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2015 Coach Announcement


The club is very excited to announce our 2015 Coaches as shown right. The Coach Selection Panel and FJFC Management Committee have been working hard since late October to manage the coach application process, conduct interviews and select the best candidates to lead our coaching efforts in season 2015. Never before has the club been in a position to announce our coaches this early and to have nearly all our team coaches in place ready for the start of the season. The Colts and U15 boys are already up and about with pre-season and the Girls had a kick-off at Vic Park just this Sunday past. We believe the club is in an awesome position with such high calibre coaches in place and is set for a wonderful 2015 season.

We have a wealth of experience in the group with 14 returning coaches that we welcome back with open arms. We are delighted to welcome aboard 7 new coaches that will make a wonderful addition to our coaching fraternity:

  • Matt Larkin (U14-1)
  • Paul Zapantis (U14-2)
  • Pete Burns (U13-2)
  • Tony Colosimo (U12-2)
  • Michael Kanizay (U10-2)
  • Darren Oliver (U9-1)
  • Adam Noel (U9-2)

In particular we welcome Paul Zapantis and Pete Burns as non-parent coaches. We also are very excited to have Darren Oliver and Adam Noel join us from the Fitzroy/Carlton and Clifton Hill Auskick programs respectively.

We continue discussions with candidates for the U12-3 team and hope to provide an update soon on that last outstanding position.

The teams listed are based on some projections regarding player registrations and will be confirmed in early 2015.

Fitzroy Girls 2015

All girls who love footy - Newcomers to the club, First Timers and All Current Players are invited to attend the 2015 season Kick-Off at Victoria Park on Sunday 14th December.

Girls 10-17 years of age are eligible to play in one of three age groups: Under 12, Under 15 and Youth (U18).

Any enquiries can be directed to girlsfooty@fitzroyjuniorfc.com.au

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The Fitzroy Junior Football Club is proud to announce our 2015 Colts Coaching Team

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Exciting opportunity to harness your media skills

The Roys (FJFC) have just one committee role to fill for our next season in 2015. This role has the responsibility to oversee the area that we have called Media and Communications.

Ideally, this person has a flair and passion for the written word and would love the opportunity to spread the various news and stories about all our fantastic teams, coaches and players out among our members, supporters, sponsors and players. An interest in both Twitter and Facebook would also help our Club make that giant leap into the digital age too.

If you have an interest in this role, please email me on butters@netsports.com.au

Go Roys,

Mark Buttifant
FJFC President

Christmas tree fundraiser

Christmas Trees Victoria has teamed up with Fitzroy Junior FC this Christmas to offer you the opportunity to purchase a freshly cut, home delivered Christmas tree and support Fitzroy Junior FC. $20 from every Christmas Tree sold through Fitzroy Junior FC. will be donated to the club!

Simply visit   www.christmastreesvictoria.com.au and select Fitzroy Junior FC when purchasing your tree!

Our Christmas trees are freshly cut the morning they are delivered to your door on the weekend of your choice leading up to Christmas.
Weekend 1: 29 Nov - 30 Nov
Weekend 2: 6 Dec – 7 Dec
Weekend 3: 13 Dec – 14 Dec

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

2014 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)

Last Updated December 16, 2014