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New Senior Assistant Coach on board


Fitzroy has appointed a new Senior Assistant Coach with over 20 years’ experience in district and VAFA Premier division football, not to mention a family connection with Fitzroy.

Bernie Carter, who played with the Carlton Under 19s in the late 80s, came to the VAFA via district football. He played for several years with Therry Penola at Oak Park, starting in 1990, and then later coached the Reserves. He was also Reserves assistant coach at Collegians in the Premier division for four years, assisting with the Seniors for one year.

Bernie says he’s very excited about joining Fitzroy and really looking forward working with Senior Coach Nick Mitchell.

“I bring a fair bit of experience in playing and coaching, but I just love footy and tactics. Hopefully I can also inject some new ideas and thoughts on the game plan but the priority is supporting Nick with what he needs to push for A grade.”

Fitzroy’s 2014 best and fairest winner Matt Kyroussis is Bernie’s nephew, which should make the start at the club a bit easier. “It helps to know someone and I’ve also been down to Brunswick Street to watch Matt play a few times.”

In his day job, Bernie is the branch manager of the Watsonia Commonwealth Bank.


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Fitzroy posts a profit


For the second year in a row, the Fitzroy Football Club (incorporating the Fitzroy Reds) has posted a profit at the end of its financial year.

Director and Treasurer, Michael Smale, reported the excellent news at the Club’s AGM on Sunday 27 November, with a profit of just over $10,000.

During the AGM Joan Eddy and Michael Smale were returned as Directors, with Joan to continue as club President for 2017.

Kevin Sharp, who had been appointed to the Board filling a casual vacancy during the year, was appointed to the Board for a three-year term as Director of Marketing and Membership, with a significant focus on sponsorship to work alongside Vice President, Grant Hammond.

The focus now is to shore up sponsorship for the coming season and beyond so that the club can stay in the black as it pushes for promotion to Premier division. The 2017 sponsorship package has been published and anyone who would like to discuss a package should contact Grant or Kevin.

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Touching tribute as eight life members inducted


Fitzroy has inducted eight new honorary life members at the annual general meeting.

The eight represent just about all aspects of life at a community football club – from players, to volunteers, family members, timekeepers and members of the Board.

Mother and son, Joan Eddy (Fitzroy President) and Tom Cheshire (current Fitzroy player) were inducted together and the afternoon’s presentation was highlighted by the thank you speech from Director Tom Sargant on behalf of the new inductees.

Tom provided some touching moments about his love of Fitzroy, going back to the VFL days when Fitzroy defeated the highly fancied North Melbourne in the 1978 night grand final and listing Bob Beecroft and Paul Roos as his heroes.

He said his interest in footy had waned after 1996, but sometime later he saw the Reds playing near his home and thought ‘the jumper is back’.

Tom, who is the custodian of the club song and makes sure it plays at every home game, said he was very thankful to the current day Fitzroy players “who put the jumper on and put their bodies on the line every week.

“I love hearing the song every week; it makes my hair stand on end.”

   Our new life members are:

  • Jack Beech: 12 seasons as a player, joined in 2005, and equals Paul Diacogiorgis' record of 12 consecutive seasons as a player at the club.Jack has been Captain of the Reserves and is an outstanding leader in the playing group and contributor to the Club.
  • Tom Cheshire: 10 seasons as a player; 2007 was his first year at the club and he played in the Under 19 Premiership that year; has been Vice-Captain of the Seniors and long-time member of the Leadership Group.
  • Joan Eddy: 10 years as an official of the Club commencing in 2007 as Team Manager of the Under 19s, Vice President in 2009 and President since 2010.
  • Janet Graham: approximately 12 years as a volunteer, assisting Wendy Symonds on the merchandise stall, also in the Fitzroy Shop in the mid 2000s and other duties.
  • Jamie Mackay (Jimbob): 10 seasons as a player in 2016; joined the club as a player in 2003 – played a few games in 06, 07, 08, missed 2009 with injuries and work taking their toll but has been back as a player since 2010. Jimbob, who plays in the Thirds, is one of the best loved players at the club.
  • Suzanne Madeley: approximately 15 years as the Fitzroy senior timekeeper, also taking on the role for the Reserves this year too, post-match helper extraordinaire and Club Person of the Year in 2013.
  • Wendy Symonds: approximately 15 years as a volunteer, including a couple in the Fitzroy AFL days, returning to assist with the Fitzroy Reds in the 2000s, merchandise stall, Fitzroy Shop, now milestones monitor, and so much more. Club Person of the Year 2015.
  • Tom Sargant: 13 years as a Club Director, enormous contributor behind the scenes, and guardian of our club song at home games.

Main picture: Seven of the new life members; Jack Beech sent his apologies as he was away.


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