Senior Men's coach, Luke Mahoney, has signed on to coach the Roys again in Season 2022.
“I am thrilled and feel privileged to be given the opportunity to lead the team in 2022." Mahoney said.
After another challenging season that was ultimately cancelled due to the ongoing impacts of COVID-19, Mahoney is passionate to remain part of the Club as we look forward to hopefully getting back to playing a full season next year in a safe environment. Full of praise for the resilience of his squad, Mahoney is keen to continue his work with the group and see rewards for the development and effort put in during the pandemic.
"I have been very proud of how the group has navigated through the challenges of the past two years.
"We are all looking forward to a full season of football next season and building on the progression we have made. I thank the Board for their support and can’t wait to get stuck back into it and strive to be the best we can be.“
The remainder of the Senior Men's coaching appointments will be announced soon.
Men's Reserves season review
By Men's Reserves coach Bernie Carter
After last playing a competitive game in 2019, and not having a season due to Covid-19 in 2020, it was going to be a really interesting season ahead. Our preseason was fantastic, we just wanted to get back out on the park with the boys and run around again, having a kick. The number of players we had attending preseason training was amazing. New players, returning players and players who had trained during 2020 returning as well.
Getting to know the new players and how they would fit into the team was an interesting challenge in itself and over the preseason and practice matches, the task only seemed to get harder. But that was a great experience and it got me excited about the year ahead, hoping to win enough games to qualify for the finals. However, there was a lot of hard work ahead of us in the journey we were on together.
There was a lot of highlights for the year and some disappointments as well. We won seven games from an 11-game season and by the time when the season was officially cancelled, we finished fourth on the ladder. We were looking to compete in the finals which would have been fantastic for all the hard work the players had put in during such a stop-and-start season.
The players turned up to training each week with enthusiasm and motivation to train hard and get the best out of themselves, ready to play and compete in the Fitzroy jumper.
It was great to see Cailean Moore play his 200th game against Ajax and come away with a win for him on such a special day. And he played a great game that day. Watching some guys have the opportunity to play their first games of Senior football for the Club was also a proud moment and seeing the development of players during the course of the year was a huge highlight.
To welcome a host of new players to the Club and watch them during preseason and the season proper, representing the Club for the first time was also special. Seeing their enjoyment of playing footy again, making new mates and embracing the culture of the footy Club really summed up what Fitzroy is all about.
A tough moment for the year was our narrow loss to Beaumaris at Banksia Oval by 3-points on the last kick of the day in very difficult conditions. The boys played a fantastic game but we just fell short.
Obviously, the biggest disappointment was the season being cancelled and not getting the opportunity to represent the Club in finals. The players were looking forward to meeting that challenge head on. All we can do now is look forward to another great preseason, and hope to get back on the park in 2022 for a full season of footy.
I would just like to thank President Joan Eddy and the Board, our supporters, partners, coaching staff, sponsors, volunteers and players for all their support during the year and making sure we could play the game we love.
Fitzroy coaches: the 1990s
By David Leydon
We continue our series of looking back at Fitzroy coaches of the past. This week, we look at the leaders of the 1990s– the last days of the Roys in the VFL/AFL era.
ROBERT SHAW Fitzroy Coaching record 1991—1994 Games: 86, Won: 28, Lost: 58
Former Essendon player Robert Shaw took over Senior coaching duties for the 1991 season. Shaw had famously coached the Fitzroy Reserves to the 1989 Premiership and was well regarded by many of the players who had graduated from that team into the senior side.
After the retirement the previous year of stalwart Scott Clayton, and the loss to Collingwood of superstar Gary Pert, 1991 was another reset/rebuild season on-field for the club with 16 players wearing the Fitzroy jumper for the first time.
The Club, by this time, was now knee-deep in the crippling financial crisis that would play itself out some five years later. We only won four games for the year to finish second bottom on the ladder in '91. The most memorable of those wins came in the last round of the season when we played top-team West Coast Eagles at Princes Park. No one gave the Roys any chance in this game and when we had kicked just one goal by half time, it was looking pretty grim.
It’s hard to know what Shaw might have said to his troops at half time, but whatever the plan was it worked! Fitzroy, who at that moment were sitting on the bottom of the ladder, playing the red hot premiership favourites, kicked an astonishing 13 goals in the second half to run all over the Eagles and win by 10 points. This moment was surely something to build on for 1992.
