VAFA Premier B – Fitzroy v Peninsula: Back at Brunswick Street

 

 

What a great day for footy to return to the Brunswick Street Oval!  A gentle north wind and sunshine a plenty as the Royboys ran out onto the oval.  Last week they fought for an heroic battling win against Parkdale Vultures in challenging conditions, today it’s against the “more refined chaps” of Peninsula Old Boys in great conditions.

 

It was soon apparent that this Peninsula team doesn’t mind mixing it with our lads, and one was shown a red card early in the game with a very crude tackle. The Roys were not overly concerned with their opponent’s tactics and played with great teamwork and concentration on the ball at all times.

 

The Peninsula team were doing quite well in the ruck and centre bounces and the Roys needed to nullify this if they were to dominate the game.  After quarter time this was achieved. They exerted more grunt, and a couple of Captain Rory’s tackles showed the POB’s the Roys meant business.

 

Fitzroy were gifted a couple of goals due to their opponent’s inability to close their mouths when they disagreed with the umpire. One Peninsula chap gave it to the umpire who immediately awarded two fifty metre penalties and a goal for the Roys. It was stirring stuff for the crowd who enjoyed every minute of it. They offered plenty of advice for the visitors.

 

After half time the Roys showed what a class team they are. They were a better side all over the ground, some of the high marking in packs was great to watch, and the goals continued to add to the Roy’s scoreboard. I felt that Fitzroy should have been much further in front, not that there was a chance that the opposition would get close. As the late Tom Hafey would have said they were doing too much “finessin’.” Quite a few times they tried to do too much and got caught, but the end result showed that The Roys were far too good.

 

So two games played for two wins, a great start to the season. For the next two weeks it’s against two of the power clubs of “B”, Old Brighton and St Bernards. This will be the test of how the Fitzroy Football Club will go in 2017.

 

Fitzroy  15.13  103  defeated POB  8.11.  59  in front of a very good crowd.

 

 

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