Match Reports 2006

Round 3

 at home versus Nth Balwyn

 2nds Report

 LUBC lost 7-9

This weekend saw the LUBC 2nds field a full side with two guys on the bench. Based on the experience and skill contained in the side, it was expected that a win was always on the cards. However, it was not meant to be as Nth Balwyn basically outplayed the LUBC from the shoulders up. Two factors brought about the demise of the team 1. Not adapting big swings for a junk pitcher. 2. Not knowing the basics. La Trobe let themselves down in the batters box by trying to swing for the fence with a junk pitcher on the mound. A number of batters didn't adapt their swings to make sure they made contact later in their swings. This individual and not team focused swinging hampered any chance for the Reds to get back in the game. 

Yet again P. Gillson continues his Purple patch by getting a couple of hits and making it home to score.  He made the pitcher pitch to him and benefited as a result.  A. Small had some rotten luck with clean hits deep into the outfield going straight to the outfielders. The signs are looking good for him to become a regular contributor to the bottom line on game day.  New guy Yoshi who turned up on the Wednesday night pitched a whole game.  Yoshi was made to work a lot harder than he should have with poor defense not backing him up. An interesting situation occurred when Yoshi when up to the plate holding the bat as a left hander.  Nth Balwyn set the field for a LHS and at the last minute Yoshi stepped over the plate and setup to bat at a RH. Rather amusing indeed. La Trobe had a number of opportunities to get back into the game but just couldn't get it together leaving the bases full on two occasions.

All in all with the 2s playing focused team ball they are well and truly expected to be a force this year.

 Many thanks go to Colin Richardson and Michael Perkins who umpired the game!

 Many thanks also to Tim Pratt who scored

 

1s Report

 
LUBC lost 5-2

Slowly but surely the Red machine are improving. This time the significant improvement was in defense. Nth Balwyn were held to one run with only a couple of digs to go. It seemed that La Trobe would hang on to their one run lead and win their first game for the year. However, Nth Bawlyn managed to get a couple of runs towards the end of the game which saw them get over the line with a 3 run win.

Disco Stu continues his purple patch with the bat getting himself a couple of hits. A worrying sign in the score book was that the first 4 batters, 1-4 in the book, provided basically nothing to the bottom line.  Statistically, the top four should be providing the greatest drive in manufacturing runs!! Plenty of room for improvement here.

 As with the year to date, the 1s are playing better than expected and showing great signs that should lead to their first win of the season SOON!

 Many thanks go to Paul Meissner and Peter Traianou who Umpired the game.

 Many thanks to Barbara Wood who scored the game for us.

 
Don't forget that you should not only check up on the scores with the scorers but also make sure that they are well looked after with tea, coffee and biscuits! Especially, on a cold winters day!

 

Round 4

2nds Report

 LUBC won 9-4
 
The seconds are finally hitting their straps at last.  It seems the first 3 official rounds of the season have been the actual pre-season training we should have had!  The most significant difference between this week and last week was the GREAT defense and usage of signals at appropriate moments. 

 
Highlights:

 Jack Callinan's home run to bring in 3 runs.  Great game behind the plate again!

Yoshi  who just had a great all round game.  Starting on the mound and setting up a great start for the team.  Then at third base he made some great throws to first base to make some outs and racked up a number of hits to boot.

In the field P. Gillson took a number of fly balls and one in particular was a freak catch whereby he went the wrong way initially and then at the last moment stuck his shovel out there and took a ripper. 

J. Salanitri closed out the game in style.

G. Morrissey with a HUGE 2 PLUS a great diving catch in shallow right field to close a dig with runners on.

Brilliant safe infield hit over the pitchers head from  Moar to get runners around and himself on base. This after the fact that C. Wilson put the hit and run on him and  the pitch ended up above his head.

P. Meissner, P. Traianou, R Telford got themselves a number of great hits.  

 
The machine is starting to hum in the 2nds and better things are expected to come. Work still needs to be done in turning up on time to make sure a professional warm-up is carried out! Knowing what to do before the ball is pitched.  Always watching for signals and GETTING to training. The only real negative point of the game was Craig Wilson pulling a hamstring when running to first base. The team hopes that he is right after a couple of weeks off. The team wishes him all the best during his recovery (yeah as if!). 

 Next week will be a real test as we face the unbeaten Westgarth who have dropped down from A grade.

 

B Reserves-2006 Final Fixture - Round 4, 13 May 2006

 

Club

P

W

L

D

Bye

For

Ag

Pts

Pct

 

 

1

Forest Hill

3

3

0

 

1

57

5

6

919

2

Westgarth

3

3

0

 

1

32

5

6

865

3

Latrobe Uni

4

2

2

 

 

31

22

4

585

4

Bundoora

4

2

2

 

 

25

52

4

325

5

Waverley

3

1

2

 

1

19

27

2

413

6

North Balwyn

4

1

3

 

 

16

34

2

320

7

Diamond Creek

3

0

3

 

1

9

44

0

170

 

 

 

 

 

 

1s Report

 

 

 

 

 

 LUBC lost 17 - 5

 Extract from 1995 season Annual Report:

First nine: with the loss of 4-5 experienced players from the previous year, the outlook for 95 was rather bleak.  Six weeks into the VWBL season and we were sitting on the bottom of the ladder with little to look forward to.  However as the season progressed to the finals we secured second spot on the ladder, missing out on top spot only by percentage! We played off in the grand final with Forest Hill and went down by three runs. In hindsight the year was by far and away a success with a great deal to look forward to for season 96.

 There is a lot to learn from that experience for the first nine of season 2006 tens years later. There were four current students that made up the first nine back then. The main lesson learned by those members was belief in your own ability!! More to be elaborated on at training!!

 This game was a fight for bottom of the ladder!  Unfortunately for La Trboe it was not to be. The main killer for the side was far too many errors in the field. That allowed Waverly to get off to such a great start.  Also watching third strikes doesn't help.  A good sign for the future was first year player at La Trobe A Small who got himself a couple of hits at bat. We're looking forward to more of it during the year and also hoping that one DAY he'll remember not to forget his clothing on the bench on game day or after training.  I'm sick of having to be your mother!!

 

B Grade-2006 Final Fixture - Round 4, 13 May 2006

 

Club

P

W

L

D

Bye

For

Ag

Pts

Pct

 

 

1

Forest Hill

3

3

0

 

1

24

7

6

774

2

Westgarth

3

2

0

1

1

32

13

5

711

3

North Balwyn

4

2

1

1

 

25

15

5

625

4

Bundoora

4

2

2

 

 

22

31

4

415

5

Diamond Creek

3

1

2

 

1

18

20

2

474

6

Waverley

3

1

2

 

1

19

27

2

413

7

Latrobe Uni

4

0

4

 

 

12

39

0

235

 

 
Next round is against Westgarth and all three sides are playing on the same day with the ones under lights... Come on Trobers... bring it on!!