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It was ugly, VERY UGLY, but a welcome win nonetheless. With 7 enforced changes to this week’s lineup the lads acknowledged Austin Bennett, Jack Miller and Xavier Scott for their first senior Trober game and welcomed the return of Jade Russell, Luke Nelson, Kane Newby and veteran Mark O’Brien. The Trobers had the advantage of a light breeze favouring the sports centre end in the first term and were able to hit the scoreboard early in the quarter thanks to Tate Spiteri and Andy Castles. Clearance specialist Lachlan Webb added a third but some inaccurate kicking saw the quarter time lead at just 15 points.

Chadstone were up and about early in the second term while the home side were finding it hard to get going into the wind. The visitors had added 3 goals before Kane Newby kicked truly to regain the lead and Ace added his second major to extend our lead. A late goal to the Demons trimmed the margin to just 2 points at the main break.

Our Trobers needed to come out firing in the third term and build their lead with the aid of the wind but it was Chadstone who hit the lead early in the quarter. Spitta got us back in front and Ace kicked his third before Tirian Hillman and Jade Russell kicked their majors to stretch the lead to 20 points. Another red time goal to the visitors cut the Trobers’ lead to 14 points at the three-quarter time break.

Both teams were looking to take the win and it was Chadstone with 2 early goals and now within 2 points as the game tightened considerably in the opening minutes of the final quarter. Spitta added his third, and what was to be the final goal of the game as both teams struggled to move the ball with any degree of precision. The big ground had taken its toll and fatigue led to a scrappy affair with plenty of stoppages throughout the quarter. Our back 6 were under enormous pressure but captain Connor McCredden, first gamer Xavier Scott and James Toomey held fast and provided plenty of rebound from our back half.

At the final siren the lads had achieved a gutsy win in what some had predicted would be a danger game. Lachlan Webb, Connor McCredden, Luke Nelson, James Toomey, Jonty Randall and Adam Zimmermann were named in the best players. In Round 6 we host Swinburne University at home with a big week on the track needed to sharpen up for this important game!

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Round 5 was an exciting one for the La Trobe women as they saw Kate “Bondy” Bond make a return to the side after a frustrating knee injury that has seen her sidelined for a period of time. The side made the trip into the Melbourne Zoo to take on the undefeated ladder leaders UHS-VU at Bren’s Oval in Parkville.

The Trober girls started the game very strongly kicking 3 goals straight in the first quarter, with Ineka “Harty” Hart, Jocelyn “Joce” Yew and Bondy all opening their accounts for the day.

Yasmine “Yas” Budic and Ella Lauritsen both had a field day running through the middle all day long, finding the ball in their hands time and time again. The pair, along with Mikayla “Mik” D’Angelo and Charlotte “Char” Croome teamed well with ruck Jess “JLo” Lowry to create clearances all day long.

Strong form continued for both Harty and Joce as they finished with 3 goals each for the day. Molly Stewart and Bondy also both found the middle of the sticks a couple times throughout the day, slotting 2 majors each.

The back line, lead by Courtney “Court” Donoghue and Kaitlyn Ritchie, was almost unbeatable all day, holding UHS to only 7 points. Ritchie showed great desperation all day when, despite leading by 60 points, she still put her body on the line to dive on a dribbling ball right on the goal line.

After the game, Coach Sam Greene made comment that there were no real stand out players for the day as everyone had a really strong performance and it was a real team effort, making her job of choosing best players a difficult one!

The women finished the pearla day off with a 59-point win over UHS-VU, 7-66, with a quote coming straight from the opposition team, “They’re just too good!”

Best players for the day went to Yasmine Budic, Kaitlyn Ritchie, Molly Stewart, Makayla D’Angelo, Grace Molloy and Jessica Lowry.

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The Midday Show was back at Tony Sheehan Oval for our Round 5 clash with Chadstone. A number of injuries and unavailability issues across both the Senior and Reserves sides, saw the 2s run out with a team that featured 15 changes, including 3 debutants, from the previous week’s team that played against Box Hill North. The 3 debutants were Dylan Mitchell, Vijay Nadimpally and Lachie Straney. Welcome to Trober Town boys.

The less said about this game the better as it was a bit of an arm wrestle from the first bounce right through to the final siren. A mix of ball use and a lack of cohesion, due to the large number of changes, saw the game turn into a bit of a slog for the Trober boys. In the end we did enough and secured the 4 points, which is the most important thing. As David Huffer said to me, channelling the late, great Peter O’Donohue, “An ugly win is better than a pretty loss”.

Despite the ugliness of the game there were some highlights from the game. Aaron Smale found himself back in the side after a short stint on the sidelines and brought a furious attack on the contest which sparked the boys in the 2nd term. Our big ruckman Cam “Suga” Marcroft put in another big 4 quarter performance against some much heavier opponents who seemed more intent on just bumping into him than playing the ball.

The debuting Dylan Mitchell set up shop on the vast expanses of the Tony Sheehan Oval wings and was involved in some fantastic plays throughout the day. Despite his short stature and slight frame Dyl had absolutely no qualms putting his body on the line to win the contest. Due to a scheduling conflict the Reserves benefitted from having Ruben Cottee drop down from the Seniors to have a run in the midfield. Roo had the ball on a string early, also slotting one of our two first half goals.

The back six benefited from the return of another player with Senior credentials as Harry Baker returned from a long injury hiatus. Bakes slotted into the back 6 and looked like he’d never left – cutting his way through the Chadstone forwards as he created many clearances out of defence. We look forward to celebrating his long awaited 50th Trober game next week! Another one of the back six who had a good day on the park was Big Ben Carter, who held down full-back and thwarted many Chadstone forward entries with a well-timed fist or intercept mark.

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