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New FJFC Committee elected

During the Annual General Meeting held on 17th November 2014, next year's Fitzroy Junior Football Club committee was elected. All new members were elected unopposed. Many thanks to departing members, Glenn Henry and Antony DiMase for their generous contribution.

The commitee for 2015 is:

President – Mark Buttifant
Secretary – Simon Minahan
Treasurer – David Evans
Committee Member – Dean Robinson – Coaching
Committee Member – Jodie Munroe – Footy Operations
Committee Member – Dale Williams – Sponsorship
Committee Member – Christian Spencer-White – Venues and Grounds
Committee Member – Nick Galloway – Discipline
Committee Member – Evan Watts – Health and Safety

In addition, the proposed New Rules were adopted.

The Fitzroy Junior Football Club and the Committee welcome and encourage participation of families in running the place and there are many tasks where people can assist.  If anyone would like to help out they should contact Simon Minahan or any committee member.

2014 Premiership and Award winners 

It's been a very successful season for FJFC with 7 teams playing off in Grand Finals, 5 of which became premiers. Congratulations to all premiership teams: 
U10 Blue, U12 Red, U13 Black, U15 Division 1 & Colts Division 4. 2014 has been a really successful season and validation of all the hard work put in by the players, coaches, manager and parents throughout the year. 

Congratulations also to the club's individual awards winners: 
-James Doughney Club Champions: Michael Ercolano (Colts) & Ellie McKenzie (U12 Gold)
-Colts U17 Player of the Year – Robbie Belchamber
-Alan Moore teams of the year (same as GF winners above)
-FFC Champions Jumper – Eddie Harley & Lucy Walsh
-Brisbane / Fitzroy Historical Society Club Person of the Year – Craig Mitchell

Roys Coaches Receive AFCA Awards

The Northern Region of the Australian Football Coaches Association (AFCA) recently held its 2014 Coach of the Year Dinner. FJFC is very proud that two of our coaches were recognized for their outstanding contributions to football.

Paul Broderick (U15-1 Premiership and Champions Coach) was awarded the Youth Coach of the Year Award. Jo Hogan (U12 Girls Coach and Auskick stalwart) was awarded the Female Contribution to Football award.

The awards reflect the dedication, commitment, enthusiasm and endless energy both Paul and Jo have delivered over season 2014. We are very lucky to have such dedicated and positive role models at our club and we wish them congratulations on behalf of all our parents, players and officials.

Great job Paul and Jo!!

Paul Broderick tickled pink to see the boys so happy after their premiership win


Five Premierships in 2014

An all time FJFC record - seven teams playing in Grand Finals. Congrats to all teams that played today!!!
Also a record-breaker was our five premiership teams. These were:

U10 Blue, U12 Red, U13 Black, U15-1 and Colts 4.

Comisserations to U10 Gold and U14 Blue, who gave it all but couldn't get over stronger opponents.

Pictured right are Monty's Colts team who overcame the favourites, St Damians in a great battle.

Seven FJFC teams in Grand Finals

FJFC had 10 teams compete in week one of the YJFL finals series. Of those 10 teams, 7 have qualified all the way to play off in this Sunday's Grand Finals. And guess which Club of all the YJFL Clubs has the most teams playing in the Grand Final....yes indeed, Fitzroy Junior Football Club!!

We had 4 teams compete in the preliminary finals last Sunday: 3 progressed through to the Grand Final and our U11 Gold team valiantly fought it out to the very end only to lose narrowly to St Mary's.

All the Grand Final times and venues are listed below and I would encourage as many Roys supporters as possible to get along to support our other Fitzroy teams, wearing your Roys hoodies and scarves too. Then everyone is invited to call into the Fitzroy Bowls Club anytime after 5pm for our annual Grand Final night. Our canteen manager, Michelle, will be cooking plenty of hot food on the BBQ for sale plus there will also be hot meals inside the bowling club. And this time, we have been assured that there will be plenty of bar staff to thirst our quench!!

Get on down to some games and show your support for the Roys!

