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Women's best and fairest trophy named in honour of Elaine Findlay


The first woman on an AFL Board, Fitzroy’s Elaine Findlay, has been recognised by the inaugural Fitzroy women’s team naming its best and fairest trophy after the club legend.

Fitzroy Football Club and the Australian Catholic University partnered this year to field Fitzroy’s first ever women’s football side in the Victorian Women’s Football League, and the club in consultation with the team decided to name its perpetual best and fairest award after a pioneering woman in Australian football.

Elaine, who has had a lifetime involvement in football, presented the trophy to Fitzroy-ACU’s leading player, Remy Coleman, at the ‘Redlow’ at Rydges on Swanston.

“I think it’s fabulous that young women want to become involved in football and I’m absolutely honoured to have the award named in my honour,” Elaine said.

Elaine Findlay was appointed to Fitzroy Football Club Board in December 1985 – 30 years ago this year 

– when Fitzroy was still part of the then VFL (now AFL) competition. She was elected Vice Chair in early 1993, making her the first female Director and first female Vice Chair of a VFL/AFL Club.

Elaine retired from the Board of the Fitzroy Football Club at the AGM in November 2010. She’s a Legend of the Club.

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