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Julian Turner – a footballer for the ages


Fitzroy has been Julian Turner’s football home since he first pulled on the boots for the Fitzroy Junior FC’s Under 10 Golds. Coached by the much-loved and much-missed John Dunton, Jules and the boys (and a few girls as it happens) went on to win a premiership a few years later in the Under 12 Greens.

Julian reckons it’s the community and culture of Fitzroy that’s kept him coming back, season after season, despite a run of injuries that would have daunted many others. “I think it’s such a privilege to play at Brunswick Street Oval and to have so many long-time fans of the club who come to watch,” says Jules. “I can’t think of many clubs that have the kind of history we have.”

These days Jules is also pretty happy to be playing at a club with such strong women’s squads and thinks it’s fantastic they receive so much support. But, above all, he loves playing with his mates, especially given the fact that a large number of them have known each other and played together for a long time.

One of Julian’s fondest memories is winning the U19 grand final in 2010. “Going into the finals, Werribee was undefeated and had beaten us by about 10 goals in the final round of the regular season,” Jules recalls, “but we managed to beat them in the first final the next week and then in the grand final, so that was pretty special.”

Jules has gone on to play 100 VAFA games for Fitzroy performing at his consistently high level in some massive wins and some ignoble losses on the way to notching up his ton late last season.

It’s a reflection of the esteem in which Julian is held that he’s been elevated to the leadership group.

This week we celebrate his football genius, courage and longevity when the Roy Boys hit the Brunswick Street Oval for the first time in 2017.

Come down and see a dead-set star in action!


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Book for lunch to hear from Mitch


It’s time to book for Fitzroy’s pre-game lunch for the first home game of the season on Saturday 22 April.

As is tradition, the Fitzroy Senior Coach, Nick Mitchell, will be the guest speaker and it will be interesting to see how he is going about shaping this new, young team with heaps of potential and enthusiasm.

A new feature at BSO this season will be three rounds brought to us by the Major sponsors of the club. Round 2 will be the Royal Derby Game, thanks to the team down at the Derby and we’re keen to have a big crowd along to help boost the community feeling at the game.

If you’d like to book in for lunch in the Community Rooms at Brunswick Street and catch up with the Fitzroy faithful over a few drinks on Saturday 22 April, please book here online.

The pre-game lunch cost has remained the same and the start time is 11.45 for 12pm. Please RSVP by Wednesday 19 April.

Anzac wreath laying

The next home game is also the closest game to Anzac Day and Fitzroy will follow tradition by holding the annual laying of the wreath at half time during the Senior’s game at Brunswick Street Oval.

As part of the short service, we will acknowledge the fallen former Fitzroy players, with wreaths laid at the war memorial backing onto the Bowls Club at approximately 3pm.

All members of the community are encouraged to join us at this time for the short commemoration.


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Hipster Cup features in winning weekend


It was a day of firsts at Gillon Oval on Sunday, with Fitzroy-ACU looking old hands as they put on a dominant display against the Brunswick Renegades to hold the Hipster Cup and win their first game of VAFA Wilson Women’s Premier footy.

It was also a first for new coach Mick Symons (pictured with W2 coach Jo Hogan), who must have been pretty thrilled with his charges’ efforts all day in a hard-working full team effort despite the terrible weather conditions.

The girls said they felt that maybe they had something to prove. “We did so well in the VWFL last year, and after electing to play in VAFA I think we all wanted to prove that we deserved our spot in the Premier division as one of the establishment clubs.”

And play like an establishment club they did.

The W1s had a comprehensive win over Brunswick and were able to control the game despite the challenging conditions, winning 7.12.54 to 1.0.6. Brunswick scored their only goal in the final quarter.

It was the Hilary and Hilary show in front of goal, with leadership group player Hilary Grubb showing her fitness around the ground and scoring three goals. Hilary Collett scored two. Playing her first game with the club, Anabel Watson showed plenty of pace and good game sense, while Tash Ross-Harris was fantastic in the ruck. It would have been hard to single out the best players given the even contribution across the ground.

It was a special game in more than one way, with Renegades player, Claire Woodhouse, playing her 200th game – an incredible achievement in women’s footy – and the Roy Girls showed her the ultimate respect lining up with the Renegades for a guard of honour as she left the ground. She was also the Renegades’ goal kicker. Congratulations Claire.

Fitzroy-ACU Women 2 also had a win in their first grading game, defeating Brunswick Renegades in a dour goalless struggle, getting the points 0.0.3 to 0.0.2.

Women’s 2 player, Georgie Steggall, who was awarded best on ground, said it was exciting and enjoyable to be part of the first round of footy in the new VAFA Women's league. “We all had a sense that there was history to be made in the first round, and it contributed to our desire to win. This was spurred on by the fact that the Brunswick Renegades are our northside rivals.

“We played with guts and determination to get over the Renegades in difficult conditions. Two girls went off with suspected broken noses (thankfully it looks like they are both ok) and yet we pulled together to get a well-deserved victory.”

Pictured are the Fitzroy-ACU Women 2 debutantes - congratulations Roy Girls. 


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