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Bronte Ryan appointed as Fitzroy-ACU Senior Women's Coach


The Fitzroy Football Club is thrilled to announce Bronte Ryan as the club's new Fitzroy-ACU Senior Women's coach!

Bronte comes to the Club with a wealth of experience, most recently as the Senior Assistant Coach and Backline Coach for the North Melbourne Football Club in the VFLW, a role she's held since 2018.

Prior to North, Bronte built her coaching experience in WA as a forwards coach with Claremont Women’s Football Club from 2016 – 2018 and Assistant Coach midfield and forwards, Claremont Football Club Under 16’s Development Squad in 2018 with their men’s team. 

She was also the Senior Assistant Coach Youth Girls at Claremont Women’s Football Club from 2017 - 2018, Female State Under 18’s Assistant Coach for Western Australia in 2016 and a Western Australia Talent Academy Coach Under 18’s from 2014 – 2016.

This is a historic coaching appointment for our Club. Bronte becomes the first woman to take on the role as a Senior coach at Fitzroy in our Club's history, building on the previous coaching positions held by women at our Club in Jo Hogan, former Reserves Women's coach and Mel Storey, former Assistant U19 coach.

Club President Joan Eddy was beyond thrilled to welcome Bronte to the Roys and see the progression of more women as coaches at Fitzroy. 

"It's such a historic moment for our Club to appoint Bronte as our Senior Fitzroy-ACU Women's coach. We're very excited to have someone with her level of experience be part of our community and add to our Club's proud history."

Speaking about what attracted Bronte to the Roys, The new coach referenced our strong connection to the Junior Club and commitment to producing pathways as a big factor.

"The biggest attraction to Fitzroy was the opportunity to join a well renowned community club with great culture. The complete pathway in partnership with the Junior Club from Auskick to senior football for female players was another big factor, the development of the female game is something I am very passionate about so it was really important to align myself with a club that feels the same way."

Bronte is keen to get to work with the group, and back to the game she loves after a disrupted year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"The disruptions, although disheartening, have made me appreciate the game that much more.

For me it has also been a great opportunity to take stock of what I want to achieve as a coach in 2021 and beyond.

I’m more motivated than ever to help players achieve their goals through football, that might be simply getting onto the park to have a kick and meet some new people, or it might be a pathway to the next level. My coaching philosophy has always been focused on players getting the most out of themselves and enjoying that process.

So, if this year has taught me anything it would have to be just to take every moment as it comes, there will always be a place for planning and setting expectations but it’s important not to sweat the small stuff that’s outside of our control."

When asked how keen she is is to get started, Bronte's excitement and enthusiasm is off the charts.

"On a scale of 1-10 ,I’m somewhere past 12 at this point! For me, the planning started when the phone call ended, I’m grateful to be given the opportunity and trust to lead the team into the new year and can’t wait to meet everyone."

And we can't wait for our Fitzroy community to meet Bronte when we can get back to the footy.

Welcome to the Roys Bronte! 

We're looking for a Coaching Director 

The Fitzroy Football Club is looking for someone with the right experience and enthusiasm to join our Club in a newly created role to oversee the ongoing development, education and evaluation of all coaches and the development and support of player leadership groups. 

If you, or someone you know fits the Position Description, initial queries about the position can be referred to Director, Football Operations, Sharon Torney (0415 420 487) or Director, Player Recruitment and Wellbeing, Michael Pickering (0419 849 662).  Click here for the position description.

Dark Blue, Maroon & White

The Footy Almanac's Matt Zurbo shares a video clip he’s seen of the boys from old Fitzroy, playing at Glenferrie in 1958.

It has many characters of the club, colour and movement of the time, facing “What if?” questions and a jumper better than any other in the world.

Have a read of the great piece here.

And if you missed Gabrielle Murphy's great piece on a Bulldog supporter who contacted the club with a heartfelt apology he’s been waiting over four decades to deliver, it's also now on the Footy Almanac too!

Be sure to read that one, it's a top story!

Toyota Good for Footy Raffle results

Thank you to everyone who got their raffle tickets to support the mighty Roys!

We raised a total of $5,700 which all goes directly to the Club. 

Unfortunately, there were no winners in the major raffle from our Club, but the money raised by our community has gone a long way to help us during this time and we thank everyone for your support.

An Onomastic Study of Player Nicknames

Max Davie and Luci Murphy are continuing to deliver on the onomastics (it's ok, we've googled that word for you: relating to the study of the history and origin of proper names!) of some of our Royboy and Roygirl nicknames. Ever wondered how some of the names came about? Let Max and Luci give you the rich history behind some of the most creative nicknames going around! Here's the latest few to get the treatment!

Jock Green - White Jockolate (rhymes with chocolate) (alternatives: Spaghetti Arms, Jock Stock and Two Smokin’ Barrels)

Jock is a man of inherent contradictions. His fiery, confrontational attitude on the football field is incompatible with his gangly physique. The raw intelligence he demonstrates with his sky-high ATAR and legal scholarship is firmly at odds with the quality of insight he offers when he confidently interrupts Mahns to proffer comment on Fitzroy drills or tactics. And what is more contradictory than white chocolate? The best thing about this well-suited nickname, though, is that it isn’t a Fitzroy invention. It was actually coined by the Kenyan schoolchildren whom Jock volunteered his time to support over his summer vacation. They say volunteering is the greatest gift you can give yourself – In White Jockolate’s case, as the source of such a nickname, it’s also the greatest gift he has given his mates.

Claudia Bell - Claudia Belt

Everyone forgets things. Find me a person who hasn’t. Even my trustworthy self averages 3 items being left at the rooms a season. It was unfortunate for Claudia Bell that she chose to forget her shorts one cold and wintery training night. And to be honest, she managed to keep the mistake under wraps for a decent amount of time. Not a soul would have known had it not been for the unusual *click clack* sounds she was emitting from the dull elastic and polyester clothing the rest of us had chosen to don. Confused, I turned to her and I said “Why are you click clacking Claudia?” and she replied with a sheepish grin and an explanation. She had forgotten her shorts and had to train in her work shorts and belt. Seeing the amusing link between this her name, she was dubbed Claudia Belt. 

Nathan Ligris - The Butcher

One of the joys of playing for Fitzroy is bearing witness to Ligga delivering laser passes off half back. The unusual ball drop (which Ligga attributes to learning to drop-punt with a soccer ball as a child), the sweet connection, and the thump of the ball on his target’s chest; some of life’s simple pleasures. Unfortunately, one of the great burdens of playing for Fitzroy is bearing witness to most of the other things Lig says or does. That’s why it was so exciting for me when I noticed that Ligga’s kicking efficiency dipped last year, just in time for North Melbourne’s Tom McKenzie to join preseason training and show the Royboys what an elite kick looked like. It makes a sound off the boot so fulfilling, it’s like I’m one of those deaf kids on Youtube who’s just been fitted with a hearing aid for the first time and Mozart’s Requiem has started playing gently in the distance. Compared to young McKenzie, Ligga butchers it, there can be no doubt, and so now he has a crummy nickname to match his crummy banter.

Hilary Collet -  Chompers

Hilary hides well the fact the fact that she is a typical private school girl, and she does this with her beautiful, innocent smile. This smile was even once anointed “a smile that is as beautiful as the sunrise” by a young man who was quite taken with lovely Hilary. And from then on her grin became known as Chompers! And I can confirm, when I am doing kick ins and I see those heavenly teeth streaming down the field on the fat side, her smile is indeed as beautiful as the sunrise.

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