P.O'Connor, C.Wallace, J. Clark, T.Dlabik, N.Jumeau, R.Ewing, J.Simcoe, J.Dimond,
Senior Coach: Michael Pickering
Senior Assistant Coach:
Reserves Coach: Bruce Edwards
Under 19 Premier Coach:
Thirds Coach: Tim Madden
Club XVIII Coach: TBC
Next Fitzroy match:
VAFA Premier C Round 12. Saturday 21st July
Seniors: Fitzroy vs. Parkdale 2.00 pm at the Brunswick Street Oval Reserves: Fitzroy vs. Parkdale at 11.40 am at Brunswick Street Oval.
Thirds: Fitzroy vs. Marcellin at Marcellin College
Arthur Wilson and Peter Hille - guest speakers at next President's Lunch.
11.00 am Sunday 15th July 2012
The next Fitzroy President's Luncheon will be held before the Round 12 Fitzroy home game against the Parkdale Vultures on Saturday 21st July.
GUEST SPEAKERS will be Arthur Wilson Convenor of the Fitzroy Brisbane Lions Historical Society and former Secretary Manager of the Fitzroy Football Club and Peter Hille Chair of the Reds Foundation and former President of the Fitzroy Reds. Both will be talking about the wonderful blended history of our great Club.
A buffet two - course meal will be served at the President's Luncheon. Cost per head is $40.00 and drinks are at bar prices.
Final luncheon numbers must be confirmed by WEDNESDAY 18th July. Numbers are limited.
This will be a sell out function (limit of 75) so BOOK NOW to avoid disappointment!
The booking slip for the President's Luncheon on 18th July can be downloaded from here.
Chris Johnson and Ross Thornton to speak at next Historical Society function.
11.00 am Sunday 15th July 2012
The next function for the Fitzroy-Brisbane Lions Historical Society will be held next Sunday 22nd July.
Venue: Etihad Stadium 740 Bourke Street Docklands Captains Bar Entrance Gate 2
Time: 1.30pm for the Function and 12 Noon for Luncheon at the Captains Bar at reasonable prices.
Admission cost; Society members $10 and non members $15. Children free.
Parking: $11.00 flat fee.
Bookings: Brenden Campbell 9465 5350 mobile 0405 354 291 or email@example.com
Bob Forrest 9801 1596 mobile 0407 568 754 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Bookings to be made by Friday the 20th July.
SPECIAL GUESTS: Ross Thornton and Chris Johnson.
IT IS A GREAT CHANCE TO SEE THE FITZROY HISTORICAL DISPLAY AT THE DOCKLANDS STADIUM.
Round 11 was again a week of mixed results – two wins and three losses. The Reserves and Thirds continued on their winning streaks. This coming week gives the Seniors, Reserves and Thirds much needed break due to the VAFA Representative break. There are two games this coming weekend: U19s will be playing at home and the Club XVIII will be playing away.
The Seniors took on fifth placed Mazenod at Central Reserve, Glen Waverley on a big round with a very, very muddy centre. Late change to the selected side was Max Ellis out due to illness and Jack Beech brought up from the Reserves. The boys started well with Luke Ablett kicking 3 goals in the first quarter which ended Fitzroy 5-1-31 to Mazenod 4-3-27. The day didn’t get better after that with Mazenod taking using the home ground advantage to their full. Final score was Fitzroy 6-9-45 to Mazenod 15-8-98. This week there were 3 goal kickers: Luke Ablett 3, Tom Cheshire 2 and Dom Pound-Palmieri 1. The best for the day were Luke Ablett, Rory Angiolella, Chris Polidoras, Jack Parkinson, James O'Reilly and Dom Pound-Palmieri. The loss see Fitzroy drop to third place, 2 points behind Parkdale Vultures and 6 in front of Old Camberwell. This week there is a break and Round 12 for the Seniors will be Saturday 21 July where they will take on Parkdale Vultures.
The Reserves took on 7th placed Mazenod and were challenged all day. At half time they held the lead Fitzroy 7-3-45 to Mazenod 4-7-31. Mazenod came out strong in the third quarter and lead 9-11-65 to Fitzroy 8-4-52 at the last break. It was a hard last quarter but the boys snuck in with the win – Fitzroy 11-7-73 to Mazenod 10-11-71. There were eight individual goal kickers with Michael Racovalis kicking 4 and 1 each to Max Allen, Tom Biscaro, Oliver Stoltz, Pat O'Connor, Antony Harbor, Dima Kynigopoulos and Matthew Kyroussis. The best players were Greg Hesse, Matthew Kyroussis, Ryan Ewing, Michael Racovalis, James Harding and Mathew Coad. The win keeps the Reserves on top of the ladder; still two games clear and this week also have the break.
The Thirds took on 2nd placed Old Camberwell at Gordon Barnard Reserve and it was what could be expected from the top two teams. At half time the scores were the same Fitzroy 4-4-28 to Old Camberwell 4-4-28. At the last break there was 4 points in it with Fitzroy holding the lead. In the last quarter the boys put the foot down and kicked 5 goals to 2 finishing 12-13-85 to Old Camberwell 9-6-60. There were eight goal kickers for the day with 2 each to Nick Brown, Max Oliver, Marc Willson and Trent Coleman and 1 each to Alex Johnson, Dylan Temple, James Cowan-Clark and Shelley Fulton. Shelley Fulton continues to lead the Premier C Thirds goal kicking with 32 goals, leading by 2 goals. The best were Marty Cook, Marty Cusack, Stephen Graham, Dan McLeod, Max Oliver and Nick Brown. The win keeps the Thirds two games clear on top of the ladder and this week will enjoy the break.They will be back for their round 12 on Saturday 21 July taking on Marcellin at Marcellin College.
The U19s took on fifth placed University Blues and took it up to them, but went down by just 7 points. They started strong and held a 10 point lead at half time, Fitzroy 6-2-38 to University Blues 3-10-28. They continued to hold the lead at the last break, this time by 11 points but were only able to add 1 goal in the last and finished 11-5-71 to University Blues 10-18-78. The goal kickers were Eamonn Scott 4, Lachlan Allen 2 and 1 each to Chris Doherty, Dylan Leech, Nathan Ligris, Dylan Patcas and Aiden Fry. The best on the day Dougal McAllister, Dylan Leech, Nathan Ligris, Eamonn Scott, Jackson Tennant and Diarmuid Cooney-O'Donoghue. This week they’re back home and take on 2nd placed Old Xavierians at Brunswick Street Oval.
The Club XVIIIs took on 8th place Monash Blues at Brunswick Street Oval. They started well but Monash Blues kicked into gear in the second quarter and didn’t look back. The final score was Fitzroy 5-13-43 to Monash Blues 11-11-77. Goal kickers aren’t available but the best for the day were Jon King, James Pitts, Tom Kokkinos, Justin Nagorcka, Jake Farrell and Christian Beaman. This coming Saturday they take on Therry Penola at John Pascoe Fawkner Reserve, Oak Park.
With their victory over PEGS last Saturday, Fitzroy have moved to the same number of wins as top side Marcellin with only a percentage of 22.1% seperating the two sides.
The Seniors took on fifth placed PEGS at Brunswick Street Oval on yet another day where it started out sunny and then the rain came on and off during the game. The boys started off strong finishing the first quarter 8-7-55 to PEGS 1-1-7. PEGS came back in the second quarter with the half time score Fitzroy 10-8-68 to PEGS 6-7-43. The second half saw Fitzroy adding 10 more goals to the 5 kicked by PEGS finishing the day 20-14-134 to PEGS 11-12-78. This week there were 13 individual goal kickers with Jack Dalton, Josh Vansittart and Scott Cations leading the way with 3 each, Michael Lee 2 and 1 each to James O'Reilly, Toby Hudson-Bevege, Luke Ablett, Chris Polidoras, Jack Simcoe, Jesse Dimond, Dom Pound-Palmieri, James McGee and Sam Baker. The best for the day were Luke Ablett, Jack Parkinson, Max Ellis, Will Fenton, Jess Cameron-Wootten and Jesse Dimond. The win keeps Fitzroy in second place now only percentage behind Marcellin after they lost to Mazenod, who Fitzroy takes on this week. Mazenod are now in 5th place (5 through to 8 are separated by percentage only) at Central Reserve, corner Springvale and Waverley Roads, Glen Waverley (map reference: C5 71). So get down to Central Reserve and cheer the boys on. Last time they met in round 5 Fitzroy won by 77 points.
The Reserves took on fifth placed PEGS at Brunswick Street Oval. The Reserves started slowly with the first quarter ending 1-1-7 to PEGS 0-2-2. The second quarter was when the scores started but accuracy was again an issue finishing the day 11-26-92 to PEGS 2-4-16. There were seven individual goal kickers with Tom Biscaro kicking 3, Oliver Stoltz and Jack Beech both kicking 2 and 1 each to Cailean Moore, Pat O'Connor, Nathan Jumeau and Rob Breda. The best players were Oliver Stoltz, James Meakin, Rob Breda, Greg Hesse, Cailean Moore and Antony Harbor. The win keeps the Reserves on top of the ladder, still two games clear and this coming week take on 7th placed Mazenod. Last time they met in round 5 Fitzroy came home with the points winning by 26 points.
