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Fitzroy-ACU says goodbye to season 2017


Having sat comfortably in the top two all season, Fitzroy-ACU Women 1 experienced the old clich, anything can happen in finals, as they went down to Marcellin in the Preliminary Final at Trevor Barker Oval on Sunday.

In a game where Fitzroy dominated possession and field position, they simply couldnt put the score on the board and despite their best efforts will not compete in this weekends grand final.

Captain Gemma Minuz gave us an insight into the week that was...

After the loss to SKOBS on the Saturday we hit training on Monday night with sore bodies but clear minds it was obvious that physically we were there, our intent and endeavour could not be faulted. But there were some elements missing in our game plan that we set about addressing.

On Wednesday night Mick (Symons) and Lauch (Dalgleish) worked with purpose and clarity giving each line clear and simple instructions on what to do for the weekend. There were definitely nerves, but I left the track believing 100% that we now had what it took to get the win against Marcelin.

But in the old clich anything can happen in finals.

Its safe to say that we were all pretty shattered after the game physically and emotionally.

With the benefit of a few days between Sunday and now I'm hoping that the girls have had time to reflect on what was said after the game I am incredibly proud of how far we have come as a team this year.

From when Mick stumbled upon a bunch of individual young women a few weeks before the season some who couldn't get through the warm up without being pooped and plenty who hadn't ever played a game we have grown into a team of talented, intelligent and team-oriented footballers who left everything that they had out in the middle of the massive Trevor Barker Oval.

The tears after the game were in part due to that recognition of how far we've come together, but also just how much the whole squad have invested in the season that was. The disappointment wasn't just for the ones playing in the game to have missed out on the grand final, but for every single Roy Girl that sweated it out during pre season and freezed their bums off at training every week. For every supporter that trecked over Melbourne (and paid $17 for parking in Sandy) cheering on the Roy Girls, for our coaches and the club that have given so much throughout the year we wanted that grand final for them too.

The Roy Girls squad will see the winter out supporting our boys and junior Roy Girls and saying farewell to some of our own players who are going to severely missed next season as they take on the world. There's already talk of a massive pre season, and keeping the bulk of our squad in tact 2018 is going to be huge! Bring on the year of the Roy Girl!/p>

Thank you Roy Girls and Gemma for a wonderful season.

After Rosso outed the team on Monday night for their singing circle, it has to be noted that the team bonded post-game to Natalie Imbruglias Torn

Now if you missed it, they may not have achieved all they set out to achieve on the field, but the Roy Girls certainly starred off it, with a feature role in the video to celebrate the first season of Womens Premier football in the VAFA. Check out some of the video, with the Fitzroy-ACU bits shot by Producer Paul Burston…. some more of his work will be coming your way soon: #WeAreFitzroy

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