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Gorgeous conditions blessed Tony Sheehan Oval this week as the Trobers unfurled the 2022 premiership flag in front a solid crowd. There was an element of schadenfreude as our opposition yesterday, Swinburne University, was the team we beat in September last year.

Not only did we want to win on this special occasion, we were also looking to make it three from three for the day – a Trober Trifecta!

Despite that, the boys got off to a grim start conceding five goals to three in the first quarter, with 2 of our goals kicked late during red-time. Swinburne’s inaccurate kicking cost them in the second quarter posting 1.5 from about 100 inside 50s. The back 6 withstood a lot of pressure and without them we may have been cooked.

The third quarter however, was a ‘Trober train of goals, turning a 19 point deficit into a 19 point lead and breaking the Swinburne ticker in the process. The vast spaces of our home deck were taking a toll on the visitors as our lads ran and ran and ran! The last term was a bit of stalemate with one goal apiece as The Piggies were unable use the breeze to bridge the gap. Trobers winning by 21 points on the day we unfurled the flag and celebrated coach Ricky Nolan’s 100th game in the red & black! Ricky was chaired from the ground by captain Andy Castles and assistant coach Matt Ogle (see below).

LukeySilkNelson was special in the forward line, getting more crumbs than a baker’s floor. Darcy Thorn took the piss on the wing gathering a truck load of possessions, with Archie Conboy and LachieWebjetWebb doing plenty of in-and-under and clearance work. ConnorTurtleMcCredden and Rob ‘Tap’ Fawcett didn’t give nay thing away defensively either. Turtle’s family would be well pleased with the result after making the long drive from home, as did many of the players’ families!

A special shout out goes to Jayden ‘JJ’ Jacobson who won the rum toss at the evening’s Stock Exchange event and Gus Tickner who took home the meat tray raffle. He must have had ticket B52 (Editor: aeronautical reference as the winning ticket was F18).

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A crisp 7:50 a.m. on a Saturday morning saw the women out on Tony Sheehan Oval for a team meeting on Coach Samantha Greene’s new timing schedule.

What was poised to be a great day at Trober Town certainly delivered. The women were up first against Preston Bullants in their first ever meeting against each other.

We welcomed back Co-Captains Bondy and Swifty, and almost 50 gamer in Charlotte Croome.

Bondy kicked the scoring day off in usual fashion by slotting her first of the season and the first of the day.

Jess Lowry earned herself a BOG performance by being best afield all day. She was tapping them left, right, centre, rear and all sorts of directions, giving her midfielders first use of the footy almost every ball up.

Ineka Hart and Nat Cappelletti have increased their season tally to 5 goals apiece by Round 2 – looks like these two might be the two to watch on who takes out the goal kicking trophy named after their coach at season’s end?

A highlight of the day was Jocelyn Yew marking the pill 20 metres out in front and slotting it down the middle for her first ever goal as a Trober!!

The backline were as strong as ever, forcing the opposition to kick just 1 goal and 5 behinds. Ellen Brasier led the back 6 well, leading by example sprinting to the goal square with 2 other opposition players on her tail to grab the pill trickling towards goal. She didn’t even force a behind and instead picked it up and switched the kick down the line! Inspiring!

A happy 24 girls and a happy coach celebrated their win and the coach’s birthday afterwards!

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Round 2 saw The Midday Show play their first home game for the year, hosting Swinburne University at Tony Sheehan Oval. The boys were looking to respond after a disappointing result in Round 1.

Due to some injuries from last week, new recruit Hugo O’Callaghan found himself in the ruck, and was dominant, giving our midfielders silver service all day, something our skipper Angus Tickner, and fellow midfielders took full advantage of. Unfortunately, we were a little inaccurate in front of goal, with Paddy Carroll our lone goal kicker for the term. La Trobe led by 1 point at quarter time.

The 2nd quarter saw the Trobers midfield continue to win the stoppage battle, with Sam O’Donnell, Cam McPherson and Harry Taylor racking up the clearances. We continued to have our opportunities up forward, with Tirian Hillman kicking his first goal for the club, Cam McPherson also snuck forward to slot a major. Trobers went into the half-time break with a 14-point lead.

The third term saw La Trobe continue to be a little inaccurate in front of goal but that didn’t stop Hugo O’Callaghan kicking his first for the day, as well as Tirian Hillman and Paddy Carroll add one each to go with their first half goals. The back six, led by Dan Blake and Patrick Mulvahill, held up strong under a Swinburne fightback to allow only 2 goals for the term. La Trobe with an 18-point lead at three quarter time.

Final term saw The Piggies start to become victim to the expansive Tony Sheehan Oval as they began to run out of legs, with James Toomey and Lachie Golder taking full advantage roaming the wings and starting many a foray forward. Inaccuracy continued to hamper the Trobers with only one goal kicked for the term. A reward for his pressure and tackling efforts up forward saw Ernie Fan kick the only major.

A solid four quarter performance saw La Trobe walk away 27-point victors. Plenty of positives from the day, but also room for some improvement giving us some confidence moving forward.

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