Joan Eddy has been returned as Fitzroy President for the 11th
year and David Leydon has been appointed Vice President following
the Fitzroy Football Club’s 135th annual general meeting held
at Brunswick Street Oval community rooms on Sunday.
The Board has a full contingent of 10 Directors for the first
time in many years, after Dr Kasey Symons and Lesley Dredge
were also officially appointed to the Board at the AGM.
Coming off the back of a very successful 2018, the club has
announced a $14,000 loss for 2019, with a significant increase
in football-related costs (including the new Under 23s team)
and a reduction in income for the year.
The club returned a profit of $23,000 in 2019, having won
two premierships, but things were not quite as rosy in 2019.
Treasurer, Michael Smale, who thanked company secretary Bill
Atherton for his tireless work on the accounts, said the result
showed the significant need to grow the income base to keep
pace with the growing costs of running the club.
President Eddy tabled a report of activities for the year,
including the increased work on player wellbeing and the grant
and infrastructure program, which has seen lights go up at
Brunswick Street and planning well underway for a new electronic
scoreboard and the redevelopment of BSO.
The Fitzroy Football Club is gearing up for a big season 2020.
And we want you to get involved.
Players – men and women – just rock up for
training or call our Director Player Recruitment and Wellbeing, Michael
Pickering on 0419 849 662. We’ve already started preseason
training so get the gear on and come on down.
Even if you can only come down for one session, we’ll welcome
you with open arms. And then we start again on Monday 20 January.
Keep an eye on the website for details of where and when.
Sponsors – we can feel a beautiful partnership
in the wind! We’ve got big ambitions to take our teams back
up to the Premier divisions of the amateur football competition
and with a significant focus on the local community, let’s
all grow together. Have a look at our sponsorship packages and call our Sponsorship Director, Rob Olney on 0413 767 907.
You can join as a Business Member for as little as $250 or if you want your name up in lights,
that might cost a little more. Talk to us. You can also
sponsor an individual player.
Volunteers – there are no games without
you! We have lots of ways to get involved – everything
from running water to stay fit, to keeping stats, sports
writing and photography or team managing. There is literally
something for everyone supporting men’s and women’s teams.
If you’re already at the games, see if you can get involved.
Contact us and register your interest.
Members – the proudest, most passionate
supporters of any footy club, bar none. Other clubs say
they love coming to BSO for the outlook, but we don’t think
they like it when our ‘travelling crowd’ rocks up and cheers
on the red, yellow, blue #GoRoys. You are the lifeblood
of the club. Memberships for 2020 are staying at the same
price and are available online now.
If you’re old school, call up Bill Atherton at the Fitzroy
Shop during business hours on 03 9580 6464 and he can process
the membership for you.
Supporters – our VAFA season starts on
Saturday 4 April with a Senior Men’s home game at Brunswick
Street Oval against Uni Blacks. Once we have the women’s
draw, we can tell you about that too. We’re continuing
to work with our partners to improve the facilities at
Brunswick Street while we retain the heritage and the beauty
that makes it great. Come on down, join us on game days
or for a drink afterwards. Maybe just think about a
membership for 2020.
Enthusiasm and intensity as pre-season kicks off
As the Roys set their
eyes on 2020, Senior Men’s coach Luke Mahoney is keen to get
the most out of the pre-season as possible and likes what he
is seeing so far.
“I’ve been really impressed by the enthusiasm and intensity
at training that the players have shown in their first couple
of weeks. Numbers have been really solid including a number
of new and returning faces. We finished the season with a real
positive momentum and that is something we need to harness
and take into 2020.”
Pre-season kicked off on November 18 and has seen the coaches
deliver a skills-focussed program to drive the team forward
in the competition next season.
“Training has been focussed on our skills and touching the
footballs as much as possible. Players are also being split
into their line groups (forwards, mids and defenders) and doing
some more specific work with their line coach.
“Of course, it wouldn’t be a pre-season session without some
conditioning, but it has been very much skewed to improving
our football skills.”
For the Senior Men’s team, after retaining their place in
Premier B, Mahoney is keen to learn from a challenging season
in the grade to push the team further in 2020.
“We will continue to work on our game plan and how we move
the ball. Going up to Premier B we found out quickly what worked
and didn’t work so we are looking to refine and reinforce as
much as possible.”
2020 looks to deliver an exciting season with plenty of opportunities
for the team’s youth to step up and showcase their development.
Teresa (Razor) Zampaglione had a standout season in 2019 finishing
second in the VAFA Premier Women’s best and fairest and taking
out the Elaine Findlay Perpetual Trophy as the Best and Fairest
Winner for the Fitzroy-ACU Senior Women.
