Coach: Paul Broderick
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Assistant Coach: Richard Furphy
Assistant Coach: Matt Hornsby

Team Manager: Alison Beck
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Trainer: Mel Grant
Trainer: Linton Duffin

Team Page Editor: Cam Noakes

Photographer: Richard Allen

R9: Roys freeze in a Cobra storm

FITZROY is clinging to second spot on the ladder after losing to Canterbury for the second time in four weeks.

The game started in a similar fashion to their previous encounter, with the Cobras jumping out of the blocks and leaving the sleeping Lions with work to do.

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Canterbury’s first-quarter goals in trying conditions ultimately sealed Fitzroy’s fate, the Roys going down by 21 points, 4.13 (37) to 1.10 (21).

Tristan ‘HR’ Duffin ‘Stuff’ gave the Lions some hope when his shot on goal sailed through the big sticks. While that one was all clear, controversy reigned when Clancy ‘Sticks’ McCue’s soccered ball appeared to skid through the goals but was called touch (ahem … Wardy???).  

The Roys had their chances to whittle away Canterbury’s lead, but wayward kicking and poor decisions in the front half put the heroic fightback on hold for this week.

The Lions are now on equal points with Canterbury on the ladder, with only percentage separating the teams. Preston is two games clear on top and Bulleen Templestowe is fourth after a surprise win over Doncaster.

Fitzroy faces Doncaster in R10 at Brunswick Street Oval. 

ROCK ON LENNY ‘Don’t call me Jimmy’ DEAN: With plenty of players below their best, Lenny Dean’s heroics in the backline helped keep Fitzroy’s faint chances of a comeback alive throughout the game.
EARLY SHOWER/SPRAY: Master coach Paul ‘the Boss’ Broderick later questioned whether the sending out the Roys in fierce rain to do their warm-up was the right call. While the jury may be out on that one, his quarter-time spray certainly hit the mark with the Lions waking from their first-term slumber.
BOGEY TEAM: Canterbury has given the Roys plenty of trouble over the years and many of the players will recall an U11 game when the Lions were expected to make finals but lost their last game of the home and away season to fall just short of the top four. The culprit? Canterbury. But Fitzroy has played some good footy against Canterbury and beat them the following year on their home deck. The next clash with the Cobras in R14 is sure to be enthralling – this one will be at Ramsden St and could have a huge bearing on the top four.
MISSING IN ACTION: Josh Hornsby and Leo Sekhon were sorely missed on the weekend. Josh will return from his Queensland holiday and Leo (shoulder) is also expected to be back. Dane Harvey (arm) is a chance of returning after breaking his arm in round three. In an odd coincidence, if Dane gets up, he will be playing against that same R3 opponent. Could we have a full team???

Ball hunting: Tristan Duffin showing good desperation. Picture: Richard Allen 

Covered in Cobras: Shol Buckley working hard. Picture: Richard Allen

R8: Lions grab the Bullants by the horns

A COURAGEOUS Fitzroy outfit has defeated ladder-leader Preston in a physical encounter at Koonung Reserve in Bulleen on Sunday.  

The Lions refused to take a backward step against the Bullants and kept their focus on the football, leading the bruising battle from start to finish.

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The Roys pressure was immense and unrelenting, piling on five first-half goals while keeping Preston scoreless. 

Preston managed to hit the scoreboard in the third quarter, but the Lions’ midfield reasserted itself in the final term and the Bullants again went scoreless, losing 7.6 (48) to 1.1 (7).

Co-captain Finlay ‘Jurassic’ Park was inspirational, and was rightly awarded the Joe Johnson Medal.

But it was a complete performance from the Roys under difficult circumstances, and a win that will go a long way to shaping their season.

The Roys now go into the break one game (and 213 per cent) clear of Canterbury on the ladder, and one game behind Preston. After the weekend off the Roys head back to Koonung Reserve to play Canterbury, before returning to Brunswick St Oval to host Doncaster.

