Coach: Cameron Conduit
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Assistant Coach: Linton Duffin
Assistant Coach: Peter Hopkins

Team Manager: Pepi Zombolas
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Round 7

May 22, 2022

Whitehorse Colts    13.11 – 89
Fitzroy Wilson  8.7 – 55

You could cut the feeling of deja vu with a knife, as we headed to the Whitehorse stables for the second time in three weeks. 

The young Lions were ready to roar for Indigenous round, honouring the late great Fitzroy legend Sir Doug Nicholls. We bottled some of Sir Doug’s courage from the Brunswick Street Oval grandstand wing, packed it in the team kit, and guzzled it down like pickle juice before running out to face the Colts. 

A wicked cocktail of COVID, the ‘flu, monkeypox and fankles had got the better of Beau, Marcus, Spencer, Luca and Henry W-type in no particular order… presenting a fantastic opportunity for the Wilsons to rise to the challenge.

From the first bounce, game day captain Elias and vice-captain Angus led from the front. Angus was tenacious on the ground and in the air, while Elias was a powerhouse in the middle. Both sides dialled up the pressure rating. Marco was thrown into the guts, and got the ball going our way with huge contested efforts. Bruno was keeping the clamps on, and the only Henry was clearly ‘on’. 

Up forward, Harry was lively at the fall of the ball, and Robbie was creating opportunities out of nothing, collecting a couple of majors – including one from a throw in that no-one else really seemed to want very much. Just one point in it at the first change.

The heat didn’t let up in the second. On the last line, Sim was holding down full-back magnificently… giving his opponent absolutely nothing. Eli was at his typical goal-saving best, charging in at every opportunity. Tezza was using his footy-nous to get to all the right places, and pick his way through traffic with some sublime kicking.

‘Buckets’ Cic was starting to build connection with the midfield, marking and kicking truly from a tight angle, then turning on a ten-cent-piece to make it two for the quarter. Ned took his chance to hit the scoreboard, and the ‘Roys opened up a small lead. Late in the term a couple of high-marking Colts entered the fray, and the margin closed once more.

As the half drew to a close, the drama compounded with one of the Whitehorsemen slow to get to his hooves after another uncompromising contest from the ‘Roys. With the ump screaming for the clock to stop, and the timekeepers having ducked off early to beat the half-time queue at the tuck shop, a siren-gate situation loomed. Cool heads and four-n-twenties prevailed, and we went into the sheds not quite sure what we were angry about… but fired up, nonetheless.

We entered the second half with the two teams neck-and-neck on the scoreboard. James made a statement early, by laying a huge tackle. The signs were good.

After a heroic – albeit brief – ruck-debut, the only Henry copped a whack in the ribcage… adding to the list of sore bodies out there.

The horsies threatened to break the game open in the third, but Jono had other ideas… dobbing a team-lifting goal after some unselfish play by the ‘Roys. Tezza booted one that never looked like missing, and the Wilsons went in to the last with some momentum… but trailing by a measly kick.

Into the last quarter, and the ‘Roys were ready to dig deep. Whitehorse pressed hard… finishing full of run and keeping us under pressure in the back half. Harry ‘G-Train’ moved onto a wing and provided some zip, James was rebounding with run, and Jono reading the ball superbly to try and hold back the tide. 

Angus, Marco and only Henry were working particularly hard between the contests, and Bruno was winning his share of the ball. A fantastic smother and chase down by Elias opitimised the Wilson’s endeavour. 

Unfortunately our legs couldn’t quite keep up with the determination in the last quarter, as the Whitehorse runners got on top. The margin blew out in a way that historians will say didn’t quite tell the tale… but what a great battle it was. Yet again, unquestionable effort right through to the final siren.

Top stuff, ‘Roys!

Round 6

May 15, 2022

Kew Comets    6.9 – 45
Fitzroy Wilson  10.10 – 70

The Wilsons’ round 6 challenge was a meeting with the Comets, at their quite un-Collingwoody Victoria Park stronghold.

After a couple of honourable losses on the trot, the ‘Roys were ready to bounce back. Massive ins. Marco for his first game for the ‘Roys after a complex deal costing us a future first round pick. And Marcus back for 2022, complete with a bionic arm that causes a few issues at airport screening, but gee-wiz comes in handy for tackling. 

With Cam C-type laying low with the sniffles, Coach Pete was finally able to unleash ‘The Flying Foxtrot’… a previously undefeated game plan last seen in 1989.

