Jonny Simonetta 100th senior game June 19

PAFC Newsletter 11, 2021



FOLLOWING a three week break VAFA football finally returns with a round 10 clash v PEGS at Toorak Park.

PEGS was the most impressive team the Two Blues played in the first round of matches handing out a 59 point caning at their windswept oval.

For the Two Blues it will be a matter of matching the momentum of their last start win over ladder leader Old Camberwell.

The VAFA has released the following statement regarding Saturday’s round 10 of matches.

“As there are to be no spectators at matches this weekend we advise that matchday functions cannot take place as any attendees would be considered spectators

  • After match functions are also discouraged but if clubs wish to provide the opportunity of an after match function for the people required to participate in and facilitate matches (i.e. players, coaches, umpires and volunteers), clubs are restricted to a density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm with a maximum 75 people indoors.’’


The VAFA acknowledges spectators not being permitted to attend this weekend’s matches is a major challenge for clubs, and a disappointing outcome for supporters.

However, we respectfully ask the entire VAFA community to respect the protocols implemented by the Victorian Government for this weekend’s games.

These protocols have been put in place with the community’s health and safety the priority.

Getting back on the football field this weekend is a major step towards community sport returning as we know and love it.’’



JON Simonetta joins the coveted 100 senor games club in Saturday’s clash with PEGS at Toorak Park.

Simonetta, who turned 29 on June 4,  joins 1951 premiership player Roy Jones, and 1966 premiership full-back David Kirby, the No 29.

‘Sima’s’ journey to Toorak Park from Gol Gol, a suburb of Mildura over the NSW border started when he received a call in 2014 from former player and committeeman Luke Giansiracusa.

“His uncle was assistant coach, then I got a call from (coach Ash) Millsy,’’ he said.

Simonetta played his first game of senior football with Wentworth in the Sunraysia League as 15 year-old and played more than 90 games including a premiership in 2012.

Sima quickly established himself as a permanent fixture at Toorak Park mainly as a half-back and wingman with his silky skills.

Vice captain from 2016-2019,  he was runner-up in the 2016 best and fairest, a member of the 2017 VAFA Division 2 premiership team and VAFA Team Of The year.

“That’s the best team I’ve played with in my time at Prahran,’’ he said.

Like most players Simonetta has had his physical challenges.

He missed 2019 following hip surgery and of course last year with COVID.

The Simonetta name is well and truly front and centre at Toorak Park as the family company Simfresh is a major corporate partner and has its logo on our shorts.

Simfresh is one of Australia’s leading citrus packing sheds.

Simonetta is the Simfresh export manager, his role is to talk to overseas customers in up 15 countries mainly in Asia about their produce.





Under a State Government ruling no spectators are permitted at Melbourne suburban football matches this weekend.

Players and match day officials are reminded they are required

to scan in using the following QR Code.

 The Code will be displayed prominently in all entries to the Charles Lux pavilion and other appropriate locations. 




July 3, home game luncheon, Basil Cleary day

July 3, Club ball/cocktail party, venue tbc

July 17, State Bank 1990 re-union,

July 28, Sports /auction night (amended date)

August 7, Team of the decade/2011 premiership reunion


August 7, Ladies Luncheon


September,10,  Jack Morgan’s luncheon, 1970 premiership re-union, Sam Kekovich MC

September Presentation night date tbc.