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We want you! Call for volunteers


Have you ever fancied getting involved with your local footy club, but you just didn’t know how?

We might focus on the players, but they wouldn’t get out there each week without a committed team of people off field who do everything from running the water, to managing the interchange, to ensuring the crowd knows the correct score.

Not everyone can kick a drop punt, but perhaps your strengths lie in detailed work like keeping the stats. Maybe you are keen to keep fit over winter and could take on a role as a boundary umpire or runner. Then again, perhaps you’ve always secretly wanted to wave the goal flags.

We’re very keen to identify some volunteers for the game-day stats roles, so they can have a trial run during the practice matches. Please contact Sharon Torney as soon as possible if you have strong footy knowledge and good, fast data entry skills and you’re interested in being involved.

With seven teams playing in the VAFA this year, Fitzroy is putting the call out for a wide range of on and off-field volunteer activities and we want you!

Some of the roles are for every week, whilst others only require a commitment for home games. Take a look at the attached volunteer role descriptions and see if it might be for you.

Postie by week day, Dave Barnes dons the white jacket and flags on a Saturday afternoon and makes sure we all know when the Fitzroy ressies have scored a goal. Then he takes up the tongs to help out with the famous Fitzroy BBQ.

“I got involved because I was a Fitzroy supporter from birth. Dad barracked for them. I watched a couple of games in 2011 and then started going every week in 2012.

“I turned up to watch the seconds one day and Sharon asked me if I could goal umpire; been doing it ever since. I love doing it and anything else I can to help out,” Dave said.

“I love the people and they made me feel welcome right from the first time I helped out. The boys are all such great young men. They make it easy to get involved. Same goes for the board and especially Kerry who I really enjoy helping with the BBQ and Auskick.”

Fitzroy also has a raft of other club volunteer roles which include communication and social media updates, event organisation, merchandise sales, bar work and more.

We have a quick online form so you can register your details and area of interest and the club will be in touch:

Go on, you know you want to get involved.

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All full up!


The surge of love for women’s football has prompted unprecedented demand for spots in Fitzroy’s women’s squad.

At this stage we have over 70 players training and indicating an interest in playing for the two Fitzroy-ACU teams, which will play in the inaugural VAFA women’s competition this year.

Unfortunately we’ve had to stop accepting new players onto the list, as we need to make sure players get the opportunity for some quality game time during the season.

The club will assess the demand during the year and consider how it approaches the timing of a call for new players for season 2018 and whether there is a need for an additional team.

Thank you very much for your ongoing interest in our women’s footy teams. Go Roy Girls!


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Season launch on 1 April and we’re not fooling around!


Join us for the 2017 season launch at the Fitzroy Victoria Bowling & Sports Club, after Fitzroy’s final practice matches against the Monash Blues and Brunswick Renegades on 1 April.

The full VAFA season starts on Saturday 8 April, but before the season gets into full swing, members and guests are invited to the launch to meet the new coaches, hear the announcement of the team captains (who will be presented with their jumpers) and learn more about the club’s sponsors and planned events for the year.

As part of the launch, those who signed up for Fitzroy memberships before the end of February will be in the draw for a new Fitzroy football jumper and the winning name will be drawn by Senior Coach, Nick Mitchell.

Five of Fitzroy’s teams will be action during the day at Brunswick Street Oval and the AG Gillon Oval in Brunswick.

Date: Saturday 1 April
Time: From 5pm (with official proceedings from 5.30 to 6.30pm)
Location: Fitzroy Victoria Bowling & Sports Club, 578 Brunswick Street (Edinburgh Gardens)

The bowls club will have drinks and light meals available during proceedings until 8.30pm, so feel free to mingle and chat with your fellow Fitzroy fans.

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Double trouble – new Under 19s team


In a great sign for our future, the demand for Under 19s spots has meant Fitzroy will field two teams in 2017.

Tim Bell (pictured) is often considered the master coach with his outstanding results at Under 19 level, and this season he’ll have more players at his disposal. He will also need a new partner in crime and Fitzroy will soon advertise for a second Under 19s coach.

The Fitzroy Board has approved the creation of the second Fitzroy Under 19s team. The development is seen as an important pathway from the Fitzroy Junior Football Club. The second team, U19 (2), will play in a different division but that division is yet to be confirmed.

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Senior Women’s coach appointed


Fitzroy is keeping it all in the family with the appointment of Mick Symons to the role of Senior Women’s Coach, to lead the Fitzroy-ACU team into its first season with the VAFA.

Mick, who played for Box Hill under 19s in the VFA and for Surrey Hills, is also the father of Will Symons, who burst onto the Fitzroy senior scene last year with some eye-catching games, up from the very successful Under 19s side.

“I have a long connection with Fitzroy through Will’s eight seasons with the club”, Mick said.