The Thirds took on 5th placed Marcellin at Ramsden Street Reserve. The first quarter was a tight one with the score 1-6-12 to Marcellin 1-3-9. The second quarter was when the Thirds started to find the goals finishing the day 16-16-112 to Marcellin 5-5-35. There were eleven goal kickers for the day Tim Wilson 5, Shelley Fulton 4, Amos Wilson 2, and 1 each to Nick Brown, Daniel McLeod, Dan Morgan, Trent Coleman and Adam Biggs. Shelley Fulton continues to lead the Premier C Thirds goal kicking now 31 goals, extending the lead by 6 goals. The best were Tim Wilson, Daniel McLeod, Marty Cusack, Amos Wilson, Dylan Temple and Adam Biggs. The win keeps the Thirds two games clear on top of the ladder and this week will take on Old Camberwell who are in 2nd place at Gordon Barnard Reserve, North Balwyn. Last time they met in round 5 Fitzroy won by 13 points.
The U19s took on 3rd placed St Bernards at St Bernards College in a very low scoring first quarter – Fitzroy 0-4-4 to St Bernards 0-3-3. Unfortunately St Bernards started to find the goals and the final score was Fitzroy 7-10-52 to St Bernards 16-8-104. The goal kickers were JamesSteinfort and Eamonn Scott both kicking 2 and 1 each to Jackson Tennant, Diarmuid Cooney-O'Donoghue and Nathan Ligris. The best on the day Kia Menzies, Diarmuid Cooney-O’Donoghue, Dylan Leech, Jackson Tennant, Dylan Patcas and Raph Lloyd. This week they take on 5th placed University Blues at Crawford Oval.
The Club XVIIIs had the week off as Old Ivanhoe forfeited on Friday. We’re not sure about the results on the VAFA website which has Fitzroy winning this game by 93 points, which happens to be the exact score of another match played on Saturday!In 10th place (12 in the competition) they will take on 8th place Monash Blues at Brunswick Street Oval next week they.
Former Fitzroy player and vice-captain Ross Thornton and daughter Tarryn have been eliminated from the Amazing Race finishing eighth from eleven beginning teams.
Having travelled through the Phillipines, India, Dubai and Turkey, the Thorntons won the very first leg of the race and finished 2nd in the fourth leg of the race.
Unfortunately they weren't able to make up a 30 minute deficit in their final leg, especially after having to wait at an intersection for the one team behind them. In the closest race to the finish line yet, opponents Sarah and James managed to jump in front of Ross and Tarryn to take 7th place leaving the father and daughter duo out of the Race.
In this Leg's Detour, teams had to choose between Shine or Design. In Shine, teams had to locate a marked shoe shine stall and convince 10 locals to have their shoes shined for no less than 4 Turkish lira symbol. Unfortunately Ross forgot to read the clue about five shines each and costs his team much-needed time, finally drawing out Tarryn's frustration. In Design, teams had to find a marked carpet stall in the Egyptian Bazaar and choose a piece of fabric from an exotic Turkish pattern, then find a perfect match among the carpets to get their next clue. In the Leg's Roadblock, teams had to make their way to Darüzziyafe Restaurant in the Old City of Istanbul where one team member had to spin with Whirling Dervishes for five minutes continuously to receive their next clue.
Ross and Tarryn head home very proud of their achievement – “we tried our best and worked our hardest”. If they had any regrets about how they handled the race, both Ross and Tarryn cited that the challenge where Ross had to remember the order of the discs in the Mosque in Istanbul was the one wehre they had to use a different technique when remembering the order of the disca. Tarryn said that perhaps taking the penalty straight away when Ross was struggling with the memory challenge in Turkey, and called out that we should (this in turn was the down point as opponents Sarah and James overheard and jumped at the opportunity) If they had known the pit-stop was next, Tarryn believed they should have just let Ross continue with the challenge in hope he might fluke getting it right.
Fitzroy have consolidated their position in the final four with a strong 71 point win over the Hampton Rovers.
The Seniors took on 10th placed Hampton Rovers at Boss James Reserve on a day which started with sun, become cloudy, a bit of rain, well light showers and in the last quarter had the lights on due to the dimming light – the similar as the previous week. Accuracy in front of the goals was a bit of an issue with some easy shots missed, finishing the day 19-24-138 to Hampton Rovers 10-7-67. For the second week in a row there were 10 individual goal kickers with Scott Cations leading the way with 4, James McGee and Matt Brown both kicking 3, Rory Angiolella and Tom Cheshire both with 2 and 1 each to Sam Baker, James O'Reilly, Will Fenton, Michael Lee and Ross Borland. The best for the day were Matt Brown, John Clark, Will Fenton, Sam Baker, Jesse Dimond and Max Ellis. The win keeps Fitzroy in second place and this week will take on fifth placed PEGS at Brunswick Street Oval. Last time the two teams met, round 3, PEGS took home the 4 points with a 20 point win. So get down to the ground to cheer the boys on – don’t worry about the weather report, we have the grandstand that will not only keep you dry, but also helps build the atmosphere.
The Reserves took on 10th placed Hampton Rovers at Boss James Reserve. The Reserves also had some issues with accuracy but finished the day 19-22-136 to Hampton Rovers 3-0-18. There were eleven individual goal kickers with Jack Beech, Nathan Jumeau and Harry Topp each kicking 3, Maxim Allen and Michael Racovalis both with 2 and 1 each to Jake Fraser, Antony Harbor, Greg Hesse, Dima Kynigopoulos, James Meakin and Oliver Stolz. The best players were Jake Fraser, Nathan Jumeau, Jack Beech, James Meakin, Mat Coad and James Harding. The win keeps the Reserves on top of the ladder, still two games clear and this coming week take on 5th placed PEGS at Brunswick Street Oval. Last time they met, round 3 Fitzroy came home with the points winning by 28 points.
The Thirds took on 5th placed Mazenod at home – the Thirds started off strong and didn’t look back finishing the day 17-16-118 to Mazenod 5-3-33. There were eleven goal kickers for the day and they were Shelley Fulton lead the day with 6, Dylan Temple 2 and 1 each to Marty Cusack, Marty Cook, Amos Wilson, Andrew Turner, Alex Johnson, Seb Fuentes, Gary McCarthy, Nick Brown and Trent Coleman. Shelley Fulton’s haul has pushed him to the top of the Premier C Thirds goal kicking lwith 27 goals – a lead of 2. The best were Dan McLeod, Shelley Fulton, Stephen Graham, Marty Cusack, Gary McCarthy and Seb Fuentes. The win keeps the Thirds two games clear on top of the ladder and on Saturday 30 June take on 5th placed Marcellin at Ramsden Street Reserve.
The U19s took on 4th placed St Bedes/Mentone Tigers at home and finished the day 7-8-48to 24-22-166. The goal kickers were Eamon Scott 2, Jackson Tennant,Dylan Leech, Nathan Ligris, Dylan Patcas and Dougal McAllister. The best on the day were Dougal McAllister, James Steinfort, Diarmuid Cooney-O'Donoghue, Jackson Tennant, Aiden Fry and Dylan Leech. This week they take on 3rd placed St Bernards at St Bernards College.
The Club XVIII took on top of the ladder Old Xaverians at Ramsden Street Reserve and finished the day 3-4-22 to 30-11-191. Unfortunately there are no detailed results available. This coming week they take on 10th placed Old Ivanhoe at Chelsworth Park.
Former VFL-AFL umpire Ian Robinson will be the guest speaker at the Fitzroy President's Luncheon before their home game against Penleigh Essendon Grammar School (PEGS) on Saturday 30th June.
Ian Robinson's umpiring career spanned from 1971 to 1987, and in total he umpired 353 games, including 35 finals matches. He umpired Grand Finals in 1973, 1974, 1977 (2), 1978, 1980, 1981, 1985, and 1987. He held the VFL umpiring match record of 353 games from his retirement in 1987 until 1995, when Rowan Sawers overtook him. He had umpired under both the one and two umpire system. Interestingly the only combination of teams he didn't umpire was Richmond versus Fitzroy.
Robinson was inducted to the Australian Football Hall of Fame in 1996.
A buffet two - course meal will be served at the President's Luncheon. Cost per head is $40.00 and drinks are at bar prices.
Final luncheon numbers must be confirmed by WEDNESDAY 27 June. Numbers are limited.
This will be a sell out function so BOOK NOW to avoid disappointment!
The booking slip for the President's Luncheon on 30th June can be downloaded from here.
It was a great weekend for Fitzroy with all five teams winning their matches for the first time in the 2012 season..
