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Stories from the outer - book now for Rotary pre-game lunch


The editors of From the Outer: Footy Like You’ve Never Heard It, will be the headline act at the Rotary Club pre-game lunch on Saturday 28 May.

Leading sports journalist, driving force behind The Footy Almanac writing community and Fitzroy (or is it Geelong?) tragic, John Harms, will interview Nicole Hayes and Alicia Sometimes, who have pulled together a great book of stories about footy told from diverse perspectives.

The newly launched From the Outer “brings together 30 personal stories about Aussie Rules from unexpected voices: those who are female, Indigenous or gay; those with a disability, a foreign accent or even – perhaps most dubious of all – literary leanings.”

Nicole Hayes has a history of writing on football but also young adult fiction, having published several books. Alicia Sometimes is a writer, poet, broadcaster and musician, known for her work on 3RRR and the ABC.

Nicole and Alicia are also behind podcast, The Outer Sanctum, which features interviews with some of football’s biggest names along with special segment, The Melee; their take on the big issues in footy.

The lunch is on Saturday 28 May in the Clifton Hill/North Fitzroy Community Bank Branch Community Rooms beforeFitzroy takes on the Monash Blues. The cost is $40 for main course and cheese platter.

Bookings can be made online.

If you have any other questions, please contact Peter Hille:

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Winning weekend


It was a successful weekend for Fitzroy with strong wins by the senior men’s and women’s teams.

Taking on the more favoured Old Brighton Grammarians at Brunswick Street Oval, the Fitzroy Premier B team started slowly but built to some fast-flowing footy in the second half, during their convincing win, 15.12.102 to 7.12.54.

The team weathered the storm in the first quarter, with the backline of Al Green, Ross Borland and Tim Biscaro doing a power of work to keep OBG at bay. Their own kicking didn’t help the visitors, as they looked to be playing all over the top of Fitzroy but couldn’t capitalise given their inaccuracy in front of goal.

In the second quarter Fitzroy got back on level pegging in general play and then in the second half really showed some significantly improved flow and team footy.

The continued improvement of ruckman Matthew Gaite was remarked upon all over the ground, as our very tall number 120 clunked some great marks and scored a couple of crucial goals. In the absence of Corbin Stevic, it has been of great benefit to the team to have Gaiter step up during his forays into the forward line.

Young Aiden Lambert continues to impress, with some outstanding passages of play, particularly under pressure.

The combination of Rory Angiolella’s hard nut style and Matty Kyroussis really hitting some form with his outside run and delivery into the forwards, helped make the difference.

A strong home crowd enjoyed the win and helped deliver yet another great day at Brunswick Street Oval.

This week the challenge gets a bit harder as we travel to take on the undefeated Beaumaris.

There was some outstanding coverage of the day’s activities at BSO by several Footy Almanac authors.Grab a cup of tea and sit down for a read of all things Fitzroy from several different perspectives:

  • David Wilson, who gives a nod to the volunteers who help ensure the team gets on the ground every week, while capturing the essence of the day at BSO,
  • King George III looked at a mixture of history, politics and the play, with some thoughts on Will Pickering,
  • Phil Hill, whose dental skills came in handy for the second weekend in a row (make sure you keep your mouthguard in!), and
  • Rod Oaten, who marvels over our tall ruckman with a very large number.

Not to be outdone, the Fitzroy-ACU Women’s team scored a big win over University of Melbourne (The Mugars) on Sunday and have moved to second place on the ladder behind the all-conquering Gippsland.

At Princes Park the final score was 17.9.111 to 0.7.7.

Coach John Marshall said it was a pretty even team performance with Liz Olney (4 goals), Ash Riddell (6 goals), Alice Batterton, Luci Murphy, Gabby Livy, Matilda Arthur and Leashi Harris named best players.

With the longest road trip and only 15 fit players by the end of the game, the Fitzroy-ACU Women’s 2 team were overrun by Shepparton FNC 14.13.97 to 0.0.2. Coach Jo Hogan said the team had given their all, even after a bad injury further depleted their numbers. The team is determined to come out stronger after the bye.

At BSO the Fitzroy Premier B Reserves weren’t quite as impressive this week and struggled badly in the first half against OBG. Blustery conditions didn’t help but the one goal first half wasn’t reflective of how the team has been preforming in recent weeks. In the second half there was a significant lift, scoring four goals to one, but the gap was too far and they went down 5.13.43 to 10.8.68.

The Thirds defeated Beaumaris 6.12.48 to 5.4.34 at Ramsden Street Oval with Jamie Mackay again performing strongly. And the Under 19s had a very big win over Whitefriars, also at Ramsden Street, 17.6.108 to 9.4.58. Max Stella lived up to his name, with a six goal, best-on-ground performance. Rory Patterson was again amongst the goals with four.

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Convincing win against Hampton Rovers, now for the next


Fitzroy’s senior side scored its first win of the season on Saturday, convincingly beating Hampton Rovers at Boss James Reserve, 18.7.115 to 8.11.59.

Aiden Lambert, another of the young brigade who have stepped up from Fitzroy’s 2015 under 19 team, showed plenty of class and promise, setting up some lovely goals and was judged best on ground by the coaches.

Up at full forward a very welcome addition to the side was Will Pickering, who gave the team and excellent target and an equally great start in the first quarter, kicking three of the six first quarter goals to set things up for a strong performance. Co-captain Daniel Bisetto continued his strong form and also kicked four goals for the day.

Having recovered quickly from an early-season injury, Rory Angiolella was soon in the wars again in his first game back. The co-captain knows no other way than to put his head over the ball, but things came badly unstuck and he had to depart with half a tooth left somewhere on the Boss James Reserve.

Lucky for Rory, Dr Phil Hill, Fitzroy fan, former University Red and one of Melbourne’s leading dentists, was on hand to assist and took Rory straight away back to his clinic for an anaesthetic and some emergency dental work.

Not only did Phil spend half the game working but he also wrote a story for The Footy Almanac about the day’s adventure and you can read it here.

It certainly wasn’t a four—quarter performance from the Roy Boys, but it was a very convincing win to make their way off the bottom of the ladder and the team will be looking forward to the opportunity to do it again this weekend, when they play Old Brighton at Brunswick Street Oval.

Bisetto makes Big V squad

Sitting fifth on the Premier B goal kicking ladder and marking everything in sight, Daniel Bisetto has been rewarded with strong early-season form with selection it the initial Big V senior representative squad.

The selected team will take on South Australia over the June long weekend.

Only 11 players from Premier B made the squad, so it is some achievement to be selected. Congratulations Daniel.

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