PRAHRAN JUNIORS GRADUATES CLASH IN AFL GRAND FINAL
(Poster artwork by Stay Stoked Media)
GEELONG speedster Max Holmes and gun Sydney on-baller James Rowbottom may be rivals in Saturday’s AFL grand final but they share a bond- both are products of Prahran Football Club Juniors.
Holmes, in a well documented race against time to take his place on Saturday following a hamstring injury scare in the preliminary final, played with Prahran from Under 12s to Under 15s while Rowbottom can boast an astonishing juniors record.
In six years from Under 9s in 2009 to Under 14s in 2014 he won the club best and fairest every year, a sure sign of a rising star of the future
Both boys played under director of coaching Wayne Oswald who described the occurrence of two former Prahran juniors in a grand final clash as “incredible.’
“It’s great for the club. Max was always a star, he won best and fairests and James was a stand out in his team,’’ he said.
Rowbottom is nephew of Channel 7 grand final commentator and former Prahran coach Brian Taylor.
FOOTNOTE: James Rowbottom’s sister Charlie, No 1 draft pick in AFLW, was awarded 3 votes for Gold Coast in last Saturday's Herald-Sun award voting while Abbie McKay, drafted from Prahran juniors, received 3 votes for Carlton AFLW.
Max Holmes in his Prahran juniors days
PRAHRAN ASSUMPTION VAFA DIVISION 1 MEDAL VOTERS
PRAHRAN Assumption had four of the top 11 vote winners, equal with premiers PEGS, in the VAFA Division 1 Pepper Medal announced on Wednesday night.
Top vote winner was Rory Brodie (pictured below) with 14, an astounding feat as he only played 11 games before being sidelined with a knee injury which surely cost him victory such was his early season dominance.
Dual competition winner James Musster was again popular with umpires polling 13 votes with teammate Shaun Chapman while Basil Cleary Medallist and Two Blues best and fairest Matthew Clifford polled 12 votes.
Leading vote winners were:
Other PAFC players to vote were:
5- Joe Whiting
3- Jake Stent-Powell
2- Beau Adams, Jesse Waters
1- Jayden Williams, Zac Podmore
PRAHRAN JUNIORS AWARDS
Last Sunday the Club joined together for the final official event at Toorak Park for season 2022 and announced the winners of each team’s Best & Fairest and Club awards.
Last Wednesday night, the SMJFL held their end of season awards that included League awards as well as the League Best & Fairest awards for each competition.
TOORAK PARK UPDATE
THE final newsletter of the season will be next month when we learn more about our new venue for the 2023 season while the Toorak Park surface is being renovated.
All club memorabilia and records will be stored at Spectrum On Chapel while the new facility at Toorak Park is being built.