The Seniors took on 8th placed Rupertswood at Brunswick Street Oval on a day which started with sun, became cloudy, a bit of rain and in the last quarter had the lights on due to the dimming light. The day also saw John Clark playing his 100th game for the club, a fantastic milestone - see him leading the team off the ground after the win. The start was strong with 11 goals kicked in the first half, with the half time score 11-7-73 to Rupertswood 5-4-22. The second half eased off a little, adding 6 more goals which was matched by Rupertswood. The final score was 17-14-116 to Rupertswood 9-12-66. There were 10 individual goal kickers with James McGee 4, Luke Ablett 3, Scott Cations 3 and 1 each to Chris Polidoras, Sam Baker, Will Pickering, Will Fenton, Rory Angiolella and Jack Dalton. The best for the day were Chris Polidoras, Matt Brown, Scott Cations, Dom Pound-Palmieri, Max Ellis and Luke Ablett. With losses to Old Camberwell and Parkdale, this win puts Fitzroy into second place, two points clear and only one win below first place. This week they take on 10th placed Hampton Rovers at Boss James Reserve, cnr David Streetand Bluff Road, Hampton.
The Reserves took on 9th placed Rupertswood at Brunswick Street Oval. Chris Wills played his 100th game for Fitzroy and captained the team - see left being chaired off after the win. In good conditions, the boys lead from the first quarter and didn’t look back. The final score was 14-15-99 to Rupertswood 2-2-14. There were seven individual goal kickers with Oliver Stolz and Maxim Allen leading the way with 3 each and were supported by Michael Lee, Jack Beech and Michael Racovalis with 2 each and 1 each to Nathan Jumeau and Cameron Ball. The best players were Jesse Dimond, Cameron Ball, Jack Beech, Matt Kyroussis, Oliver Stoltz and Chris Wills. The win keeps the Reserves on top of the ladder, now two games clear, and Saturday 23 June will take on 10th placed Hampton Rovers at Boss James Reserve, Cnr David Street and Bluff Road, Hampton.
The Thirds took on 8th placed Whitefriars in an early game, 9.20am, at Whitefriars College. The early start didn’t impact on the boys as they finished the first half 9-8-62 to Whitefriars 2-3-15. The second half was similar to the first with another 14 goals being kicked – final score 23-16-154 to Whitefriars 4-7-31. Goal kickers for the day were Amos Wilson 5, Shelley Fulton 4, Alex Johnson 3, James Cowan-Clark 3, Tim Wilson 2, Jamie MacKay 2, Stephen Graham 2, and 1 each to Tom Whiter and Trent Coleman. Shelley Fulton’s goals take him to third on the Premier C Thirds goal kicking tally (21) - 4 off the lead. The best were Tom Whiter, Amos Wilson, Jamie MacKay, James Cowan-Clark, Gary McCarthy and Dan McLeod. The win puts the Thirds now two games clear on top of the ladder and on Saturday 23 June are back home playing 5th placed Mazenod.
The U19s took on 10th placed University Blacks at Crawford Oval and had their first win of the season. The final score was 15-8-98 to University Blacks 8-8-56. Eamon Scott lead the day with a massive 7 goals and was supported by Chris Doherty and Diarmuid Cooney-O'Donoghue both kicking 2 and 1 each to Jackson Tennant, Dylan Leech, Nathan Ligris and Dylan Patcas. The best on the day were Dylan Leech, Josh Sawyer, Eamon Scott, Chris Doherty, Jackson Tennant and Diarmuid Cooney-O'Donoghue. This week they are back home at Brunswick Street Oval taking on 4th placed St Bedes / Mentone Tigers.
The Club XVIII took on 4th placed De La Salle on Sunday 17th June. The finals score was 17-16-118 to 3-2-20. Unfortunately there are no detailed results available. This coming week they take on top of the ladder Old Xaverians back at Ramsden Street Reserve.
A special milestone two of Fitzroy’s most popular club men this Saturday as Chris Wills and John Clark notch up club game number 100! Chris Wills joined the club in 2007 from the Fitzroy Junior Football Club, starting in the U19s and played in the U19’s 2008 Premiership. Chris has also captained the Reserves and has played at some stage in his career at Fitzroy in all of our teams - U19s, Reserves, Seniors and Club XVIII.
John Clark joined the club in 2007 after moving to Melbourne for work commitments and has never looked back. John’s highlights for the club include playing in the 2009 Grand Final with his brother Dan. It should be noted that the Grand Final was against Rupertswood, the same club John is marking this milestone against. Another highlight for John is getting to play withsome of his best and closest mates at the club. Clarky is excited about the future ahead with the young talent being put into the club and hopefully can be there should the boys find themselves in Premier B one day!
It’s people like Chris Wills and John Clark that make Fitzroy a great club to be at. We have great people, great culture and more importantly great football. The club congratulates them on 100 club games and thank them for the wonderful contribution they have made to Fitzroy both on and off the field.
The club would also like to acknowledge James Cowan Clark who has just notched up his 50th game for the club along with Nathan Jumeau and Michael Cussens.
Former Fitzroy player and vice-captain Ross Thornton and daughter Tarryn have finished fourth in the second leg of the Channel 7 series The Amazing Race Australia.
Foregoing an hour's advantage by choosing to keep the last placed team from the first episode in the challenge, the contestants flew to India from the Phillipines.
After milking a cow, the contestants had to perform a dance routine, as well as recite a script in the Hindi language for a Bollywood scene to the director's satisfaction. Ross admitted in his reflection on the dance that he had two left feet and that the challenge was the hardest thing he had done in his life.
From there the contestants had to go to Qutub Minar a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Delhi home to an 800 year old minaret, which curently is the second talest tower in India. Here was a pre-determined elimination point where the last team to finish the leg would be eliminated. Thankfully for all Fitzroy fans following Ross and Tarryn's progress they easily qualified for the next leg.
Watch Ross and Tarryn next week as they continue their travels through India.
Roys consolidate Top Four position with win over Blues.
8.00 am Monday 4th June 2012
With its fifth win of the season over the Monash Blues, Fitzroy has consolidated a Top Four positon breaking two games clear of a cluster of four sides each with 3 wins.
The Seniors took on 8th placed Monash Blues at Frearson Oval, Monash University on a beautiful winter’s day – lovely in the sun, cool in the shade. The start was a little slow with the first quarter ending 2-4-16 to Monash Blues 3-6-24. The quarter time address fired up the boys and they piled on 7 goals to 1 to finish at half time 9-6-60 to Monash Blues 4-8-32. Another 5 goals by the boys (a chance for another missed when Scott Cations wasn’t paid a mark in the forward line in the dying seconds of the game) for the game saw the final score 14-11-95 to Monash Blues 8-15-63. The goal kickers for the day were 3 each to Toby Hudson-Bevege and James McGee, 2 each to Rory Angiolella, Scott Cations and Will Pickering and 1 each to Ryan Ewing (first Senior game) and Jack Dalton. The best was Luke Ablett, Rory Angiolella, Jack Parkinson, Chris Polidoras, Nick Marshall (first Senior game) and Jess Cameron-Wootten. All top four teams had wins which means the top 4 remains unchanged. Round 8 see the boys back home taking on Rupertswood who are in 8th place on Saturday 16 June.
The Reserves took on 2nd placed Monash Blues at Frearson Oval, Monash University in good conditions, even with a muddy centre. The boys started strong but only added 4 points in the second quarter to finish half time 4-8-32 to Monash Blues 4-3-27. The half time address hit the mark and the boys kicked 5 goals in the third quarter and finished the game 10-11-71 to Monash Blues 6-6-42. Goal kickers were 3 each to Harry Topp (first game back after breaking his arm in a practice match) and Oliver Stoltz, Michael Lee 2 and 1 each to Cailean Moore and Max Allen. The best players were Cameron Ball, Tom Cheshire, James Meakin, Greg Hesse, Michael Lee and Max Allen. The win keeps the Reserves a game clear on top of the ladder and Saturday 16 June will take on 9th placed Rupertswood at Brunswick Street Oval.
The Thirds had the top of the ladder battle this week when they took on 2nd place St Kevins, neither of whom had lost a game. The start was what was expect from the top two teams, with only 3 points separating them at quarter time, in the Roys favour. The second quarter the boys put on 4 goals to 2 and continued to hold the lead throughout the balance of the game. The final result was 13-6-84 to St Kevins 10-8-68. Goal kickers for the day were Nick Brown 2, Alex Johnson 2, Shelley Fulton 2, Justin Nagorcka 2, Austin Ley 2, and 1 each to Dylan Temple, Jamie MacKay and Trent Coleman. The best were Jamie MacKay, Austin Ley, Shelley Fulton, Adam Biggs, Trion Paleologou and Marc Willson. The win puts the Thirds a game clear on top of the ladder and on Saturday 16 June have an early start of 9.20am against Whitefriars who are in 8th place.
