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Girls take the lead in another historic moment for footy in Fitzroy

08-May-2019

When Fitzroy’s Youth Girls run on to Brunswick Street under lights on the evening of Friday 10 May, they’ll be adding another important chapter to the history of the traditional home of the famous Fitzroy Football Club.

Friday’s game will be the first competition game played at the ground under lights.

The Fitzroy Football Club and Fitzroy Junior Football Clubs have been working with the City of Yarra with funding awarded by the State Government, to ensure additional games can be played on Brunswick Street Oval.

Expanding the opportunities for women to play football in Melbourne’s inner city was a central plank to a successful bid for funding under the State Government’s Pick My Project grant round, which was awarded on the basis of public vote and announced late last year.

“This is a wonderful result which sees the public wishes come to life, but very importantly expands on the opportunities for our women and girls to play more football at the main home ground of Fitzroy Football Club,” said Fitzroy President, Joan Eddy.

“We’re extremely proud of the work we’ve put into this but it would not have been possible without the generous funding of the State government and the hard work of the City of Yarra, who have ensured we have the required 100 lux lighting to enable our players to play safely.”

Fitzroy Junior Football Club President, Phil Murdoch, said he was thrilled the Fitzroy junior girls – the future of women’s football – would be the ones who would get the first opportunity to play under lights at Brunswick Street.

“Our female players will be leading the way this Friday night and this game is just another sure sign of the growing commitment to ensuring women and girls get equal access to play the game they love.

“I’d like to thank everyone who has been involved to this point and invite the whole community to come down, see the game and cheer on the teams.

“For the Mothers’ Day weekend, this is a part of our “Girls Round” celebrations so we’d really love to see as many families as can fill the ground.”

The Fitzroy-ACU Senior women will be part of a guard of honour as the Youth Girls side runs on for their historic game against Surrey Park.

Opened in 1883, the grand old ground has seen some spectacular feats over its 136-year history, but never before has footy been played under lights there

These days, Brunswick Street Oval is home to the Fitzroy Football Club, the Fitzroy Junior Football Club, and the Edinburgh Cricket Club.

The clubs share the ground and their aspirations to provide the local and wider community with access to the best sporting precinct and experiences going around. Together with the Fitzroy Tennis Club, the clubs work together as the Edinburgh Gardens Sporting Community, attracting between them some of the largest and most popular sporting clubs not only in Melbourne’s inner city, but across the state.

The Fitzroy community is invited to come down to the Brunswick Street Oval to celebrate this amazing milestone and cheer on the Fitzroy Youth Girls as they take this historic step for both clubs.

Timings for Friday night:

5.30pm: Curtain raiser U15 Girls - Fitzroy vs Surry Park

7.00pm: Official welcome and ceremony

7.35 guard of honour with U15 Girls and Fitzroy-ACU Women

7.45pm: Main game: Youth Girls - Fitzroy vs Surrey Park


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