Last Sunday might have been Big V match day for VAFA women, but to Fitzroy-ACU players, it was known only as Rosso Day.
The players trekked to Ballarat to watch their teammate Tash Ross-Harris play in the inaugural Big V women’s team, and wore bright red wigs to celebrate red-head Rosso.
Tash contributed to the Big V’s 49 point victory over AFL Goldfields at Mars Stadium, where Fitzroy-ACU player Frankie Freeman says Rosso’s biggest fans braved very cold conditions to support their teammate.
“We were all super proud of Rosso and wanted to get around her Roygirl style, which means going all out and having a bit of a laugh,” Frankie says.
The Fitzroy-ACU women weren’t the only people lauding Tash on Rosso Day, with the VAFA website’s wrap of the game praising her strong performance in the ruck for the Big V.
Sock swap for Thick and Thin round
Fitzroy players won’t be wearing their trademark red and royal blue socks this weekend, in an effort to raise awareness about mental health.
The club will again participate in Thick and Thin round, where VAFA home teams wear navy socks, and away teams wear sky blue socks.
It’s the third year running that teams across the VAFA will take part in Thick and Thin, an initiative which encourages players to start the conversation around mental health.
VAFA has partnered with the Mental Health Education Group, who will deliver Mental Health First Aid training to players and key stakeholders throughout the competition. All profits raised will go towards the costs associated with that training.
The initiative recognises the fact that one in four young people in Australia will experience a mental health issue at some point.
It’s not just in the amended lyrics of the club song that the Brisbane Lions pay tribute to the ‘Fitzroy of old’. Every year they back up their commitment by sponsoring emerging Fitzroy stars.
“Generally we nominate one of the younger players who’s come through from the Fitzroy juniors,” says Brisbane Lions Victorian Manager Sam Lord. “Which is why we were keen on Lewis Pavlich.”
Given the overwhelmingly positive response to the inaugural AFLW side, and Fitzroy FC’s commitment to women’s football, Sam Lord says it seemed only natural to also nominate a women’s player in 2017.
“Georgina Stegall was the obvious choice,” Sam says. “Georgie’s a huge Brisbane Lions fan, and has an incredibly bright future.”
Emile Pavlich (known to his team mates and fans as Lewis or Louie) says he’s been bashing and crashing into the opposition at Edinburgh Gardens since he was 10 years old.
Now in his second year of senior football with Fitzroy, Emile started at Alfred Crescent and slowly transitioned on to the Brunswick Street Oval.
“The Brisbane Lions was a team of superstars at the height of its illustrious back-to-back-to-back premiership streak that ended in 03,” says Emile. “The generation of kids at age 5, 6 and 7, like I was, felt inspired by such a dominant team.
“Although a lot of us Roy boy youngsters didn't quite understand the circumstances of the Fitzroy cull, we realised that the Lions had a special place in the hearts of locals.”
Emile thinks the Brisbane Lions’ sponsorship of younger senior players is a fantastic initiative, and feels very grateful that such a proud and professional club has sponsored him in 2017.
“As a full-time uni student and amateur footy player, saving money can be a challenging and laborious task,” he says. “Receiving a sponsorship makes me feel extremely honoured and helps a great deal financially.”
As for Fitzroy, Emile says playing for the mighty Roys means a lot.
“It means riding through Edinburgh Gardens to the game on a Saturday morning, it means belting out the team song with your mates, and it means upholding that never-say-die Fitzroy attitude.”
Final chance to book for Fitzroy’s Women in Footy lunch
2017 has been a momentous year for women in football, and who better to discuss it with than Angela Pippos, one of Australia's leading sports journalists.
Angela will be Fitzroy's special guest at our third annual Women in Football lunch on Saturday July 22nd.
Angela is a journalist, TV presenter, radio personality, author and MC, and a dedicated Adelaide Crows fan. She’s appeared on many sports programs including Network Ten’s Before the Game and The Back Page on Fox Sports and is a regular on ABC radio and TV.
She has just released her second book, Breaking The Mould – Taking A Hammer To Sexism In Sport and the television documentary she wrote, produced and presented about the rise of women in Australian Rules football, League of Her Own, aired on the Seven Network in February 2017.
Angela will be joined at the lunch by Brisbane Lions’ AFLW star Kaitlyn Ashmore, who played in this year’s inaugural AFLW Grand Final, and Fitzroy-ACU Captain Gemma Minuz
Book now for the lunch as tickets are selling fast, so don't miss out.
Bookings will close on Wednesday 19 July or as soon as they sell out.
Fitzroy players at all levels of the game are using Pilates for fitness and strength.
This year, 10 players are undertaking a series of Pilates studio sessions as part of das Studio’s Pilates sponsorship of the club.
Rory Angiolella, Mitch Bottomley and Julian Turner are three of the players who have been participating in Pilates sessions at the Smith Street studio this year.
“Part of my ongoing physio plan was to start Pilates at das Studio and since I’ve started the program, I’ve felt continuing improvements in my body and am feeling more balanced and stronger through my hips, which is something I had been really struggling with this year,” says Rory.
