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NORTH Ballarat Roosters’ Gerard FitzGerald will equal the all-time VFL/VFA games coached record this week.

Gerard FitzGerald will coach his 313rd VFL/VFA match this week.

The Roosters’ triple premiership coach is set to draw level with the legendary Bill Faul’s 313-game tally – a league benchmark that has stood since 1959 – when he leads the Selkirk Roosters into battle against returned Victorian Football League contender Footscray at Eureka Stadium on Sunday.

Their coaching logs will remain even for at least a fortnight as the Roosters have a bye next week before FitzGerald can make his record-breaking bid on May 18 in a clash with Frankston.

In a nice twist of fate, FitzGerald will equal and break the record at Eureka Stadium, having also chalked up his 300-game league coaching milestone at the Roosters’ home venue in round 12 last season.

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Congratulations to Gerard Fitzgerald. A mighty effort, and a deserving coach to have such a milestone.

I have met him on a couple of occasions, and always had time for a quick chat, when at Port for a season, and as a Big V and North Ballarat coach.

 


I'll give Mrs Blackrocker a treat and take her to see the record broken.

Congratulations to Gerard Fitzgerald on breaking the coaching record today and also a great coach and great man. I enjoyed the time he coached Port Melbourne one year and nearly got us a premiership. Digs congratulate him from me mate.

A great man, a great coach, an excellent presentation after the game and if there is any consolation from such a tough loss it's that Fitz gets to enjoy a win on such a special day.

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Congratulations to Gerard Fitzgerald on breaking the coaching record today and also a great coach and great man. I enjoyed the time he coached Port Melbourne one year and nearly got us a premiership. Digs congratulate him from me mate.

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Job done Bobby, He said he will thank you personally when we go to Port Melbourne.

We might be from the bush. but we ain't green

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bobbyborough wrote:

Congratulations to Gerard Fitzgerald on breaking the coaching record today and also a great coach and great man. I enjoyed the time he coached Port Melbourne one year and nearly got us a premiership. Digs congratulate him from me mate.

Job done Bobby, He said he will thank you personally when we go to Port Melbourne.

[/quote]Thankyou so much Digs for passing on my congratulations as he is a great man and gentleman also great coach of the VFL. Looking forward to catching up with both of you when the roosters play the Borough at Northport Oval. I am disappointed that we are not playing at Eureka Stadium as I love the trip to your ground to watch the footy plus having a meal at the clubs bistro.

Well done to Fitzy on a great achievement breaking the record of VFA/VFL games coached by Bill Faul. What a way for Fitzy to celebrate with a thrilling win at home.