Coach: Mark McNamara
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Assistant Coach: Stuart Welsh

Team Manager: Jenny Collodetti
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Trainer: Bridgette Vaughan
Trainer: Mary Belfrage
Trainer: Julie Savage

Team Page Editor: Tim White

Photographer: Cathi

The Team

1 Maisie Welsh
2 Liv Hanrahan
3 Bella Collodetti
4 Alice McNamara
5 Beth Jackson
6 Josie Armstrong
7 Zoe Carter
8 Kate Livingston
9 Dervla Belfrage
10 Molly McPhee
11 Ellie Brennan
12 Maddi Katerelos
13 Heidi Gardam
14 Ella Hart
15 Sarah Kinkead
17 Charli Doyle
18 Abbie Connor
19 Lucy White
20 Charlotte Edwards
21 Lucinda Symons
23 Elly Asdagi
26 Annika Watt
27 Tori Jenkins

Team Achievements

50 Game Players

Heidi Gardam, Maisie Welsh, Kate Livingston, Alice McNamara, Abbie Connor, Elly Asdagi, Ellie Brennan

2018 Joe Johnson Medal

Maddy Katerelos


Round 8 | Sunday 3rd June Match Report

Fitzroy 5.12 –  42 defeated Surrey Park 4.3 – 27
Brunswick St Oval

It was great to see and hear our girls again singing the song that borrows the tune of the French National Anthem. 

 The girls dominated general play, had the ball in our front half of the ground for much of the game; but did not quite convert that superiority into dominance on the scoreboard. That is another thing to work on!

 Congratulation to Maddi on winning the Joe Johnson medal; which on the weekend of the AFL’s indigenous round acknowledges the fact that Joe Johnson was, in 1904, the first Aboriginal to play in the VFL – now the AFL. Maddi was one of many players who were today involved in some great passages of play where the girls ran hard and moved the ball quickly. That is what we want to see!

 I hope you all survive next weekend without junior football. Our next game – at BSO in a fortnight – will see us play the undefeated St. Mary’s; today they defeated Kew Comets who after being undefeated last year have now lost three games this season. We will welcome back two special members of the team (yes, I know; they’re all special) after they have spent most of the term off-campus in far East Gippsland. Abbie Connor was was part of the first year of female teams at the FJFC in 2014 and is in her fifth year – a couple of which she spent at Banyule. Zoe Carter is one year Abbie’s junior in footballing terms, and is in her fourth season of footy. I am looking forwarding to seeing the alphabetical bookends of our team and welcoming them back into the fold.

 We have the all clear to hold an additional training session at BSO on Tuesday evening. It will work like this:

 –    Tuesday 5pm to 6pm. 

 –    ​Arrive by 4:50pm and be ready (with boots on) to start training at 5pm sharp.

 –    Focus is on strength and conditioning; fitness; and particular skills.

 –    The session is entirely optional – but I hope to see lots of the girls there.

 –    The session is NOT an alternative to the main training session on Thursday evenings.

Round 7 | Sunday 27 May Match Report

Richmond 4.11 – 35 defeated Fitzroy 3.0 – 18
Brunswick Street Oval

Our round 7 match quite a strange game with the Roy Girls kicking the first three goals of the game and then not adding to the quarter time score of 3.0.18. Richmond finished strongly, and were full of run once they wrested the momentum from us.

 We were a little hamstrung by having seven players unavailable, including three who had to withdraw in the 24 hours before the game. This meant we had no interchange. Added to that, we had three players who were struggling with injury or illness. The efforts of Beth, Charlotte and Alice in those circumstances were admirable. 

 Congratulations to Ellie Brennan on reaching her 50th game and playing a great game. 


Round 6 | Sunday 20 May Match Report

Park Orchards 20.14 – 134 defeated Fitzroy 1.2 – 8
Brunswick Street Oval

Round 6 highlighted the uneven nature of Div. 1 of U15 Girls. 

 We were the only losing team to score, albeit that we suffered a very heavy loss.  Kew Comets defeated Surrey Park 11.13.79 to zero and St. Marys defeated Richmond 22.11.143 to zero. 

 I thought on the whole the girls tried very hard but we were up against a bigger, stronger, faster and more skillful team. In particular, Sarah, Charli, Josie and Dervla did a great job in defence.