Mitch says he has used the sessions to take the time to feel and learn more about the strengths and weaknesses of his body. “I have felt the improvement of body and mind in games and at training,” he says.
“I’ve seen tangible benefits from my time at das Studio Pilates both on the field and on the training track,” Julian says. “My balance has definitely improved as well as my core stability leading to greater strength over the ball. I’ve also experienced less soft tissue injuries this year after being able to work on specific issues with consistent sessions at das.”
Helen Saniga from das says Pilates is a brilliant and accessible method of exercise that releases, mobilises, and strengthens the body.
“Through its fundamental principles it encourages the mind and body to work together, opening neural pathways, promoting flexibility, balance, and coordination that are essential as we age. Through its focus on core and muscle length, it also does a great job of toning and buffing,” she says.
Helen says the studio has this year been joined by Elizabeth Hewett, a qualified physiologist as well as highly regarded and experienced Pilates practitioner, who is overseeing the programs and progress of the Fitzroy players.
“Her experience and training are invaluable in transitioning elite athletes from injury to realising their full potential,” she says.
Helen says das is abuzz with a range of classes including teenage programs, private and small group studio sessions, and the recently introduced Ageing Gracefully sessions for over 50’s.
Das are offering members of the FFC community a 20% discount on either of the startup packages that they offer. This offer will be available until 31 December 2017. If you’d like to start Pilates at das, contact Helen on 0412 503 771.
Get your bowls teams together
Register now for Fitzroy Victoria Bowling & Sports Club’s new knockout bowls competition and discounted social membership just for Fitzroy players, sponsors, and supporters.
Book your team of three in for a fun morning of social bowls, a lesson, plus a free BBQ.
The competition will take place on Sunday 30 July from 11am to 1.30pm at the Fitzroy Victoria Bowling & Sports Club on Brunswick Street.
Book your place by 26 July by emailing your team name, and names of the three team members, to email@example.com. Mixed teams are fine.
The cost of only $5 per person includes coaching, bowls competition, BBQ lunch, tea and coffee. (Please note that the $5 cost is per person, rather than per team as reported incorrectly in the last RedRoy. This still might be the best $5 you ever spend.)
Only three weeks left to get your Fitzroy raffle tickets
Someone will turn $10 into $3000 on 12 August at Brunswick Street Oval. Will it be you?
A $3000 travel voucher to the destination of your choice is the first prize in Fitzroy’s major raffle for 2017.
You have until 5 August to purchase your tickets from any Fitzroy player, at the souvenir stall at home games at Brunswick Street Oval, and via the Fitzroy website.
There are some wonderful prizes – for footy fans, second prize may even be better than first - and tickets are just $10 each. Don't miss out on the opportunity to win:
First prize: a $3000 travel voucher (to the destination of your choice)
Second prize: Two (2) tickets to the 2017 Toyota AFL Finals Series, including the 2017 Toyota AFL Grand Final, valued at approx $1200, donated by the Brisbane Lions FC: AFL authorised GF promotion (GFAFL17/49)
Third prize: a StarCash card to the value of $500, donated by Caltex Australia.
The raffle will be drawn at 6pm on 12 August 2017 in the Community Rooms at Brunswick Street Oval during the post-match presentation after Fitzroy takes on Old Carey. Results published 15 August on FFC website www.fitzroyfc.com.au
If you are a player or supporter selling raffle tickets, please ensure you return all ticket books to the club by August 5.
Thank you very much to the sponsors of this raffle, the Brisbane Lions Football Club and Caltex Australia.
Enjoy a pre-game drink and bite at St Bernards this Saturday
Fitzroy supporters travelling to Essendon to watch the Reserves and Seniors this weekend are invited to attend St Bernard’s pre-game function.
Entry to the upstairs bar will be $5, with finger food available. The bar will be open from 12.30pm, and all are welcome. There is no need to book, as entry is payable at the door.
This week's games
La Trobe University vs Fitzroy U19 (2) – Holmesglen U19 Section 5 – La Trobe University, 7.30pm, Friday 14 July
Fitzroy Thirds vs Parkdale Vultures – VAFA Premier B Thirds – Brunswick Street Oval, 11.40am, Saturday 15 July
Fitzroy-ACU Women 2 vs Brunswick Renegades – Development Division 4 – Ramsden Street Oval, 11.40am, Saturday 15 July
St Bernards vs Fitzroy Reserves – VAFA Premier B Reserves – St Bernards College, 11.40am, Saturday 15 July
Fitzroy-ACU Women 1 vs Melbourne University – VAFA Wilson Women Premier – Ramsden Street Oval, 2.00pm, Saturday 15 July
St Bernards vs Fitzroy Seniors – VAFA Premier B – St Bernards College, 2.00pm, Saturday 15 July
Williamstown CYMS vs Fitzroy U19 (1) – Holmesglen U19 Section 2 – Fearon Reserve, 2.00pm, Saturday 15 July