Rory Brodie wins VAFA Division Pepper Medal

Newsletter 23, September 22, 2023



PRAHRAN co captain Rory Brodie has capped a stellar season by winning the Pepper Medal for best and fairest in VAFA Division 1 .

Brodie polled 22 votes to share the award with Oakleigh key forward Luke Ashen who kicked 47 goals for the season.

In a triumph for the club and a nod to the Two Blues top end talent teammates Shaun Chapman and James Musster finished third and fourth respectively in the count held on Wednesday night.

Chapman polled 19 votes as a centre half-forward and relief ruckman while on baller Musster, a dual competition best and fairest and co captain, polled 16 votes.

Brodie, the 2021 Basil Cleary Medal winner, was the dominant ruckman in the competition and became an added threat when sent forward by coach Brett Dickinson. 

He kicked a season high three goals in the last quarter in the memorable come-from-behind round 17 win v Therry Penola.

Rory is overseas on a pre planned holiday so teammate Shaun Chapman will accept the medal on his behalf at the VAFA awards night at Marvel Stadium on Wednesday September 27

Division 1 Pepper Medal Voting

22- Rory Brodie (Prahran),  Luke Ashen (Oakleigh)

19- Shaun Chapman (Prahran)

16- James Musster (Prahran)

15- Aaron Cloke (Oakleigh)

13- Lachlan Mirams (Glen Eira), Wayne Schultz (Ivanhoe),

12- Keiffer Smith-Cameron (Glen Eira)

11 Max Waters (Kew), Darcy Ryan (Therry Penola)



AFTER two seasons as senior coach Brett Dickinson has advised the Committee he will not continue in the role for 2024.

Club president Fab Maya announced the news this week and paid tribute to Dickinson’s career at Prahran as a player and then coach.

“Dicko has been a wonderful servant for our club as a player over a number of years culminating in a premiership in 2017 and winning the Basil Cleary Best and Fairest in 2019.’’

“In 2022 we appointed Dicko to the role of Senior Coach and he has done a terrific job developing a team that will achieve success if we can keep everyone together.’’

Prahran won 13 games this season but after winning nine in a row was defeated in the first semi-final by UHS-VU

“We are hopeful that Dicko will still be involved at our club in 2024 in some capacity as he is a true Two Blue person.’’

“Personally as President l would like to thank Dicko for his efforts over the last two years and especially during difficult times in being away from Toorak Park and the logistics involved.’’

“I am sure we will all thank him at presentation night for his dedication and service to the Prahran Football Club.

“We have commenced recruitment for our next senior coach and will advise over the next few weeks.’’

Photos Trevor Evans




INVITES applicants for the positions of Senior, Reserves and Thirds coaches for the 2024 season.

Prahran Football Club (PFC) fields teams in Division 1 of the Victorian Amateur Football Association and was a finalist in season 2023 with 13 wins in the home and away season.

PFC is temporarily located at the excellent D W Lucas Reserve, East Malvern for season 2024 but will return to the newly renovated Toorak Park facility in Armadale for the 2025 season.

We seek the services of enthusiastic individuals with a professional attitude, excellent leadership /development skills and a strong understanding of the modern game.

The successful applicants will require excellent communication skills and be prepared to commit plenty of time and energy to the role. 

Please provide your application outlining your football coaching credentials and your ideas for developing PFC to:

Kevin Matherson

ph: 0418 338467


EVENT: Presentation Night and Basil Cleary Medal Best & Fairest Count
DATE: Thursday, September 28, 7pm for 7.30 pm
LOCATION: The Osborne Rooftop Bar, 119 Commercial Road Prahran