After last week’s VAFA bye, we're back with some great Roys footy this weekend. Our Senior and Reserves Men have another bye week, but there’s still plenty on offer to get your FFC footy fix!
On Saturday, our Senior and Reserves Women take on Old Brighton away and our Thirds Gold head to Elsternwick to play Old Melburnians. Then our Div 1 Thirds play AJAX on Sunday at Ramsden Street.
Looking forward to seeing you all back at the footy! Go Roys!
Fire in the Fitzroy belly
Alexa Madden, Lex to her mates, is one of the experienced heads and key conspirators in the Fitzroy Senior Women’s side. Remember, this side is currently second on the ladder, two and a half games clear of third, and aiming for the ultimate prize. Without getting ahead of themselves, that’s where the focus of the side is, something in its relatively short history that the Fitzroy female is yet to achieve.
Lex is a first-year firefighter stationed at Bundoora. She busted a boiler to become one, and sees it as a lifelong career. Simply put, she absolutely loves the job, the community of her work colleagues, the fact that everyone is on the same page. A bit like a successful football team really. She has a background in Exercise Science and Business from ACU, a major club sponsor. And it was at ACU that the opportunity to play women’s football first came to light.
For years growing up, Lex watched her brother play football every week. She was always the keen sportsperson, but knew that footy was not an option. It was never listed on the menu for girls. When ACU participated in an annual football tournament, friendships developed around a shared passion to play the game, and in 2015 or 16 (she can’t really recall),
Lex headed off with a few mates in the direction of the Brunswick Street Oval for the first training session. There were seven or eight on the track, all were excited to be able to play, and a session in the Bowling Club after training confirmed the passion. It was two weeks before the first game, under the coaching stewardship of John Marshall.
“In the second year, we got to a grand final, but unfortunately fell short.” The foundations had been laid however, and there has been growth in numbers and ability year upon year. “The growth has been crazy, now everyone I know is a footy head, all my connections are through the Fitzroy Football Club, and the skills of the junior girls are starting to flow through.”
It is worth remembering however that the whole comp is also improving. She should know, she’s a seven-year veteran.
In 2022, with two senior women’s teams, there is stronger sense of identity within the club as a whole. “The club is so accepting, but the competition has a way to go in terms of delivering fairness and equality.” As an example, Lex cites the reporting of women’s games as being far inferior to that of the men’s in the VAFA Record. “We train the same, we play the same, we want the exposure to be the same.” Given the growth of the women’s game, that will be a given, I hope.
In the meantime, Lex is comfortable with her job, her football, and limited home habits, like walking the dogs. She is a mad Bombers fan, but in the current climate, that IS mad. All her friendships and conversations are centred on the wider Fitzroy Football Club. And on the ultimate prize this year. “If ever there is a chance, it’s this year. We need to have stronger first quarters, to switch on earlier, and not leave everything till later.”
With that sort of thinking and commitment, I’m sure all members and supporters are on the same football fire truck.
Outside the Locker Room
We have been lucky to work with the team at Outside the Locker Room to help our players and officials develop keys skills in mental health support, something we’re passionate about at Fitzroy.
Outside the Locker Room provides mental health education and welfare support to sporting clubs, schools and workplace across Australia.
Thank you to Todd Morgan and the team for delivering their powerful program to us and to all our players who participated.
Many happy returns to the legendary Kevin Murray who turns 84 tomorrow, Saturday 18 June.
Kevin is the heart and soul of the great history of our club. Nine Best and Fairest trophies and 333 games, the 1969 Brownlow Medal winner and a member of both the Fitzroy Team of the Century and the AFL Team of the Century are just a few of the achievements of this great Fitzroy man.
Earlier this season we were very pleased to name the Grandstand at Brunswick Street Oval 'The Kevin Murray Stand' in front of a huge crowd of current players, supporters and legendary Fitzroy Past Players.
Happy Birthday Kevin from all the boys and girls from old Fitzroy – we love you.
New VAFA women's podcast featuring our own Eliza Wright
VAFA Media is expanding its coverage of women’s footy in the run up to the 2022 finals series, launching a brand-new VAFA Women’s Podcast.
Melbourne University Women’s Lucy Watkin will host the weekly program, ably assisted by a selection of women involved with our VAFA clubs. Starting with Eliza Wright, Fitzroy Football Club and Premier B Men’s reporter, in the first episode.
The new Women’s Podcast is a light-hearted inclusive show that covers all sections of the VAFA Women’s competition, asking the on-field questions, in the chase for the Premiership, as well as the questions that everyone can get involved with and answer.
SKOB Saints captain, Sarah Cameron, is the inaugural guest as the club participates in a historic Pride Game for the first time this weekend against Old Xaverians.
Plan your EOFY — donate to our Australian Sports Foundation Operations Fund and get a tax deduction!
Fitzroy is 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 into June 30 it’s a good time to do some tax planning – why not make a contribution to help the club remain strong and vibrant and get a tax deduction as well!