Junior Footy: Fitzroy Youth Girls v Beverley Hills

Fitzroy Youth Girls never recovered from a slow start in their top-of-the-ladder clash against Beverley Hills.  In some ways it was a mirror image of their round 7 game under lights at Victoria Park. However, this time, it was Fitzroy in the clash-jumper, and Beverley Hills at home who came out hard to keep the ball in their forward 50 for much of the first quarter. While the Roys defenders worked hard, they found it difficult to clear the ball under consistent forward pressure from the Hills’ girls. It was just a matter of time before multiple points gave way to goals. The first quarter ended with Beverley Hills 3.3.21 to Fitzroy 0.0.0.

The second quarter was easily the best of the day for Fitzroy.  Early on it looked like Beverley Hills were going to just roll on, but a tough contested mark from Ruby (19, and typical of her efforts all day) started a strong drive forward. Kat (22) took the contest on and her second efforts created space for Maddy (10) to take possession and deliver a kick from half forward for the Roy’s first goal. Maddy got Fitzroy’s second (and last) goal for the day a few minutes later. Half-time was Fitzroy 2.1.13 and Beverley Hills 4.4.28.  We went into the half-break with a feeling that we could work our way back into the game.

Alas this wasn’t to be, as Beverley Hills went on to kick another 7 goals 5 in the second half to Fitzroy’s lonely two points.

Beverley Hills 11.9.75 def. Fitzroy 2.3.15

Disappointing, but not a disaster. This is Fitzroy Youth Girls’ first loss since round 5, leaving us with 6 wins after 13 rounds. With two rounds to go we are guaranteed to play finals for the first time in since the Youth Girls were formed three years ago. Whatever happens from here is new territory.

There was much to like about the game too. Bree (41) was hard at the ball, and there were moments of terrific play from Molly (7), Josie (1), Lara (2), Georgia (3), Tilly (8), both Charlottes (25, 17), and Amelie (6). Tess (15) was vocal and did some nice work in packs including making outlet handballs. Abby (11) and Coby (13) worked hard in the ruck against a big, skilled player. Jayde (23) gave away a lot in size but still stuck to her player and tackled, bumped and got at the ball. There were no passengers despite the score, in the cold and sticky morass that is Zerbes Reserve. Our girls acquitted themselves well, playing the brand of passionate footy and upholding the club values that we admire.

After the game the coaching team told the girls they were proud of the playing group. And we are too.

Get to training. Go for a run. These are exciting times.

Go Roys!


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  1. Looking forward to hearing how the season unfolds.

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