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On Saturday the Senior Men’s team travelled to Box Hill North in what was set to be close and bruising matchup between the two sides. Coach Andy Castles warned against complacency in his pre-game address adding that the home club had finished second on the ladder last season, had recruited well in the off-season and deserved our respect as an opponent.

The boys started off like a house on fire with 7 goals to 1 thanks to majors to Bryce “Brucey Doull” Dowler, Tate “Spitta” Spiteri (a couple), Andy “Ace” Castles, Jackson “Jacko” Haigh and Hugo “Huges” O’Callaghan. Lachy Randall also kicked his first goal for the club in the first quarter – don’t the backmen love to sneak forward for a sausage roll! The home teams’ attack on the player rather than the ball saw our lads dominate the term and lead by around 6 goals at the first break.

Box Hill North decided to focus more on the ball and controlled the second quarter kicking 6 goals to our 4, but two late goals before half time to Lachlan “Webjet” Webb and Spitta helped the Trobers maintain a 4-goal lead heading into the main break. The third quarter was very even as both sides added 5 goals, including AdamBig Zimma” Zimmermann’s first for the club whilst LiamWalshy” Walsh and Huges both kicked 1 and AC kicked two for the term.

The boys completely ran over the top of Box Hill North in the last quarter kicking a somewhat wasteful 3.7 to the home side’s 3 behinds with the final score ending up 19.14 (128) to 12.8 (80).

AC ended up with 4, Spitta kicked 3, Ernie Fan and Huges 2 apiece and Webjet, Lachy Randall, Brucey, co-captain Connor “Turtle” McCredden, Jacko, Tirian “Tiz” Hillman, Walshy, and Big Zimma kicked 1 each – 12 individual goal kickers! Best players on the day were Turtle, Huges, Webjet, Archie “AAA” Conboy, Jonty “Bull” Randall, and co-captain Sam “BB” Benetti-Baker.

The boys now sit sixth on the ladder and are back on their home deck next week against Chadstone.

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The senior women hosted Old Carey on the home turf of Tony Sheehan Oval in what turned out to be a Round 4 blockbuster! We came into the match with a few late outs and slightly undermanned with just one rotation on the bench which did not phase us at all. Old Carey came streaming out of the blocks in the first quarter really showing us their true physical colours and managed to kick 20 points to our nothing. A bit shaken in our boots, we headed into the quarter time break to regroup and switch on and that we did.

A change up in the second quarter saw Molly “Thug” Stewart head to the centre and take on the 6ft, 200lb Old Cary ruckman and Jess “JLo” Lowry head forward. It took JLo all of two minutes to put that glove into action and get us on the scoreboard with a major. Grace Molloy and Marleigh “Merl” Andrews continued their fine form and were both absolute jets on the wings, applying pressure and hunting the ball all day long. Merl showed her inner beast when she took on 3 players in a tackle, managing to just shrug them all off and burst out of the contest.

Kaitlyn “the GOAT” Ritchie was up to all her tricks again with her two-way running and pressure. She was the gatekeeper of the backline all day long while also pushing up into the forward line to lend a hand when needed. We saw the return of Thara Sar into the side for her first game of the year this week and boy did she supply the goods with her speed and power up forward – and she hit the scoreboard with a goal in the third.

Stewie also found her way back on the score card this week with a cheeky one coming over the back for a somewhat easy run on into goals. Great courage was shown by our littlest Trober girl in Makayla “Mik” D’Angelo when she returned to the ground after almost being decapitated by some Old Carey knees.

Unfortunately, The Trober girls went down by 6 points, 22-28, but were able to switch on and shut Old Carey down after their first quarter performance. Best players on the day went to Molly Stewart, Marleigh Andrews, Grace Molloy, Thara Sar, Kaitlyn Ritchie and Eve Conlan. We look forward to taking on Old Carey again later in the season and redeeming ourselves.

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Round 4 so The Midday Show were on the road as we headed to Elgar Park to take on Box Hill North. As has been the theme this year, we would see a number of changes with another 4 players making their debut for the club. Congratulations to Mitch Collins, Bailey Timms, Brad Collins and Tom Delves on their first game in the Black & Red.

The Trobers started off with a bang as a clean clearance to Austin Bennett saw the ball hitting Mark “Mobbla” O’Brien on the chest, Mobbla kicked truly to give the Trobers its first goal of the day. Unfortunately, that would be our only goal for the first term, as Box Hill North’s extra height around the ground presented a real challenge for the La Trobe defence. Our lads trailed by 25 points at quarter-time.

The second term saw much of the same for the Trobers, as we battled hard to get forward opportunities but were unable to capitalize. The highlight of the term seeing the debuting Mitch Collins kick his first goal for the Trobers. The second term also saw the injury bug start to bite, as a head knock ended Jack Morcom’s day. A 41-point deficit at half-time.

The half-time messaging was for a higher commitment to getting our hands on the football first, “If you have the ball, you can control the game” was the messaging from Coach Mick Correnti. The third term saw the La Trobe side begin to get its hands on the ball with greater frequency and cleanness. La Trobe were able to take advantage and kicked 3 goals for the term. After a slight calf twinge whilst up on the wing, a switch forward looked like a masterstroke as Damon Guy kicked two goals for the term. Harry Russell, in his second game for the club, also kicked his first goal in Black & Red. The Trobers entered three quarter time trailing by 47 points.

The final term saw some more magnets switches due to some boys coping some heavy knocks from their bigger, heavier opponents. One of those switches saw Lachlan Pike join Jade Russell & Co in the midfield. Pikey generated some important clearances helping with our forward movement. Jade continued to provide a strong contest all over the ground, despite starting the term with a 40-metre clearance in the wrong direction, ah the joys of twos footy! Mitch Collins continued his strong debut, getting some reward for his hard work by slotting 3 goals for the term. Fellow debutant Bailey Timms also kicked truly slotting his first goal as a Trober. Our big man in the ruck, Cam “Suga” Marcroft continued his four-quarter battle against his two much larger opponents, as said by the coach post-game “he gave up height, he gave up weight, but the one thing he didn’t give up was heart”. Despite winning the final quarter, the final score saw La Trobe go down by 39 points.

Next week we look forward to getting back on the winning list as we face Chadstone on our home ground at Tony Sheehan Oval.

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