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2015 -Grand Finals

Five teams have made it through to Grand Finals this week. Congratulations and good luck. The teams and venues are:

U12 Gold - 10.15am Templestowe Reserve, Porter St, Templestowe
U13 Red - 12.30pm Macleod Park, Ruthven/Chapman St, Macleod
U14 Black - 2.45pm Macleod Park, Ruthven/Chapman St, Macleod
U15 Div 4 - 2.45pm Vic Park Lower, High St, Kew
Colts Div 1 - 2.45pm Bulleen Park Oval 1, Bulleen Rd, Bulleen

Let's get as many or our Roy families out to support our grand final teams.

GO ROYS!!!

Grand Final Recovery Session

Reports of the demise of the Roys Recovery at Fitzroy Bowls Club were exaggerated! In fact, its the biggest comeback since Lazarus - or at least the 1970 Grand Final (sob!).
Roys Recovery This Sunday at the Bowls Club!!!  Be There.
Come and celebrate/commiserate/prevaricate/how-ya-going,maaaate the end of another great season of kids kicking on!

The Bowls Club ask that we respect their turf - and we do - so there's a few ground rules:
1. No football and no football boots on the Greens .  But the back gate will be open and the lights will be on at Brunswick Street if you need to have a kick
2.  
Kids have to stay off the top green and out of the upstairs rooms
3.
Try the parma.  With chips and salad.
Easy.

There'll be triumph.  There'll be tears. 
There'll be a BBQ (don't cooook!)
There'll be an AFL celebrity - Tyrone Vickery
There'll be Merchandise (- that scarf you've always wanted, that fetching training top)    
There'll be a moving address from the President. 
There'll be heroic gals and humble lads all fresh from the field
There will be organised bowls games for those who fancy an off-season challenge. 
There'll be tall tales and true. 
There'll be the Marsellaise.
The only question is whether there'll be you???

There's only one answer.
Go Roys!!!

Sports Dad of the Year award

For the past seven years, the public has had the chance to vote for their favourite celebrity Sports Dad of the Year, with winners coming from a range of sporting codes and from all over Australia. 
After its inaugural launch two years ago local Australian sports dads are continuing to be recognised and given the chance to be crowned the Philips Community Sports Dad of the Year. 
Whether it's a dad that coaches his local junior team, helps the local sports club with funding or support, or simply plays competitive sport on the weekend, now is the chance to highlight a father who’s an inspiration to your local sports club and community.
The public can help their nominated sports dad join some of the biggest names in Australian sport who have been crowned the celebrity Philips Sports Dad of the Year. Previous finalists in the competition have included AFL superstars Sam Mitchell and Luke Hodge; NRL champions Cameron Smith and Paul Gallen; two-time Grand Slam tennis champion Lleyton Hewitt; ex Socceroo Mark Schwarzer and Mark 'Frosty' Winterbottom from the V8 Supercar fraternity.
To get involved, people simply need to go to sportsdads.com.au/community and explain in 100 words or less why they think their chosen sports dad should be crowned the Community Sports Dad of the Year.
The Community Sports Dad of the Year winner will be provided with a $5,000 Rebel Sports voucher to donate to his sporting club of choice for some new gear or sporting equipment.  
Last years winner was long-time Byron Bay Surf Coach Gary Timperley, a father of two and former professional surfer who now devotes his time to training local kids. He said: “I was really honoured to win the award and I thank the people who nominated me as it actually highlighted an opportunity for participation that some locals didn’t know existed. I’m privileged to train a wonderful bunch of kids who work hard, have fun, and are excited to compete in the Australian Surf Life Saving titles.”
Nominations are now open, so don’t forget to log on to sportsdads.com.au/community. Nominations and entries end on Sunday August 23, and the winner will be announced before Father’s Day, Sunday September 6.  See the website for full terms and conditions.

Presentation Day - Sunday 13 September

The Club will be holding its annual Presentation Day at the Fitzroy Bowling Club and this year. We will likely present awards in age groups instead of teams meaning families will be asked to attend for a slightly extended period of time. 
As is customary, U12 teams are on set up, including decorating, and pack down duties. More to follow.

U/12 Vic Metro selection

Several players from the two Fitzroy U/12 teams participated in selection trials for the Victorian Under 12 Schools AFL team, through 5 rounds of trials.  Darcy Teele, Connor Lester, Darcy Munro, Lachlan McKain, Ned Long and Josh Ward took part in the Northern Metro Region trials.  Three of the Roys - Lach, Ned and Josh (each in their fourth season with Fitzroy) were among the 88 players invited to go through to the Vic Metro trials, giving Fitzroy JFC the equal highest representation of any junior club.   
All three played some great footy in the trial games, which were of a very high standard,  and Josh and Ned made it through to the 42 player Country and Metro combined trial, from which a final team of 23 was selected. 
Josh was selected in the Victorian team, which will play at the National Championship in Geelong from 19-25 July – 5 matches in all if the team makes it through to the finals.    He has been enjoying training with the Vic team, and has played in practice games mainly as a midfielder and half forward.

Here are a couple of photos from the first game against ACT (Josh played well and kicked 3 goals from half-forward)

Community Sports Infrastructure Fund - To improve facilities for females

The Victorian Government is investing in women’s participation in sport and the Fitzroy Junior Football Club hopes to be at the forefront.

Today, The Minister for Sport, John Eren, joined some of Victoria's top female sports stars to announce applications for the Victorian Government's Female Friendly Facilities grants are open.

FJFC girls teams were involved in the Channel Nine news item which can be viewed here.

Full details of the Victorian Goverment's annoncement can be found http://www.vic.gov.au/news/community-sports-infrastructure-fund.html

Wet, wet, wet

It wouldn't be a footy season without at least one week in the mud and pouring rain. Round 12 it bucketted from dawn to dusk and most games were a slushfest. Still Junior Footballers are accustomed to making the most of whatever they are served and the 15 div1 not only won in the wet but showed they can have a good time doing it. More photos from the U15 div1 Fitzroy V StMarys game here.

New Club Sponsor - Melbourne City Toyota

Fitzroy Junior Football Club welcomes to Melbourne City Toyota as a new Club Sponsor. If you are looking to buy a new car, contact Sean McAleer on 0410 335 069 for a great deal and be sure to tell him you support the Roys!
Click here for more details of special offers

Boot Swap 2015

Its on again for those who need boots and anyone who has old ones to trade in or just donate. Click here for details.

The Salmon Shop - Club Sponsor

The Salmon Shop in Kew invites Fitzroy Junior Football Club members to taste, cook and experience. Tell the staff you are from Fitzroy and enjoy 10% off Shop purchases and 5% off Cafe Purchases. For full details click here

North Carlton Dental Group - discount for FJFC Mouthguards

Club sponsor, North Carlton Dental Goup is offering Mouthguards with colours and name tags from $100-$130. This is a great option for FJFC players (and parents). For full details of this offer please click here.

Last Updated August 28, 2015