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In what could only be described as a dirty day, the Trobers got pretty convincingly handled by a strong Wattle Park outfit on their home deck, Bennettswood Sports Ground in Burwood. After a tight first 10 minutes The Animals kicked away with a 10-minute flurry of goals.
Unfortunately, this was the pattern for the day with the home team having 10-minute patches of dominance with the rest of the game being a decent tussle. What this does say is that there are positives there for La Trobe, but we need to be better at closing down our opposition and absorbing their pressure. In this division, the good teams will seize on any error and punish you on the scoreboard.
Better players for the day included Matt Ogle, who was huge as per usual, in size and performance while Lachie Webb busted his prune all day and in the process (accidentally) busted the elbow of his opponent with a brutal and inspiring run down tackle.
The Human CannonballErnie Fan applied relentless pressure in the forward half and was rewarded with a brace of goals. Connor McCredden and Adrian Marulli busted their gut in defence before Adro was moved forward in the second half and helped himself to a couple of sausage rolls. ‘UnclePat Lindsay slid down back and played very well. We could keep him there and maybe push the electric swingman L. Miller into the forward half – plenty to think about!
Not much else to report to be fair. Back on our home deck this week against Power House.

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It was ANOTHER crisp 7:50 a.m. start over in Burwood this weekend – no mercy from Coach Greene’s timing schedule, even though the entire team was ready to go before she even got there! (Editor: Ouch!)

It was Marleigh Andrews and Tayla Dando’s special day celebrating their 50th game for La Trobe and the precious cargo in a massive (what felt like) 10×10 banner was made by Jocelyn Yew’s banner making committee and transported to the game by Megan Phillips.

First clearance was picture perfect with Teresa ‘Swifty’ D’Angelo getting a hard ball get, flicking it up to KateBondyBond who hits Ineka Hart right where a full forward wants it. This kicked off Harty’s day in what ended as a 5 goal and BOG performance outing.

The girls were challenged for the first time this season by a competitive outfit in Wattle Park and their efforts did not reflect on the scoreboard.

Coach Greene made one of her best coaching moves yet by popping 50th gamers Merl and Dando as dual full forwards in the last quarter . The message was simple: give it to Dando and Merl and the whole team gets around them!

Merl kicked off the goal kicking celebrations by snagging one to remember. Thirty metres out on an angle and her celebration was even better. She was having too much fun as she ended with two goals for the day – almost could’ve been three but was selfless and trying to give it off to her 50 gamer counterpart.

Much to the full back’s despise, Dando got herself on the end of a lace out Bondy kick and slotted it straight through the middle with her family behind the goals recording. This was the last goal of the game, which ended again with every player getting around her.

The girls go 3 and zip for the year with lots of good vibes and energy. A first in many, many years!

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Round 3 saw The Midday Show head to the Bennettswood Sports Ground in the shadows of Deakin University in Burwood.

Injuries and unavailability saw a number of changes from our Round 2 side, amongst those changes we welcomed in Naz Oliyath, Beau Lawrence, and Peter McCrohan for their first games for the club.

The game got off to a quick start with Wattle Park gaining the early advantage with multiple forward entries placing our defence under massive pressure right from the get-go. Mark O’Brien, Patrick Mulvahill and Co defended valiantly all game but eventually the back 6 were overwhelmed by sheer weight of numbers. The returning James Billings kicked our solitary goal for the quarter, La Trobe trailed by 24 points at quarter time.

The second quarter saw La Trobe’s intensity begin to lift with Denis Singh, Angus Tickner, and the midfield leading the way tackling and harassing Wattle Park’s ball carriers all over the ground. Unfortunately, a 5-minute lapse saw The Animals add two more goals and extend their quarter-time lead. Trober debutant Beau Lawrence was able to run forward and slot his first major for the club. Half-time saw La Trobe trailing by 36 points.

The half-time message from Coach Mick Correnti was focused on the team lifting the tackling pressure around the contest and trying to slow down Wattle Park’s run. Cam ‘Sugar’ Marcroft continued to battle away in the ruck, as well as being a marking option across the ground. Our ball movement from down back and through the midfield improved, but our forward entries needed some work and made it extremely hard for the forwards to take full advantage. Paddy Carroll slotted our lone goal for the quarter with the home side extending their lead to 54 points at three-quarter time.

The final term would see injuries begin to take their toll as the Trobers were down to one fit player on the bench. The last quarter saw Connor Burns continue his solid four-quarter performance, as he was moved from the forward-line to the wing and help La Trobe gain some effective run and carry through the midfield. One player to take advantage of some of the forward movement was Naz Oliyath, who was not only playing his first game for La Trobe but his first game of football ever! Naz, who had spent the day in the forward half, showed a natural ability to find himself in the right spot at the right time, and was reward for his efforts in the final term kicking our only goal for the term – and his first goal in football ever!

Wattle Park ran out 98-point winners. The Midday Show, whilst soundly beaten on the day, refused to lower their colours and fought out the four quarters as best they could, but were just unable to stand up to the constant tsunami of run and attack from The Animals.

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