Fitzroy has taken top of the Premier C ladder from Williamstown CYMS
on the back of a near-perfect opening quarter last Saturday, which
proved too damaging to overcome.
Having studied the fast starts of their previously undefeated opponent,
Fitzroy came out firing and barely took the foot off the accelerator
until the quarter time siren sounded. By then the damage was done and
the top of the table blockbuster lacked the tension the neutral fans
might have liked.
Fitzroy fans, however, were eating burgers, singing the song, congratulating
one another and pinching themselves at the beautiful, free-flowing
footy that had the home side well out in front.
Those who rocked up to BSO half way through the first quarter were
as stunned as the Fitzroy and Williamstown entourages and perhaps somewhat
disappointed that they didn’t see a tighter contest.
Whilst the attacking footy was great to watch, the game plan was built
on the back of ferocious defence and the Roy Boys certainly did bring out their best footy when it counted. When
Williamstown did have the ball, they were not given any room to move.
Every line did it’s job but it was the miserly defenders who were
lauded by the coaches at the end of the day, with everyone’s favourite
prodigal son Toby Hudson-Bevege wining the Royal Derby voucher for
best on ground. Max Ellis was runner up and Bill Clayton took the one
percenter award. Max may have been doing his job down back but he’s
also suddenly got a taste for the goal kicking business, and snuck
down field and side-stepped his opponent for an outstanding long range
Nino Lazzaro must have narrowly missed out on the votes with a game
which was as good on the ground as in the air.
Nathan Jumeau continued the form of the Marcellin game and kicked
three goals, including a nice one for the highlight real with a few
running bounces, with Bernie Wright also accurate for three goals.
Aidan Lambert was not to be outdone with two of his own.
All of Fitzroy will be in mourning when Lambo and Max Davies get on
that plane for Russia in a few weeks for the World Cup and sightseeing.
Perhaps there was even greater merit in the win, given the mid-week
injury to star midfielder Rory Angiolella and the late withdrawal of
Noah Wright and Jack Dalton. Altogether there were four changes to
the previous week’s side with ruckman Andrew Pettigrove (47) and TAC
Cup player with the Northern Knights, Jack Hart (14), both coming into
the team for their first senior games for Fitzroy (they feature in
the picture of the Gatorade shower above). They were joined by the
hard-nosed Jimmy Butler and Gus Richardson. It was a seamless transition
really, with Pettigrove doing a great job around the ground and also
named in the best players. It’s a testament to the whole-club approach
to the game plan.
Every player played their role and all attacked the contest with relish,
typified by some outstanding tackling by Sam Baker. If there was a
criticism it was that the home side perhaps eased up in the last quarter.
All credit to Williamstown who stayed level with Fitzroy for the remaining
three quarters and the final margin of 45 points was only three greater
than the margin at quarter time. The final score was 15.13.103 to 8.10.58.
For an excellent summary of Fitzroy’s wining weekend, all the results,
and the highlights of the men’s and women’s senior games, new sponsor,
Risk Care Financial Services, has put together the first up of its
weekend round-ups. And you can see it down below. The video will appear
on Facebook each week.
There was plenty of love and media coverage for the winners, with
the Local Footy in the Leader/Herald Sun running a story about our ‘massive statement’ and the VAFA writing about the Kings of Premier C.
Meanwhile the King himself (George that is) was moved to poetry in the Footy Almanac!! Check it out with a special mention to the Tram
Conductors’ BOG, Nino Lazzaro.
This weekend’s game is against PEGS, coached by last year’s Divisions
Section VAFA Coach of the Year, Dane Pound, who has the Bombers sitting
nicely in fourth position in their first year in Premier C. Coming
off a premiership, they have kept their strong form and as a good mate
of our senior coach, Luke Mahoney, Pound will have his charges primed
for a shot at knocking off the top team. We’ll need to be fast out
of the blocks again.
Meanwhile arguably our best performed team for the year the Men’s
Reserves side, continued on their merry way at the top of the Premier
C Reserves ladder.
