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The Senior Men headed for Kevin Bartlett Reserve to take on Richmond Central in Round 9 after the King’s Birthday long weekend break. The boys were up and about in the first quarter as they kicked with the flukey wind. Our rucks Hugo O’Callaghan and Adam Zimmermann were providing great service for our midfielders including Lachlan Webb, Jonty Randall and Archie Conboy while Adrian Marulli started well after being given the challenge of nullifying their dominant forward. Unfortunately, the home side were ruthlessly efficient kicking four straight for the quarter while we failed to take full advantage posting 1.3 to trail by 15 points at quarter time. Our only goal for the term came from the boot of Jackson Haigh late in the quarter.

Our Trobers made a promising start to the second quarter as much of the play was between the arcs with Huges and Zimma getting their hands on the ball but on the wrong end of some tough calls by the officials. Our back 6 led by Adro, captain Connor McCredden, James Toomey and Lachy Randall were holding up well before Richmond Central scored the opening major for the term after nearly 10 minutes and followed with another shortly after to stretch their lead to 27 points before Jacko kicked his second goal. The home side were running in numbers, cleaner by hand and foot and providing their forwards with plenty of scoring opportunities as they added 5.4 for the quarter to take full advantage of the wind and open up a significant gap at the main break – Richmond Central by 7 goals.

Coach Andy Castles wanted the team to provide more run and carry, quicker ball movement, overlap and more inside 50 entries to give our forwards goal scoring opportunities. The team responded with a much-improved quarter outscoring the home team as forward Tate Spiteri added 3 goals for the quarter. A number of missed La Trobe opportunities saw the home team still hold a significant lead at the final break but our Trobers were determined to finish strongly and run out the game in the fourth quarter.

The final term saw a large number of stoppages and limited scoring as each side managed just 1.3 with Archie Conboy our sole goal scorer for the term. It was a better second half by our lads but much of the damage was done before the main break.

Best players went to Lachlan Webb, Archie Conboy, Adrian Marulli, Jonty Randall, Lachy Randall and James Toomey.

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The women entered Round 9 not knowing what to expect as they took on Brunswick who came down from Division 1 after the reshuffle in Round 4. The women travelled to the large and rather hilly Gillon Oval for the match which didn’t start until midday.

The women got off to a relatively positive start in the first quarter with the always reliable Kate “Bondy” Bond getting the first goal on the board for the day. Courtney “Court” Donoghue started the game extremely strong down back, stopping multiple goals from crossing the line. This was supported by Kaitlyn “The General” Ritchie once she was moved back from the forward line, she even bought out the infamous Ritchie knee slide.

Charlotte “Char” Croome ran hard through the midfield for the majority of the day, at one point sprinting all the way up the hill and then all the way down the other side to get to the opposition’s forward 50 and stop a goal from occurring. Char then finished the game down in the backline where she sometimes forgot she wasn’t in the middle anymore and her response to being reminded was “Oh f*ck!” as she runs back to her opponent.

A clinic was put on by Mikayla “Mik” D’Angelo all day as she dominated in the midfield. Rumours are that she was salty about not getting in the best in the previous game against Parkside so channelled this anger and determination on the field. Megan “Meg” Phillips secured her first goal for the year, kicking a much-needed goal in the second quarter to give the women a 5-point lead heading into half time.

Issie Warrillow played another great game down back after getting the “all clear” from her physio to return to footy during the week (she’s played the last 2 weeks). Coach Sam Greene regards her as the pest, in the best possible way of course, as she will never let her opponent get more than 1 step away from her and has the arm bar up all day long. Vice-Captain Jess “JLo” Lowry had a long yet dominant day in the ruck, pulling out her best performance for the year after attending the Greene Rucking School throughout the week.

Overall, the women played a strong game against the new kids on the block and were able to secure a 2-point win over Brunswick, 19-17. Best players went to Makayla D’Angelo, Courtney Donoghue, Jessica Lowry, Kaitlyn Ritchie, Kate Bond and Ellen Brasier.

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After a week off thanks to VAFA league wide King’s Birthday bye, The Midday Show headed to Kevin Bartlett Reserve to take on the top of the ladder Richmond Central Snakes.

The team welcomed back Cal Randell, who had been sidelined with injury, Cal would mark strongly and kick truly to open our account. Ben “The Code” Morse picked up where he left off last game, thanks to some great roving, and turn of pace, slotting a goal on the run. Some great work from the back 6 and intense pressure across the ground saw us going into the quarter-time break only slightly behind.

The start of the 2nd quarter saw La Trobe continue to bring the pressure, doing our best to match Richmond Central all across the ground. Unfortunately, some miscommunication down back saw our defence struggle to hold off the Snakes in the second term. La Trobe went into half-time with some work to be done.

The message at half-time from the Coach was to tighten up down back and to lift our intensity back to the levels we had reached in the first term. Some injuries, and a need for a spark, saw some magnets getting moved around for the 2nd half.

Luke Vaughan found himself in the midfield and taking advantage of the extra time around the ball to slot himself a goal. Mitch Collins also got reward for some hard work in our forward half kicking himself a major. Cal Randell took another strong contested mark and kicked a check-side goal. Due to injury Ryan Cole found himself one out in the ruck and battled hard all across the ground, taking it to his more experienced opponent.

The final term saw the back 6 start off strong with Mark “Mobbla” O’Brien taking a number of intercept marks and starting many a forward drive. The midfield continued to fight hard with Aaron Smale and Sam Marasco-Liddell, who had spent the first half in the back half getting the best of his opponent, winning some good old fashioned hard contested footy across the ground. Lachlan Pike finished his strong day in the midfield sneaking forward and kicking our only goal for the quarter. As we started to run out of legs Richmond took advantage and kicked a number of late goals to extend the winning margin to 59 points.

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