“After assisting Tim Bell with the Under 19s and Monty Stuart and John Ryan with the Colts, I’m keen to get involved with the development of the Fitzroy-ACU women’s team.”

Mick has coaching experience in soccer and cricket and assisted with premiership winning Colts teams with the Fitzroy Junior Football Club.

“I bring a strong focus on skill development and want to play a part in helping to build the Roys’ presence in the fast growing women’s competition,” Mick said.

Mick played his junior football at Surrey Hills in the Eastern District Football League, captaining its Under 18s team and also earning a senior call up whilst still in the Under 18s. At Surrey Hills he played alongside Michael Coates, a Fitzroy winger from the 1980s.

He went on to play in the Box Hill Under 19s in the VFA until he had to retire early after repeated head injuries and concussion.

Mick’s move to soccer for Melbourne University saw him represent the university at five intervarsity tournaments. He also played district cricket for Melbourne University through the 1980s.

Mick has coached Alphington junior soccer teams for several years, and Edinburgh Cricket Club junior cricket teams for six years. In 2016 he assisted Tim Bell with the Under 19s in a number of voluntary roles.

Mick will work closely with Jo Hogan, who has been doing an incredible job overseeing the pre-season schedule for the Fitzroy women’s squad and will continue in the Women 2 coaching role.

The exciting news from the VAFA in relation to the Fitzroy-ACU Women 1 team is that they will play in the Premier division in the first year of their women’s competition, along with the other existing VWFL teams who are coming across to the VAFA - the first three rounds of Premier will see Fitzroy-ACU, AJAX, SKOB Saints and Brunswick Renegades play each other, starting on 8 April.

After round three, the top four teams from the other six divisions will be elevated to Premier and the remaining 32 teams (including the Fitzroy-ACU Women 2 team) will be divided into four divisions of eight teams based on region.

The draw will be developed after Round 3. We’ll bring you more news as we have it. It is expected our women’s teams will play on a Saturday this year.


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New faces as pre-season hits top gear


Expect to see quite a new-look and youthful Fitzroy senior side when the season rolls around, with a number of new faces on the track and at the pre-season camp.

There were over 70 players at Portsea, with 34 women and a strong contingent of Under 19s graduates getting involved.

Senior Coach Nick Mitchell says one of the great benefits was some “awesome team bonding” and also noted that there are bigger numbers on the training track than at this time last year.

Nick said he was really pleased to welcome back Max Ellis (an elite backman) who returns after a year overseas, Nathan Jumeau, a former Fitzroy Under 19s player who is a good moving, half-forward/wing player and Mitch Bottomley, who is coming across from McLeod.

Nick is also looking forward to seeing what the Under 19 graduates can produce this season. Several young players, such as last year’s best and fairest winner Aiden Lambert, Will Symons, Isaac Wattis, Jacob Long and Aiden Burke, who all have senior games under their belt, are training strongly and expected to play a lot of senior football this year.

The other great news is the fitness of Will Pickering, who seems to have overcome persistent injury concerns and is working with Fitzroy sponsor, Das Pilates, to keep him on the track.

Nick has also welcomed a former OId Geelong colleague and most recently Barwon Heads player, Archie Whiting, who has been appointed as a line and development coach, bringing a strong footy brain, good communication and recent playing experience.

The development role is likely to be an important one as several of Fitzroy’s seasoned senior players will not (or are unlikely to) play this year through a combination of work and study commitments and travel. They include co-captain Daniel Bisetto, Tom Biscaro, Matt Brown, Al Green, Greg Hesse and Dom Pound-Palmieri.

Of the camp, Nick said it had delivered a spike in fitness as everyone had to work pretty hard and took on a range of physical and psychological challenges.

We also asked for a number of other perspectives on the camp.

First timer to the camp and one of the large contingent of Under 19 players vying for senior selection, former Fitzroy junior Ben McDonald, gave us his thoughts on his first experience at Portsea.

"This was the first time that I had been able to go to the camp and I'm really glad I was able to go this year. The program was full of challenging drills and workouts which were also a lot of fun.

“I wasn't so keen on being woken up for the 5km run on the Sunday though!

“Thanks to Nick, Steve, Bernie, Phil and the Committee for giving us this opportunity.”

Fitzroy President, Joan Eddy, who also attended for the weekend, echoed the views of the senior coach saying it was a great club and team bonding experience. “Nick did a great job, with a strong presentation on game day strategy.

“The Hurl’s House of Pain session (run by Fitness coach Steve Hurl) was a real tester and the players loved it; it was pretty amusing for the spectators!”

Joan also mentioned the volunteers and thanked Kerry Winchester, Mandy Hudson and Phyllis Quealy, who attended to prepare the meals and make sure everything ran smoothly.

Fitzroy-ACU’s Georgie Steggall said the women’s team are hungry for respect and their performance at the pre-season camp proves it.