The U19s took on 8th placed Beaumaris at Brunswick Street Oval. It was a close game up to half time but unfortunately Beaumaris maintained the lead with the final score Fitzroy 9-10-64 to Beaumaris 16-12-108. The goal kickers were Chris Doherty 2, Dylan Leech 2 and 1 each to Jack Tennant, Lachlan Allen, Eamon Scott, Diarmuid Cooney-O'Donoghue and Eddie Gibbons. Best were James Steinfort, Kia Menzies, Jack Tennant, Chris Doherty, Dylan Leech and Aiden Fry.
The Club XVIII took on 6th placed St Bernards at Brunswick Street Oval with St Bernards leading the whole game. The final score was Fitzroy 11-9-75 to St Bernards 18-6-114. The goal kickers were Stephan Pang 4, Gabe Poulton 2, Brett White, Tom Whiter, Tim Kokkinos, David Roche and Andy Shears. Best players were Michael Negebauer, Nathan White, Brett White, Eli Barnes, Stephan Pang and Sean Zurek. The loss sees the Clubbies sitting in 11th place and will take on 4th placed De La Salle on Sunday 17th June.
Former Fitzroy player and vice-captain Ross Thornton and daughter Tarryn have won the first leg of the Amazing Race Australia in the Phillipines, broadcast on Channel 7 on Wednesday night.
After completing a challenge in the shadow of the Sydney Opera House, the teams flew from Sydney to Manila where they had to consume eight chicken embryo eggs in a market place. Falling from second place to third by the end of the first challenge, they fell to fifth by the time of the second challenge "Pig or a Jig". Choosing the 'Pig' option, Ross and Tarryn had to catch four pigs. Ross clearly used his football experience at Fitzroy in this challenge to lay several great tackles on a couple of pigs, that apparently brought back vivid memories of laying tackles on 'Plugger' Lockett at the MCG.
The final challenge was to build a raft from materials of bamboo logs and large plastic containers to aid as flotation devices to paddle out to host Grant Bowler. The last team to complete their raft would be eliminated. The Thornton's built an extremely sturdy raft and cruised past other teams whose rafts either fell apart or sat too low in the water to paddle with any great speed.
As well as winning $10,000, Ross and Tarryn were given a "Salvage Pass" which was the choice between an hours head start for the second leg or saving the last team from elimination as their prize. They chose to save the last team from elimination.
Watch Ross and Tarryn next week as they travel from the Phillipines to India
Fitzroy have consolidated their place in the Top Four with a thrilling one point win over ladder leaders Old Camberwell. The win puts them a game clear of banyule in fifth position and only a game from top spot, currently occupied by Marcellin.
The Seniors took on first placed Old Camberwell at Brunswick Street Oval. The first quarter saw the Roys in front, 4-7 to 1-3 but the second quarter not only saw Old Camberwell kick themselves back into the game but also the rain. Half time the scores were Fitzroy 4-8-32 to Old Camberwell 7-3-45. The third quarter saw some scoring shots go astray finishing the quarter 8-13 to 11-5. The last quarter saw the rain return and the boys kicking against the wind but they dug in and the noise from the supporters in the grandstand added to the atmosphere. The game came down to the last two minutes of the game, with the boys kicking a goal to put them a point in front. They worked hard and kept the ball in and started to move it forward when the siren went to a huge roar from the grandstand! The final score was Fitzroy 11-19-85 to Old Camberwell 13-6-84. The goal kickers for the game were Ross Borland 2, Matt Brown 2 and 1 each for Luke Ablett, Rory Angiolella, Will Pickering, Chris Polidoras, Matt Kyroussis, James McGee and Jack Dalton. The best for the day were Rory Angiolella, Josh Vansittart, Luke Ablett, Max Ellis, James McGee and Dom Pound-Palmieri. The win keeps the Seniors into 4th place – the draw between Old Camberwell and Parkdale has them in 2nd and 3rd places - two points above Fitzroy. This coming Saturday the boys take on 8th place Monash Blues at Monash University.
The Reserves took on 3rd placed Old Camberwell in windy conditions with the rain holding off. The boys started well but accuracy in front of goal was a problem finishing the first quarter 3-10-28 to Old Camberwell 0-2-2, but the second quarter saw the accuracy come back and at half time was 7-11-53 too 3-2-20. The second half was a hard game and it was a bit a willing at times, but the boys finished 9-22-76 to Old Camberwell 6-7-43. The goal kickers were Tom Cheshire 3, Scott Cations 2 and 1 each to Cailean Moore, Oliver Stoltz, Tom Parkinson and Jesse Dimond. The best were Jesse Dimond, Michael Lee, Ryan Ewing, Pat O'Connor, Tom Cheshire and James Meakin. The win puts the Reserves into first place above Monash Blues, who the boys play this coming Saturday at MonashUniversity.
The Thirds had the week off due to Banyule forfeiting the game. This coming Saturday they will take on 2nd place St Kevins, who also haven’t lost a game, 2pm at Wellington Reserve, Mackie Road, Mulgrave.
The U19s took on top of the ladder De La Salle and at half time were 5-2 to De La Salle 7-10, unfortunately De La Salle came out in the second half firing and the day finished 6-3-39 to 24-16-160. The goal kickers were Eamon Scott 2 and 1 each to Kia Menzies, Raph Lloyd, Diarmuid Cooney-O'Donoghue and Eddie Gibbons. The best players were Dylan Patcas, Kia Menzies, Dougal McAllister, Aiden Tregillis, Dylan Leech and Edward Bryan. This Saturday the boys will take on Beaumaris at Brunswick Street Oval at 2pm.
The Club XVIII took on 5th placed NOB/St Pats at Alec Gillion Oval and unfortunately lost 7-3-45 to 6-10-58. This week they take on 6th placed St Bernards at Brunswick Street Oval at 11.40am.
Former Fitzroy coach David Parkin will return to Fitzroy Football Club as its guest speaker at the Fitzroy President's Luncheon before their home game against Rupertswood on Saturday 16th June.
After coaching Hawthorn (1978) and Carlton (1981-82) to premierships before being sacked by the Blues, David Parkin came to the Lions in 1986; where he effectively swapped positions with former Fitzroy coach Robert Walls, who returned to his former club, Carlton.
Two Fitzroy players Michael Conlan and Scott McIvor were in no doubt about the impact Parkin had on Fitzroy's fortunes in 1986; semi-final hero Bernie Harris was not so sure, openly admitting he and the master mentor did not see eye-to-eye and that was the main reason he departed for the Brisbane Bears after the season.
"Parkin came in like a ferocious general — he really came in like a lieutenant of the army," Conlan explained. "He was highly confident, he was very well organised, he had something to prove and he was very disciplined, and that's what we needed at that point. "I'll never forget his comments that year: 'Don't ever worry or question the training and some of the tactics I'm preparing; I'll get you there, don't worry about that'. Those words always echo in my ears and we all believed that he'd get us there; we just followed his direction and trained exceptionally hard. "Fitzroy had a lot of good athletes. We weren't a great football side but we were pretty good athletes, and we really worked on that. He was fantastic, 'Parko', and the boys just got on board and loved him."
McIvor agreed. "Parkin was brilliant. He really got the most out of the group," he said. "He can be such an inspirational character, David, because he's such a great speaker, but also he'd been through so much at Hawthorn and Carlton; he could draw on so much experience and pull people in."
In 1986 Essendon was shooting for three premierships in a row in 1986, but its campaign was derailed early with season-ending injuries to stars Tim Watson, Darren Williams and Paul Vander Haar. The Lions had also become the Bombers' nemesis, beating them by 45 and 35 points in their two home and away meetings. Fitzroy was not without its injury concerns either as the elimination final loomed, with No.1 ruckman Matt Rendell and champion full-forward Bernie Quinlan both sidelined, and Leon Harris rushed back into the side after missing six weeks with a broken leg. The stakes were high on a cold and wet day at Waverley, and if the then 20-year-old McIvor was not fired up enough about his first final, Parkin made sure he was right on the edge as the team prepared to file out of the rooms. "Parko's come up to me, grabbed me, and he'd never done this before, looked me in the eye and said, 'Keep your eyes open for [Roger] Merrett at the first couple of centre bounces'. I was that pumped up to play, I was that excited. raining, the grandstand is there and the cheering echoes out onto the ground!
Fitzroy ending up winning the 1986 Elimination Final by the narrowest of margins, when in the dying moments of the final quarter, Mick Conlan kicked the final goal of the match.
Parkin coached Fitzroy for another two seasons before returning to Carlton where remained for a decade between 1991-2000. He was at the helm when Carlton won the 1995 premiership and was later named Coach in their Team of the Century. Although he never coached again at senior level, Parkin was employed back at Hawthorn for a period of time as a Director of Coaching. Inducted to the Hall of Fame in 2002, Parkin continues his involvement in football as a media commentator on a range of programs.
