Well, we've been here before, and it's not fun. We're so disappointed to lose a round of footy this weekend, but we know we're still in a time when we need to look at the bigger picture of keeping everyone safe and we hope everyone in our Roys community stays safe and well during this time.
As you are aware, as a result of yesterday’s State Government announcement of a seven-day circuit breaker lockdown for Victoria from 11:59pm Thursday 27 May, there will be no community sport for at least the next seven days. As such, Round 8 of VAFA football has been cancelled.
We'll miss seeing you all at the footy this weekend. Stay safe and we hope this circuit breaker will be over in time for us to take the field next week.
Round 7 results
It was a great weekend for the Club last week with lots of positive results and an absolute thriller at Brunswick Street Oval with Donovan Toohey sealing the win for the Senior Men with a goal after the siren, living every footy player's fantasy!
Chris Johnson celebrates his family and Roys story in new Indigenous Round guernsey
Chris Johnson celebrates his Roys and Brisbane playing years together with his own family history in a wonderful new Indigenous Round guernsey
By David Leydon
Over the next two weeks, the wider football community across Australia will celebrate the Sir Doug Nicholls Indigenous Rounds of football.
Fitzroy will acknowledge the day at our Senior Men's home game at Brunswick Street Oval on 5 June against Old Carey. Our lunch event is currently on sale and we'd love to see you there, COVID-19 restrictions permitting!
The Brisbane Lions have given a strong nod to their Fitzroy Indigenous heritage with a sensational guernsey that they will wear across the AFL Rounds on 28 May and 5 June.
The guernsey was designed by legendary Fitzroy and Lions player Chris Johnson.
Johnno is a proud Gunditjmara man and he started his senior AFL career at Fitzroy in 1994. He was one of the eight players who went to Brisbane as part of the merger arrangements in 1996 and was the last of the original Royboys left at the Lions when he retired in 2007.
264 AFL games, three Premierships, a member of the AFL Indigenous Team of the Century and earning widespread recognition as the greatest back pocket player of his generation, are just the beginning of the Chris Johnson story.
Since retiring from football, he has had a desire to learn more about his own Indigenous heritage and culture. These days, he is employed as the Head of Engagement at the First Peoples’ Assembly in Victoria.
When the Lions asked him to design the 2021 Indigenous Round guernsey, Chris jumped at the chance to celebrate his own story together with the history of both Fitzroy and the Brisbane Lions in this new guernsey.
Johnno has always been proud of the Fitzroy Football Club and the starting point for the guernsey is the FFC logo in the middle.
Below the FFC are six circles that symbolise the 6 grounds the club used in their long history including, of course, Brunswick Street Oval. The guernsey also celebrates Johnno’s 28 teammates who played in the Lions' triple Premiership sides in 2001, 2002 and 2003.
Chris's own family story is featured in the guernsey too, including four turtles that represent each one of his own children, and boomerangs in honour of his father.
In the lead up to the release of the guernsey, Chris Johnson and current Lions Indigenous players Callum Ah Chee and Charlie Cameron, visited Brunswick Street Oval to acknowledge Fitzroy's Indigenous history.
They were joined by current Fitzroy Football Club Indigenous player Aaron Tatchell and Under 19s young gun Lewis Johnson, who’s great, great Grandfather Joe Johnson was the first Aboriginal player to play in the VFL.
Joe Johnson played in the mighty back-to-back Fitzroy Premiership teams in 1904 and 1905.
Aaron and Johnno have known each other for a number of years and were rapt to come together again at such an important celebration of the club's history and young Lewis was proud to represent his family in honour of his legendary great, great Grandfather Joe.
Of course Fitzroy Directors and big time Lions fans Sharon Torney and myself were also on the scene and we presented Charlie, Callum and Chris with official Fitzroy Football Club beanies which they were very pleased to wear in the cold Melbourne weather.
And… what about that guernsey? There are two versions of it. The home guernsey in the Fitzroy style red, blue and yellow FFC logo and the white guernsey for the away game the following week.
Congratulations Johnno – the guernsey looks sensational and will undoubtedly be popular with all Fitzroy supporters old and new.
Congratulations to Rustin Bulmer who reached the 50 game milestone in Round 7!
Why Pride Rounds in amateur adult sport will always be important
This weekend, our Women's Teams would have taken on Melbourne University again but alas, with COVID-19 driving Victoria into lockdown, we'll miss our Pride Game rematch.
But the impact and importance of our inaugural Pride Game continues with Kirsty Marshall telling us what the game meant to her in this brave and beautiful piece. Thank you for sharing your story Kirsty.
On Sunday the 2nd of May, Fitzroy Football Club and Melbourne University Women’s Football Club came together to compete in the first-ever official Pride Game in the Victorian Amateur Football Association (VAFA). It was a symbolic and special occasion for many people, and for me, it gave me a sense of closure for both the internal and external struggles that I, and others have faced in gaining acceptance in amateur sport.
Grassroots sport can be one of the most positive influences on a teenager growing up. It creates a sense of community and belonging that is often lacking in other areas of modern life. However, it’s no secret that these sports clubs can often directly, and indirectly, exclude members of the LGBTQIA+ community, which for many kids can have a ripple effect for years. Up until participating in the Fitzroy and Melbourne Uni Pride Game, I never realised I too was one of them.