WHY KICK A DROP PUNT? Because they go straight!!! But that fact didn’t deter Toz ‘the Silk’ Arthur who booted the first goal of the game with a sliding dribble kick.
USING YOUR HEAD: Fitzroy’s attack on the ball was plain to see from the opening bounce to the final siren. In fact, moments before the end of the game Finlay and Archie ‘the ball whisperer’ Noakes wiped out each other as they both charged at the footy with head down and without fear. A collision of heads followed but fortunately both boys were OK and able to play out the game.
MISSING ACTION: The win was made even more heroic when you consider the talent on the sidelines. Oscar Allen (school commitments), Zek Hooper (leg) and Dane Harvey (arm) all missed the game. Dane is expected to return in 2-3 weeks.

Crunch: Connor ‘Bonecrusher’ Dooley puts on a big tackle. Picture: Richard Allen

A walk in the park: Finlay with his medal. Picture: Richard Allen

Let’s dance, Clance: Clancy ‘Sticks’ McCue in action. Picture: Richard Allen

R7: Lions lick wounds after Canterbury battle

THE HIGH-FLYING Fitzroy Lions have taken a reality check against the Canterbury Cobras, going down in an enthralling contest by 16 points.

Due to an injury delay in the previous game, the start to this contest was pushed back by more than 40 minutes, and Canterbury settled first, punching through two goals into the wind.

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The Roys hit back and managed to grab a slender lead at the first change, but that was whittled away in the second quarter as Canterbury blasted 2.5 for the term to grab a five-point, half-time lead.

Playing with 17 men, the Roys were dealt a further blow when Finlay ‘Itchycoo’ Park went down with a knee injury and was carried from the field.

Meanwhile, Canterbury continued its assault, despite the best efforts of Connor ‘the Interceptor’ Dooley who was doing his best to grab every high ball in sight and stop the dam wall from bursting.

The Cobras extended their lead in the third and started the final term with a 16-point advantage.

Finlay was able to claw his way back in the contest and the Roys were suddenly revitalised, despite kicking to the non-scoring end.

A left-foot cracker by Oscar ‘Woody’ Allen put the Lions within a kick and suddenly hope was in the air and it was game on.

But late goals from Canterbury snuffed out any hope of a miraculous come-from-behind win, the Roys eventually running out of gas, 9.10 (64) to 7.6 (48).

SNAKES AND LADDERS: Fitzroy is clinging to second on the ladder, two games behind ladder-leader Preston and just one game clear of Canterbury. With games against Preston and Canterbury (again) to come in the next two rounds, we’re about to learn more about the Roys’ finals credentials.
TOMMY ‘THE TAGGER’ DOLKAS: We’re used to seeing ‘Buddy’ Dolkas as a lead-up forward, but with Canterbury’s midfield doing plenty of damage, Tommy was called upon to do a run-with role. He did it with aplomb to ensure the Roys stayed in the contest when the heat was on.
INJURY UPDATE: The Roys are set to welcome back Harry ‘the Hurricane’ Broderick (back/hamstring) and Shol ‘It Ain’t Rock ‘n Roll’ Buckley (who was unavailable due to a commitment with the Melbourne Youth Orchestra) for the big clash against Preston at Bulleen. Dane Harvey (broken arm) is 3-4 weeks away.
NUDE-PORTRAIT SCANDAL (PART TWO): Embattled assistant coach Richard ‘Rembrandt’ Furphy would not confirm or deny the controversy that has rocked the club in the past week. However, Furphy revealed he is a former teammate of AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan and was seen talking to the AFL’s head of umpiring Grant Williams on Sunday. Does this scandal go all the way to AFL House??? Stay tuned.

Eyes on the prize: Tristan Duffin in action in the ruck. Picture: Richard Allen

Running man: Oscar Allen in space. Picture: Richard Allen

Can’t let go: Former mentors Cam ‘Knuckles’ Noakes (runner) and Hamish ‘the Hammer’ Park (water carrier) with the boys before the game.

R6: Lions show claws in big cat battle

AN ELECTRIFYING team performance from Fitzroy has helped it cruise to a comfortable win over Richmond at Victoria Park on Sunday. 

Kicking against the wind in the opening term, the Lions dominated possession but were wasteful in front of goal.