The ‘Roys executed brilliantly to dominate early proceedings. We can’t say too much, here… but it all starts with Beau rucking beautifully, and a couple of Henrys hunting the ball in the middle. Angus was running his opponent into the ground and driving the ‘Roys forward. Marco was making a super start in the tri-colour with a strong shepherd and some great hands in close.

The ‘Roys peppered the big sticks, with Jono kicking a ripper from the pocket, and Ned going bang, bang to give the Wilsons a 5 goal lead at the air horn.

The Comets were forced to change their orbit after quarter time, and the momentum swung. Bruce Willis would have found these comets hard to stop.

Cic, our Rock of Gibraltar, was reading the play and cutting off the Comet’s attacking moves. Spencer’s ability to find space and Tezza’s silky foot skills helped the ‘Roys fight back, and stay in front by 14 points at the main break. Game on.

In the third, we looked to our defence to hold firm. Bruno responded with some goal-saving efforts, Eli was as cool as a cucumber under pressure, and James kept the Kew forwards on a tight leash.

When the game was in the balance, the ‘Roys stood up. Robbie’s courage was on full display, earning him a shiner for his trouble. Harry booted a vital goal off the turf, and Beau marked and kicked truly.

The Wilsons entered the last quarter with a handy 28 point buffer, but weren’t done yet. Sim’s tackling pressure was immense, Elias was dashing through half back like a juggernaut, and Luca continued to give Kew some headaches. Marcus showed he hadn’t lost his touch, with some smart positioning and passing, to help the Roy Boys run out 25 point winners.

Another game played in great spirit, the Fitzroy way. 

Way to go, boys!

Round 5

Mother’s Day
May 8, 2022

Fitzroy Wilson    9.5 – 59
Hawthorn Citz  11.12 – 78

After a month long tour of duty, we put down the Melways and got into the blue shorts for our much-anticipated Mother’s Day clash.

Clearly still on a high after successfully delivering breakfast in bed, the ‘Roys were ready for the day’s next challenge against the top-of-the-table Hawks at Ramsden Street.

Matty out with a crappy backy. Bruno failed the last minute fankle test. Jimmy and Henry-N type late outs with general crookness. Some big boots to fill.

Determined to arrest our slow starts, the Roys hit the contest early. In a flash, the Hawks found themselves with front row seats to the Robbie Horror Picture Show… powerless to stop our mercurial forward kicking them from everywhere.

Elias was fighting hard in the ruck contests, Luca was adding some entertainment value with running bounces and the odd torpedo, and Henry was working overtime.

But the wees’n’poos also had a couple of tricks down their dacks, with some attacking run netting them 5 goals at the other end. It was a good ol’ fashioned shootout, with the ‘Roys 9 points adrift at the first change.

The ‘Roys defence came under siege in the second quarter, but Jono was up to the task, rebounding strongly. ‘Buckets’ Cic was grabbing everything that came his way, and the game became an arm wrestle.

Tezza was hitting his targets with precision, Angus was crunching into contests up and down the wing, and Ned was providing the ‘Roys with a forward target. With determination, Fitzroy pegged the difference back to just 5 points at the main break.

In the second half Sim entered the centre square and helped the ‘Roys get first use. Spencer was finding space and got us moving off half back, and Eli was holding out the Citz with some brilliant intercept marking.

Scoring proved difficult however, and it was the brown and gold that opened up an 18 point lead at three quarter time.

The never-say-die Wilsons threw everything at it in the final stanza. Harry’s desperation was a highlight, Beau was leaping into the ruck contests, and the ‘Roys managed to snare three majors to keep the pressure on all the way.

At the final siren it was the Citz who took the Mother’s Day chocolates by just a few straight kicks. Another bold team effort by the ‘Roys!

Round 4

May 1, 2022

Whitehorse Colts    10.17 – 77
Fitzroy Wilson  10.8 – 68

The team bus took us to Springfield Park in round 4, for a battle-royale with the Whitehorse Colts.

Bruno was missing with a fankle. Ned a big in for his first game of the season. The boys looked hungry in the sheds, but they often do before a one o’clock game.

Before the magnets, the Wilsons unveiled their leadership group for the season – with Henry Wallace deservedly handed the captain’s honours by his teammates. He was joined by Elias and Luca as deputies, making a formidable trio. Congrats, guys! 

The match was a tight tussle from the opening bounce. Neither side giving an inch. 

Tezza courageously dropped back into the hole, and saved a certain goal. Team lifting. Cic was rock solid in defence, Robbie and Elias brought pressure to the contest, to help keep the other mob to just a couple of goals.

