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A shout out to Bailey Walsh who suffered a severe concussion during the first quarter and was not at all well before been taken off to hospital. Best wishes for your recovery young Walshy and take the time to get well and recover!

The on-going theme of injury and unavailability meant the opportunity for Luke Vaughan to make his senior debut and additional responsibility thrust onto other players as we faced Swinburne University, a team we have accounted for in recent seasons – including our come from behind win in the 2022 Grand Final. Coach Andy Castles was unable to come up after last week’s bruising encounter so he was also sidelined for this important game and coaching from the pine.

Our lads started well and matched the visitors for the first half of the opening term with our mids Lachlan Webb, Jonty Randall and Sam Benetti-Baker providing plenty of forward momentum. Connor McCredden and Nick Simons had the back 6 organised however, the Piggies added some late goals to lead by 8 points at the quarter time break. Swinburne had the wind advantage in the second term but we managed to restrict their scoring opportunities and limit their advantage to 13 points at the half.

The third quarter saw the visitors take control of the game as they added 4.6 with the wind to open up a 29-point lead at the final break. Our lads had a red hot go and while winning the quarter, inaccuracy cost them any chance of another come from behind victory as the added 2.5 to Swinburne’s solitary goal for the term. At the final siren the visitor’s had prevailed by exactly 3 goals.

Jonty Randall, Darcy Thorn, Lachlan Webb, Liam Walsh, Ruben Cottee and Adam Zimmermann were named in the best players. In Round 7 we have a big challenge against North Brunswick on their home deck and with some key player due to return you can be assured the lads will be giving it a real crack!

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Round 6 saw the women host Box Hill North on Tony Sheehan Oval. The women welcomed back skipper Teresa “Swifty” D’Angelo into the side, who was a late in after getting the all clear with her knee. In a must win match to secure their spot in the top 4, the Trober girls were able to hang on in the last quarter and come home with the 4 points.

The first quarter saw the women come out of the gates strongly kicking 3 goals straight to Box Hill North’s zero, with Swifty, Grace “Gracie” Molloy and Kate “Bondy” Bond all kicking one each for the quarter.

With a free kick being awarded to the visitors due to some rouge La Trobe waterboys lurking on the field, the Trober girls weren’t in the good books with the umpires which threw them off their game a little bit. Taking some time to adjust, the Box Hill North girls were able to take advantage and add a few scores to the scoreboard making the backline, led by gatekeeper Kaitlyn Ritchie, have to work super hard to hold up the opposition’s scoring. A much-needed goal from full forward Ineka “Harty” Hart in the third meant that the Trober girls were able to keep their head above water and go into the 4th with a slight lead.

The final quarter saw strategies kick in and the women enter full defensive mode with Bondy starting down back as an extra defensive player. We then saw a few extras head down back also in what turned into a massive effort to hold up all scoring efforts.

Harty held up the forwards in the last when she took on about 6 opposition players and played some kick to kick with herself down the boundary line to gain some territory forward.

The Trobers scrapped through the game with a 3-point win, 26-23, which sees them move up into second position on the ladder!! They now prep for a big game next week where they will take on ladder leaders Therry Penola in what is set to be a showdown.

Best players for the day went to Jess Lowry, Kaitlyn Ritchie, Grace Molloy, Yasmine Budic, Terese D’Angelo and Eve Conlan.

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The Midday Show again saw several changes as injury and unavailability plagued our men’s squads across the Seniors and Reserves. However, it brought about the opportunity for two more Trobers to make their debuts in red and black. Sam Bradley and Sam Marasco-Liddell got their first chance to step out on the hallowed turf of Tony Sheehan Oval with the boys and we welcomed Sam O’Donnell back to Trober Town. The boys had been hyped up all week about taking on Swinburne Uni, with quite a rivalry having been built in recent times and with Harry Baker finally celebrating his 50th game for the club!

The game started at a frantic pace, as both teams traded blows early in the contest. Two early goals to the returning Austin Bennett gave the Trobers the early ascendancy. A tight second term followed as the game started to become a bit of a stalemate. Going into the half-time break, we were down by just two points, 34 – 32. The second half started just the way the first had finished, with repeated stoppages and ferocious tackling pressure on display all day from the boys.

In one of our tightest contests for a while, the boys held a two-point lead with 10 minutes to play before defending for their lives to hold onto the lead and secure a thrilling two-point victory. The effort from all the boys was unbelievable and it will go down as one of our best wins.

Austin Bennett, Finlay Stewart, Cameron Marcroft, Ben Freeman, Harry Baker and Connor Burns were the best players in the win.

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