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Nine scoring shots only resulted in 24 points, but – more importantly – Richmond’s forward thrusts were nullified as the Lions’ back six turned defence into counterattack. 

The second term was more impressive. The Roys put their kicking boots on and blasted 8.2 for the quarter to take a 68-point lead into the main break. 

Connor ‘the Highlander’ Dooley was a rock in defence, despite a sore calf, and Leo ‘Hang on A’ Sekhon impressed with some bonecrunching tackles and creative use of the footy. 

Meanwhile, the mosquito fleet of Oscar Allen, Kyan Dooley, Archie Noakes and Finlay Park moved the ball with pinpoint accuracy, worked the angles and gave the forwards plenty of opportunity.  

The Tigers staged a mini-fightback, booting the last goal of the second quarter and another two in the third.

But the Lions, who were playing on a big ground without a bench, managed to claw back the ascendancy to kick seven second-half goals and run out 99-point winners, 18.11 (119) to 3.2 (20).

OH BROTHER, WHAT A SMOTHER: Richmond must have thought it would never score with defence like this. The Tigers had finally broken through but a desperate ‘Lenny Dean’ 
smother killed the shot on goal and set the early tone for our miserly back six.
BRODDERS’ BAGS OF SNAGS: It was another big day in front of the big sticks for ‘the Hurricane’. He jagged six (plus a few stray ones) to take his season tally to 28. Rumour has it, however, the coach has slapped the sharpshooter with a ‘barrel ban’ after a monster torp was last seen sailing over Ikea.
NUDE-PORTRAIT SCANDAL: While the Roys were getting the job done on the field, an off-field scandal was emerging. This reporter understands that assistant coach Richard ‘Rembrandt’ Furphy has been embroiled in a lingering nude-portrait scandal that has continued to haunt him since his days as a student at Melbourne Uni. More will be revealed in the coming weeks. Watch this space!!!
THE LADDER: The win has helped the second-placed Roys move two games clear of Canterbury and Doncaster, more than 200 per cent clear of the latter (Doncaster is third). Ladder-leader Preston is still undefeated after moving up from Green and has a percentage of over 760. The Roys will play Preston in round nine, and have Canterbury (fourth) this week.

G’day Finlay: Fin Park says hello to some of the Tigers. Picture: Richard Allen

The big men fly: Tom ‘Buddy’ Dolkas in action. Picture: Richard Allen

Smooth mover: Kyan Dooley calm under pressure. Picture: Richard Allen

R5: Sons of mums sizzle on Mother's Day

A TEN-GOAL-TO-ZERO opening half has steered Fitzroy to a whopping 131-point away victory over Banyule on Sunday.

A disciplined defence led by Josh ‘the Junkyard Dog’ Hornsby, Shol ‘Get in the Hole’ Buckley and Finley ‘the Warden’ Ward helped keep the home team scoreless in the first half and restricted Banyule to just one goal for the game.

Master coach Paul ‘the Boss’ Broderick asked for a statement from the start and the boys clicked into gear early.

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Getting through the back six was like getting around the Great Wall of China and, at the other end of the ground, Oscar ‘the Iceman’ Allen was running amok.

Oscar bagged seven goals (a personal best) and rumour has it when he slotted his seventh he punched his chest and shouted to the sky, ‘That one’s for you, Mum!!!’ (hmmm … I don’t think so either, Leesa.)

It was a commanding and relentless performance from the Roys, saving their best quarter for last with a seven-goal final term to win 1.3 (9) to 21.14 (140).

Ruckmen Trisso ‘brought to you by Tissot’ Duffin (18 hit-outs*) and Clancy ‘Sticks’ McCue were dominant at the stoppage to give our midfielders first use of the ball.

And ‘Shark’ Fin Peake (37 disposals*) and Torren ‘the Silk’ Arthur (31*) mopped up everything around the ground, collecting 68* disposals between them.

Jumpin’ John ‘Flash’ Furphy also impressed with a three-goal, 20-touch* performance on the wing.