For the second week running, we couldn’t quite translate our efforts into a first quarter major. Something for the match committee to stew on.

The second quarter started with one of the Whitehorsemen running the wrong direction with the pill. Totally OK with us.

But sooner or later we knew they’d find their bearings. It was their home ground, after all. And when they came at us, the ‘Roys defence was ready. Halfbacks Sim, Elias and Henry N-type formed a wall of steel. On the flanks Angus was linking up with his non-stop run, Spencer was looking lively and the ‘Roys started to piece together some precision ball movement. 

In the forward half, Jono was competing fiercely in the air and on the ground. Big game from him. James was clunking his marks superbly – setting up one goal with a cleverly-disguised pass to Luca, and another off his own hoof.

Fitzroy put through 3 goals for the quarter, to stay in touch with the wayward Whitehorses at half time.

The third quarter was a ripper… 

Robbie confronted the Colts’ man mountain and sat him down good’n’proper. BBAAAAWWLLL!!!!!

Matt kicked a long goal on the run. Momentum changer. Beau courageously crashed into the pack to make a clever tap on resulting in a superb team goal. 

Ned swooped on the ball at half forward and kicked the sausage roll of the day.

At the other end, the desperation of Harry and Eli on the last line typified the ‘Roys fighting spirit.

Newly-elected captain Henry W-type was putting together a four-quarter captain’s game. More votes than Clive Palmer.

The horsies frustration spilled over into a bit of lip right on the siren, to advance Matthew fifty closer to goal. Bang through the middle it went, to cap off a 5 goal third quarter for the Wilsons, and level the scores at three quarter time. Momentum firmly with the Roy boys. 

Fitzroy opened the last quarter in style, when Jono put the ‘Roys a goal clear with a sharp roving goal.

Luca and the Henrys found some chemistry in the middle to drive the ‘Roys into attack. 

Spencer gave his opponent the slip, and calmly put through a long range goal.

Then the ponies hit their stride, and wrestled back a narrow lead. Sam had the team defibrillator ready to service the ‘Roys faithful on the member’s wing. Pulsating stuff.

The ‘Roys battled right to the end, but at the final siren we fell just short on the scoreboard. More importantly, our boys left nothing left in the locker-room. Another step forward for the Wilsons!

Great stuff, ‘Roys!

ANZAC Round 3

April 24, 2022

Fitzroy Murray    7.11 – 53
Fitzroy Wilson  9.12 – 66

It doesn’t get any bigger than this in postcode 3065 at 1pm on a Sunday. The ANZAC round and a Fitzroy U15 derby/double header, no less… at our spiritual Brunswick Street home.

Our hosts, the Murrays, set the scene magnificently with their Acknowledgement of Country and ANZAC address. 

The nice ‘Roys lined up in the white guernseys (scientifically proven to go a bit faster), and the naughty ‘Roys in the traditional colours. At roll call we had Henry N-type missing with some rickety ribs, and Sim out with a bit of tennis-elbow. Otherwise, raring to go.

Matt English was suiting up with the Wilsons for the first time, resembling a caged lion in the rooms. Captains Angus and Elias had to physically hold him back before leading the charge onto the field.

Despite the perfect conditions, neither side found it easy to locate the big sticks in the first quarter. Defences were on top, and the pig skin ping-ponged back and forth. The Murrays were full of run – but our back half held firm, with Elias and Robbie rebounding strongly and the ever-reliable Cic holding up the last line. 

In the second, the nice Fitzroy started to ease back into the contest. Matt was leaping into every ruck contest, Tezza was getting his hands dirty in the middle, and up forward Eli was leading up superbly.

The Wilson’s G column ticked over for the first time on the electrofantastic scoreboard, to keep us in touch. The tide was turning – but naughty Fitzroy were making more of their opportunities. At half time, the Wilsons had 13 points worth of soul-searching to do. 

Enter the second half, and our men decided it was time to lift the pressure-rating. Jono took a no-nonsense approach to half back and repelled repeated attacks, while Henry W-type marshalled the troops to keep the ball in our forward half.

Bruno was tenacious in the contest, and eventually rewarded with his first goal for the ‘Roys. Big high fives.

Robbie moved into the centre square with immediate impact. Beau’s quarter was authoritarian. Starting with a checkside on-the-run goal, then a couple more to follow. Luca was also providing a focal-point, and the nice ‘Roys started to hit their targets with composure.

Our wingers were playing magnificently, with Spence and Angus running riot up and down the flanks. Our boys nailed 6 majors for the quarter, to open up a 17 point lead.