Here are the Grand Finals matches for FJFC this Sunday, August 31:
> 10.15am – U10 Blue vs Camberwell 2 @ Victoria Rd Reserve, Hawthorn
> 10.15am – U14 Blue vs Preston Bullants @ Gillon Oval, Brunswick
> 12.30pm – U12 Red vs St. Damians @ Gillon Oval
> 2.45pm – Colts - 4 vs St. Damians @ Gillon Oval
> 12.30pm - U13 Black vs Glen Iris @ Citizens Park, Richmond
> 2.45pm - U10 Gold vs Hawthorn Citizens @ Greythorn Park, Balwyn North
> 2.45pm - U15-1 vs Camberwell @ Schramms Reserve, Doncaster

Go Roys
Mark Buttifant
FJFC President

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Grand Final Celebrations

from 5pm onwards - Sunday 31 August
Fitzroy Bowling Club

YJFL League Presentation Night

Congratulations go out to all FJFC players who polled well in the YJFL best and fairest. While we had no outright best & fairest winners on the night we had some players who polled well including; Maddy Guerin 2nd in U15 Girls, Luke Minahan and Oliver Stapleton equal 2nd in U15 Gold, Luka Rhoderick 4th in U14 Blue, Heath Ramshaw 5th in U12 Gold, Griffin Nairn 5th in U12 Red, Joshua Ward 5th in U11 Gold and Oscar Allen 5th in U10 Gold. 

Congratulations also go to the 3 players selected in the Colts Team of the year; Campbell Moorfield, Aaron Tatchell and Kyle Thomas. To all who have had their achievements during the season acknowledged, well done.

Image Right: Heath Ramshaw (left - 12 Gold, =5th); Lachie McKain (middle - 11 Gold, =8th); Josh Ward (right - 11 Gold, 5th)

New Club Sponsor

We have a great new sponsor – Please make the North Carlton Dental Group welcome at the Fitzroy Juniors. Just show your FJFC membership card for these exciting offers that  include mouthguards. The sponsorship runs through until the end of 2015 so please look to support  this great new North Carlton business.

North Carlton Dental Group

Level 1, 751 Nicholson Street
Carlton North VIC 3054 Ph: 03 9381 1811

Fitzroy Football Clubs Team up with Sacred Heart Primary

On Friday 22nd August the Fitzroy Senior and Junior Football clubs teamed up with Sacred Heart Primary School, where the students were introduced to the finer points of Australia’s Indigenous game Aussie Rules. Jo Hogan (our U12 Girls Coach) and Steve Earl (our U14-1 Coach) worked with a number of the Fitzroy seniors to run the clinic.

The Fitzroy Football clubs have identified the importance of a community development model in the expansion of participation pathways for the game in the local Fitzroy area.

Over 60 children participated in the clinics offered up at the Oval at Atherton Housing Estate. The children come from diverse racial backgrounds such as Sudan, China, Vietnam and they demonstrated a natural connection and flare for Aussie Rules. Children were delighted to be given footballs provided by the Fitzroy Junior Football club. They were still kicking them around the paddock well after the clinic had completed.

The coaches took the children through tackling, handball and kicking skills. The Principal of Sacred Heart primary school shared that the clinic was a great way for the residents of the Atherton Housing Estate to connect with the community.

Further Aussie Rules clinics will be held again later in the year with the Fitzroy Senior, Junior and Auskick programs focusing on utilising Aussie Rules to further engage the children and their families within the local Fitzroy Community.

Australian Sports Camps

Australian Sports Camps has another footy camp to be held 23-25 September 2014 at Brighton Grammar, and also cricket camps which will be held at Trinity Grammar sports ovals at Bulleen on 1-3 October 2014. For more details please see their website

There will be 30% discount for bookings made by 29th August 2014.


Inaugural FJFC Idol/trivia night

Congratulations to the organisers and the winners on the very first Fitzroy Junior Footy Club Idol & Trivia night, with over $10,000 dollars raised on the night and a good time had by all. There was much banter, discussion, goodwill and no small amount of silliness indulged in by the 280 people in attendance. 

The trivia component of the night was won by the formidable combination put together by "captain courageous" Gerry Ward, leading from the front with answers to the really curly questions, well done.

The winners of the Idol competition were the trio of merrymakers Jo Steward, Heather Jarvis and Robin Carey (right) with a rousing and exquisitely choreographed rendition of the Gloria Gaynor 70's smash hit I will survive. An honourable mention must to go to all of the performers, especially the runners up Kate Winstanley and Pete Pelegrino with their performance of Burning Down the House. Congratulations to all involved, you helped make the night the success it was. The standard of the talent on show was truly stratospheric, including the fantastic support band. 

Planning is already underway for the 2015 Idol night, which has been booked for July 25, 2015. So get that night locked away in your calendar and start rehearsing to perform your own song at next year's Idol.

Last Updated November 24, 2014