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Trophy up for grabs in Round 1


It’s not often you play for a trophy in the first game of the year, but that’s what will happen when Fitzroy travels to Parkdale for Round 1 of the VAFA Premier B 2017 season.

Fitzroy holds the Norm Johnstone Trophy, which is up for grabs each time the Roys meet the Parkdale Vultures, honouring one of Fitzroy’s Team of the Century players who hailed from the Parkdale/Chelsea area.

It will be a bittersweet return to the Gerry Green Reserve on 8 April 2017, where the Seniors and Reserves played their final games for 2016. The last outing saw both teams pull off excellent wins only to find Fitzroy had narrowly missed finals.

The VAFA has released the draw which shows Round 1 is followed a week later by a break for Easter. When the season resumes for Round 2 on 22 April, Fitzroy will play its first home game against promoted side Peninsula Pirates, which makes its way up from Premier C after winning the premiership.

And look out for the Round 4 clash at home, when Senior Coach Nick Mitchell comes up against his old side, St Bernard’s for the first time.

Check out the full draw (you’ll need to scroll down past the Premier draw):


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New Senior Assistant Coach on board


Fitzroy has appointed a new Senior Assistant Coach with over 20 years’ experience in district and VAFA Premier division football, not to mention a family connection with Fitzroy.

Bernie Carter, who played with the Carlton Under 19s in the late 80s, came to the VAFA via district football. He played for several years with Therry Penola at Oak Park, starting in 1990, and then later coached the Reserves. He was also Reserves assistant coach at Collegians in the Premier division for four years, assisting with the Seniors for one year.

Bernie says he’s very excited about joining Fitzroy and really looking forward working with Senior Coach Nick Mitchell.

“I bring a fair bit of experience in playing and coaching, but I just love footy and tactics. Hopefully I can also inject some new ideas and thoughts on the game plan but the priority is supporting Nick with what he needs to push for A grade.”

Fitzroy’s 2014 best and fairest winner Matt Kyroussis is Bernie’s nephew, which should make the start at the club a bit easier. “It helps to know someone and I’ve also been down to Brunswick Street to watch Matt play a few times.”

In his day job, Bernie is the branch manager of the Watsonia Commonwealth Bank.


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Fitzroy posts a profit


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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