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Scores are tied!


By all accounts it was a cracking affair down at Beaumaris on Saturday with Fitzroy and the home side locked at 82 points each on the final siren.

Some would argue we should have won, some would say Beaumaris had many more shots on goal. It all depends on your perspective (and no doubt the passion for your team).

Writing for The Footy Almanac, Fitzroy’s own no 45 Nick Marshall said the ‘Roys up-and-coming players showed both the immediate and long term future of the Fitzroy Football Club is blindingly bright. Read his account here.

The unstoppable Phil Hill wrote he doesn’t have the command of the English language to do the game justice, but we think he protests too much! Phil said every player in the Fitzroy jumper deserved a mention and showed it is the size of our hearts that matter (at all times probably, but certainly in the absence of some of our taller players). Have a read of Phil’s story here.

Nick also marked the anniversary of Fitzroy’s last AFL game, with his recollections of Fitzroy’s last game in Melbourne against Richmond; the same day he attended his first AFL game at the MCG in 1996. Incredibly on the same anniversary weekend, as if to demonstrate football’s circle of life, he took his nephew to his first AFL game between Melbourne and Brisbane last weekend.

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Stories from the outer - book now for Rotary pre-game lunch


The editors of From the Outer: Footy Like You’ve Never Heard It, will be the headline act at the Rotary Club pre-game lunch on Saturday 28 May.

Leading sports journalist, driving force behind The Footy Almanac writing community and Fitzroy (or is it Geelong?) tragic, John Harms, will interview Nicole Hayes and Alicia Sometimes, who have pulled together a great book of stories about footy told from diverse perspectives.

The newly launched From the Outer “brings together 30 personal stories about Aussie Rules from unexpected voices: those who are female, Indigenous or gay; those with a disability, a foreign accent or even – perhaps most dubious of all – literary leanings.”

Nicole Hayes has a history of writing on football but also young adult fiction, having published several books. Alicia Sometimes is a writer, poet, broadcaster and musician, known for her work on 3RRR and the ABC.

Nicole and Alicia are also behind podcast, The Outer Sanctum, which features interviews with some of football’s biggest names along with special segment, The Melee; their take on the big issues in footy.

The lunch is on Saturday 28 May in the Clifton Hill/North Fitzroy Community Bank Branch Community Rooms beforeFitzroy takes on the Monash Blues. The cost is $40 for main course and cheese platter.

Bookings can be made online.

If you have any other questions, please contact Peter Hille:

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Winning weekend


It was a successful weekend for Fitzroy with strong wins by the senior men’s and women’s teams.

Taking on the more favoured Old Brighton Grammarians at Brunswick Street Oval, the Fitzroy Premier B team started slowly but built to some fast-flowing footy in the second half, during their convincing win, 15.12.102 to 7.12.54.

The team weathered the storm in the first quarter, with the backline of Al Green, Ross Borland and Tim Biscaro doing a power of work to keep OBG at bay. Their own kicking didn’t help the visitors, as they looked to be playing all over the top of Fitzroy but couldn’t capitalise given their inaccuracy in front of goal.

In the second quarter Fitzroy got back on level pegging in general play and then in the second half really showed some significantly improved flow and team footy.

The continued improvement of ruckman Matthew Gaite was remarked upon all over the ground, as our very tall number 120 clunked some great marks and scored a couple of crucial goals. In the absence of Corbin Stevic, it has been of great benefit to the team to have Gaiter step up during his forays into the forward line.

Young Aiden Lambert continues to impress, with some outstanding passages of play, particularly under pressure.

The combination of Rory Angiolella’s hard nut style and Matty Kyroussis really hitting some form with his outside run and delivery into the forwards, helped make the difference.

A strong home crowd enjoyed the win and helped deliver yet another great day at Brunswick Street Oval.

This week the challenge gets a bit harder as we travel to take on the undefeated Beaumaris.

There was some outstanding coverage of the day’s activities at BSO by several Footy Almanac authors.Grab a cup of tea and sit down for a read of all things Fitzroy from several different perspectives:

  • David Wilson, who gives a nod to the volunteers who help ensure the team gets on the ground every week, while capturing the essence of the day at BSO,
  • King George III looked at a mixture of history, politics and the play, with some thoughts on Will Pickering,
  • Phil Hill, whose dental skills came in handy for the second weekend in a row (make sure you keep your mouthguard in!), and
  • Rod Oaten, who marvels over our tall ruckman with a very large number.

Not to be outdone, the Fitzroy-ACU Women’s team scored a big win over University of Melbourne (The Mugars) on Sunday and have moved to second place on the ladder behind the all-conquering Gippsland.

At Princes Park the final score was 17.9.111 to 0.7.7.

Coach John Marshall said it was a pretty even team performance with Liz Olney (4 goals), Ash Riddell (6 goals), Alice Batterton, Luci Murphy, Gabby Livy, Matilda Arthur and Leashi Harris named best players.

With the longest road trip and only 15 fit players by the end of the game, the Fitzroy-ACU Women’s 2 team were overrun by Shepparton FNC 14.13.97 to 0.0.2. Coach Jo Hogan said the team had given their all, even after a bad injury further depleted their numbers. The team is determined to come out stronger after the bye.

At BSO the Fitzroy Premier B Reserves weren’t quite as impressive this week and struggled badly in the first half against OBG. Blustery conditions didn’t help but the one goal first half wasn’t reflective of how the team has been preforming in recent weeks. In the second half there was a significant lift, scoring four goals to one, but the gap was too far and they went down 5.13.43 to 10.8.68.

The Thirds defeated Beaumaris 6.12.48 to 5.4.34 at Ramsden Street Oval with Jamie Mackay again performing strongly. And the Under 19s had a very big win over Whitefriars, also at Ramsden Street, 17.6.108 to 9.4.58. Max Stella lived up to his name, with a six goal, best-on-ground performance. Rory Patterson was again amongst the goals with four.

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