Trobers were looking to secure the 4 points and maintain their momentum heading into finals.

St Johns started strongly and challenged the Trobers through the midfield, but we held up and continued to push forward at every opportunity. Our Trobers started well having 11 shots on goal in the first quarter. Leading from the front, Skipper Jordy “Jobba” O’Brien kicked 4 for the quarter, with Paddy McCormack and Martin “Ginnis” Grinter also slotting majors. La Trobe went into quarter-time with a commanding 40-point lead.

The second quarter saw much of the same with St Johns continuing to challenge the Trobers all over the field but our boys were up to the task led by our ruckman Brendan Plowman, and the midfield combination of Rob “Painy” Pain and Adrian Marulli. Jobba and Paddy kicked another goal each as we took a 47-point lead into the main break.

The third term turned into a bit of an arm-wrestle as the home team threw everything they had at the Trobers. The ball lived between the 50 metre arcs for most of the quarter, with the La Trobe defense, led by Mark “Mobla” O’Brien, repelling every St Johns attempted forward entry. La Trobe only kicked one goal for the quarter, thanks to Mackenzie Mann.

The last quarter saw the Trobers take back control through the middle, with Plow and Paddy continuing their dominance in the ruck, the mids would get first hands on the pill and turn that dominance into plenty of forward opportunities. Andrew Devine would run amok, racking up clearances at will and kicking a goal. James Toomey finished off a solid day out on the wing to continue his good season’s form rolling into finals. Our skipper Jobba kicked another 3 goals to give him 8 for the day, Paddy and Ginnis also slotted majors, to help give La Trobe a 96-point win.

A solid finish to our regular season sees us finish second on the ladder, and sets up a Second Semi Final against Albert Park. Jordy O’Brien’s 8 goals was more than enough to secure the League Goal Kicking Trophy for our skipper. Congratulations Jobba!

On to Finals!!!

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