North Ballarat news

From the Ballarat Courier
Reported by Melanie Whelan
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NORTH Ballarat Roosters coach Gerard FitzGerald has backed VFL matches as AFL curtain-raisers.

FitzGerald said players and Selkirk Roosters staff enjoyed a chance to hit the field leading into Saturday's AFL clash between Geelong and North Melbourne.

Roosters reap the biggest benefit

Reported by Sam Landsberger
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NORTH Melbourne has once again dealt partial Victorian Football League affiliate North Ballarat a kind hand in its split of AFL players on to second-tier lists.

The Kangaroos share their VFL alignment with the Roosters and Werribee but the Tigers have again missed out on North Melbourne's brightest young talents.

FitzGerald receives award

From the Ballarat Courier
Reported by Gavin McGrath
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THE honours keep coming for North Ballarat coach Gerard FitzGerald.

The three-time VFL premiership coach won the inaugural VicHealth Lindsay Gaze Sporting Conduct Award at the Victorian Sports Awards presentation at Crown Casino.

The coaching award, which recognises outstanding sportsmanship in attitude and behaviour, was presented by Gaze.