HOGAN HERO: Corey ‘the Neverending Story’ Hogan tweaked his injured gluteus in the warm-up and was noticeably hobbling early. He bravely played out the game and was able to do a job in defence, despite the fact he could barely run. The early diagnosis is a two-week lay-off.
TALENT ON THE SIDELINE: The Roys were missing Finlay Park (concussion), Dane Harvey (broken arm), and Connor Dooley (calf) but great to see all the boys at the game supporting their teammates. Finlay and Connor are expected to return for round six.
*MOVE OVER CHAMPION DATA, IT’S CHAMPION ARTHUR: Bruce ‘the Moose’ Arthur provided us with detailed stats from the game hence why this report is data rich. Thanks ‘Moose’!!!

Flyin’ Kyan: Kyan ‘The Killer’ Dooley burns off the pack. Picture: Richard Allen

Hide and Sekhon: Leapin’ Leo Sekhon in space: Picture: Richard Allen

Get out of my way: The Hornsby Express takes off. Picture: Richard Allen

R4: Sharks pip Lions in Vic Park thriller

A WOUNDED Fitzroy has been overrun by the Park Orchards Sharks in a day of high drama at Victoria Park.

In a pulsating finish to the grading games, the undermanned Roys led at every change but ran out of gas in the final term, losing 9.4 (58) to 8.13 (61).

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The fierce battle took its toll, too, with co-captain Finlay ‘the Ironman’ Park sitting out the second half after failing a concussion test, and Fitzroy’s other captain, ‘Hurricane’ Harry Broderick, forced to sit out the final quarter with a shoulder injury.

It was a sluggish start to the game by the Roys but they soon awoke from their slumber to rattle on four goals and pinch a two-point lead at the end of a free-flowing opening quarter.

An arm wrestle followed, but Fitzroy extended its lead to nine points at the final change despite having no bench.

Park Orchards found another gear at the start of the last, but when Tom ‘Buddy’ Dolkas marked strongly and kicked truly, there was hope the Roys might hold off the fast-finishing Sharks.

It wasn’t to be, however, as Park Orchards continued to pepper the goals and stick its nose in front when the final siren sounded.

The rivalry with Park Orchards goes back to U10 with Fitzroy playing them every season over the past five years (with nearly every game being a thrilling encounter). The very first game between these teams was a dramatic draw, and little has separated the teams since. This was, however, this Fitzroy team’s first EVER loss to the Sharks (a fact the coach will have to come to terms with … at some point).
Running to the boundary line and away from the goals, Archie ‘the Ball Whisperer’ Noakes reached into the trick bag and snapped the ball with his right boot to thread it through the big sticks – despite it curling the wrong way. Huh?
TIRED TOZ: This reporter has watched every game Torren ‘the Silk’ Arthur has played for Fitzroy since U9, and never have I seen him as cooked as he was on Sunday. He worked himself into the ground through pure gut-running on the vast spaces of Vic Park.
WALKING WOUNDED: With Dane Harvey already watching on from the sidelines with his broken arm, losing Finlay Park (concussion) and Harry Broderick (bruised shoulder) proved costly, particularly on the big ground. Finlay will sit out next week and Harry is a test.

Below: The coaches watch on as ‘Jumping’ John Furphy makes his getaway

The big men fly: Clancy ‘Sticks’ McCue in action: Picture: Richard Allen

Below: A sore Harry Broderick leaves the field. Picture: Richard Allen


R3: Roys dodge a big Doncaster bullet

BRUISED, battered, down, but not out. Fitzroy has pulled off  a heroic come-from-behind win against Doncaster at Schramms Reserve on Sunday.

The Roys trailed for the entire game but rattled on five goals to one in the final term to edge past the home team when the final siren sounded, 9.7 (61) to 10.8 (68).

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Intensity was high from the opening bounce with a spirited Doncaster blasting out of the blocks with fierce tackling and a five-goal-to-two opening quarter.

With the aid of the wind, the Roys hit back in the second but were a tad wasteful in front of goal, booting 3.5 to trail by three points at the main break.

Fitzroy’s defenders were outstanding in third term, restricting Doncaster to just two goals and keeping the margin (16 points) within reach at the final change.

