Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Cecil Pettiona

Known as
Cecil Pettiona

7 March 1906

26 April 1987 (aged 81)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 21y 54d
Last game: 28y 73d

Height and weight
Height: 173 cm
Weight: 73 kg

Senior clubs
South Melbourne

Jumper numbers
South Melbourne: 31, 15

Family links
Charlie Pettiona (Nephew)

Cecil Pettiona

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
South MelbourneV/AFL1927-193478150.1951%17.424.336

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 3,259th player to appear, 3,031st most games played, 4,170th most goals kickedSouth Melbourne: 398th player to appear, 194th most games played, 375th most goals kicked

Recruited locally by South Melbourne, Cecil Pettiona struggled for a couple of seasons to hold down a regular place in the team, but by 1929 he had established himself. A half forward flanker and wingman, he was speedy and elusive, and played 78 VFL games for South from 1927 to 1934, registering 15 goals. He was unfortunate to miss the 1933 grand final, in which South downed Richmond, with injury.

Pettiona finished his playing career in Tasmania with stints at North Hobart (1936-7), Lefroy (1938), North Launceston (1939-41) and New Town (1945). He enjoyed premiership success at both local and state levels with North Hobart in 1936. He was also an accomplished sprinter, winning the 1931 Wangaratta Gift.

Author - John Devaney


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* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
+ Score at the end of extra time.