While the main focus of David's talk will be on Men's Health at the President's Luncheon, he is sure to share some of his memories from his three seasons as senior coach of the Fitzroy Football Club.
A buffet two - course meal will be served. Cost per head is $40.00 and drinks are at bar prices. Please download, and send off the booking slip to the Club to reserve your booking.
Final luncheon numbers must be confirmed by WEDNESDAY 13 June. Numbers are limited. This will be a sell out function so BOOK NOW to avoid disappointment!
The booking slip for the President's Luncheon on 16th June can be downloaded from here.
Round 5 was again a week of mixed results – three wins and two losses. A big thanks to VAFA Reserves umpire Mick James who officiated the game on his own due to late withdrawal of the other umpire due to illness and due to the club not being able to find someone to fill in at last minute.
The Seniors took on ninth place Mazenod at Brunswick Street Oval. The morning had started with drizzle but it had cleared by game time and the sun was out. The start was not one for the fainthearted – end of first quarter the scores were Fitzroy 0-2-2 to Mazenod 2-2-14. The quarter time break saw the coaches rev up the players and they kicked into gear, kicking 7 goals and held Mazenod goalless for the quarter. In the second half they kicked another 11 goals to finish 18-15-123 to Mazenod 6-9-45. With 18 goals the goal kickers were shared amongst 9 players and were 4 to Rory Angiolella, 2 each to Luke Ablett, Michael Cussen, Will Pickering, Chris Polidoras, Josh Vansittart, Jack Dalton and 1 each to Ross Borland and Sam Baker. It was a strong team effort so picking the best was tough - the best players were Josh Vansittart, Rory Angiolella, Sam Baker, Nathan Jumeau and Will Fenton. The win puts the Seniors into 4th place and this coming Saturday the boys take on Old Camberwell, the ladder leaders. The game against Old Camberwell is always a good battle so get down to Brunswick Street Oval and help cheer on the boys – remember, if it’s raining, the grandstand is there and the cheering echoes out onto the ground!
The Reserves took on 5th placed Mazenod on a slippery ground thanks to the light on and off drizzle from the morning which had cleared by game time. The Reserves also had a slow start to the day and at half time were 3-8-26 to 5-3-32. The half time break was used well by the coaches and players and they came out and kicked 8 goals to 3 and finished the day 11-14-80 to Mazenod 8-6-54. Goal kickers were Scott Cations 4, 2 each to Dima Kynigopoulos, Michael Racovalis, and 1 each to Ryan Ewing, Dan Clark and Chyene Evans. Best for the day were Michael Lee, Jesse Dimond, Ryan Ewing, Drew Olarenshaw, Scott Cations and Nick Marshall. The win keeps the Reserves in second place, behind Monash Blues on percentage only. This week they take on 3rd placed Old Camberwell at Brunswick Street Oval, and remember if raining we have the grandstand!
The Thirds took on 3rd placed Old Camberwell at Gordon Barnard Reserve and came out strong in the first quarter and held on as Old Camberwell came back in the second half. Final score was Fitzroy 8-11-59 to Old Camberwell 7-4-46. Goal kickers were Oliver Stoltz 3, Justin Nagorcka 2 and 1 each to Nick Brown, Alex Johnson and Seb Fulton. Best players were James Meakin, Oliver Stoltz, Daniel McLeod, Tim Wilson, James Cowan-Clark and Seb Fulton. The Thirds hold on to top of the ladder and this week has an early start playing 9.20 am at Brunswick Street Oval taking on 5th placed Banyule.
The U19s took on 6th placed Old Scotch at Camberwell Sports Grounds. Old Scotch came out strong in the first quarter and didn’t look back. The final score was Fitzroy 2-3-15 to Old Scotch 19-22-136. The goal kickers were Eamon Scott and Nathan Ligris and the best players were James Steinfort, Dylan Patcas, Josh Sawyer, Nick Gibbons, Jack Iacono and Dougal McAllister. The loss sees the U19s staying in 9th place and this coming Saturday will take on top of the ladder De La Salle at Waverly Park.
The Club XVIII took on 2nd placed Old Melburnians at Albert Park, Oval 1 and had a hard day. Final result was Fitzroy 0-3-3 to Old Melburnians 23-25-163. The best players were Michael Negebauer, Nathan White, Harry Kemp, Eli Barnes, Nick Scholfield and Gabriel Poulton. The loss sees the Clubbies to hold their 10th place and this week take on 5th placed NOB/St Pats at Alec Gillion Oval, Brunswick at 11.40am.
Toby Hudson-Bevege might have only just commenced his amateur VAFA career, but his young football journey with Fitzroy FC has proven enough to catch the Brisbane Lions’ attention. He is the latest player to be identified as part of the Club’s Fitzroy player sponsorship program - an initiative introduced last year by long-time Fitzroy and Brisbane Lions supporter Peter Hille and the Reds Foundation with an aim to raise much-needed funds for the local club.
Hudson-Bevege, who has previously been sponsored by the Rotary Club of Fitzroy in 2010 and 2011, replaces journeyman Patrick O’Connor as the Lions’ 2012 sponsored player.
The recently-turned 20 year-old is a true ‘Royboy’ after spending a couple of seasons with the Fitzroy juniors, before working his way up to the U19s side, and now eventually graduating to the senior team this year. He has also spent the past two seasons doing extra fitness and recovery sessions as a dedicated member of the Reds Foundation Development Squad.
In 2010, he played a key role in Fitzroy’s U19 Premiership which elevated them into the Premier Division (where they remain), and was promptly made Vice-Captain the following year. The running half-forward’s ability during his final season at U19 level was such that he was called upon to play seniors on four occasions. Now he finds himself a permanent member of that side.
Only last week, Toby was named among the best players in Fitzroy’s Round 4 VAFA win over Banyule, despite being substituted just after half-time due to concussion. Hudson-Bevege was thrilled to hear the news of his sponsorship from the Brisbane Lions. “I’m really excited and proud to be sponsored by an AFL club that is still so tightly connected to Fitzroy,” he said. “It’s always a great feeling to wear the Fitzroy jumper on Brunswick Street Oval, given the rich history behind the club.” “The fans who head out to the games are fantastic as well. I see the same faces week-in week-out, with many taking the time to shake your hand and get to know you.”
With no AFL football scheduled in Melbourne this Saturday afternoon, Victorian-based Lions fans are encouraged to head down to the Brunswick Street Oval at 2pm to watch Toby - and his team-mates - play Mazenod in Round 5 of the VAFA Premier C Division.
Fitzroy FC are currently in 6th place on the ladder with two wins from four matches, and will be hoping to push towards the top four this Saturday’s when they face 9th placed Mazenod, who are fresh from a strong win over PEGS. The season might still be early, but Hudson-Bevege said he and the team have some pretty clear goals for 2012. “My main goal for the season is to simply maintain my spot in the senior side, and to do everything I can to help the team make, and have an impact in, the Finals.” “We only narrowly missed out last year, but have recruited well over the off-season and are hoping to be in the top four come September.”
The Brisbane Lions will be further acknowledging their history on Saturday 23 June when the Club hosts its inaugural Hall of Fame at Melbourne’s Crown Palladium.
This weekend was Round 4 and we had mixed results - wins for the Seniors, Reserves and Thirds and losses for the U19s and Club XVIII. This coming Saturday has the second luncheon for the season with past Fitzroy play Ross Thornton the guest speaker - bookings close this Wednesday.
The Seniors took on 3rd placed Banyule in windy and cold conditions at R.J Brockwell Park, Heidelberg. The wind made the conditions difficult as it was swirling and not favouring on particular end. The Seniors lead by 2 goals at the end of the first quarter and maintained that lead at half time, lead by 3 goals at the last break and then put the foot down to finish 6 goals in front. Final score was Fitzroy 14.9.93 to Banyule 9.9.63. The goals were shared by the team by the forward line who found the goals with Luke Ablett, Will Pickering and James McGee all kicking 3 each and they were supported by Rory Angiolella 2 and one each to Nathan Jumeau, Sam Baker and Matthew Kyroussis playing his first Senior game. Best for the day were John Clark, Matthew Kyroussis, Jack Simcoe, Rory Angiolella, Toby Hudson-Bevege and Dom Pound-Palmieri who was playing his first Senior game. The win moves the Seniors into 6th place. This Saturday, 19 May the Seniors will be back home at Brunswick Street Oval to play Mazenod who are in 9th place.
The Reserves took on 6th placed Banyule and won by 56 points. The first quarter was close with one goal separating them, the Reserves lead by 3 goals at half time and didn’t look back from there. Final scores were Fitzroy 14.16.100 to Banyule 6.6.42. Goals were shared around with 8 goal kickers with Scott Cations and Dima Kynigopoulos both kicking 3, Antony Harbor and Michael Racovalis 2 each and one each to Martyn Beacham, Jack Beech, Ryan Ewing and Drew Olarenshaw. Best were Cailean Moore, Antony Harbor, Jesse Dimond, Pat O’Connor, Jack Beech and Tom Biscaro. The Reserves are 4-0 and hold their place in 2nd which is only percentage behind Monash Blues. This week they take on 5th placed Mazenod at Brunswick Street Oval.
