Crowds are back at community footy and we sure missed our Roys family last week!
We can't wait to see you all back at the footy to cheer on our Roy Boys and Roy Girls this weekend.
We're still working within State Government restrictions so there'll be some things we need to manage at game days to keep everyone safe.
If you're unwell, please stay home.
And please maintain social distancing at the games this weekend. A mask should be worn if you use any inside facilities like the public bathrooms.
Even though we won't be hosting a luncheon or post-match event this week while density limits are in place, we're thrilled to have you all back at the footy to show all our teams the support they deserve. We will have our canteen open at Brunswick Street Oval to ensure you can get some food and drinks at the games.
And we hope you all can get back to the footy to enjoy the fantastic community atmosphere that we have at Fitzroy.
See you at the footy!
Round 11 fixture
Our Senior and Reserves Men's teams are back at Brunswick Street Oval ready to play in front of crowds again! Our Women's Teams have had a venue change from the original fixture and are now playing at Ian Johnson Oval (also known as Oval 1 Albert Park).
Fitzroy Senior Men
Brunswick Street Oval
Fitzroy-ACU Senior Women
Ian Johnson Oval
Fitzroy Reserves Men
Brunswick Street Oval
Fitzroy-ACU Reserves Women
Ian Johnson Oval
Fitzroy Under 19's
Fitzroy Gold Thirds
ROUGE ET NOIR–LES NOIRS FORMIDABLES
Photo: Phyllis Quealy
Our infamous scribe Guy Gorilla is back, providing a service to the Roys fans who couldn't be at the footy last weekend.
This week, Mr. Gorilla reports on our Senior Men's match against the Uni Blacks.
After two years’ enforced confinement, Guy Gorilla emerged from his pen at the Melbourne Zoo in search of a new life. He headed east on Saturday, towards North Carlton, to catch up with some associates at the Kent. He wandered through his old stomping ground, Melbourne Uni, reliving glory days. Past the oval, and there they were, his beloved Roys, in battle against the Blacks. Playing before no one except a game of hockey, a few tennis players, and the odd, odd person. He wondered where everyone was. Nevertheless, he sent me his account of the game.
'We matched up well against the Blacks, tall, and on the back of a come-from-behind victory against Mentone a few weeks back. We had some good 'ins'. Captain Jack Hart won the toss, we kicked to the Swanston Street end.
We were immediately under siege despite Darcy Bennett winning every tap. It took until the 8-minute mark for the Blacks to kick their first despite the ball being a constant in their front half. Their method was much better than ours, spanning out and clearing the ball from our forward line effortlessly. And they had a physical want, 'grunt' it's called. Our only goal for the first was from Jack McKay in the goal square. 34–7 at the break, and it could have been worse. Our backs were under constant bombardment.
The trend continued in the second. Harrison Grace was putting in earnestly, as was his partner-in-study Donovan Toohey. Bill Clayton went forward and kicked one after good work by youngster Ben Levens. Darcy Lowrie and Nathan Ligris were defending stoutly but we were overwhelmed. The bells tolled '3' from The Ormond College tower, ominously just before half time, and 60–13 was not good. I can't tell you what the coach did or said at half time in the sheds.
We competed vigorously at the start of the third. After 8 minutes of to and fro, Big Bill kicked the first of the quarter after a chain of handballs. Some method at last. Good work by the acting skipper got it to Big Bill for his third, a move that had worked. Jock Green was giving his all in defence, getting those long arms in the way. The Clayton twins combined for Bill's fourth, and he had become a great focal point. However, it was still 72–32 at the final break, and the Blacks had been inaccurate, thankfully.
Less said about the last, the better. They seemed keen to atone for a lazy third, and ran all over the Royboys. Goals came regularly, some earnt, some not. Some uni groundsman had opened the floodgates on Royal Parade. Bill kicked his fifth, and brother Ted a late one. Stark contrast for Donovan Toohey and his teammates ten minutes before the siren. Three weeks ago it was unbridled joy after the siren, this week he took a ten count after a big, but fair, hit.
Footy will do that to you, you've got to roll with the punches, and get off the canvas for the next round. Haileybury at home next Saturday. A better effort required.
Superboot—the most beautiful player ever
By David Leydon
While there has been a lot of reflection this year from old Fitzroy supporters as we look back on the 25th anniversary of the shattering events of 1996 when Fitzroy played its last game in the AFL, it’s also important to remember and celebrate some other very big anniversaries in 2021.
It has been 40 years since one of the greatest Fitzroy players ever, Bernie “Superboot” Quinlan, won the 1981 Brownlow Medal.
It seems almost impossible to adequately describe to anyone who never saw him play just how good Bernie Quinlan was. In very simple terms, Bernie Quinlan stood 6”5’ (195cms) and weighed 15 stone (98kg) yet could move like an agile midfielder.