Their victory over Williamstown came on the back of a strong start
and a four-quarter performance, having learnt from the previous two
outings where they have had some slow patches and let teams back into
games. But for inaccurate goal kicking, the margin would have been
greater than the 11.15.81 to 6.9.45 win.
Lachie Henderson continued his excellent form and kicked three goals,
Will Zahgis and Sean Laidlaw (pictured) kicked two. Mitch Bottomley
and Jack Atkinson were the stand-out players of the game. Congratulations
to Sean Laidlaw who played his 50th Fitzroy game last week and to Eddie
Harley who will play his tomorrow.
If PEGS win tomorrow, they may go into fourth spot on the ladder,
so they have plenty on the line.
CHANGE OF VENUE FOR RESERVES Please note for players, supporters and volunteers of the all-conquering
Ressies side, this week’s game against PEGS has been moved to the school;
Penleigh Essendon Grammar School, on the corner of Keilor and Rachelle
Roads, Keilor East (entry from Rachelle Road). The Reserves will
be starting at the special time of 1pm.
The Seniors will be starting at 2pm as usual and will be playing at
the PEGS Sports Field, 127 Wright Road, Keilor Park.
Big 5-oh for star Roy Girls
Congratulations to two of the Roy Girls’ original
2015 side who will reach the 50 Fitzroy-game milestone tomorrow, when
the team takes on Old Xavs at Ramsden Street.
Captain and fierce mid-fielder Gemma Minuz, and towering full forward
Liz Olney, have not only been fabulous on-field representatives
of Fitzroy-ACU but you couldn’t ask more from them off field. And
in the traditional Fitzroy way, their families are right on board
In the lead-up to the game, the RedRoy asked their coach Mick Symons to say a few words:
“Gemma is a tough on-baller who belies her size with her tremendous
tacking ability. She reads the play well and will frequently
gain clearances from stoppages bringing teammates into the
game with her accurate kicking.
“Gemma has a great standing amongst her teammates which contributed
to her being appointed captain last year and once more in 2018.
She is recognised as someone who sticks fast during tough times
and will always be encouraging and leading her players form
the front,” Mick said.
“Gemma also has plenty of fans outside the club, particularly
Nick Armistead from the VAFA media team”, Mick said, referring
to the recent reference to his captain as ‘the beautiful Gemma
Minuz’ on the VAFA Podcast.
An off field star in the making, Gemma was the first VAFA
female player to appear on VAFA Tragics last year and she was
also one of the panellists alongside Kaitlyn Ashmore and Angela
Pippos at our Women’s Football lunch in 2017, wowing the experienced
journalist and broadcaster, Pippos, with her smarts, humour
and relaxed style.
Liz Olney is also one of the foundation Roygirls who started
with Fitzroy in 2015. After playing in a few different
positions, Liz settled into a spearhead role at full-forward
and has become a regular goal kicker for Fitzroy – she’s
kicked 44 goals in her 49 games so far.
“Liz’s stand out game was against Melbourne University
in 2016 when she kicked 7 goals at Victoria Park – a memorable
occasion,” Mick said.
Mick also said the Fitzroy-ACU squad and the club also
appreciate the presence of Liz’s dad, Rob Olney, who is
the man in the white coat between the goals. “He has provided
terrific assistance to the team passing on his ruck knowledge
from his playing days at Prahran in the VFA and Old Geelong
and Old Camberwell in the VAFA.”
Best of luck tomorrow to two of our brightest stars.
The Joy of knitting
On the eve of her 50th game, Liz Olney, told the story of how she’s
roped more than one family member into a voluntary role at Fitzroy.
“When Joan put the call out last year to the Women's team to find people to knit beanies, I knew the perfect person - my Grandma Joy. Ever since I can remember, she has
been knitting one thing or another - blankets for us as babies,
clothes for our dolls, jumpers and scarves for the Guardian Angel
Knitting Program - the list goes on.