We were right in the finals hunt in '92, and came into a crucial Round 17 clash against Essendon sitting on 8 wins/8 losses. A good run home would see us in September action. Unfortunately, our hopes were dashed in this game with a heartbreaking 3 point loss and we slid out of finals contention and finished in tenth spot. We lost Richard Osborne and John Blakey to rival clubs at the end of 1992.
Shaw’s men won ten games in 1993 including wins by 104 points against the Brisbane Bears and 93 points over the Sydney Swans. This was a pretty good result but by the end of ’93, we had also lost emerging superstar Alastair Lynch to the Bears in what was becoming an annual end of season raid on our players by other more cashed up clubs.
Things fell away badly again in 1994 as the team moved its home games to the Western Oval and won just five matches for the season. The squad’s senior players included champion Paul Roos and Matthew Armstrong who both left at the end of 1994 as the financial crisis and the uncertain future for the Club worsened. Robert Shaw finished his coaching stint at Fitzroy at the end 1994.
Hopes were high for resurrected fortunes when the Club appointed one of our greatest players, Bernie Quinlan, as senior coach for the 1995 season.
Despite the loss of many seasoned champions in recent years, the team had an exciting feel about it with merging youngsters like Brad Boyd, Chris Johnson, Simon Hawking, Jarrod Molloy and John Barker together with some experienced players like Mark Zanotti, Simon Atkins, John McCarthy and Jeff Hogg.
Things started badly in round one of 1995 when Fitzroy went into the half time break scoreless against Essendon. Heavy loss after heavy loss followed and the team was in trouble. We had a brief respite with a win over St.Kilda and then a stirring victory against all odds against Adelaide at Football Park.
They were our only two wins for the year and Bernie Quinlan was replaced by assistant coach Alan McConnell late in the season.
ALAN McCONNELL Fitzroy Coaching record 1995 Games: 3, Won: 0, Lost: 3
Alan McConnell was a former Fitzroy Under 19s player who went on to play 37 games with Footscray in the 1980s. He took over senior coaching duties twice in two years at Fitzroy—late in the 1995 season when Bernie Quinlan was replaced after Round 19, and then again upon the resignation of Mick Nunan for the last eight rounds of 1996.
MICHAEL NUNAN Fitzroy Coaching record 1996 Games: 14, Won: 1, Lost: 13
Fitzroy appointed South Australian Michael Nunan as its coach for the 1996 season.
This was the centenary year of the VFL/AFL and was also to be the Roys last year in that competition.
Nunan had a strong coaching record in South Australia having taken North Adelaide to two premierships in the SANFL after 259 games as a player for Sturt.
He coached Fitzroy until Round 14, with one very memorable win over Fremantle at the Western Oval, before resigning amid the merger speculation with North Melbourne that eventually became a merger announcement with the Brisbane Bears.
ALAN McCONNELL Fitzroy Coaching record 1996 Games: 8, Won: 0, Lost: 8
The ever-loyal Alan McConnell took over again for the closing rounds of the 1996 season and became the last person to coach Fitzroy at AFL level.
It was an extremely difficult time for Alan as he tried to hold the Club and most importantly his players together– all of whom had uncertain futures either with the merged Fitzroy/Brisbane Bears entity, or with other clubs.
It also clearly, and sadly meant the end of many players' careers.
Alan went on to assistant coaching roles at Geelong and GWS before landing the Senior Coach position for the GWS AFLW side.
New FFC x League Tees collaboration!
We are very excited to team up with the awesome League Tees to create some more Fitzroy supporter shirts to get you through summer!
Our latest collaboration with League Tees has just dropped with a classic design in both red and blue.
Be sure to grab yourself a classic FFC tee to support the Roys in style with sales helping to support the Club.
Thanks League Tees for continuing to work with us and supporting community sport!
On behalf of everyone at the Club, we want to say a big thank you to everyone who supported us by purchasing tickets in the 2021 Toyota Good for Football raffle.
Your generosity enabled us to raise $6,170 that directly benefits the Club, we finished just outside the Top 20 fundraisers nationally. It is great that one of our ticket buyers won 10th prize in the raffle draw, with their lucky ticket being 1 in over 180,000 tickets sold nationally and they were also they only ticket winner from a VAFA club.
We look forward to your ongoing support with our raffle in season 2022, hopefully we can break into the top 10 fundraisers!