The Fitzroy-ACU Women 1 team will play in the Preliminary Final against Marcellin this weekend after going down to a slick, fast and hard St Kevin’s Saints on Saturday at East Malvern.
The Roy Girls are pretty clear on the standard that will be required to take on the best in the grand final – should they make it through this week – after St Kevin’s set the tone early in the second semi-final and were never headed. The final score was St Kevin’s 6.10.46 to Fitzroy-ACU 1.0.6. Lauren Carlin kicked the goal in the first quarter from a great link-up passage of play down the wing.
Best on the day were Lauren Atkinson, Alexa Madden, Gemma Minuz, Tash Ross-Harris, who gained a lot of mileage from the ruck contests, and Emily Fitt.
The team will be disappointed that they didn’t quite bring their A game, but their effort and energy could not have been faulted as they met SKOB’s physical pressure head on.
A large contingent of the Women 2 team and other Fitzroy faithful were out in force to cheer the Roy Girls on. This weekend they play the Preliminary Final on Sunday 13 August at 2pm at Trevor Barker Oval in Sandringham. Let’s get behind the girls and see if they can make it to the big dance for another chance to meet SKOB Saints.
The VAFA finals entry price is $10 for adults and $5 concession. Please note there is a strict no dogs policy at Trevor Barker Oval.
The Roy Girls have also thrown their support behind raising awareness of Parkinson’s Victoria’s A Walk in the Park on Sunday 27 August. The team wore purple ribbons in their hair during the semi-final and posed for a photograph after the game, in support of a close family friend of captain Gemma Minuz. For more details of A Walk in the Park and to register or support another team to raise funds for those living with Parkinson’s, here are more details: http://melbournewalkinthepark.org.au/
And, congratulations to Fitzroy-ACU Women 2 players Siobhan Williams (4 votes), Madeline Hogan, Bridie Murphhy and Georgina Steggall (3 votes), Lola Button and Dana Louey (2 votes) and Anthea Clarke, Emilie Goegan and Alice Batterton (1 vote each) who were awarded umpire votes during the Division 4 season and mentioned during the count this week. The full count for Development Division 4 is here.
The VAFA Premier Women’s best and fairest will be held on Monday night with a number of players expected to do well. Keep an eye and ear out for more on that.
Four games to go – the pressure is on
Fitzroy Seniors take on Old Carey at Brunswick Street Oval in a game they really have to win tomorrow.
Fitzroy sits second from the bottom of the Premier B ladder and has four games to secure their spot in Premier B for 2018. Old Carey has plenty to play for too, currently sitting just one game out of the four.
Fitzroy defeated Old Carey in Round 8 at their home ground – in fact it was the last game Fitzroy won. After a bye, there should be fresh legs and maybe some players returning from injury.
Get on down to Brunswick Street Oval if you can and cheer the boys on.
Tackling social violence – making a statement
Fitzroy will join 150 grass roots footy clubs around Australia tomorrow donning the orange laces to make a stand against social violence as part of Step Back Think’s dedicated Lace Up Week campaign from August 7-13.
The clubs will swap their traditional laces for orange ones, to raise awareness about social violence, which includes one-punch assaults, pub brawls and street fights.
Look out for the orange laces and if you are posting on social media, use the hashtag #LaceUp2017
Major raffle drawn tomorrow
Three lucky winners will be very happy after their names are drawn out in Fitzroy’s Major Raffle tomorrow.
Could your name be on that ticket for the $3000 travel prize or tickets to the 2017 Toyota AFL Finals Series, including the 2017 Toyota AFL Grand Final (AFL authorised GF promotion GFAFL17/49)?
Join the members, friends and teams in the post-match celebrations at the Community Rooms at Brunswick Street Oval on Saturday night after Fitzroy takes on Old Carey, and witness the raffle draw at 6pm.
Any last-minute ticket purchases can be made at BSO tomorrow.
A huge thank you to our raffle sponsors, the Brisbane Lions and Caltex.
Sponsors gather for business and community networking night
A raft of Fitzroy sponsors, business members and community organisations gathered at the Royal Derby on Wednesday night for Fitzroy’s first business and community networking night.
The club took the opportunity to thank our 2017 sponsors and provide an update on some of the on and off field action at Fitzroy FC, from President Joan Eddy, Senior Coach Nick Mitchell and Director Kevin Sharp.
Thank you to major sponsors, The Royal Derby, for hosting the event. Director Kane Tancredi, a big Fitzroy and Lions man, accepted his newest framed Fitzroy jumper from Sponsorship Director, Grant Hammond, as part of the pub’s three-year sponsorship package.
The other large contingent was from the Reds Foundation, including those with sponsorship or business arrangements with the club also, such as Craig Walden from APS Benefits Group and Mike Wallis from Aspect Underwriting. It was terrific to see a number of former Reds players continuing to take a keen interest in the club’s development.
The club was represented by Board members, captains Rory Angiolello and Gemma Minuz and coaches Nick Mitchell and Archie Whiting, who was also wearing his business hat with oxil.oi
If you are interested in being involved with the next business and community networking night, please contact Kevin Sharp.
Thirds maintain narrow grip on fourth
Fitzroy’s Thirds took it right to Ajax on a wet and windy BSO last Sunday morning, but didn’t quite have the legs in the final quarter.
Ajax ran out winners 12.8.80 to 9.1.55. Fitzroy’s accuracy was outstanding given the conditions.