“Since she retired as a solicitor she has been busy with U3A Kooyong,
bridge, book club, and spending time with her friends and family,
but I thought it was my duty as her doting granddaughter to find
something extra for her to do. What started as an innocent
question about helping our club has turned into a production line
of red, blue and yellow beanies of all
“With Murder She Wrote on repeat, a glass of Johnny Walker by
her side and her trusty knitting needles, Grandma has embraced
the challenge. Big stripes or little stripes? Red closest to the face or blue? Small single colour PomPom or large
tricolour Pompom? These were the questions that were asked. With
no template or set design in mind, a bag of red,
yellow and blue balls of wool soon becomes a bag of unique, one
of a kind Fitzroy beanies. Each time I visit a new bag of beanies
is ready to be picked up.
“Her dedication to the task is all the more impressive because
she is a lifelong Carlton barracker (boo). I asked her why she
keeps making the beanies and she had one simple answer - 'because
you asked me to'. I like to think she embodies the community spirit
of footy, using her talents to help our club and knowing her beanies
will be worn by passionate supporters cheering the team they love.
I hope she keeps knitting them for many years to come. Thank you
And from all of us at Fitzroy, thank you Grandma Joy and we hope
your Liz kicks a bag for her 50th game tomorrow.
Dave O'Neil at Brunswick Street for lunch next week
One of Melbourne's favourite comediens Dave O'Neil is heading to
Brunswick Street for the Fitzroy Rotary Pre-game Lunch on Saturday
The Clifton Hill local, who turns his hand to acting, guitar,
writing and radio, is bound to have the lunch crowd in stitches
before Fitzroy takes on Old Camberwell Grammarians.
It was a very happy Fitzroy Under 19 side which registered its
first win of the season on the back of a five-goal haul and
best on ground performance from Rory Patterson.
John Jorgenson was strong in front of goal too, with three
goals, while Tom Sullivan, Liam O’Connor and captain Riley
Harry-Blackall all were amongst the coach’s votes.
The Roy Boys got home 10.9.69 to 8.8.56
against their more fancied opponents, St Bede’s Mentone Tigers
and tomorrow’s game is also a winnable contest.
They have the early start tomorrow with a home game against
Old Melburnians at Ramsden Street Oval at 9.40am. Show your
support and get behind the future stars of Fitzroy.
The Footy Lady set for a visit - 16 June
Join the first lady of football for a very special pre-game lunch
on Saturday 16 June, before Fitzroy takes on St Mary’s Salesian in
this year's FitzroyIT game.
Dr Susan Alberti AC, will head to Brunswick Street Oval to tell
her story with a particular emphasis on the meteoric growth of
Author of a new book,The Footy Lady,
her extensive involvement in football – as former Vice President of the Western Bulldogs
and Director of the AFL National Women’s League Advisory Group
– is just one part of Susan Alberti's fascinating
Susan is one of Australia’s pre-eminent philanthropists, having
donated millions of dollars to medical research and other charitable
causes over her successful business career.
As well as launching her book, 2017 saw Susan crowned Melburnian
of the Year and presented with a leadership award at the AIS Sport
Performance Awards for her vision and influence in driving the
launch of the inaugural AFL Women’s competition.
Many of us know the highlights of Susan't fascinating story, but
you won't beat hearing it in her own words. She will bring a strong
focus on women's football and the current state of play with the
Susan will have copies of her new book, The Footy Lady available for purchase and autographs.
This lunch will sell out fast so don't delay! (Ticket price $45).
It might have been a while between wins, but you’d never know it
with the attitude of the Fitzroy-ACU Reserves side.
This week the smiles were even wider as they knocked off St Kevin’s
Saints at Ramsden Street in a hard fought and close contest.
Coming from behind and keeping St Kevin’s goalless in the final
quarter, Fitzroy-ACU won 3.6.24 to 3.2.20 with Bridie Murphy kicking
two goals and Calypso Poole, one. Susie Worthington and Nikita
Smith were the best players for the Roy Girls.
The win puts Fitzroy-ACU into the four, just ahead of St Kevin’s.
Despite a good start to the day, it wasn’t quite the result the
Senior side was looking for in the second game against St Kevin’s.
Last year’s close rivals were far too strong and defeated Fitzroy
10.12.72 to 3.2.20.