The Thirds took on 7th place (only 8 teams in the Premier C Thirds competition) Marcellin OC at home, Brunswick Street Oval. In windy conditions the Thirds were down by 9 points at quarter time and had a 3 goal lead at half time. A strong third quarter by Marcellin saw the lead drop back to 4 points at the last change. The Thirds took advantage of the wind and pilled on 8 goals for the quarter finishing 17.15.119 to Marcellin 10.8.68. The goal kickers were Shelly Fulton 4, 2 each to Chris Wills, Alex Johnson, Dylan Temple, James Cowan-Clark, and 1 each Keith McKenzie, Max Oliver, James Pitts, Chris Krousoratis and Trent Coleman. Best players were Chris Krousoratis, Chris Wills, Gary McCarthy, Trion Paleologou, Dylan Temple and Seb Fuentes. The Thirds are 4-0, top of the ladder and this week the Thirds take on 3rd placed Old Camberwell (3-1) at Gordon Barnard Oval, Camberwell.
The U19s took on 4th placed University Blues at Brunswick Street Oval. The U19s worked hard all day and at the last break they were 4 goals down kicking into the wind. Looking for their first win of the season they unfortunately lost by 10 points – Fitzroy 14-10-94to University Blues 15-14-104. Goals were shared amongst the players with Eamon Scott leading the way with 4 and was supported by Dylan Leech 3, Harrison Simcoe 2 and 1 each to Nick Gibbons, Josh Sawyer, Nathan Ligris, Tom Harris and Aiden Fry. Best players were Kai Menzies, Dylan Leech, Dylan Patcas, Dougal McAllister, Aiden Tregillis and Josh Sawyer The U19s are in 9th place and will be taking on 6th placed Old Scotch at Camberwell Sports Grounds this Saturday at 2pm.
The Club XVIII took on 10th place Prahran Assumption (there are 12 teams in Club XVIII (1) competition) at Ramsden Street Reserve. The first quarter was close with 1 goal separating them but Prahran Assumption took advantage of the wind and never looked back. Final score was Fitzroy 3.5.23 to Prahran Assumption 22.12.144. Goal kickers were Rusty Bulmer, Jake Farrell and Tim Wilson. Best for the day were Jamie MacKay, Craig Hart, Andy Shears, Rusty Bulmer, Eli Barnes and Valuk Talwar. The loss puts the Clubbies into 10th place and this week they take on 2nd placed Old Melburnians at Albert Park, Oval 1.
6.00 pm Thursday 26th April 2012 as reported in the Melbourne Times Weekly 24th April 2012
FITZROY Football Club was one of the most loved teams in VFL/AFL history. Hundreds of thousands mourned as it merged with the Brisbane Bears in 1996 after years of financial struggles and poor on-field results.
However, few may know that the club lives on. While its football operations left the suburb it had called home for 113 years, Fitzroy Football Club Ltd came out of administration in 1998 and began exploring its options.
In December 2008 it incorporated Victorian Amateur Football Association club Fitzroy Reds and, in 2009, began playing in VAFA division 1. Now playing in premier C, Fitzroy is hoping it can deliver the results that will let it advance to premier A soon.
Fitzroy has a new coach this year, Michael Pickering, a former Richmond and Melbourne player, and a new captain in Rory Angiolella, who is aiming for the finals. “We had a very up and down season last year,” Angiolella says. “We didn’t make the finals but for a long time there was only one game separating everyone from fourth down to eighth. Our pre-season will put us in good stead. It’s been good, a lot tougher than last year. We’re looking pretty fit.” The pre-season included a weekend camp at Anglesea, where players ran with large car tyres and heavy logs, and did push-ups and sit-ups in the water.
Fitzroy won practice matches against Bendigo Football League club Castlemaine and D1 club North Old Boys. After a practice match against VAFA premier B club AJAX, which was promoted after winning the 2011 division C premiership, Fitzroy’s season proper began with a gritty game against Parkdale on March 21, losing by just five points.
Angiolella says one of the best aspects of playing at Fitzroy has been the way the players have remained together. He has played for Fitzroy since the under 10s, playing alongside friends from Princes Hill Primary School. That year they went through the season undefeated, winning the premiership with Pickering as coach. They also won the A grade flag in the under 17s, and now many of them are still playing in the senior team. “We’ve been knocking around together for 10–12 years,” Angiolella says. “Everyone knows each other and their games really well. “I’m actually feeling very positive about this season. Everyone is a lot fitter and more tight-knit than last year and we’ve had some new recruits to get excited about as well.”
Former Fitzroy best and fairest winner Ross Thornton(pictured left with daughter Tarryn) will be one of the Victorians trying to win the new series of Amazing Race Australia. Thornton has taken on the TV challenge with daughter Tarryn, a Victorian state basketballer. The fit pair will be one of four teams from Victoria racing around the world in the Channel 7 series.
Thornton, now 55, originally arrived at the Fitzroy Football Club in 1975 but was unable to make the seniors so joined VFA club Prahran. He returned to Fitzroy in 1980, making his senior debut in Round 3 against North Melbourne and became a regular fixture in their defence for the rest of the decade, usually occupying a back pocket from where he liked to run the ball up the ground.
He was Fitzroy's vice captain for three years and won the club's best and fairest in 1984. He played 146 games with the Lions from 1980-89. He captained Fitzroy on twelve occasions for six wins with the climax of his career coming when he led Fitzroy out onto Waverley for the 1986 elimination final against Essendon in 1986, which the club won by a point in a famous victory.
"They certainly don't come any sweeter than that, even given the conditions we played in. I guess having worked that hard, to know that we'd got through was fantastic."
Thornton played alongside his long time team-mates Leon Harris, Michael Conlan, Mark Scott and Graham Osborne in the 1989 reserves premiership team.
"Just to be on the MCG on the last Saturday in September was just a great feeling in itself. To go away and know that you've been part of a premiership, albiet a seconds flag, was a fantastic feeling."
When he retired in 1989, Thornton was awarded life membership of Fitzroy. After a stint as captain coach of Prahran, he returned to Fitzroy as reserves and assistant coach and team manager, until the club's exit from the AFL in 1996.
"When I played footy it was all about winning. Second best was not good enough," he said. "I'm 55 now, still fit and only a couple of kilos heavier than my playing weight. I want to prove I've still got it." he said about his participation in the TV series.
Channel 7 is preparing to launch the second series of the hit show next month.
Ross Thornton will also be appearing at the second Fitzroy President's Luncheon before Fitzroy's home game against Mazenod on May 19th.
Last Monday (March 26th) up to 45 participants took part in the "Reds Foundation Golf Day" at the Latrobe Golf Club in Alphington. In what was a great day to be out on the golf course it proved to be a hit for all those involved.
In 2012 the Reds Foundation - One of Fitzroy's major sponsors will be embarking on many different projects to help the club including the development squad which allows a select amount of players aged 18-23 to take part in extra training, securing player sponsorship, business sponsorships and will be taking part in a history project - focusing on incorporating more of the Univeristy/Fitzroy Reds histories to the Fitzroy story.
Jonathan Brown isn’t one of them unfortunately – however, the Fitzroy Football Club has signed a lot of new recruits over the off-season which adds to our extensive list seasoned Fitzroy players and has a new senior coach in former Richmond and Melbourne player Michael Pickering.
After a long and hard pre-season this Sunday, March 25th Fitzroy has its first pre-season hitout against Bendigo Football League (BFL) team Castlemaine at Victoria Park. This is will be a good test for the Roys as they prepare for another season in the VAFA Premier C competition with the club aiming to play finals.
The VAFA Premier C season officially starts on Saturday April 21 with Fitzroy playing away to the recently promoted D1 team Parkdale Vultures with our first Senior home game at Brunswick Street Oval being on Saturday April 28 against Marcelin. Fitzroy will not only be playing in VAFA Premier C this season but the club will be fielding five teams amongst different VAFA divisions – Seniors, Reserves, Under 19’s, Club XXIV and our new Thirds team giving people plenty of chances to watch and even play in our famous jumper at the historic Brunswick Street Oval.
While self-described “Mad Fitzroy Supporter” Jonathan Brown may be out injured and keen to get back to playing for the Brisbane Lions by Round 3 this season – we do think he looks very comfortable in a Fitzroy jumper! Could you just imagine the big guy playing up forward at Brunswick Street Oval!
But with our current batch of great talent, Fitzroy is in for an exciting 2012 season and we encourage all old Fitzroy die-hards, fans, locals, anyone to get on down to Brunswick Street this year and cheer us on!
Talk about Fitzroy's prospects for Season 2012 here.