We checked in with Razor after her breakout season as she
looks forward for 2020.
1. How are you feeling going into season 2020 after having such a successful season in 2019 personally?
“Yeah I’m feeling pretty pumped to get back on the field in
2020 and playing with some old and new Roy faces. Also, against
new teams as women’s football is moving pretty fast. I think
I am most excited about footy keeping me fit and giving me
a good excuse to run around in winter. The sport has always
been there for me as a bit of fun so as long as that continues,
I’m always going to look forward to the next season.”
2. Have you have much time to reflect on your personal achievements in 2019?
“I have had zero time to reflect on 2019. I feel the season
was just over yesterday and pre-season has swooped by oh too
quickly. But I think I did some gentle reflection throughout
the season and just set more goals as the year went on. I am
just chuffed I was able to experience so much, like the Big
V game, and I learnt how much you can build on your local footy
and the opportunities it can open up for you.”
3. What are you hoping to focus on in pre-season to continue to improve your game?
“Definitely to get fitter and build my endurance. I feel like
my speed makes up for a lot of my other mistakes in the game,
so I want to make sure I can be faster for longer and that
way give myself a higher mistake margin.”
4. What do you think the team needs to work harder on to keep pushing for success in 2020?
“Yeah it was hard year for most of the girls as we were a
bit light on the wins. The thing that pushed me through and
I’m sure most of the team will agree, is it was always fun
playing with each other despite the outcome and the fact that
we never got smashed - it always felt like a level playing
field. I think that’s credit to our defence and midfield which
was as good as any other team we played. We struggled to convert
all that hard work onto the scoreboard, so my thought is to
work on our forward line and also changing the mindset to have
more cracks at goal and back every player’s skill.”
5. How has your love of football grown over the past year?
“I think the more committed I got to the sport, and the more
I was willing to invest in it, the more love I got for the
game. It ends up taking a good chunk of time out of the week
so I wouldn’t give that time up unless my heart was in it.
The ability to meet so many new people and the community aspect
is something I haven’t felt until this year. I have learnt
to appreciate that and not undervalue the family you can get
from a group of people just wanting to play some footy.”
History in the making as four new life members inducted
Senior Men’s captain Julian Turner made Fitzroy Football Club
history at the club’s 135th AGM on December 1st, becoming the
first ever captain to be awarded life membership while still
“It’s really, really special. I started very young here, I
think maybe under 10s was my first year, and since then I could
never imagine going anywhere else.”
Thinking about the honour which he received alongside other
inductees – fellow players Max Ellis and Michael Cussen and
fitness pro Steve Hurl – Turner was humble and admitted the
significance of the award was still sinking in.
“I’ve thought about it a little bit, but I don’t think it
has quit sunk in yet and it might not for a little while but
thinking of all the other names of inductees that I’m familiar
with really tells me how special this is.”
Turner, a favourite son of Fitzroy, reflected on how the club
has contributed to his life through some memorable times pulling
on the boots beyond his time on the field.
“I think some of my favourite memories not only playing football,
but in my life, are a result of this club and being here.
“I definitely have plenty of memories. From years ago back
in the D Squad with Stevie (Hurl), (not quite as cherished
but definitely etched into my brain!) and I think in Under
19s winning a premiership with Michael (Cussen) as captain
and Tim Bell – also a Life Member – as the coach, that was
really special, as well as last year breaking through for that
“So thank you very much to the club for the great honour and
I’m sure I’ll reflect on it more in the coming months.”
Jules is pictured above at Sunday's AGM with one of the club's oldest life members and former Secretary of the Melbourne University Football Club, Val Allpress.
Volunteer and intern talent on display in VAFA media shortlist
How lucky we are to
have such great contributions to our photography and writing
throughout the season?
We're pretty thrilled to share the news that Fitzroy has nine
entries shortlisted in the VAFA Media Awards for 2019.
Photographers Phyllis Queally (a prior winner), Peter Harrison
and one of our ACU Interns, Ellie Mitsch, have been shortlisted
for the photography awards. Gabrielle Murphy, Marshall Toohey
and Kate Nolan have been shortlisted for feature and news stories.
The winners will be announced on 12 December at VAFA HQ.
Have a read of the details for all the individuals and
clubs who have been nominated.
And a huge congratulations to all our nominees. Best of
luck on Thursday.
Above is one of Phyllis's shortlisted entries in the category, Character of the game, with a photo of Max Ellis in the huddle leading into a close final quarter, capturing the sense of tension and anticipation.
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