He could rise above the pack to pull in a screamer and could stand toe-to-toe with the toughest of opposition defenders, out muscling them in a one-on-one contest. Then there was his kicking. He wasn’t called Superboot for nothing! Bernie could effortlessly, and regularly, kick the ball 70-plus metres from both a set shot and on the run.
For younger football fans, think of Lance Franklin at his best and add 20%. Further to that, Bernie could take the big overhead pack mark which Lance has rarely been able to do. That’s how good he was.
Bernie was recruited from Traralgon by Footscray and played his first League games back in 1969. Throughout his 179 games at the Bulldogs, there were many signs of brilliance but he wasn't always consistent. Then came one of the most important moments in Fitzroy history when Bernie transferred from the Dogs to the Roys in 1978. He played in the Fitzroy Night Premiership team that year and was an instant hit at his new home.
Bernie’s arrival coincided with a Fitzroy resurgence back up the League ladder where we made the VFL (AFL) finals five times in seven years including the 1986 Preliminary Final.
Finals appearances in 1979, 1981, 1983, 1984 and 1986 showed Fitzroy could match it with the best of those times.The year of 1981 was special though in so many ways.
Bernie won the Brownlow in a tie with his old Footscray mate Barry Round who had by this time moved to the Swans. Fitzroy again made the finals that year and Bernie played a big role in the Elimination Final victory over Essendon at VFL Park, kicking the sealer on his left foot from near the boundary late in the game.
1981 was also the year that Bernie Quinlan turned 30, and it was the next five years of his career that he played his best football. The older he got, the better he got.
After winning the ’81 Brownlow playing at centre half forward, Bernie eventually moved to full forward and kicked 116 goals in 1983, backing it up with 105 goals in 1984 to win Coleman medals in each of those seasons.
A further measure of great players is how well they perform in the big time finals games. Bernie Quinlan was an even bigger star on the big stage.
Who will ever forget his amazing last quarter against Hawthorn in the 1983 Qualifying Final when Fitzroy were gone for all money at three quarter time, and Bernie went out and kicked five goals in a stirring last quarter to finish with eight for the match? This was the infamous 'deliberate out of bounds' umpiring decision game that delivered a controversial goal to Hawthorn late in the game to get them home by two points.
Then there was that amazing moment very late in the 1986 First Semi Final against the Sydney Swans when he grabbed the ball out of the ruck contest, stood tall and strong as Swans players swamped him in the tackle and he dropped it onto his left boot straight through the goals. It is a moment that still brings a tear to the eye every time old supporters watch it as we held on by five points in that game and the great man had yet again weaved some magic to get us over the line.
But there is one more important milestone to celebrate in 2021. In July Bernie Quinlan, the most beautiful, naturally gifted of all the Fitzroy footballers of the VFL / AFL era turns 70!
It only seems like yesterday that we were watching him tear the League apart with his brilliance. These memories will live in the hearts and minds of Fitzroy supporters forever.
Happy 70th Birthday Superboot. You are forever a Fitzroy Champion.
A quick snapshot of Bernie Quinlan’s career: Total games: 366 Total goals: 817
Footscray 1969 – 1977
Fitzroy 1978 – 1986 189 games 576 goals Brownlow Medal 1981 Coleman Medal 1983, 1984 Fitzroy Leading Goal Kicker 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985. Fitzroy Team of the Century Brisbane Lions Hall of Fame Australian Football Hall of Fame
There’s more than one way to win a raffle!
Support the Roys to become Number 1!
C’mon, let’s all get on board and support Fitzroy’s major raffle.
Currently sitting outside the top 20 (that’s pretty embarrassing for the most famous and admired club in the VAFA), we really need to lift our game. And in the process, get the Roys back on the Toyota Good for Footy Raffle leaderboard.
Tickets are only $5 each, with three brand new Toyotas up for grabs!
If we all pitch in and buy a few tickets each, we’ll move up that ladder and raise the funds we desperately need to get our players out on the park each season.
The Good For Footy raffle officially closes at 12pm on 10 September, but if the total is reached earlier, it will be closed off before that. So time is of the essence!
Last chance to make the most of an EOFY tax deduction!
It's coming up to tax time!
We are a strong, vibrant community club with a proud history that we are passionate about preserving and strengthening as we pursue success on and off the field.
To continue to strive for success and deliver the best football club experience to our community, the club established an Operations Fund where donations will be used to support the day-to-day running of the Club. This is facilitated by our partnership with the Australian Sports Foundation, which allows all donations to the Fitzroy Forever Operations Fund to be fully tax deductible.
Coming up to June 30, it’s a good time to do some tax planning and why not make a contribution to help the club remain strong and vibrant—and get a tax deduction as well!