Jonny Simonetta's 100th games' perfect postscript

PAFC Newsletter 13, 2021






JONNY Simonetta’s 100th senior game provided the perfect ending with a hard fought 13 point win v PEGS last Saturday.

Sima' was chaired off by teammates to rousing cheers from the small gathering of teammates and officials.

On Wednesday night after training the traditional locker room name was unveiled by club vice president and dual premiership player (1978, 87) “Squizzy’ Taylor.

The locker rooms are adorned with the names of players who played 100 senior games or started their senior career at Prahran and went on to play VFL/AFL and Victorian and Australian Test cricketers.

Sima joins fellow premiership players Roy Jones (1951) and David Kirby (1966) as names on the 29 locker.

The Two Blues remain undefeated at home, as all good teams should.

Two inspirational goals from Riley Hogan late in the game was the difference in a tight tussle.

Next challenge is down the highway this Saturday to take on Peninsula striving to avoid relegation.

The Reserves have steadily improved under first season coach Jack Matherson evidenced by the competitive effort last Saturday v PEGS.

In the corresponding round two game PEGS won by 48 points, this time the margin was 19 points with just five points separating the teams at three quarter-time.

Adam Heatley and Brodie Quinn were to the fore while Blayne Dempsey wound back the clock with four goals from full-forward.

 The Thirds took on Richmond Central after the two week lay off, and were looking to improve on their first win of the season.

 The game was moved to Basil Reserve where the players were met with a muddy track.

 Richmond got off to a flying start in the first half, in what was wet weather football despite the clear skies.

The effort in the second half was much better, with only a goal separating the teams but Richmond were too far in front for it to matter, winning by five goals .

 (Photos, Trevor Evans)




Australian Venue Company:  James Musster/Rory Brodie

100 games award: Jonny Simonetta

State Bank Past Players: Riley Hogan

Hagen’s Organic Meats:  Jake Stent-Powell/Joel Hume


Toscano’s Quality Fruiters Hawksburn: Adam Heatley



The following is the VAFA statement regards the abandonment of rounds 8 and 9.

“Recent State Government COVID shutdowns has meant our competition has missed playing Round 8 and 9 fixtured matches, which has seen some debate about the VAFA COVID policy.

As you would know the VAFA sought club and umpire feedback which has been discussed by the VAFA Board, we thank all of the clubs who took the time to provide feedback and we value all constructive input from our members.

Given the complexity re-fixturing the VAFA competition and the survey results received, the Board has voted to maintain the current COVID policy, which means that, unfortunately, VAFA rounds 8 & 9 will be abandoned and not replayed.

As difficult as this decision has been, we now look forward, with as much certainty as we can, to the remainder of the VAFA season and ensuing finals.

Please bear with us as we manage our way through uncertain territory. We look forward to receiving club and umpire input on our COVID policies (both football and financial) for future seasons, scheduling of our competition in general and other associated matters. We believe COVID will be with us for some time and your comments on the current policies will help us to plan for the future.

It was great to be back for so many reasons last weekend, albeit without spectators. (Spectators are allowed to return this Saturday).

Let’s all continue to play our part so that we can ALL get back to the footy this weekend.’’






THE first premiership for 2021 has arrived at Toorak Park courtesy of the Two Blues Mermaids.

The Under 13 grand final of the Prahran Netball Association was played between two Prahran teams, the Mermaids and Tigers.

The younger, more inexperienced Tigers were gallant in defeat after a slow start. Well done to all players, parents team managers and coaches.


Mermaids 5- 5- 5- 6 =21

Tigers     0- 4- 4- 3 =11

That was culmination of season one, season two starts next month with 16 teams donning the Two Blues uniforms.





VAFA clubs raised an impressive $19,569 for the Breast Cancer Network appeal fund in last month’s round.

Prahran Assumption contributed $1606, sixth in the competition.


We thank everyone who contributed.




 MND Big Freeze 7 earlier this month raised funds for a cause close to our hearts.

Of course led by ACK alumni, the always inspiring Neale Daniher, and also featured two other ACK legends in Shane Crawford and Billy Brownless, with Billy coming down the slide in the famous ACK footy jumper that we used to don for every away game.

(Due to jumper size irregularties we are playing all games in the Prahran jumper this season)

We are extremely proud to be a part of this extended community and congratulate Neale and all associated with the Fight MND cause on their ongoing efforts to help “tame the beast”

 The club intends to play a home game later in the season wearing the MND socks to further promote the cause.




July 3, home game luncheon, Basil Cleary day

July 17, State Bank 1990 re-union,

July 24, Club ball/cocktail party, Vincent (amended date)

July 28, Sports /auction night (amended date)

August 7, Team of the decade/2011 premiership reunion




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

September Presentation night date tbc.