Fitzroy’s best were Simon Heather (with three goals), Liam Webb, James Pitts, Jacob Peggie and Lachie Henderson, adding a dash of class.
The team now holds onto fourth spot on the ladder just on percentage, as Monash Blues (equal on points) also won over the weekend.
The equation is pretty simple for Fitzroy this weekend - win against bottom side Old Carey Grammarians and they are into the semis. Go Roys!
Congratulations to Nathan White – an escapee from the 70s – who played his 50th game for Fitzroy and was acknowledge after the game by his coach and teammates.
Under 19s knock off top side
There have been some promising signs coming from the Under 19 sides in the last few weeks and with the inclusion of a number of players with senior experience, Fitzroy knocked off the top side, Collegians.
With a Senior bye in the VAFA last week, Tim Bell’s Under 19(1) side scored a convincing win over Collegians, 11.13.79 to 5.9.39, sending them back to second spot.
Nino Lazzaro continued with his senior level form and was best player for Fitzroy, also scoring two goals. Rory Patterson kicked three and Will Symons two. Noah Wright and Ted Clayton also excelled.
After a good first quarter against Peninsula Old Boys, Fitzroy’s Under 19(2) team had a second quarter lapse which really cost them the game, as Peninsula scored five goals to one. In the end Fitzroy went down by 19 points, 12.11.83 to 9.10.64.
Jacob Long also enjoyed his day back with the Under 19s, kicking three goals, while team mate Rhys Dolby also kicked three. Dolby, Eddie Gosling and Matt Lynas were the best players for Fitzroy.
The Under 19(2) team will be bolstered by a number of the Fitzroy Junior Footy Club’s Colts team members, who have finished their season and will now step up to the VAFA comp for the remaining rounds.
Congratulations to David Hindle – 500 games
If you think playing 100 games is quite an achievement, imagine umpiring 500!
Well that is what David Hindle will do when he umpires Fitzroy’s game against Old Carey on Saturday.
David told club President Joan Eddy he wanted to do the game at Brunswick Street Oval because of the history and culture at Fitzroy.
“We are so well looked after, before, during and after the game, regardless of a match result,” David said.
David started umpiring as a field umpire in 1969 and retired in 1983. In 2007 he returned to the VAFA as a goal umpire and will have that role in tomorrow's game.
David will lead the other umpires out onto the ground at the start of the game as a recognition of his milestone. Let’s acknowledge such an incredible feat.
Frankie guides Next Gen Roy Girls
Fitzroy-ACU Women 2 player, Frankie Freeman, has not only been honing her own craft during the season, but one of the inaugural Roy Girls, has been passing on her wisdom and intel to the younger generation, coaching a Fitzroy Junior Football Club Under 10s team. She tells the RedRoy about her first year of coaching the juniors, demonstrating a lovely connection between Roy Girls big and small. Go Frankie!
Tell us how you got started coaching the juniors? “A combination of a couple of beers and a lot of enthusiasm! I kinda got (willingly) roped into it after having a yarn to Phil Murdoch (FJFC President) at the Fitzroy Season launch earlier this year.
“But it's been something I've been thinking about for a while. It's not quite my first foray into football coaching - I was the playing coach for my inter-school sports team in high school because none of the teachers wanted to put their hand up to coach a girls’ team…which says a lot about where women's AFL was at when I was younger!
“I used to coach men's and women's senior hockey though so it's definitely been a learning experience with the girls!”
What have you learnt about yourself as a coach this year? “I think I've learned to have more fun as a coach. I think when I was coaching adults I may have had a tendency to deny some of my larrikin nature in favour of commanding respect, but the thing with the girls is that they are much more receptive and respectful if you're being your authentic self... they can spot if you're bullshitting a mile away!”
How do you go managing a throng of 10-year-olds? “It's actually a delight! I'm sure the rest of the Senior Fitzroy-ACU squad can attest to just how effusive I am about them all. Every single one of them has made me smile at some stage throughout the season - sometimes it was through growth they've shown in their game, other times it might be a random out of nowhere comment that shows their personality. They're a really good bunch of humans; the future of the Roy Girls is in good hands!”
What's next in your coaching career? “I'm super keen to build on this year and become a better coach going into the future. I'm particularly interested in the development of women's and girl's footy and think that's where my coaching career will be based - I'm doing some training over the summer to make sure that I'm prepared for an even better season next year.
“A little further down the track, when my body doesn't let me slog it out on the field anymore, my goal is to coach a senior women's team. The "big" Roy Girls would be the ultimate wouldn't it? Maybe in 10 years when the littlies from this year are coming through to senior level?”
Nice one Frankie.
This week's games
Fitzroy Thirds vs Old Carey Grammarians – VAFA Premier B Thirds – Ramsden Street, 11.40am, Saturday 12 August
Fitzroy Reserves vs Old Carey Grammarians – VAFA Premier B Reserves – Brunswick Street Oval, 11.40am, Saturday 12 August
Fitzroy Seniors vs Old Carey Grammarians – VAFA Premier B – Brunswick Street Oval, 2.00pm, Saturday 12 August
Fitzroy U19 (2) vs Old Paradians – Holmesglen U19 Section 5 – Ramsden Street Oval, 2.00pm, Saturday 12 August
Old Melburnians vs Fitzroy U19 (1) - Sportscover Arena, 2.00pm, Saturday 12 August
Fitzroy-ACU Women 1 vs Marcellin – VAFA Wilson Women Premier Preliminary Final – Trevor Barker Oval, 2.00pm, Sunday 13 August