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Ferocious footy follows historic first at BSO


In her post match interview, Fitzroy-ACU Senior best on ground player Alice Batterton said it all I remember our very first training session of the Roys four years ago on this ground and its so good to be back

The Fitzroy-ACU sides took full advantage of a rare opportunity to play at Brunswick Street Oval on Saturday defeating SKOB Saints in the Seniors and Reserves.

It was also the first time the Senior side had run out onto the ground to the Fitzroy Club song and the joy on their faces said it all.

The fun soon turned to ferocious footyas both coaches called for their teams to make the most of the game on the big ground.

The Reserves are now all but certain of a finals berth for the first time in their three-year history, on the back of an outstanding display against St Kevins.

The twos used the wind to great effect, scoring three goals in each of their quarters with the breeze, whilst holding their opposition scoreless. The final score was 6.9.45 to 0.0.0.

Tiff Vassilacos scored three goals and Sarah Worthington, two. Worthington was also named best on ground, with Tess Plant-Thomas and Emily Fitt also standing out in what was a very strong team effort.

With three games to go in the Premier Womens Reserves comp, the Roy Girls are three games clear and the main question now is can they finish third to score a home final?

For the Senior Fitzroy-ACU team, the equation is a lot more difficult. They are in 5th position, 2 and a half games and percentage behind the top four. Everything would have to go right.

They were more than up for the challenge when they took the field on Saturday and turned on a scintillating display of footy, with Ruby McDermott, Hillary Collett and Liz Olney scoring some of the best goals youll see this year. Check out the Risk Care Roundup this week for some extended highlights.

After the game coach Mick Symons praised a total team effort and noted it was hard to identify just one best player, with Erin Gogerly, McDermott, Collett, Lucy Kerr (despite her tag), Alex Monteiro, Emma Delany, Emma Craven and Alice Batterton all putting in strong performances.

The key to the win was again the defensive effort against the wind and after quarter time, they didnt let the Saints in for another goal. The final score was 6.5.41 to 2.6.18.

The win was soured by season ending injuries to Ruby McDermott (dislocated patella) and Sam Hood (broken finger).

Post-match, the Fitzroy-ACU sides were hosted by Fitzroy Victoria Bowling and Sports Club for their first ever post-match presentation with best on ground awards presented by both coaches, with the St Kevins coach noting it would be great to see all the womens teams adopting the post-match model set by the mens sides across the VAFA.


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