The game was well and truly up for grabs in the last quarter. Our three quarter time lead was quickly pegged back after some crafty clearance work by the Murrays. Desperately needing a momentum swing, Harry hit the contest at half forward and drove us back into attack.

With just a kick in it, James worked his way into the hot spot for a mark and clutch goal attempt. Never in doubt.

Some great desperation was shown by both sides in the final few minutes. At the final siren, the Wilsons held out for a 13 point victory. A fantastic contest that lived up to the occasion.

Go ‘Roys!

Round 2

April 10, 2022

St Marys    1.4 – 10
Fitzroy Wilson  17.16 – 118

For the bargain price of $37.18 in pre-election petrol, we got ourselves to Watsonia to take on St Marys. With an eye for detail, Cam A-type expertly removed a rear differential from the forward flank, and all was in readiness for captains Henry Nicholls and Luca to lead the boys out.

The signs were good early. The ‘Roys were full of run and support in the opening minutes, putting together some great movement of the footy. Robbie was breaking lines, Tezza and Elias were combining beautifully at the stoppages, and Angus was owning his wing.

Sonny found Beau with a level of connection rarely seen on an under 15’s footy field, and the bigger-bro did the rest.

The ‘Roys built on the momentum in the second quarter, with Spencer rebounding strongly to drive the pill into our forward half. Henry W-type was having a blinder, pouring on the pressure at every midfield contest.

The ‘Roys piled on 6 unanswered goals, including Luca’s ferocious chase down tackle on the oppo’s kick in, for a big 7-point play.

After the oranges, the Wilsons didn’t let up. Cic was miserly on the last line, Jono was charging at the footy, and Henry N-type was finding space up forward. Jimmy made life tough for the other mob’s defence.

The Saints lifted their physicality and the ‘Roys stood up. Sonny had the ribs rattled but pushed on like Dipper. Jono took a knock to the noggin and responded with a superb goal. Sim went into the guts and was typically hard at it.

The Wilsons were determined to finish off strong in the last. Harry G-Train was running hot in the forward line, Elias was a force to be reckoned with, and Eli was causing havoc in front of goal.

The ‘Roys added another 5 majors to seal our first win for the season. A great team effort!

Round 1

April 3, 2022

Kew Rovers 16.8 – 104
Fitzroy Wilson 10.13 – 73

Welcome back to Fitzroy footy!

To kick off season 2022 we took on the Kew Rovers, deep in enemy territory. Stradbroke Park turned out to be dead-set nothing like the island in the brochures… no valet parking and not a bloody palm tree in sight.

After putting in a solid block of pre-season training, Eli and James were rewarded with co-captaincy for the game. Bruno was on debut. Del out with a very, very bung hoof.

Kew threw some of their blokes over the fence to even up the numbers. No shortage of volunteers to get their instaworthy moment in the famous Fitzroy tri-colour. Respect to those Kew lads who jumped on board.

Into the action… and our boys came out firing from the opening bounce. It wasn’t long before Henry W-type kicked the first goal from long range. Looking sharp. 

Both Henrys laid some huge tackles to stop the Rovers in their tracks. Robbie was creating opportunities up forward, and Beau was strong overhead. But it was the other mob who made the most of their chances in front of goal.

In the second quarter, the Kew midfield brigade started to give us a bit of bother. But the ‘Roys stuck to the task. Tezza’s foot skills gave our forwards a good look at it, and Bruno was showing strength in the contest.

Riley stepped-up for his second game of the day, and started with a goal-saving effort. Cic was defending manfully at full back, and Eli using his dash out of the back line.

In one of the plays of the day, Elias launched himself into a 1-on-2 contest to put the Kew firmly back in their rack.

Sonny entered the fray in the second half, and made his presence felt with a crunching tackle. Sim brought some muscle to keep up the resistance. But as luck would have it, Kew kicked a couple outta their clacker to stretch their lead.

At three quarter time, the ‘Roys set themselves the challenge of outscoring the other mob in the last. And crikey, did they rise to the challenge.

Beau went into the ruck and gave the ‘Roys first use of the Sherrin. Angus continued to get in-and-under to open up opportunities.

A spread of goal kickers did the damage in a 6 goal last quarter for the ‘Roys. James positioned himself cleverly to mark and goal. Henry N-type snapped truly. And Luca delivered some long bombs.

The game ended on a high note with a blistering outside run by Angus, delivering to Sonny, who slotted through the after-the-air-horn major with high-school like composure.

A respectable scoreline in the end, and a great start to the season by the ‘Roy boys!


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