The Roys Make New Friends
From left: Fitzroy Victoria Club President Dobe Newton, Blundstone Melbourne Roys Coach Steve Milsted, Roys Patron & Minister for Sport Hugh Delahunty and Blundstone Melbourne Roys Manager Peter Hille.
This week Fitzroy Victoria Bowling & Sports Club nominated the Victorian Minister for Sport Hugh Delahunty as Patron of the Blundstone Melbourne Roys, Victoria's entry in the Australian Premier League (APL) bowls competition. Minister Delahunty met with Melbourne Roys representatives at Parliament House where he was welcomed as Patron of the new team and presented with a supporter shirt.
The Melbourne Roys are hosted by the Fitzroy Victoria Bowling and Sports Club and club president Dobe Newton explains that the club will be representing Victoria but bringing its local history to the new team in the national competition. "We decided to name the team the Blundstone Melbourne Roys, reflecting our base in Fitzroy while also giving a nod to Fitzroy sporting teams of yesteryear that were known as 'The Roys'", Mr Newton said.
Clubs Australia spokesman Shannon Gill sees the Melbourne Roys formation as an example of how a successful community club can progress. "The club's success in entering the new APL is a great story for all involved in community clubs of all sizes across Victoria and it is fantastic that Minster Delahunty has thrown his support behind the team."
Dylan Fisher, Matthew Flapper and Graeme Archer will represent the Blundstone Melbourne Roys in their APL debut, and be coached by Steve Milsted. The APL takes place between the 19th and 22nd of November at Club Pine Rivers in Brisbane and will be broadcast nationally in prime-time on FOX Sports.
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