VAFA B Section – Parkdale v Fitzroy: Vultures D(r)own’d at Gerry Green Gurgler; Rory 7 Chuck 0 since 2012
Vultures D(r)own’d at Gerry Green Gurgler; Rory 7 Chuck 0 since 2012
“SCENE II. Another part of the heath. Storm still.
Enter KING LEAR and Fool
Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks! rage! blow!
You cataracts and hurricanoes, spout
Till you have drench’d our steeples, drown’d the cocks!
You sulphurous and thought-executing fires,
Vaunt-couriers to oak-cleaving thunderbolts,
Singe my white head! And thou, all-shaking thunder,
Smite flat the thick rotundity o’ the world!
Crack nature’s moulds, an germens spill at once,
That make ingrateful man!
O nuncle, court holy-water in a dry
house is better than this rain-water out o’ door.
Good nuncle, in, and ask thy daughters’ blessing:
here’s a night pities neither wise man nor fool.”
Well! Whilst other teams abandoned their games early last Saturday the rampaging Roys played a final quarter that lasted 40 minutes (4.04pm-4.44pm) in conditions reminiscent of those described by one of Shakespeare’s famous characters to wear the hollow crown.
Again the Norm Johnstone Cup did not leave the leathered hands of Fitzroy’s Administrator par excellence William Atherton following the game which at half time was being conceded by the faint-hearted; but not by those who have had their hearts renewed.
In 2012 our first game was against Parkdale at the Gerry Green led by a young newly minted captain, Rory Angiolella, who leads us well and still. We lost in the seniors by 5 points that day; Parkdale went on to win the Premiership defeating us in the Grand Final. They have not bettered us in any rematch since; long may it be so.
The three point victory was significant in that up to nine players, on my count, were playing their first games for Fitzroy and sadly one of the brightest young stars, James Butler, Under 19 Captain, sustained a serious injury. Take heart from old heads who saw your brilliant game – injury rehabilitation is the making of the man and when you return it will have made you stronger, wiser and more humble which can only be to your benefit. Get well soon – and if you’re at St Vincent’s I recommend you get ‘Wellsy’ to visit soon -as he is a tonic.
Until we meet again have a happy and holy Easter with your family, friends or pets!