Congratulations to Lucas Bosio (100 games) and Steven Fitzgerald (50 games) on their fantastic milestones this weekend!!
When asked to write some words to honour Lucas Bosio on the eve of his 100th game, it was an offer that I simply couldn’t refuse. His footballing journey started with humble origins – a true “muscles” in every sense of the word, who donned the long sleeve guernsey from day one and whose favourite player was John Cena. Needless to say, he has come a long way since then in under 10s when we first started playing together.
Coming down to the club in 2015 as a bright-eyed youngster, Bos was the epitome of versatility. Put him up forward and he would kick you a bag, play him down back and he would lock down his man or put him in the midfield and he would rack up the disposals. And trust me, he would be the first one to let you know about these feats too. Within seconds of entering the rooms post game he’d be on his phone sending through outrageous statistical updates such as “35 touches, 10 marks, 5 bounces, 3 goals” to anyone who’d listen. Despite the head wobble, it was these well-rounded games that saw him consistently in the best players during his early years at the club.
Graduating from under 19s to the senior football ranks was a seamless transition for Bos. At thirds level, he was a powerful goal-kicking midfielder that could run all day. This style of play quickly gained attention from the coaches and earned his promotion. At reserves level, he provided an X factor as a forward, clunking insanely strong overhead marks for his size. Bos has been an integral member of the reserves side since 2017, always saving his finest performances for September. And no, I am not referring to the finals runs of 2017 and 2018, but of course Silly Sundays. The significant contributions you have made in this domain will long be remembered by many.
Despite his affinity for off-field enjoyment, Bos works harder than anyone during the pre-season. From gym sessions to grueling running blocks, he’s always striving for improvement. He’s had his fair share of injury setbacks, most notably significant hip surgery in 2020 that would have signaled the end of many other careers. That’s what made his senior debut this year all the more pleasing – he is everything that the jumper represents. Playing footy with you again this year after so many years has been the highlight of season 2022 for me, and I hope we share the field many more times moving forward.
Congratulations on 100 of the finest mate. The club is all the better for having you a part of it, and I am eagerly anticipating your post game update this weekend.
Congratulations on Steven ‘Fitzy’ Fitzgerald on 50 games for the Marcellin Old Collegians Football Club, a milestone that many would not have seen coming this year. Fitzy began his career at the club in the Under 19s in 2016 where he amassed 28 goals in 8 games which caught the attention of senior coaches. This impressive stat line subsequently saw Fitzy make his senior debut in the same year. However after this season we lost Fitzy for two seasons to Doncaster but the desire to return back to the club become too strong and in 2019 the return was complete.
Fitzy became a regular senior contributor playing all but two games in 2019 which included a bag of 8 goals in the reserves against Ormond. Fitzy has always had the ability to take a strong pack mark or hanger and this ability was in seen in the final round of 2019 where one of the greatest marks in recent history was taken. After a short hiatus from footy this year, Fitzy returned to the club halfway through the year and his impact was felt immediately with 16 goals in 6 games in the reserves.
It has been a pleasure to be apart of your football journey over the past six seasons go well.