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Fitzroy posts a profit

03-Dec-2016

For the second year in a row, the Fitzroy Football Club (incorporating the Fitzroy Reds) has posted a profit at the end of its financial year.

Director and Treasurer, Michael Smale, reported the excellent news at the Club’s AGM on Sunday 27 November, with a profit of just over $10,000.

During the AGM Joan Eddy and Michael Smale were returned as Directors, with Joan to continue as club President for 2017.

Kevin Sharp, who had been appointed to the Board filling a casual vacancy during the year, was appointed to the Board for a three-year term as Director of Marketing and Membership, with a significant focus on sponsorship to work alongside Vice President, Grant Hammond.

The focus now is to shore up sponsorship for the coming season and beyond so that the club can stay in the black as it pushes for promotion to Premier division. The 2017 sponsorship package has been published and anyone who would like to discuss a package should contact Grant or Kevin.


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Touching tribute as eight life members inducted

03-Dec-2016

Fitzroy has inducted eight new honorary life members at the annual general meeting.

The eight represent just about all aspects of life at a community football club – from players, to volunteers, family members, timekeepers and members of the Board.

Mother and son, Joan Eddy (Fitzroy President) and Tom Cheshire (current Fitzroy player) were inducted together and the afternoon’s presentation was highlighted by the thank you speech from Director Tom Sargant on behalf of the new inductees.

Tom provided some touching moments about his love of Fitzroy, going back to the VFL days when Fitzroy defeated the highly fancied North Melbourne in the 1978 night grand final and listing Bob Beecroft and Paul Roos as his heroes.

He said his interest in footy had waned after 1996, but sometime later he saw the Reds playing near his home and thought ‘the jumper is back’.

Tom, who is the custodian of the club song and makes sure it plays at every home game, said he was very thankful to the current day Fitzroy players “who put the jumper on and put their bodies on the line every week.

“I love hearing the song every week; it makes my hair stand on end.”

   Our new life members are:

  • Jack Beech: 12 seasons as a player, joined in 2005, and equals Paul Dacorgiourgiou’s record of 12 consecutive seasons as a player at the club.Jack has been Captain of the Reserves and is an outstanding leader in the playing group and contributor to the Club.
  • Tom Cheshire: 10 seasons as a player; 2007 was his first year at the club and he played in the Under 19 Premiership that year; has been Vice-Captain of the Seniors and long-time member of the Leadership Group.
  • Joan Eddy: 10 years as an official of the Club commencing in 2007 as Team Manager of the Under 19s, Vice President in 2009 and President since 2010.
  • Janet Graham: approximately 12 years as a volunteer, assisting Wendy Symonds on the merchandise stall, also in the Fitzroy Shop in the mid 2000s and other duties.
  • Jamie Mackay (Jimbob): 10 seasons as a player in 2016; joined the club as a player in 2003 – played a few games in 06, 07, 08, missed 2009 with injuries and work taking their toll but has been back as a player since 2010. Jimbob, who plays in the Thirds, is one of the best loved players at the club.
  • Suzanne Madeley: approximately 15 years as the Fitzroy senior timekeeper, also taking on the role for the Reserves this year too, post-match helper extraordinaire and Club Person of the Year in 2013.
  • Wendy Symonds: approximately 15 years as a volunteer, including a couple in the Fitzroy AFL days, returning to assist with the Fitzroy Reds in the 2000s, merchandise stall, Fitzroy Shop, now milestones monitor, and so much more. Club Person of the Year 2015.
  • Tom Sargant: 13 years as a Club Director, enormous contributor behind the scenes, and guardian of our club song at home games.

Main picture: Seven of the new life members; Jack Beech sent his apologies as he was away.


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Roy Girls join the Roy Boys in the VAFA

24-Nov-2016

The Fitzroy-ACU Women’s teams will be joining the Victorian Amateur Football Association in its inaugural women’s competition next year.

Fitzroy will now field its two women’s teams in the same competition in which the Fitzroy Seniors, Reserves, Thirds and Under 19 men compete.

Fitzroy President, Joan Eddy, said the Board’s decision to join their women’s teams with the men’s seemed a natural choice following AFL Victoria’s decision to end the Victorian Women’s Football League (VWFL) and allow community leagues to administer their own clubs.

“We’ve been a proud VAFA club for 62 years* and this change provides the perfect opportunity to bring the teams together under the one administrative umbrella.

“Our club culture is such that the women have been made to feel very welcome from day one and they will embrace playing in the same competition as the men.

“Given the choice of other strong VAFA clubs such as St Kevin’s and AJAX to have their men and women playing in the same competition, it seems the clubs feel very positive about this move.

“The Fitzroy-ACU Women’s team made the Division 3 VWFL Grand Final last year, playing in finals against some of these teams, so it will be great to keep those friendly rivalries going.

“From a purely administrative point of view, it is also great for us to be dealing with the one administration rather than split across two different competitions with all that entails”, Joan said.

VAFA CEO, Michael Sholly, said he is delighted with Fitzroy’s decision to join the competition alongside established women’s teams, St Kevin’s, Brunswick Renegades and AJAX.

“The inclusion of these flagship teams will allow the VAFA to showcase a premier competition as well as development leagues for clubs fielding women’s teams for the first time,” he said.

“As an ACU graduate, it gives me great personal pleasure to welcome another one of Australia’s leading universities to our Association.

“Their decision to entrust the VAFA to administer their women’s teams displays the respect and prominence our competition has in the community and we look forward to upholding their values and traditions.”

The next step for Fitzroy-ACU will be to appoint a new Women’s Senior Coach for 2017.

Pictured above: Matilda Heming and Emilie Goegan at the VAFA Women's competition launch earlier this year.Photos courtesy of the VAFA.

*The Fitzroy Football Club was founded in 1883 and competed for over 100 years in the VFA/VFL and AFL until 1996. The Fitzroy Football Club merged with the Fitzroy Reds in 2008 and now operates as The Fitzroy Football Club (Incorporating the Fitzroy Reds).

 

 




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