PFC Newsletter 12, June 21

Newsletter 12, June 21 2024


UNLIKE the compromised AFL fixture, the VAFA Division 1 season is a simple equation — everyone plays each team twice.

So, come Round 9 and the halfway mark of the season, Prahran’s ladder standing of second can be taken as an accurate reflection of the season so far.

One discrepancy is the number of home games — to date, Prahran has had five home games, so on the run home that is reduced to four, a slight increase in the degree of difficulty.

Starting the run home on Saturday, the Two Blues play the first of successive away games, this time against Old Yarra Cobras.

The home team will be on a high after posting their first win of the season last Saturday by 30 points against Preston Bullants.

So, this promises to be a much closer contest than the Round 2 clash when the Two Blues at home prevailed by 104 points.

After a first-half struggle last Saturday, Prahran stamped its authority over Therry Penola, posting a 71-point win at home with Matthew Clifford kicking a season-high six goals.

The Reserves are a game clear in fourth place, so finals are well and truly on the horizon for both teams.

Rory Brodie surrounded by a sea of blue.

Thumbs up for the win from runner Jackson Patridge.

Singing the song. 


Joel Matherson turns to deliver.

Will Axford-Wood kicks out from defence.

Dane Treloar in a rucking duel from a boundary throw in.

James Matherson leaps to mark.

Photos by Trevor Evans.

Osborne Rooftop and Bar Award: Matthew Clifford
Hagan's Meats: Tom Seaman
State Bank/Southbank Past Players: Pat Ribbands

Toscano's: Connor Thomson
Grill'd Windsor: Zac Podmore


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ROUND 9 action saw the Prahran under-18 boys taking on Waverley Park Hawks in a back-and-forth contest in testing conditions.

Prahran started well, bringing high pressure through the midfield, and explosive run off half-back through the likes of Hugo Deague to take an 8-point lead into the first break. The Hawks responded and took their contest game to a new level, with Prahran struggling to wrestle back momentum.

Waverley piled on 8 goals over the course of the 2nd and 3rd quarters while restricting Prahran to just 2 majors and opening up a 29-point lead at the final break.

But as we’ve seen time and again this season, it’s not over until it’s over. Prahran regained momentum in the final quarter, as Max James started to take control of the ruck battle and the injection of Sam Seccull into the midfield brought some class going forward with the ball. Prahran kicked 3 goals to begin the term, reducing the margin to 12 points and making Waverley nervous, before the Hawks threw an extra defender behind the ball to shore things up and ice the game.

It was a frustrating day, as Prahran showed patches of the brilliant football we know we can play, but Waverley were better for longer. With three weeks off for school holidays, it's important to get plenty of rest, make sure our bodies recover, and get to work to attack the back end of the season.

PRAHRAN: 2.4 (16) 3.4 (22) 4.5 (29) 8.6 (54)
WAVERLEY HAWKS: 1.2 (8) 5.2 (32) 9.4 (58) 10.5 (65)

Goals: Verona 3, Taylor 2, Vile 2, Nuttall 2, Maher  
Best: Nick Phimister, Harry Tozer, Marco Verona


OUR Round 9 game was our first against the new crossover YJFL league team, Kew Comets, at 1:45 pm at Como Park. It came with a lot of unknowns due to us not playing this team in the past and having no idea what the challenge would be like. The girls came ready to play, and I couldn’t be happier with the way they warmed up and were switched on from the start.

The game started well for us, and pressure around the contest, as well as working it forward quickly, really put pressure on Kew from the start. Apart from a few easy shots missed, we took a first-term lead of 16-0 into the break.

I put it on the girls at quarter-time to really keep working hard both in defence and attack, and the pressure had to go up again to ensure we kept Kew scoreless, which we almost did, minus a late goal to Kew before the siren at half-time. The game was free-running and clean throughout the first half, and I was very happy with how we were placed at half-time, being up 29-6.

The second half brought on a new challenge, which I again put on our leaders to keep driving the standards and work together to build a lead that we were comfortable with at three-quarter time. The girls responded very well, and with hard work, high tackle pressure, smart setting up behind the ball, and locking it in our forward 50, we showed why we are 9-0 this season.

The last quarter was scrappy, and only 3 points were scored for the quarter. I was extremely proud of our first crossover league game against Kew, and we are really looking forward to the challenge of some new teams.

We now have three weeks off due to school holidays before playing a further five games, which will be a good test for us to remain undefeated heading into finals.

Next Week – Three weeks off now with school holidays

PRAHRAN 2.4 4.5 7.9 7.11 (53)
Kew Comets 0.0 1.0 1.0 1.1 (7)

Goals: Hudson 3, Ignjic 2, Hoban 1, Coventry 1
Best: Dowling, Ignjic, Wallace, Williams, Kogler, Hoban


CONGRATULATIONS to the Two Blues Gems on winning the Under 15 Stonnington Netball Grand Final on Tuesday, 27-12.
The Under 13s Roses take to the court in their grand final on Saturday.



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