THEY don't make AFL footballers like Darren Wheildon anymore - or if they do, the sports scientists tip them down the laboratory drain before we get the chance to enjoy them.
The Doc was a cult figure, sure, but he could seriously play; through six seasons, 70 games and 160 goals, he gave Fitzroy fans reason to cheer, to smile, to laugh out loud, to raise a can toward the winter sky. Wheildon didn't have a driver's licence, so would bum lifts, catch trams or walk. This displayed a maturity lacking in many footballers; there was no drink-driving, speeding or fender-bending on the Doc's rap sheet.
Game eves were spent sitting at home working his way through half a dozen stubbies and a pizza before stepping out the next afternoon and kicking six on Chris Langford or some other chicken-skin-peeling, uber-athlete. His excuses for missing training were legendary - after heading home to Moe rather than face a punishing session after a heavy defeat, he put not being able to phone in his absenteeism down to laryngitis. ''Why didn't you get your mum to call,'' asked coach Robert Shaw. ''She had an ear infection and couldn't hear a thing,'' responded the Doc.
Cut by the Lions at 23, he headed to West Adelaide, kept kicking goals and dodging training sessions, and was given a lifeline by Essendon in the 1995 draft.
One of the great Kevin Sheedy resurrection stories was scuppered when he was hit by a taxi outside a King Street nightclub.
The Fitzroy Football Club (Incorporating the Fitzroy Reds) is delighted to reveal some of the new recruits joining our team for this season as we aim for a VAFA Premier C premiership and promotion to Premier B in the VAFA.
Featuring a mix of players from other VAFA Clubs, Suburban, Interstate and Country Leagues along with an AFL Premiership player it adds depth to our already expanding list of footballers playing at the famous Brunswick Street Oval.
The new Fitzroy players for 2012 include:
Luke Ablett - Mulgrave FC (EFL)/Sydney Swans (AFL)
Maxim Allen - University Blues (VAFA)
Matt Brown - Wangaratta Rovers (Ovens & Murray FL/VCFL)
Scott Cations - Macquarie University AFC (Sydney AFL)
John Cousins - NEW
Ryan Ewing - West Preston Lakeside FC (NFL)
David Hastie - NEW
Alex Johnson - NOBS (VAFA)
Mark Knihinzkip - Milawa FC
Matthew Kyroussis - Collegians (VAFA)
Tim Monte - Powerhouse AFC (VAFA)
Liam O'Donnell - Eltham Collegians (VAFA)
Sebastian Poole - Ormond Junior FC (South Metro JFL)
Micheal Racovalis - Seaford FC (Mornington Peninsula FL)
Jared Shaw - North Bendigo FC (Heathcote FL /VCFL)
The Club welcomes these players to our club and look forward to seeing them playing for us this season. Along with our new signings the club also welcomes 15 new U19s players who have joined us from the Fitzroy Junior Football Club.
It's going to be an exciting 2012 ahead for us at Fitzroy along with our new coach Michael Pickering and the club fielding five teams across the VAFA - Seniors, Reserves, U19's, Club 18 and our new thirds team.
There's plenty of chances and no excuses to get on down to Brunswick Street and cheer the Roys!
Talk about Fitzroy's prospects for Season 2012 here.
The Fitzroy Football Club (Inc. Fitzroy Reds) has joined the world of social networking with the club joining the world of Facebook - facebook.com/fitzroyfc and Twitter - @Fitzroy_FC along with the Clubs official website fitzroyfc.com.au allowing Roys members, fans and football fans in general to keep in touch and updated with all things happening at Brunswick Street Oval.
The club has big plans for our official social media platforms and its website including displaying all the latest club news,match day and membership information, photo galleries, live updates, updates from games in the VAFA and of course plenty of nostalgia from the Roys days in the VFL/AFL.
There once was a song by the Coodabeen Champions that claimed "Deep in our hearts everyone barracks for Fitzroy" and now the club is offering the chance to prove it by following us on Twitter and Liking us on Facebook. In fact, the club has embarked on a campaign via its new Twiter and Facebook pages to get more followers/likes than Carlton. Its a big ask with Carlton's Twitter page currently on 19,628 followers as of 9:00am 1/2/2012 and Fitzroy's on 205 followers as of 9am on 1/2/2012 but with enough awareness and persistence of the Roys target of beating the Blues in the Social Networking caper we will, as our theme song suggests, "...always fight for victory and always see it through!"
Since merging with the Fitzroy Reds Football Club in late 2008, returning to our home at Brunswick Street Oval and resuming fielding a team in the VAFA, the club is ready for another big season in 2012 in the VAFA's Premier C Division and is not only fielding a team now but will be fielding Five teams amongst various VAFA Teams a seniors, reserves, thirds, U19s and Club XVIII giving plenty of chances for Roys fans young and old to get on down to Brunswick Street and see the Royboys in action. While some AFL clubs may be facing huge debts and relying on AFL handouts, business is booming at Brunswick Street Oval.
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Fitzroy will open its 2012 campaign against the Parkdale Vultures on Saturday 21st April in Premier C at Parkdale.
The following week in Round 2, Fitzroy will host its first home game when they take on Marcellin at the Brunswick Streeet Oval.
In round 3, those Fitzroy fans that also follow the Brisbane Lions in the AFL, will have some choices to make as the AFL Lions meet Essendon at 1.40 pm at Etihad Stadium, while just across town, Fitzroy will make the journey out to Keilor Park to take on Old Essendon at 2 pm. The same happens on the weekend of June 23rd in Round 9 when Fitzroy take on the Hampton Rovers at Hampton and the AFL Lions take on the Western Bulldogs at Etihad at 2.10 pm.
Round 6 on Saturday May 26th provides the first opportunity for not only Fitzroy's Brisbane Lions fans to see both Fitzroy and the AFL Lions to play in Melbourne at seperate times, but also the opportunity for Brisbane Lions fans, especially those from interstate, to experience a Fitzroy game at the Club's traditional home ground. The Club invites all Brisbane Lions fans to come and see Fitzroy play Old Camberwell on Saturday afternoon before fronting up again on Sunday May 27th to watch the Lions take on North Melbourne in the AFL at Etihad Stadium.
The experience can be repeated on the weekend of June 16th-17th when Fitzroy host their 2009 Grand Final conquerors Rupertwood at the Brunswick Street Oval in Round 8 and Brisbane clash with Hawthorn at the MCG the next day on Sunday afternoon.
For those wishing to only have one day of their weekend taken up by watching football, Round 15 allows fans to travel to North Balwyn to watch the Roys take on Old Camberwell, this time away, at 2 pm and then back into the city to watch the Lions play Carlton at 7.40 pm at Etihad Stadium.
The Club hopes to see as many Fitzroy fans as possible at all their 2012 games and in particular in Round 6, Round 8 and Round 15. The Club extends a very cordial invitation to all Brisbane Lions fans making the journey to see their team play in the AFL from all parts of the country to come and see where it all began 128 years ago.
The Club hopes for a successful year culminating at the very least an appearance in the finals.
A full copy of Fitzroy's 2012 Premier C draw can be downloaded from here (PDF)
Talk about Fitzroy's prospects for Season 2012 here.
Former Fitzroy Junior Dylan Buckley has been taken at Pick #62 via the father- son rule for the Carlton Football Club in the AFL draft held on Thursday 24th November, following Viv Michie (Pick #44 Fremantle Dockers 2010) and Jasper McMillan-Pittard (Pick #16 Port Adelaide, 2009).
Dylan, the son of Carlton triple premiership champion Jim Buckley, will join the Blues in 2012 after agreeing to terms under the AFL’s father-son rule. The pressure of being a child prodigy is something that Buckley has managed to cope with well over the years. “I don’t want to be like my dad…obviously I would like to be as good as he was, but I think that we are different players.” Buckley conceded he contemplated accepting the Carlton number 16 Guernsey, made famous by his father in the late 70’s and 80’s, but decided instead to carve his own path, agreeing to wear the vacant number 7 made famous by current Carlton Coach Brett Ratten.
Dylan's father Jim, played 13 games against Fitzroy in a 164 game career for Carlton between 1976 and 1990, for nine wins, one draw and three losses, kicking nine goals.
Three years ago in 2008, Dylan Buckley lined up against fellow draftee Tom Mitchell in the Grand Final of the Yarra Junior Football League's under-15 competition - Mitchell for Ashburton and Buckley for Fitzroy. "My team got up and I still hold it over him, even today," Buckley says with a broad grin. "It is kind of [surreal] to be in this situation though. If you'd asked three years ago, I would have said that it was a long shot, but it's definitely something we've both been aiming for."
