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The Senior Men went into Round 9 welcoming back Sam Benetti-Baker, Connor McCredden, Nathan Richardson, and Liam Walsh but missing the Big Fella Matt Ogle, key defender Tom Whelan and key mid Archie Conboy. A strong breeze favoured the Burwood Road end at St James Park with Swinburne having first crack at what would obviously be the scoring end. Coach Ricky Nolan’s pre-game message was based around a great opportunity to get back on the winner’s list and gaining reward for the effort put in throughout the season.

The Trobers midfield and back 6 held The Razorbacks to 4 majors in the first term with every player cracking in and stand-in ruckman Hugo O’Callaghan providing great service for our on-ballers. Unfortunately, the clearance specialist Lachlan ‘Webjet’ Webb copped a heavy knock to the left jaw and that was it for his day. It was the Trobers’ turn with the wind in the second term and they responded with an avalanche of goals (and points!) Dom Tracy snagged the first, Bryce Dowler the next, followed by the first of 3 for the quarter to Tate Spiteri before BOG Darcy Thorn added two of his own to give our lads a 24 point lead at the main break.

Our rooms were abuzz at half time ahead of what would be a crucial third term and the chance to set up our second win for the season. Swinburne came out as expected, but were inaccurate in the windy conditions adding 3 behinds before kicking the first of 4 goals for the quarter. La Trobe managed 2 points into the wind and were trailing by 7 points heading into the final quarter.

Classy midfielder Jacob Assemani kicked truly early in the final term to tie the scores before Thorny slotted his third and Spitta his fourth before Swinburne were gifted their only goal for the quarter which cut the final margin to 11 points. The team and coach sung the song with gusto in the rooms after the game and enjoying the win and reward for effort.

Everyone at the club wishes Webby a speedy recovery after learning he has a fractured jaw, with surgery and a plate inserted Sunday morning. Hopefully released from hospital on Monday morning and heading home to Cootamundra to recover during the uni holidays.

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Despite the sun shining through on a crisp morning, the 150km/h gale-force winds and the subsequent minus 10 degree chill meant it was going to be a 2-quarter game for both sides and it was all about who could capitalise whilst kicking with the wind.

The Trobers kicked with the wind to start the game and 2023 newcomer Helena Katsios got on the board midway through the first quarter by getting on the end of a hack kick forward and kicked a beautiful snap around her body. This obviously gave ‘H’ a bit of confidence after the game publicly announcing she is after Coach Greene’s “record”; after Sammy cheekily asked which record she’s after, ‘H’ stated her goal-kicking record. Well … 2 goals down, 324 to go, ‘H’!

Oakleigh dominated the second quarter by kicking 3.3 to the Trobers no score. This lead proved too difficult for the girls to overcome.

Jess Lowry (JLO) continued her strong form for the year. The extra height of the oppositions’ ruck played no part in deviating JLO‘s tap down to her mids.

We welcomed back Jocelyn Yew from injury who was very quickly tasked to her tagging role on one of their damaging mids who was not seen afterwards. Yewy’s highlight from the game was three quick efforts of smothering two kicks in our defensive 50 and then getting onto the third attempted kick at goal and clearing it out. Three goal saving efforts from our little gun!

Molly O’Brien again put her fitness on display by being here, there and everywhere and getting to every contest. Coach Greene mentioning the midfield group after the game stating, “it was not a game I would’ve wanted to play as a midfield group” – Is there any day/game that you’d want to play midfield though Sammy?

Kaitlyn Ritchie showcased her versatile abilities by playing forward and back but particularly stood out when she played down back, reading the ball in the air super well and intercepting anything in her direction.

This week the girls return to a full week on the track and look forward to a triple header at home this weekend with their next game against AJAX.

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The Midday Show was on the road as we headed to St James Park in Hawthorn to take on The Razorbacks. We welcomed back co-captain Angus Tickner, who had been out for a month with a hamstring injury, not a great start for Tick as Swinburne won the toss and kicked with a 4 to 5 goal breeze.

The Piggies got off to a strong start, taking full advantage of the strong breeze to kick 5 goals for the quarter. The Big Fella Cam ‘Suga’ Marcroft was getting first hand on it in the ruck and enable us to make some good forward movement against the breeze. The main beneficiary of this work was Naz Oliyath who scored against the flow, to give us our only goal for the quarter. Swinburne led by 27 points at the quarter-time break.

The message out of the quarter-time huddle was to play with aggression and move the ball forward quickly and as deeply as possible. And the boys obliged with the midfield, led by Sam O’Donnell, getting good use from the ruckman’s hard work, resulting in an increase in forward entries allowing the Trobers to hit the scoreboard more regularly. Naz kicked his second, and Jackson Haigh and Jacob Cassells added their first for the day. The defence held strong as we kept Swinburne scoreless for the quarter. At half-time the Trobers trailed by just 5 points.

The half-time break saw La Trobe coach Mick Correnti move the magnets around, as Jackson Haigh and Tom Hatty went down back to bulk up the defence with some extra height. The message for the quarter was to get in first, tackle hard when you don’t and hold up Swinburne’s run at every opportunity. It started in the middle as Connor Burns, Jacob Cassells and Co set the tone making life very difficult for The Razorbacks’ on-ball brigade. The backline held strong only allowing one major for the term, this was counteracted by Naz, who kicked another against the breeze to give him 3 for the game. La Trobe went into three-quarter time down by 9 pts.

The word out of the huddle was to move the ball aggressively and towards our forward 50 at every opportunity. Jayden Jacobson played what may be his best game for the club, cleaning up any loose pills out on the wing and using attacking handball to bring his teammates into the game. The backline held Swinburne scoreless kicking into the breeze to help shore up the result.

Jackson Haigh was moved back into the forward line, where he kicked 2 goals to help cement a fantastic come from behind La Trobe victory!

A great four quarter effort from the boys, with Naz’s two goals into the breeze proving to be the difference in a hotly fought contest.

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