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Three players reach significant milestones


It was an excellent result for Fitzroy Football Club on Saturday. Not only did both the Seniors and Reserves come away with wins but we also celebrated three players reaching significant milestones at the club.

Sam Baker has reached the fantastic milestone of 150 games with Fitzroy Football Club. Sam joined Fitzroy in 2008 where he played 10 games with the U19s and nine with the Seniors. From 2009 onwards, Sam has been a key figure in our Senior team. He played in the 2009 Grand Final which saw the club elevated from D1 to Premier C and he also played in the 2012 Grand Final resulting in the elevation to Premier B, the highest in the club's VAFA history.

Co-coach, Nick Mitchell, describes Sam as a no nonsense, head over the footy, human cannonball, mixed with the right amount of flair. Everyone loves to watch him play.

David Lee played his 100th game for Fitzroy on Saturday. David joined the club in 2008 and has a few seasons off over the journey. A versatile player, he has the ability to play at both ends of the ground. Nick states that “David is a flexible player, proving time again that he is just as capable of kicking goals as he is at stopping them, which is a testament to his ability as a footballer.”

Liam Sugrue joined Fitzroy in 2013. He played a few games in his first year with the Thirds and had a particularly good season for the Thirds in 2014. From 2015 onwards, Liam has been a regular player for both the Reserves and Seniors teams. “Liam is arguably the most improved player at the club as he has not played football for that long. Each season his game has gone to a new level and this season he has played some great footy, particularly at senior level” says Nick. Liam played his 50th game on Saturday.

Congratulations to Sam, David and Liam!

Image: Sam Baker celebrates 150 games

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Girls are doing it for themselves


On Friday 8 July the crowd were not only treated to an entertaining senior women’s match but also saw the inaugural Auskick Roy Girls Grid Game at half time. The half time game was played in great spirits and the girls enjoyed the crowd support.

Jo Hogan, Fitzroy-ACU Women’s 2 coach understands Auskick is an important first step in creating a development pathway for women and girls playing footy. Events like the grid game create those opportunities for girls to learn and grow as players.

"Events like tonight, where children can experience the magic of behind the scenes and meet their role models up close and personal, ignites their passion of our game. To see the joy and excitement of these young players as they ‘got amongst it’ could be seen in bucket loads at Vic Park," said Jo.

Not only is it a great experience for the girls from Auskick, it also allowed the Fitzroy-ACU leadership team to provide support to the girls before and during the half time game.

Jo stated, “It's an opportunity for our leadership team to be part of growing and inspiring footy in our community. Our senior ACU/Roy Girls demonstrated inclusiveness, belonging and the magic of team and support. They embraced the Fitzroy Auskickers and provided them with a night to remember. And I’m sure they will remember it for a long time to come."

Did you know? One of the Auskick girls made a small ‘Trophy Award’ for the Roy Girl who showed the ‘most team work, participated fairly and had fun.’ Well done to Gemma Minuz who received the girl’s award!


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Australia's best female players head to BSO


One of the premier players to headline the AFL's new women's competition, Western Bulldogs and Darebin Falcons forward, Katie Brennan, will be the guest speaker at the Fitzroy President’s lunch before Fitzroy takes on the Hampton Rovers at Brunswick Street Oval on 2 July.

Brennan will be joined by an impressive line-up of AFL/VFL players and coaches including Western Bulldogs’ teammate Lauren Arnell, Jane Lange, who is the Senior Coach (playing coach) of the Darebin Falcons and one of the women’s coaches at the Bulldogs, Elise O’Dea, Melissa Hickey, Darcy Vescio and Aasta O’Connor.

At a very exciting time for women's football you will have the chance to ask questions of the panel.

This is the second Fitzroy Women's Football lunch. Last year's event had a great atmosphere and this lunch promises even more, now female footballers have been given a clear path to the elite level of the game.

It is election day, so get up early to vote, skip the sausage sizzle and head to Brunswick Street Oval for a great day of women’s and men’s footy. We hope to have a raft of Fitzroy's female players also at the lunch with coaches John Marshall and Jo Hogan also in attendance.


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