You get asked to do all kinds of things when you take on the role of club captain at Fitzroy!
Our senior captains Julian Turner and Gemma Minuz donned the Santa hats at Vic Park on Thursday night to make sure we could send you all a Fitzroy festive shot, and they loved it!
The final training session of the year provided a great opportunity to thank the volunteers for a huge effort this year, sharing a BBQ with the players after training. For all those who could not make it, we send our thanks to you too.
However you choose to spend the holiday season, make sure you take time for yourself and your loved ones.
Christmas and New Year can be stressful times. We want to see you all back happy and healthy in 2019, so stay safe, have fun and reach out to your friends if you need to.
All the best for the festive season and bring on Season 2019.
Senior Women's fixture released
The VAFA has released the Premier Wilson Women’s fixture and Fitzroy starts with a home game against SKOB Saints.
Round three looks like a great opportunity to get across to the University of Melbourne and check out a Sunday game at the picturesque Main Oval.
The Reserves women’s fixture is yet to be finalised.
Four new Directors joined the board; Rob Olney, David Morden, Michael Pickering and David Leydon (pictured above with Joan Eddy). Their portfolios are detailed below.
Kate Nolan was re-elected to the Board and is the Vice President for 2019, with Sharon Torney continuing as Club Secretary and Michael Smale as Treasurer. Gabrielle Murphy continues in her role as Director.
Congratulations one and all and thank you to Kevin Sharp, who stepped down as Director Sponsorship, having worked hard to expand the relationship with the ACU and made a significant contribution to the way the club manages its relationships with its sponsors over the past few seasons.
Joan Eddy presented Company Secretary, Bill Atherton, with the final 2018 premiership medallion for the power of work he does behind the scenes (and has done for the past 23 years) ensuing the club still exists and goes from strength to strength.
Marking 10 years since the merger
Speaking after the presentation, Bill reminded the Fitzroy faithful of the 10th anniversary of the merger of the Fitzroy Football Club and the Fitzroy Reds (on December 8), and the importance it played in keeping the name and the history of the club alive.
Bill and his wife, Deb, are pictured holding a copy of the story of the re-emergence of Fitzroy, written by Damian Barrett in the Herald Sun way back in 2008, with the photo featuring one very fresh-faced Tom Cheshire.
New director portfolios
Michael Pickering – Director, Player Recruitment and Wellbeing
Rob Olney – Director, Sponsorship
David Morden – Director, Governance and Stakeholder Relations
David Leydon – Director, Member and Sponsor Relations
Three new life members
Sharon Torney, Will Pickering and Michael Smale have been added to the club’s growing list of life members, all with very different paths to their 10 years’ of service.
Sharon has been team manager of Fitzroy’s Seniors and Reserves sides for 10 years, not to mention nine years as Director Football Operations, club Secretary and prior involvement with the Fitzroy Reds committee.
Michael was a premiership captain with the University Reds and has 11 years’ combined service as a player and Director. He has been the club’s Treasurer for the last five years and was Vice President last year.
Will has played for Fitzroy Football Club for 10 years. At the AGM, Will spoke on behalf of the new life members and paid tribute to the on and off field teams and of course, his family.
“There is no better feeling than to run out onto BSO, but we also have the best travelling fans,” Will said. “The players love it and it makes a real difference.
“I want to thank my family for all their support but also all the people who work so hard behind the scenes.”
Fitzroy wins two more media awards
Fitzroy collected two media awards at the 2018 VAFA Media Awards last week, bringing the club’s total to four in two years.
In the second year of the awards (and the first marked with its own awards event), Fitzroy was awarded Best Photograph (Action) for Peter Casamento’s great Gatorade shower shot in the rooms at BSO after a big win over Williamstown (pictured), whilst Kate Nolan was awarded Best Online story (news) for a piece on Rory Angiolella’s decision to hand over the captaincy.
The awards attracted over 150 entries and Fitzroy had eight shortlisted entries in seven categories.
Congratulations to all the shortlisted entries, which included two of Phyllis Quealy’s beautiful photos for best photograph (character of the game) and two of Gabrielle Murphy’s feature stories, including a fantastic piece on the Leydon family’s long-time love and following of Fitzroy. New-comer Matty Kyroussis was also shortlisted for the Risk Care Roundup series in the category Best use of Digital Media (series). Our ‘Let There Be Light’ campaign, featuring the Fitzroy-ACU squad dancing in the dark at Ramsden Street, was shortlisted for Best use of Digital Media (campaign).
Clifton Hill / North Fitzroy Community Bank would love your feedback
The Clifton Hill / North Fitzroy Community Bank has been a proud sponsor of our Football Club to the tune of $55,010! They have been big supporters and sponsors of our men's and women's teams and helped make the club the success it is today.
Not only that, they have contributed over $2 million to other community groups such as childcare centres, kindergartens, schools, sporting groups, community support, multicultural, refugee, youth and aged services.
We look forward to working more closely with the bank to build a partnership that is mutually beneficial. Simply by switching your banking over the Clifton Hill / North Fitzroy Community Bank, the Fitzroy Football Club benefits. If we can create banking business via referrals from our club, we will be rewarded in the form of sponsorship money.
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