 It has been suggested that we train twice a week, as I am led to believe our opponents of yesterday do, but for the time being I would like to try and focus on getting everyone to training on Thursday nights. Some girls have hardly missed a session all year but there is some room for improvement overall. 

 It is important that everyone arrives 45 minutes for the game as it is distracting and disruptive to have players arriving late. 


Round 5 | Sunday 14 May Match Report

Then Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser once said “Life wasn’t meant to be easy.” And that is sometimes the case with life in footy.

Yesterday was a tough gig against a very very good opponent in Kew Comets – who were undefeated in our age group last year. I thought that after a slow start the effort was very good and there were some good passages of play.

Well done to Astrid for kicking our only two goals in her first game. It is clear that against the top teams the girls need to be prepared to move the ball quickly and run and run and run and run …..

Round 4 | Sunday 7 May Match Report

I would like to say that the gutsy win today was due to my stirring pre-match address about the glass half-full and the glass half-empty; urging the girls to focus on who was present and the job at hand – rather than worrying about who was absent.

However, the win was of course due to the fighting effort of the players. 

 It was a great effort with 10 players unavailable and only 13 playing – plus two each quarter from Richmond. I think we will have everyone back next weekend apart from Abbie and Zoe. And, Annika will be making her long-awaited debut.

 Today was a reminder to me of the important role played by umpires in our great game and how many of them are just young kids trying to do their best. One of the boys went to primary school with my daughter Molly and the other mentored my son Tom in round 1 when Tom was doing his first match co-umpiring with another umpire.

Round 3 | Sunday 29 April Match Report

Well done to the girls on today’s effort and result.

 Thank you to Bella, Tori, Lucy, Kate and Josie who played a quarter for Surrey Park. With several girls unavailable Surrey Park had only 13 players, down to 12 following an injury, so the loan of players was important in us not having too many girls on interchange at any one time.

The boot may be on the other foot next week as we are down to no more than 16 with Abbie, Annika, Beth, Charltotte, Lucinda, Molly and Zoe unavailable. Hoping to welcome Ella and Elly A back from injury.

 Thanks to Elly A (and Vinnie) and Ella (and Suz) for coming out to support the team even though they could not play due to injury.

 Some highlights today:

 –    Lucy’s great game;

 –    Heidi’s play across the half-back line;

 –    The great run of Liv, Maisie, Maddi, Molly and others;

 –    ​Kate’s play, particularly when playing as an on-baller;

 –     AND, Dervla kicking her first goal during a rare spell in the forward line.

Round 2 | Sunday 22 April Match Report

A balmy mid autumn day at the lovely Brunswick Street Oval with the Roy Girls in action is not a bad place to spend part of the weekend. Our win was followed by victories to Youth Girls 2 and Youth Girls 1.

I think we will probably play quite a few of home games at BSO – although I can’t promise the weather will always be so good. We will probably have some home games at Ramsden Street (Clifton Hill) and/or Olney Oval.

It was great to welcome back Molly and Tori, and the win was a good way to farewell Abbie and Zoe as they leave us for about eight weeks. Thank you to Charli for the excellent job she did with the Anzac Day ceremony.

Our structure was much better today than last week and the ball movement was pretty good.

Round 1 | Sunday 15 April Match Report

The appropriate length of a match report is a matter about which sensible minds might differ. I favour brevity, and this will be a particularly short one – more focused on our next game.

 This was our third match in succession against Park Orchards (the last two games of 2017).  They now have two teams in our age group and this was apparently their “B” team, by contrast with the team that defeated us comfortably at the end of last season. So no reason to get carried away – but it was fun having a win and there were lots of good signs.

 I thought the effort was very good – although there is plenty of scope to improve on working together. Having said that, the ball movement was very good at times and there was plenty of run. All of our new players – Bella, Beth, Ella, Liv and Maddi – acquitted themselves very well. I certainly hope they get a chance to learn the words of our song as the season progresses.

 It showed that we have not yet done much work on structures at training. We will be doing so this week and in coming weeks.

Practice Match | Sunday 25 March Match Report

Practice Match – Sunday 25 March

​            Opposition: Brunswick​

Venue: Olney Oval, Deep Rock Road (off Yarra Bend Rd), Fairfield. (next oval to where we train)

Time: 2:00 pm (arrive by 1:00 pm as we need to give out jumpers and practice match day can be chaotic!)

Shorts: Blue – home game

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