Collingwood VFLW-listed Sarah King was outstanding and in a great
solo performance, Ruby McDermott kicked all three goals.
This will be one the Roy Girls will want
to move on from quickly and focus their attention on Old Xaverians
tomorrow in a game they really need to win to stay in touch with
the top four.
Thirds at BSO tomorrow
There is nothing the Fitzroy Thirds love more than a home game
at Brunswick Street Oval and tomorrow is one of those rare days
when they have access to the big deck.
Coming off two wins, the team will be pushing for three in a row
when they meet Monash Blues at 11.40am.
So if you cannot get out to East Keilor there will be plenty of
great football at Brunswick Street tomorrow too.
Last week’s thriller against Caufield at Ramsden Street, resulted
in a two-point win; 10.10.70 to 10.8.68. Simon Heather kicked four
goals up front and no wonder Nathan White is smiling; he was best
Our volunteers are number one
It's hard to put into words how much we love our volunteers at
Fitzroy. They are the life blood of any community football
club. This week is National Volunteer Week and AFL Victoria
is encouraging the wider football community to thank their
dedicated volunteers for their service to football and invaluable
contribution to our great game. They interviewed some of our
favourite volunteers for this beautiful story on the AFL Victoria
Fitzroy faves celebrated for Volunteer Week After riding past the Fitzroy Football Club on a tram in 2011,
David Barnes’ decision to hop off and check out the club is one
he will always be thankful for. Anna Pavlou reports.
Seeing the team train at Brunswick Oval for the first time, David’s
passion for football and his beloved club has grown since that
Please go out of your way to say thank you to the volunteers around
the club this weekend. We wouldn’t get too far without them. Thank
you to each and every one. If you have a passion to get involved,
we have lots of opportunities; please contact Director Volunteers,
Gabrielle Murphy or let us know here.
Women's footy the hot topic at pie night
If you’re a fan of women’s football, our friends at the Fitzroy
Victoria Bowling and Sports Club and the Footy Almanac are
combining forces for a Women’s Footy Almanac Pie Night on Wednesday
The event will feature a panel on the writing and media coverage
of the women’s game from AFLW’s inception to what’s happening
in the current VFLW season and wider issues in the landscape
of women’s sports coverage.
Guardian sports journalist and writer Kate O’Halloran, writer
Kirby Fenwick, Essendon VFLW player Kendra Heil and writer
and Uni of Melbourne VFLW player, Lucy Watkin make up the panel,
which will be hosted by the Almanac’s Women’s Football editor,
Tickets will go fast as there are limited spaces so get in
early. Book here.
Fitzroy Trivia Night a sell out!
Thanks to everyone who has booked to attend Fitzroy's trivia night
on Saturday at BSO.
100 keen trivia buffs willl be vyikng for the $500 top prize
with quiz master Keith Dimech in charge.
There are some other great prizes too, including restaurant
and movie vouchers and of course some outstanding Fitzroy merchandise.
Kick off is at 7pm.
This weekend’s games
Fitzroy U19s vs Old Melburnians – Holmesglen U19 Section 2 – Ramsden
Street Oval, 9.40am, Saturday 26 May
Fitzroy Thirds vs Monash Blues – VAFA Thirds Division 2 – Brunswick
Street Oval, 11.40am, Saturday 26 May
Fitzroy-ACU Women’s Seniors vs Old Xaverians – VAFA Premier Senior
Women’s – Ramsden Street Oval, 2.00pm, Saturday 26 May
Fitzroy-ACU Women’s Reserves vs Old Xaverians – VAFA Premier Reserve
Women’s – Ramsden Street Oval, 12.00pm, Saturday 26 May
PEGS vs Fitzroy Reserves – VAFA Premier C Reserves – Penleigh and
Essendon Grammar, Cnr Keilor and Rachelle Roads, Keilor East,
1.00pm, Saturday 26 May
PEGS vs Fitzroy Seniors – VAFA Premier C – PEGS Playing Fields,
127 Wright Road, Keilor Park, 2.00pm, Saturday 26 May