“Coach Jo Hogan made it clear that camp was the line in the sand moment; that it was time for the girls to commit to the team and to work hard in order to bring Fitzroy-ACU to the grand final again in 2017.

“We wanted to stand up and be counted against the boys’ teams. With this in mind the girls hit the track for a mid-morning skills sessions. Kicking drills dominated the session, the girls working hard on hitting targets on a lead as well as perfecting their stationary kicking technique. This was followed by a tackling session in the sand, led by team captain Alexa Madden.

“In the afternoon the girls were faced with their biggest challenge yet in the form of an obstacle course, designed to challenge them mentally and physically. Divided into two teams we set off with enthusiasm. During the gruelling experience the girls made sure to work as a team, with no individual outperforming the whole.

“On the 10th and final lap of the obstacle course the two women’s’ teams combined to finish off the course as one. Despite the physically exhausting experience the girls summoned enough energy to finish off with a big cheer and a group dance,” Georgie said.

All the photos from the pre-season camp at Portsea are now up on our club Gallery thanks to Phyllis Quealy. You can see them here.


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Have you signed up yet?


Thank you to everyone who has purchased or renewed their membership for 2017.

Remember if you purchase your membership by COB 28 February, you will go in the running for a new Fitzroy jumper, which will be drawn by Fitzroy Senior Coach Nick Mitchell at the season launch on 1 April.

In the meantime, the membership month of February was off to a big start as people were keen to get their hands on the Fitzroy training singlets awarded to the first 10 purchasers of online memberships on 1 February.

It was just mid morning on the first day when we had our first 10 names!

Congratulations to Danny White, Andrew White, Sam Warren, John Neale, Richard Poole, Chris Bell, Matt Owens, William Westerman, Bill Shannon and Peter Wells, who are now the proud owners of Fitzroy training singlets. Thank you for your enthusiasm!

So far our Fitzroy memberships have been ordered from all over Australia and even overseas. From Brunswick St North Fitzroy, right across Victoria to Moama NSW, Bunbury WA, Kambah in the ACT, Cygnet in Tassie, Mount Gambier in SA, quite a few from Brisbane, Otago NZ and even Staffordshire in the U.K! Thanks to all of you and keep them coming.

For many long-time Fitzroy fans, membership renewal is a time of reminiscing and this week Bill Atherton at the Fitzroy shop received a letter and membership renewal from 90 year old Graham Keil from Bairnsdale, who was reminiscing about his first trip to Brunswick Street Oval to see the Roy boys in 1933 when he was just six years old! He was lucky enough to see Haydn Bunton and ‘Chicken’ Smallhorn in action – not one, but two Brownlow Medallists running around that day!

Graham shared his good wishes for the season and continued support for what the club does for young people.

You still have a week to go into the draw for a new Fitzroy jumper by purchasing a membership so don’t miss that 28 February deadline. Here is a link to the page with all our membership options:


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February is membership month at Fitzroy


Have you signed up as a 2017 member yet? Everyone who has signed on by the end of February goes into the draw for a new Fitzroy jumper.

And the first 10 online memberships from 1 February get a bonus training singlet.

Make your contribution to our great community club, by signing on as a 2017 member and consider a Gold Lion membership, which comes with a Fitzroy cap.

Membership prices are the same as last year.


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Business membership – get on board with the Fitzroy team


For local businesses who are keen to connect with the club and its network, Fitzroy has for the first time introduced a business membership in 2017.

Join other business owners in supporting Fitzroy and join the club's new business network.

The membership fee will entitle you to:

  • inclusion in the Fitzroy Football Club's new buyers' guide (including your logo and a short business pitch), which will be in hard form and on the website
  • invitations to networking events
  • a Fitzroy cap and membership card.

The cost is $250 and you can sign on online here.

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Pre-season back in full swing


The Fitzroy teams took to the track for the first time last week and a full schedule of pre-season preparations has been coordinated by the coaches and football department.

All teams will head to Portsea for the pre-season camp over the second weekend in February, which will put everyone through their paces from a fitness perspective.

Several pre-season games have also been locked in too, so if you want to see some of the early season form, pop some of these dates in your diary.

  • Weekend of 18/19 March – Fitzroy vs St Bernards
  • Weekend of 25/26 March – Fitzroy vs Peninsula
  • Saturday 1 April – Fitzroy vs Monash Blues (all 5 teams in action)

Having appointed Nick Mitchell and Bernie Carter to the Senior coaching positions late last year, the Fitzroy Board has confirmed the reappointment of Sam Buckley as Reserves Coach.

In its first meeting for the year, the Fitzroy Board also approved the appointment of Trent Coleman to the position of Thirds Coach, following a baptism by fire as part of the unofficial coaching trio who managed the Thirds team last year. Trent was presented with the Thirds Coach’s Award at the Redlow last year for his efforts with the team in 2016, despite an early season injury, and will do a great job in his new role.

The club is still seeking a Women’s Senior Coach and a Football Director.

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