When asked about his junior days at the local level playing for Fitzroy in the Yarra Junior Football League, Buckley was quick to praise his junior coaches for his development and success. “I didn’t even know dad played footy when I was a real young kid, I just started playing because a I met a kid and he was like come down and play [at Fitzroy] and I was like yeah alright…It wasn’t until around U14 that I started to realise there could be something in this. I guess I always had great coaches that supported my development along the way…guys like Andrew Johnson”
The Fitzroy Football Club wishes Dylan Buckley all the best his AFL career in the future, playing for one of Fitzroy's oldest VFL-AFL inner city rivals- Carlton.
Fitzroy memorabilia display to open at Etihad Stadium
8.00 pm Monday 7th November 2011
The Fitzroy - Brisbane Lions Historical Society - in conjunction with the Brisbane Lions and Etihad Stadium - are set to reveal a new permanent home for the display of historic Fitzroy memorabilia in Melbourne.
The new showcase will be officially opened to the public on Wednesday 23rd November at Etihad Stadium and will permanently house the display which features a vast collection of Fitzroy artefacts - including seven of the eight VFL Premiership Cups (1898, 1899, 1904, 1905, 1913, 1916 and 1922) commissioned by the Historical Society.
The grand opening of the new exhibition will be headlined by a number of special guests - including former Fitzroy greats Kevin Murray, Garry Wilson, Bernie Quinlan, John Murphy, Norm Brown, Bill Stephen and George Coates - who will be in attendance on the night.
The Board of Directors is happy to announce the coaching appointments for the 2012 season.
Joining Senior Coach Michael Pickering is Mark Murray in the Assistant Senior Coach position. Mark has played 320 VAFA Senior/U19 Game with De La Salle, Mazenod and one season with Hawthorn AFC. During Mark’s playing career he won three senior B&F at Mazenod, senior B&F Hawthorn AFC (first year back at 36 years of age) and is a Premiership player with Mazenod (C-Grade, B-Grade, U/19 Sect 2) and a two time Premiership player with De La Salle (A Res, U/19 Sect 1). The last three years Mark has been senior coach at Hawthorn AFC (D3) and for two years was Senior Coach Melbourne High (Premier B).
Returning to the senior coaching team are line coaches Simon Kelleher and Brett Pollard as well as fitness coach Steve Hurl who has worked out a gruelling pre-season training session that will commence during the second week of November. The Board wishes to express its thanks and gratitude to Paul Diacogiorgis and Anthony Corponi who were co-coaches of the Reserves in 2011 – a team that played in the 1st Semi Final. Both Paul and Anthony have advised that they wished to return to playing in 2012 and we wish them the best for the coming season.
After a successful year as Under 19 coach, Bruce Edwards has accepted the position of Reserves Coach. Bruce played junior football between 1975 and 1982 winning seven B&Fs and two league B&Fs. In 1982 Bruce captained the WA State U15 schoolboy team - Carnival held in Adelaide and made All Australian team. The following year he played U19 football for South Fremantle as a 16 year old and won a Premiership as well as Best 1st year player award. He also played in the U18 Teal cup carnival in Darwin for WA and again made the All Australian team. In 1984 as a 17 year old Bruce was contracted by the Melbourne Football Club playing in their U19s whilst playing in the U18 Teal cup carnival in Sydney for Victoria. During 1985 – 1987 Bruce played U19's and Reserve football for Melbourne FC and unfortunately retired in 1988 due to excessive hamstring injuries. During 2005 - 2008 Bruce held various roles on the Fitzroy Junior Football Club committee where his son was playing and between 2006 – 2010 coached U11, U12, U13, U14 and U15. In 2008 Bruce joined Fitzroy FC coaching our U19 North 2 side and returned in 2011 to coach our U19 Premier in their first year at this level with the team finish in sixth place.
We also have great pleasure in welcoming Damian Truslove to Fitzroy as the new U19 Premier Coach. Damian first experienced Amateur football playing schoolboys football for Assumption College. Damian played in 2002 with the Doutta Stars Football Club Div 1 Essendon & District League. In 2003 to 2006 Damian was a senior player with Mayne Tigers Football Club QAFL. In 2007 he was a senior player with Maryborough Football Club Bendigo League and in 2008 was a senior player and assistant coach with Manningham Cobras Football Club D4 VAFA. In 2010 Damain was head coach the Point Cook U18 Development team in the Division 1 Western Region Football League. In 2011 Damian was Senior Coach with West Brunswick FC, D3 in VAFA.
The Club wishes to inform all members and supporters that the 2012 membership renewals will be going out to all registered members shortly.
As in previous years, there are four categories of membership for the 2012 Season; viz,
- Ordinary Membership - $38
- Family Membership - $50
- Gold Lion Membership - $165
- Concessional Membership - $30 (see membership form for details)
Membership income is a major source of revenue for the Club and all supporters are encouraged to take out a membership for the 2012 Season.
All members receive a traditional Fitzroy Season's ticket with the Premier C fixture for the 2012 season on it.
Gold Lion members receive a traditional Fitzroy Gold Lion lapel badge, Club medallion and a free Fitzroy cap.
We are looking forward to a very successful season ahead in 2012. With new coach Michael Pickering at the helm of our rapidly improving senior list, our 128 year old Club will be looking to play finals in 2012 and advance into Premier B for the 2013 season.
A 2012 membership form for the Fitzroy Football Club can be downloaded from here or by clicking on the Fitzroy 2012 membership logo to the right.
We hope all of our members and supporters will get on board for what is bound to be an exciting 2012 season.
Michael Pickering appointed senior coach for Season 2012
10.00 pm Thursday 20th October 2011
The Club's board of directors are very pleased to announce the appointment of the club's new senior coach for 2012, following the resignation of 2011 coach Tim Bell for personal reasons.
The selection process concluded a couple of weeks ago when the Board of Directors considered the unanimous recommendation from the selection committee. The Board endorsed that recommendation and has appointed Michael Pickering as senior assistant coach for a two year term.
Michael Pickering played over 150 AFL games, 136 with the Richmond FC where he won the Best & Fairest in 1988 and was Vice Captain in 1989. He also kicked 161 goals. He also played 14 games with the Melbourne FC. Michael was assistant Reserves Coach at Richmond 1998-1999. He also spent a season as assistant coach at the Western Jets TAC squad. His most recent coaching experiences have been as the assistant coach of Fitzroy Football Club in 2011 and previously with the Fitzroy Junior Football Club, which included coaching the Colts U17 side to the Juniors first Div 1 Premiership in 2007.
The Club looks forward to a very exciting season ahead in 2012 with Michael at the helm of our dynamic senior list that will be looking to push into the Premier B division in the next couple of seasons.
James McGee wins Fitzroy's Best and Fairest for 2011
10.00 pm Thursday 20th October 2011
The Best and Fairest count for the Fitzroy Football Club (incorporating the Fitzroy Reds), was held on Friday 24th September at Bell Rydges, Preston. It was a great night with awards for all teams and the Club being presented.
James McGee took out the Greg Roughsedge Perpetual Trophy (Fitzroy's Best and Fairest Award) for the
Other major Winners were:
Reserves Best and Fairest. Drew Olarenshaw
U.19 Best and Fairest: Julian Turner
Club18 A: Tie - Trent Coleman & Michael Younger
2011 Leading Goal Kicker: Will Pickering (59 goals)
Best 1st Year player: Will Pickering.
Fitzroy kicks a visitor's goal for Melbourne
The 125-year old Fitzroy Football Club has stepped into Melbourne’s tourism infrastructure by inviting visitors to join the club on match days to experience the culture of an inner suburban Aussie Rules football club.
After shopping or just grazing along Brunswick Street in Fitzroy (Melbourne’s first suburb), the club is encouraging tourists to walk a few minutes - or catch a passing tram - to nearby Brunswick Street Oval, the club’s home ground.
Former Club President, Craig Little said the club was offering exposure to “real grass-roots suburban footy”, a Melbourne cultural experience, on the city’s doorstep, and an alternative to the AFL’s games at the MCG and Etihad Stadium.
The club is briefing hotel concierges and backpacker hostels about the free exposure (there is no admittance fee) to another side of Melbourne’s eclectic visitor experience.
“We may pick up some new interstate and international memberships and we may generate some funds, but really it’s about the club being an advocate to how Melburnians love their footy at a local level,”Mr Little said.
The ground’s setting is part of the experience, he said ... …a grand heritage grandstand on one side, grassy banks with gold and orange plane trees wrapped around a large oval which is overlooked by two-storey Victorian terrace houses on two sides and the city skyline in the background, a reminder of the ground’s close proximity to the metropolis of Melbourne.
“Visitors can mingle with several hundred supporters who will gladly explain the rules of the game and talk of the proud and colourful history of the club,” he said.
Fitzroy Football Club playing in the Premier C Division of the Victorian Amateur Football Association.
The merger agreement with the Brisbane Lions
The Fitzroy Football Club (incorporating the Fitzroy Reds) endeavours to represent the interests of Fitzroy members who support the Brisbane Lions in the AFL Merger. The merger of the Fitzroy Football Club and the Fitzroy Reds in December 2009, in no way affects the AFL merger.