Master coach Paul ‘the Boss’ Broderick pleaded for belief in his three-quarter time address and the Roys bought in, but it came at a cost.

Speedster Dane Harvey broke his wrist mid-way through the final term and Connor Dooley also left the field with a knee injury.

With their backs to the wall, and already missing Zek Hooper and Kyan Dooley, the Roys were able to find another gear to storm home and pinch a thrilling seven-point win.

If Fin Peake’s final-term heroics are anything to go by, he’s in for a massive year. Peakey’s work at the stoppage was huge, winning clearance after clearance in an inspirational performance.
THE HORNSBY EXPRESS: Josh ‘Junkyard Dog’ Hornsby’s line-breaking run in the second half was unstoppable.
THE ALLEN KEY: He was under more heat than a cheese toastie in the griller, but Oscar ‘the Ice-Man’ Allen’s set shot at goal in the last was gun-barrel straight.
LEAPING LENNY WHO? Straight-running defender Lenny Dean has added a new string to his bow – high-flying pack marks. His aerial acrobatics have gone to a new level.
ENTER NIKO AND JETT: Playing their first game in Brown division and third game for Fitzroy, Niko Karamitros and Jett Zacharias held their nerve in a tense affair.
DANE PAIN: Thoughts go out to Dane Harvey (and family) after scans revealed a break and a 6-7 week recovery period. Mend fast, Dano!!!

The clearance king: Fin Peake in action: Picture: Richard Allen

Below: Leaping Lenny drags down another big mark. Picture: Richard Allen

R2: Roys run riot on the road

A MONSTER 11-goal opening term set up a huge 217-point win for a dominant Fitzroy outfit in its away clash with Park Orchards at Stinton Reserve.

Fitzroy piled on another 22 goals in the next three quarters while keeping the home team scoreless, winning 33.19 (217) to 0.0 (0).

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The one-sided result demonstrates the need for grading games, with Park Orchards joining Brown after winning the Green premiership last year, and Fitzroy in Brown following a season in Gold.

It was a complete performance from the Roys with 13 goal scorers and a water-tight defence.

The 33 goals is a record for this team and the biggest score these boys have contributed to in their five years at the club.

THE HURRICANE RAGES: ‘Hurricane’ Harry’s red-hot form continues with a big bag of eight goals (a personal best).
ZEK THE GOALSNEAK: Zek Hooper, who played mostly as a defender in 2017, has been recast as forward in 2018 and snagged three goals in the big win.
CONNOR ‘INDESTRUCTIBLE’ DOOLEY: A bone-crunching hit on Connor Dooley couldn’t stop him. After the blood was cleaned up from his lip, he returned to the field and quickly joined the goal rush with a barrel.
ENTER THE DANE TRAIN: Back from his European vacation, speed demon Dane Harvey played his first game for the season and was quick to show his class and selflessness around the big sticks.

The hands of Toz: Torren Arthur takes a strong grab. Picture: Richard Allen

R1: Hurricane Harry blows 'em away

A FIVE-GOAL bag from a red-hot Harry Broderick has inspired Fitzroy to a 55-point victory over Bulleen-Templestowe in its season opener at Brunswick St Oval.

The Roys’ back six were under siege early with the visitors, aided by a howling gale, jumping out of the blocks.

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But the Fitzroy defence stood strong and was able to launch several counterattacks to help the home team grab a 16-point lead at the first change.

Kicking to the Alfred Crescent end, the Roys were dominant in the second term but were wayward in front of goal, booting 0.7.

The rain set in and conditions became extremely slippery, but the Roys managed to outscore the opposition in the third and fourth terms, piling on another six goals in the second half to run out comfortable winners, 11.14 (80) to 3.7 (25).

FINLAY’S FALCON: Fin Park attempts incredible mark … with his face.
GOAL DROUGHT BROKEN: Defender Lenny Dean slots first major (and fifth career goal) in two years.
BUDDY DOLKAS: Tommy Dolkas dons the No.23 and then weaves through traffic to snap a flying goal into the wind.

BELOW: Tom ‘Buddy’ Dolkas wows the crowd. Picture: Richard Allen


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