Last weekend's Pride games featuring our Senior and Reserves Women's teams were an especially proud and very special moment in our Club's history.
While our teams weren't able to get the wins on the park, Sunday was bigger than footy as we saw a Pride guernsey take the field for the first time in our Club's history, our first Pride in women's footy luncheon event and a chance to celebrate our LGBTIQ+ community.
For those who attended the Pride Celebration lunch on Sunday, we were treated to an amazing panel including AFLW star Emma Kearney, Fiona Newton, Emily Fox and Bobby Macumber, which was expertly hosted by women's footy legend Chyloe Kurdas. The lunch was a great way to celebrate the contribution of the LGBTIQ+ community to women's footy and have honest conversations about the barriers that still exist, and the role sport can play in removing them. The panel were so generous in sharing their stories in such an open and vulnerable way, it was brave and beautiful and very much appreciated by all in the room.
Chyloe's key message during the lunch was for us all to consider our platforms, the opportunities we have to advocate and be better allies. At the Fitzroy Football Club, we know we have a big platform, and we know we have work to do. We want to continue to listen and learn and use last weekend's event, and celebration as a stepping stone to continue to work on being more inclusive and celebratory of everyone who calls, and wants to call, Fitzroy Football Club home.
Photo: Peter Harrison
Thank you for supporting our Pride Game event and raising money for Queerspace Youth!
Profits raised from our Pride Celebration Lunch and gold coin collection on the day went to Queerspace. Queerspace Youth was the chosen local LGBTIQ+ organisation both Fitzroy and Melbourne University playing groups selected as their charity to support through this event.
We can proudly announce that the we have raised close to $2000 for Queerspace!
Thank you to everyone who contributed!
Queerspace Youth is a peer-led program for Queer, Trans, Intersex, Gender Diverse or questioning people aged 18-25 years old.
They run monthly support groups and regular events including mental health and sexual health workshops, movie nights, art and music workshops as well as skill and capacity building activities where young people can hang out and make new friends and build community.
Queerspace Youth welcomes young people of all genders and sexualities. They encourage young people to come together and share knowledge about self-care, wellbeing and how to create and contribute to resilient and healthy communities.
We are thrilled to be able to provide some financial support through our Pride Game with Melbourne University to help them keep doing the important work they do.
Missed the Seniors game? Watch the replay!
Round 5 action!
Photo: Phyllis Quealy
Our Women's teams are back at home at Ramsden Street Oval this Saturday to take on Beaumaris. Our Gold Third will also be there playing before the Women's Ressies making it a triple header of Roys action at Rammo.
Our Senior and Reserves Men are away taking on Old Haileybury in Caulfield.
Fitzroy Senior Men
Princess Park, Caulfield
Fitzroy-ACU Senior Women
Ramsden Street Oval
Fitzroy Reserves Men
Princess Park, Caulfield
Fitzroy-ACU Reserves Women
Ramsden Street Oval
Fitzroy Under 19's
Fitzroy Gold Thirds
Ramsden Street Oval
Wear the t-shirt with Pride!
You couldn’t go far on Sunday at the Pride game without seeing the fabulous new Pride t-shirt worn by our players and supporters, designed by Nikkita Alexander.
They were in the lunch, around the ground, worn by politicians, and selling like hotcakes.
A big thanks go out to our supporter wear providers, Starsub, for getting these shirts produced in record time for us to have at the game on Sunday, and now you can have one too!
Congratulations to Bill Clayton who will play his 50th game for the Roys this weekend!
Royal Derby Round Event: Setting our football standards – meet Phil Bunn
He’s played, coached and advised on football in the country and the city, with experience at Adelaide, Port Adelaide and North Melbourne, as well as a successful coaching stint with the Murray Bushrangers.
Phil Bunn is the new Fitzroy Coaching Director and after the first month of footy, quietly observing the teams, the culture, the game plans, he’s developing some insights to help set us up for long-term success.
This is the first time Fitzroy has been in the position to appoint a coaching director.
Come along to lunch on Saturday 22 May and hear from Phil about his own football and coaching journey and his philosophy to help build on Fitzroy’s brand of football.
What will help us take the next steps?
Phil is a great storyteller, so don’t miss this one. The lunch is part of a big triple-header as Fitzroy takes on St Bede’s/Mentone Tigers at Brunswick Street Oval on 22 May, with a twilight game planned. More details on The Royal Derby Round are coming soon.
We’d particularly like to invite the parents of our Under 19s team members, who don’t often get to
play at Brunswick Street. It’s a great opportunity to hear about the club’s football plans for the
future and watch the future of Fitzroy football in action.
Details for the lunch:
Lunch is $45 a head for carvery, salads, vegetables, cheese and desert platters.
Drinks at bar prices.
For the first time, this book reveals in full intriguing detail, the cause and effect of the Fitzroy Football Club’s merger with the Brisbane Bears in 1996. Be sure to rsvp your place for the event to: firstname.lastname@example.org
William Westerman explains his motivation to write ‘Merger’ on The Footy Almanac:
“Why do you barrack for Brisbane?” she asked, with the emphasis definitely on the offending word.
It was a frustrating, if predictable, follow-up to her first, more customary, question: “who do you barrack for?”
Perhaps she was expecting me to reply ‘Melbourne’ – we were, after all, in the MCC Reserve at the time. ‘Hawthorn’ or ‘Essendon’ (her team) might also have made sense, as they were playing that evening. She might even have been prepared for a more unconventional answer, such as ‘the Western Bulldogs’ or ‘North Melbourne’. In fact, I think any Victorian-based club, short of Collingwood, would have elicited an approving (or perhaps sympathetic) nod in response.
Instead, I offered up something seemingly unpredictable – an ‘interstate’ club. Her incredulity was palpable. Unable to make the instant connection, I needed to put the pieces together for her.
Wearily, and with an inward sign, I offered up my standard, one word response to the question that was becoming uncomfortably familiar.