He is now beginning work on his second book, examining the rivalry between the Victorian Football League and Victorian Football Association.
Xavier grew up in Geelong and played local football with St Joseph's in the Geelong Football League and West Brunswick in the Victorian Amateur Football Association.
After lunch, bugler Ash Ballat will lead us into a one-minute silence before the game, and during our traditional half-time wreath laying ceremony at the Edinburgh Gardens’ war memorial, we'll remember the Fitzroy players and other community members lost in wars.
Please join us on Monday, 25 April for our special Anzac Day Lunch.
Monday 25 April
11:45 for 12pm start
$45 for lunch (roast meats or vegetarian option, vegetables and salads, cheese and dessert platter)
Bookings close at midday on Thursday April 21. This will be a popular lunch so make sure to secure your ticket now to avoid disappointment!
An ordinary day at the office
By Guy Gorilla
The Roys Men approached their contest with Ajax at Elsternwick with confidence, on the back of their last quarter surge a week ago against Beaumaris. There were four changes to the side however, with Jack Mackay, Luke Minahan, Cam Mitchell and Will Symons out through either injury or confinement.
Pas Curcio came in for his debut, add another Curcio to the Fitzroy playing list, along with Toby Hudson Bevege, Jimmy Butler and Charlie Faubel. The Reserves won comfortably enough in the end, the most notable feature being the premiere of the Laidlaw brothers, Sean and Marcel, on the park together for the first time in the same side.
Weather and the ground shape were key factors in determining the outcome of the main game. A strong breeze favoured the Brighton end, but it required attacks to be conducted from the main oval side of the ground. A short ground with no pockets.
Using the conditions to advantage was critical. Captain Jack Hart kicked our first in the fluky wind, Ajax defended exclusively to the St Kilda Street side, the dead side. Charlie Hogg and Layne Holden both goaled, we were in control, until we gave away another 50, a bad habit creeping in, then they kicked a couple. Georgie Pyers snapped truly, displaying smooth Italian soccer skills.
The quarter was a real mixture but we led 28–14 at the main break. At the huddle, Coach Mahoney commended the pressure, noting how it created reward. Would it be enough? Gorilla ears heard the Ajax coach stress: “long into the forward line, on the main ground side.”
They were wasteful but kicked the first. Big Bill Clayton was doing well in the ruck, and we were peppering the goal mouth with little return. Ajax were playing a more cohesive, team-first style. Rhys Seakins was again dominating in defence, and Darcy Lowrie was repelling all attacks. Faubel showed verve.
It was a point the difference at the main break, truth is we should have led. Having the wind at our backs in the third, we needed to put the score on the board.
But we spent large slabs of the quarter on the dead side and then, of course, one entry into the Ajax forward line led to a goal. Harrison Grace goaled in reply, but they goaled twice late, taking the lead, and celebrating like it was an early Easter.
The last quarter was debilitating. Heath Ramshaw surged the ball forward with the speed of a leopard, and Pyers snapped truly. Lowrie went into attack, and clunked one through for a major.
Problem was they were scoring with the wind, and in the end it was a 23 point deficit after, you guessed it, another 50 metre penalty. My scribbled notes reveal that I wrote no more.
Week off for Easter, seems strange after 2 rounds, and then a very important match against Williamstown on Anzac Day Monday. At the Brunswick Street Oval. Be there.
Get 'em before they're gone! Our 1922 100th anniversary premiership guernsey
2022 marks the 100th anniversary of the famous Fitzroy VFL Premiership of 1922, the Roys’ seventh VFL Premiership and eighth overall including the 1895 VFA flag.
The Fitzroy team which defeated Collingwood in that 1922 Grand Final included players such as Team of the Century star Percy Parratt, champion goal kicker Jimmy Freake and legendary captain Chris Lethbridge.
One of the special things about this team is the guernsey they wore at the time. It featured the well-known Fitzroy maroon and blue, but the blue was in the form of a solid ‘V’ shape and there was no FFC logo on the front. That iconic design didn’t appear until the 1930’s. This historic version of the guernsey was also the first to feature player numbers on the back.
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of this magnificent premiership and the unique guernsey worn in 1922, the Fitzroy Football Club is releasing a limited-edition replica of that special guernsey.
Each guernsey will feature the number 22 on the back in honour of the Premiership winning 1922 side with the front of the guernsey acknowledging the 100th anniversary of the win.
These guernseys will be strictly a limited edition and there will only be 122 made to commemorate this significant moment in Fitzroy history. Each guernsey will be individually numbered on the lower left-hand side: 1 of 122, 2 of 122, 3 of 122 and so on to mark this special release.
This historic, 100-year anniversary re-issue of the 1922 Premiership winning guernsey is just $100.00. This is a special offer for this outstanding piece of Fitzroy Football Club history.
Don't forget to have your say on making Brunswick Street Oval even better!
Over the past few years the Fitzroy Football Club has joined with the Fitzroy Junior Football Club, Edinburgh Cricket Club and the Fitzroy Tennis Club under the banner of the Edinburgh Gardens Sporting Community to lobby for improved facilities at Brunswick Street Oval.
Brunswick Street Oval is a special place with a rich history. After receiving the backing of the State Government and working with Yarra City Council, plans for the redevelopment of Brunswick Street Oval have been endorsed by the Edinburgh Gardens Sporting Community.
The redevelopment would include a new two storey sports pavillion built on the north-west bank of Brunswick Street Oval. The pavillion would include modern change rooms and a large second storey function room overlooking the ground that will transform the experience of our players and supporters.
Yarra City Council is now conducting public consultation and we are asking for your support. We strongly urge you to visit the Your Say Yarra website to review the plans and provide your feedback.
You can also attend one of two consultation sessions at Brunswick Street Oval planned for late April.
Please have your say to help ensure that Brunswick Street Oval becomes even better!