Coach – Graham Jorgensen (0488 111 518)
Team Manager – Greg O’Callaghan (0417 158 018) (Nick Ward – Communications – 0412 579 703)
Grand Final: Hawthorn Citizens 8.5.53 def Fitzroy U10 Golds 5.6.36.
What a thrilling game yesterday out at Burwood Reserve! The Roys opened strongly, and managed two goals in the opening quarter with the wind, against a packed Hawthorn Citz defence. Hawthorn responded in the second quarter with some good long straight kicking in the forward line to put through 5 majors and take a 3 goal lead to half time.
Fitzroy closed the gap marginally with the wind in the third, but was facing a battle into the wind to overhaul the Hawks. The boys came out firing, though, with their trademark strong finish, moving the ball into the forward line quickly, and then scoring twice to close the gap to 3 points with a few minutes to go.
In the end, it wasn’t to be – Hawthorn took their chances in the closing minutes to kick away again, with a couple of difficult shots sailing through, and claim a well-deserved flag. The Fitzroy boys composed themselves quickly and were very gracious in defeat, and the coaches both commented on the respect between these teams and the great spirit in which this game, as with each of the other 3 games between these sides this year, was played.
Well done to all on a successful season, hope everyone had fun and felt part of the action. Thanks especially to Graham, Warren, Greg, Paul and Paul for their significant time commitment and effort with the team this season, and to all of the parents who came along to watch and help out – it was a very helpful and positive parent group and we look forward to seeing everyone back again next year.