Fitzroy fullback Max Ellis joined some elite company – the
likes of Fitzroy stars Allan Ruthven, Kevin Murray, Norm Brown
and Garry Wilson – when he took out his third Fitzroy best
and fairest in as many years.
Max was awarded the Greg Roughsedge Perpetual Trophy for the
senior men’s best and fairest player at Fitzroy’s Redlow at
the Regal Ballroom in Northcote last Friday night.
After he was presented with the trophy, Max said despite –
or perhaps because of – the challenges of the season, 2019
was one of his favourite years of Fitzroy footy. “We stuck
in there and stayed up (in Premier B) and I can’t wait to see
what this young group does next,” Max said.
For the Fitzroy-ACU
Senior Women, it was a first-time winner but really no surprise.
Teresa (Razor) Zampaglione, who finished second in the VAFA
Premier Women’s best and fairest, took out the Elaine Findlay
Perpetual Trophy for her breakout season. It was remarkable
that with just seven games until an injury ended her season,
Tash Ross-Harris was the runner up.
Dispensing with formality, Razor donned the Birkenstocks and
socks for her acceptance speech and declared “Fitzroy for life”.
There were a couple of firsts for the night. It was the first
time the club has acknowledged a senior woman for goal kicking
and full forward Liz Olney, who has been a Roy Girl since season
one of women’s footy with the club, has her name on the new
Reds Foundation best first year player in the senior men's
squad was awarded to Harrison Grace for an oustanding first
year, which got stronger as the season went on.
In another first, the trophy for the best and fairest player
in the new Under 23s team, was named after long-time and very
successful Under 19s coach, Tim Bell. Tim was on hand as the
trophy was awarded to Tom Robinson. Under 23s Captain Ezra
Darby collected the trophy on Tom’s behalf as he is playing
football overseas in Vietnam as he does at this time every
The Club person of the year was awarded to volunteer Steve
Maniatakis, who became very emotional in his acceptance speech,
declaring his love for the club.
A photo album with images from the magnificent Peter Casamento
can be found here and will be added to over time.
Pictured below: The Fitzroy captains lead the singing of the club song (top); The Under 19s gather for a group shot (centre left); Liz Olney, Senior Women's leading goal kicker, with Captain and Coach's Award winner, Jess Hayes (centre right); President Joan Eddy celebrates with Steve Maniatakis and co (bottom left); the Fitzroy-ACU Women's squad in their finest (bottom right).
Joan named AFL Community Football Woman of the Year
Joan Eddy has been recognised as the 2019 AFL Football Woman
of the Year (Community category).
The award recognises and celebrates Joan's 20+ years supporting
grass roots footy in inner Melbourne as a volunteer of all
The response to the announcement was huge - one of Fitzroy's
most viewed social media posts for the year.
Joan spoke with the VAFA about what her award means and here
is the story:
Fitzroy Football Club President Joan Eddy was recognised as
the 2019 AFL Football Woman of the Year Award (Community Category)
last week for her incredible contribution to amateur footy.
Eddy, who has been at the Roys for more than 20 years, has
served her club and association in a myriad of roles and spoke
to VAFA Media about her love for Fitzroy and the recognition
she received Friday night.
“The club is an extraordinary organisation and I am privileged
to be the president,” she said.
“It’s a great honour and recognition for all the work and
my long history at being involved in community football, but
it’s also much bigger than that – its recognition for the club
which is very important.”
Fitzroy’s history is well-documented after first joining the
VAFA in 1955 and incorporates the University Reds and Old Fitzroy
whereby a strong group of supporters still support the club
they grew up loving pre-AFL merger.
“Fitzroy has a lot of history and I am really proud to be
part of the 21st century story that includes football coming
back to the Brunswick St Oval,” Eddy said.
“It’s great to get our Fitzroy football identity back at our
home, our heartland at Brunswick St Oval.”
In her time at the Roys, Eddy has been part of many incredible
moments; including, the introduction of women’s football five
years ago and the club’s U19 premiership when she oversaw the
side’s operations as Team Manager.
“They won the (under 19s) premiership my son had played in
and it was a great experience to share that in our first year
in the senior club,” Eddy said.
Her son, Tom Cheshire, played his entire career at Fitzroy
and retired at the end of last season but not before kicking
one of the most memorable goals in club history against Williamstown
CYMS in the second semi-final – a moment sure to make Eddy
smile for a very long time.
Unsurprisingly, the 2018 Premier C senior men’s and reserves
flags and subsequent promotion to Premier B are also atop her
highlights reel. Read more of this story on the website.
Enjoy the video put together by Gabrielle Murphy to support
Joan's nomination. You can see why they picked her as the
winner... never in doubt!
Four nominated for life membership
Senior Men’s captain, Julian Turner, leads a list of four
nominees for life membership of Fitzroy this year.
Players Max Ellis and Michael Cussen, and fitness guru, Steve
Hurl, join Jules and will be put forward for consideration
at the Fitzroy AGM in December.
Jules, Max and Michael are nominated for 10 years as players,
while Steve is being acknowledged for 12 years as Seniors’
fitness coach and administrator of the D Squad.
The AGM will be held this year on the afternoon of Sunday
1 December in the Community Rooms at Brunswick Street Oval.
To our volunteer army, thank you!
At this year’s Redlow, volunteer and crowd favourite, Steve
Maniatakis, was named Club Person of the Year for his countless
years of handing out love, support and multi-coloured snakes.
But Steve’s only one of many to whom we owe our thanks.
As President Joan Eddy said at the Redlow, our seven teams
could not do what they do without an army of wonderful volunteers.
Ours is a small but committed army, and they do the best job.
We can never thank you enough.
Order your Fitzroy gear now for Christmas!
It's nearly time to take
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We've put out the call for experienced footballers to join
our senior men's and women's squads for 2020.
The social media campaign has started on Facebook and Instagram
and will run until pre-season starts on Monday 18 November.
If you know anyone who is interested in playing senior football
and would fit in well with the Fitzroy culture and community,
please encourage them to get in touch with one of our senior
coaches or Director Player Recruitment and Wellbeing, Michael
Pickering. As a first step, they can send their details via the website.
Please share our ads on Facebook if you see them.
To go out, take a look at this fabulous highlights package put
together by ACU student and Fitzroy intern for 2019, Ellie
Mitsch. This package opened proceedings at the Redlow and is
a great look back at the season that was. Click on the image
to see the video.