VAFA – Fitzroy v Old Brighton: The Roy Boys stick at it

Fitzroy  v  Old Brighton


What a magic day. Sunny, clear blue skies with just a whisper of a breeze.  A great day for the start of the VAFA season, with the Roy Boys taking on Old Briahhton.

The “Silver Tails” from south of the Yarra were fronting up in Premier B division in 2015 after being demoted from A in 2014 and facing the Boys from Fitzroy. Fitzroy Football Club with a history as long as your arm, possibly the only club in Australia who has played in the AFL, VFL, VFA and now VAFA (Ammos).

And what better way to start a footy season, than a pre-game luncheon in the footy club rooms tacked on to the old grandstand. Great food, lots of enthusiastic chat about the prospects for the forthcoming season all washed down with a cleansing ale or two.

Unfortunately for Fitzroy, that was probably the highlight of the day.

The lads from the golden sandy beaches of Port Phillip Bay proved more than a handful for the Roy Boys. They came out in most ungentlemanly fashion and hammered our lads. They looked too big, too strong, too fast, and combined with great team work to dominate the game.

At quarter time they lead 5-7 to Fitzroy’s 2-1.

Things didn’t improve, in fact they got worse in the second quarter.  It’s not that the Roy Boys gave up, they gave it their best and didn’t stop trying. Unfortunately their best didn’t have any effect on the way the game was being played or their scoreboard. Old Briahhton added another 5 goals 3 to make it 10-10 with Fitzroy still on 2-1.

Half time and a chance for the Boys from Fitzroy to plan a new way to take on their opponents and a chance for me to have another cleansing ale, this time in the Fitzroy/Victoria Bowling Club, next to the Brunswick Street Oval. Watching bare foot bowls and enjoying a chat meant I missed the first five minutes of the third quarter.

I should not have hurried back! Old Briahhton scored another goal as I entered the ground. As the quarter continued I reckon the renewed pressure of Fitzroy was having an effect, however a couple of dicey umpiring decisions went against the home team when they were in a position to attack. At three quarter time the visitors had added another 3 goals 4 to make it 13-14. Fitzroy got onto the scored board with a goal towards the end of the quarter to make their score 3-2.

Three quarter time and the Fitzroy coach pleaded in a quiet positive way for his team to build on the improved performance of the third quarter.

And they did! To their credit the Roy Boys fought out the game and actually had the same amount of scoring shots as Old Briahhton in the last quarter and with a bit of luck could have kicked another couple.

As the siren sounded there was no doubt that the visitors were by far the better team. Their skill level and team work was great to watch, but not if you were barracking for the Roy Boys.

Final Scores: Old Brighton 16-17 d Fitzroy 5-6.

Next week Fitzroy take on St Kevins. Lets hope they can take their fourth quarter form and determination into this game.

Rod Oaten





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