Gemma, Tash and Claudia will all be in action on Saturday at Ramsden Street, when the Fitzroy-ACU teams play a double header. The Women 2 team is playing Hawthorn at 11.40am, followed by Fitzroy-ACU Women 2 taking on Old Xavs at 2pm. A win for Women 1 will keep the pressure on SKOB Saints, who is in first spot on the Women’s Premier ladder, only ahead of Fitzroy on percentage.
Whaddya reckon about Hendo?
Lots of people reckon Lachie Henderson looks like an old-style player. Swap the red, yellow and blue with maroon and blue and you could be forgiven for thinking he’s a latter-day Noel Jarvis.
Like Hendo, Noel Jarvis was tough, talented and tenacious. And like Hendo, he played on the wing or from half forward, the obvious difference being that Noel’s reign extended from the mid-40’s to the mid-50’s and he scored a premiership along the way. (But we’ve still got plenty of time to play out – perhaps even this season – before we know for sure whether that’s a point of difference or an honour shared.)
Noel Jarvis, a dashing and creative wingman who gave Fitzroy great service in 159 VFL games between 1944 and 1952, featured on the Kornies football card.
Best mate Matthew Gaite reckons Hendo’s a pretty complete footballer either on the wing or at half forward.
“He has an extraordinary read of the game which has always impressed me the most,” says Gaiter. “Gets to the right spots, always backs up giving his team the best opportunity.
“He has a great kick both sides and one on one, and in the air he’s neigh on impossible to beat. His knowledge of the game is also incredible, be it AFL stats, skills or gameplay.”
Hendo and Gaiter met at uni about six years ago. Together with Joe Atkinson, they agreed to move to Fitzroy to play together in 2014. Before that Hendo played juniors and seniors at Lower Plenty.
So what do others reckon? Kerry Winchester thinks the firsts are always better when Hendo’s on the team. And Nathan Jameau reckons he’s got some of the slickest hands he’s seen on a football field.
As for RedRoy, we reckon that Hendo’s played 50 fabulous games and we wish him a long and successful career at Fitzroy.
We’d better leave the last word to Gaiter…
“I reckon he’s just a genuine ripper bloke who is awesome to have a beer and a laugh with and talk footy.”
Lachlan Henderson commanding the wing against Monash
Tall tales and true: Hendo and Gaiter review an away game last year
Reds Ball – save the date!
The much-anticipated Reds Ball is coming up on Saturday 15 July.
Please save the date and more details, along with ticket sales, will be announced very shortly.
Big day at BSO
The Fitzroy Seniors and Reserves are back at Brunswick Street Oval on Saturday, but one of the tallest men paying a visit, may not be on the ground.
Victorian Premier, Dan Andrews, will be speaking at the sold-out pre-game lunch hosted by the Reds Foundation. Potentially you can expect as much action and excitement in the community rooms as on the field, if the last two Reds’ political lunches are anything to go by!
On field, Fitzroy will face a stiff challenge to generate back-to-back wins against second-placed Old Scotch.
Sitting just outside the four, Fitzroy needs a win to stay in the hunt for the top four and launch an assault on the second half of the season.
It would be great to see the youngsters, Nino Lazzaro, Sean Laidlaw (who made his first appearance for the Seniors in the win over Old Carey) and co, back up last week’s strong finish with a good show against more fancied opposition.
The Reserves have strung together a couple of impressive wins, but they also will need to be at their best to knock off the undefeated Old Scotch B Reserve team.
Meanwhile, the Fitzroy Thirds, currently our most successful men’s team (sitting in fourth spot on the Premier B Thirds ladder), is playing away against De La Salle and will need to keep winning. The team is in the four on percentage, ahead of Old Trinity.
Get on down to Brunswick Street tomorrow and enjoy the atmosphere. Make sure you save space for the BBQ lunch.
Under 19s find a home
After some weeks of pain, the Fitzroy Under 19 (2) team will re-set this weekend, as the VAFA has regraded and approved a move to Holmesglen Under 19 Section 5.
The second half of the season will start against Old Camberwell Grammarians this Saturday at 2pm at the Gordon Barnard Reserve 2. Get behind the newest Roy Boys and their coach Greg Coleman.
Where are you going for your next holiday?
Why not have a $3000 contribution to your next trip courtesy of the Fitzroy Football Club?
A $3000 travel voucher to the destination of your choice is the first prize in our major raffle for 2017. Tickets are now on sale.
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.
Tickets must be purchased by 5 August 2017 and they 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
You can purchase tickets from any Fitzroy player, at home games at Brunswick Street Oval, and via the Fitzroy website.
Thank you very much to the sponsors of this raffle, the Brisbane Lions Football Club and Caltex Australia.
This week's games
De La Salle vs Fitzroy Thirds – VAFA Premier B Thirds – Jordan Reserve, 11.40am, Saturday 17 June
Fitzroy-ACU Women 2 vs Hawthorn AFC – Development Division 4 – Ramsden Street Oval, 11.40am, Saturday 17 June
Fitzroy Reserves vs Old Scotch – VAFA Premier B Reserves – Brunswick Street Oval, 11.40am, Saturday 17 June
Fitzroy-ACU Women 1 vs Old Xaverians – VAFA Wilson Women Premier – Ramsden Street Oval, 2.00pm, Saturday 17 June
Fitzroy Seniors vs Old Scotch – VAFA Premier B – Brunswick Street Oval, 2.00pm, Saturday 17 June
Fitzroy U19 (1) vs Collegians – Holmesglen U19 Section 2 – Victoria Park, 2.00pm, Saturday 17 June
Old Camberwell Grammarians vs Fitzroy U19 (1) – Holmesglen U19 Section 5 – Gordon Barnard Reserve 2, 2.00pm, Saturday 17 June