From this Saturday, 7 May 2022, the grandstand at Brunswick Street Oval will be known on game days as the Kevin Murray Stand.
This very special sign will be unveiled on Saturday with a ceremony commencing at 1.30pm after the Men's Reserves and before the Senior Men's match against University Blacks.
All are welcome to join us at Brunswick Street Oval for this special moment celebrating a legend of our club.
Thirds Gold update
It has been clear that the Fitzroy Thirds side playing in Div 2, known to us as the Thirds Gold, was performing well above the current standard of the division. leading to an unbalanced competition, which we’re sure you’ll agree is not great for footy.
After consultation with the VAFA, the Thirds Gold have now been moved up to the Premier Thirds and will hit the field in this division after their bye this week.
Round 4 Results
Leadership training with 'Pods'
Our senior player leaders and coaches were fortunate to be part of a four-session leadership training program designed and facilitated by former Geelong and Adelaide Crows AFL star, James Podsiadly.
Podsiadly was one of the AFL’s fairy tale stories when he made his league debut as a 28-year-old for Geelong in 2010. A decorated state league performer, Podsiadly won a premiership in just his second season with the Cats, also taking out the club’s leading goalkicker award.
The veteran joined Adelaide in the 2013 trade period and was a valuable contributor on and off the field in his two seasons as a Crow. He notched 21 games in 2014, then won Adelaide’s SANFL goalkicking award and the inaugural Phil Walsh Best Team Man honour despite not playing a senior game
James is now the founder and CEO of AFL Max. AFL Max is Australia’s first indoor football, entertainment and education centre. He has also had extensive experience in delivering leadership skills in the corporate world.
Using his significant experience in both AFL and corporate circles, ‘Pods’ created the 4QTR Leadership Program in which player leaders and coaches across our Senior Men’s, Senior Women’s, Thirds and Under 19s squads were delivered sessions on key topics including:
The importance of looking after themselves and improving wellbeing
Understanding purposeful leadership and the importance of having a vision/purpose
How leaders create an environment where everyone can be their best
Understanding the importance and benefits of building relationships and teamwork
The importance of setting goals and how the journey to achieving them is different for each
The response from the players was very positive as shown in some of the comments in the feedback survey:
“Personally, I got a lot out of the program and a number of topics really resonated with me about bringing energy, having a why?/purpose, connection of people and the club/community and driving high performance together.”
“Really well run program with real strategies and initiatives to become better leaders, to develop future leaders and follow up actions to ensure lessons learnt are implemented”
“Content of the program was fantastic.”
We want to give a special thanks to our Director of Coaching, Phil Bunn, for setting up this connection through his involvement in the AFL and personal connection to Pods. It’s wonderful we’re able to bring these high-level experiences to our players.
We also give a big thank you to Pods himself for the enormous amount of time and commitment involved in preparing and implementing his 4QTR program.
Wendy's milestone efforts
Image: Wendy Symonds with another club stalwart, Janet Graham, in the Round 2 Guard of Honour for the launch of the women's club song. Photo by Phyllis Quealy.
By Sophie Arnold
Wendy Symonds will be a familiar face to everyone who attends Roys games.
Since becoming a member in 1979, Wendy has helped run cake stalls, afternoon teas, raffles, number games and was even part of the crew who had the unenviable job of scrubbing clean the Albion Charles Hotel when Fitzroy took it over.
When volunteers were needed to staff the Fitzroy Shop, Wendy was a regular and now she can be found at home games behind the merchandise stall.
But not everyone will be aware that, since 2016, Wendy has also worked behind the scenes to help the Club keep track of the number of games played by our men and women players.
Each week, Wendy updates her lists of player games and supplies this to the Club so that player milestones can be celebrated.
This may sound simple enough, but Wendy also has to cross-reference lists started within the Club with VAFA records. And Wendy doesn’t have the luxury of doing this with two computer screens open – instead having to make do with just her 17-inch laptop!
As a result of her hard work, Wendy has become friendly with a lot of players and supporters over the years. She looks forward to the Redlow each year as a great chance to chat to players and supporters away from the busyness of game day.
Wendy has recently started a new job but is determined to keep on top of her player games updates - for which the Club is very grateful!
We’re hiring! Women’s Program Development Coordinator
To further grow and strengthen the women’s football program at Fitzroy, we're excited to announce the creation a new position to support this strategy and are seeking a Women’s Program Development Coordinator.
This is a key outcome of the recently developed 2022—2025 Strategic Plan which reflected the strong belief among players, members and stakeholders that, while the club has a clear commitment to gender equality, an increased focus on the women’s program would drive more positive impacts within our great club.
A key responsibility for the person who takes on the role will be the development of effective and visible pathways from the Fitzroy Junior Football Club, which this year has some 180 young girls playing footy.
Another core component will be developing strong relationships with VFLW and AFLW clubs to ensure Fitzroy players have access to opportunities and Fitzroy becomes a club of choice for former players at these levels.
The role will also drive the potential development of a third women’s team and provide support for our current women’s players, coaches and volunteers to ensure our women’s program is the best it can be on and off the field.
We are seeking expressions of interest for this paid position and also recommendations from our Fitzroy community of people who might fit the requirements to fill this position soon.
Be sure to save the dates for these upcoming events:
Fitzroy Rotary Lunch
Saturday May 21, 11:45am for 12pm
Brunswick Street Oval before the Senior Men play Old Carey
More details soon
Saturday May 28, 11:45am for 12pm
Brunswick Street Oval before the Senior Women play Old Geelong
Featuring Professor Joy Damousi, Director of the Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences at Australian Catholic University and Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor at the University of Melbourne speaking about local history and growing up Greek in Fitzroy.