PAFC Newsletter 24, 2022, Matthew Clifford wins Basil Cleary Medal




MATTHEW Clifford capped an outstanding 2022 season when he was announced as winner of the Basil Cleary Best & Fairest Medal and Sir Rupert Steele Perpetual Trophy at Prahran Assumption’s presentation night last Friday at the Osborne Rooftop bar.



Clifford was also leading goal kicker with 55 goals, second in the competition.

Mitch Capra was Reserves best and fairest, Riley Hogan was named winner of the Neale Daniher Most Courageous award while Beau Adams received a plaque memento of his 150 senior games and has been proposed for life membership at the Annual General Meeting later this year.

Commiteemen Matthew Meier and Andrew Saunders and head trainer Rachael Wiseman were also proposed as life members.


Basil Cleary Medallist Matthew Clifford in action during the season

(Photos by Trevor Evans)



For 150 senior  games Beau Adams;  

100 club games Luke Kerr, John Panagiatoros, Jayden Williams.

50 senior games Riley Hogan, Luke Kerr



Coaches award: Taylor Bamford

Goal kicker: Hayden Taylor

Steve Powell Players player (decided Saturday)

Best & Fairest runner-up : Michael Woods.

Best & Fairest – Mitch Capra


George Hawkins- Kim Smith Leading Goal Kicker: Matthew Clifford

Alf Blamey Players player (decided Saturday)

Coaches award: Blake Graham     

B&F runner-up: Shaun Chapman

B&F winner, Basil Cleary Medal and Sir Rupert Steele Perpetual Trophy-

Mathew Clifford.



 Riley Hogan




Neale Daniher Most Courageous Medallist Riley Hogan



Proposed life members (left to right) Matthew Meier, Andrew Saunders, Beau Adams, Rachael Wiseman


Len Reed - Cliff Peel Memorial Best Clubman, Trevor Evans.





A Service to celebrate the of life of Prahran dual premiership and Team Of The Century player Barry Pearson will be held in the Federation Chapel, Lilydale Crematorium, 126-128 Victoria Road, Lilydale on MONDAY September 12, 2022 commencing at 2.00pm.

Prahran Football Club lost one of its greatest and most popular players last week with the passing of Pearson, aged 86.

A member of the 1959 and 1966 premiership teams, Barry was forward pocket in the Team Of The Century.

A life member, he played 180 games and kicked 256 goals over 13 seasons, retired in 1969 but stayed at the club as Reserves captain coach.




EXCITING NEWS with the appointment of Gab Suriano as Manager and Head coach of our senior women’s football program for season 2022.

Gab is not new to our Club, having played in our inaugural 2018 senior women’s team and then co-captaining our 2019 senior women’s team.

Since 2019 and as a sign of her absolute passion for football, Gab resigned from her corporate career to focus on a career in Girls/Womens AFL football.

Gab has been the Head of Girls Football in our Prahran Junior FC for the last two years, including coaching the U18's team to a preliminary final this year. In addition, Gab is also actively involved in the following :

  • St Kilda FC's Next Generation Academy (girls to womens pathway), 
  • Is the South Metro Junior Football League's(SMJFL) Interleague Girls Head Coach, as well as being the League's Director of Pathways (girls & boys),and 
  • Was one of St Kilda FC's 2022 VFLW's Development Coaches

Gab is forever grateful to the Prahran FC for providing her with the opportunity to start playing Australian Rules footy back in 2018 and is now super excited about re-establishing & re-igniting our club's senior women’s program in 2023.

Our club is fully committed to, and knows that a successful, sustainable, quality senior women’s footy program is critical to the future and health of the Club and we are really excited about Gab's appointment to be a key driver in achieving this goal. Welcome aboard Gab!!

 New women’s head coach Gab Suriano pictured



CONGRATULATIONS to Prahran’s Under 16 division 1 girls team on their thrilling one point grand final win last Sunday in the South Metro Junior Football League.

Prahran 4-6 defeated the heavily favoured Beaumaris 4-5.

The 15 boys lost their grand final by nine points while the Under 14 girls lost by 20 points.