South Australia’s greatest living racing pigeon flyer!

Metro club flyer Jim Marafiote joined the greats of South Australian Pigeon racing – the late Keith Wickham, John Pryor, Vin Blanden and Allen Goodger – becoming a Legend in the Sport with a record breaking 2022 season in the SAHPA

MaraFiote who quietly goes about his business, won the South Australian Homing Pigeon Overall Association points for an incredible SEVENTH time

Picture – Jim Marafiote with Max Taylor and Graham “Davo” Davison

He was pushed all season by good friend and clubmate Vasile Curea, who won the final race of the season from Border Village on the Nullarbor – with Marafiote finishing SIXTH

Marafiote amassed a record 409 points – being Association placed in all but two of the races during 2022 – with Curea finishing on 361 points

Picture – Jim Marafiote’s 2022 Marla winner

2022 was the first season that Association Overall Aggregate Points were applied to all races


Here are Marafiote’s 2022 Association placings (409 points)

Warnertown (194kms) 81 owners/ 1597 birds (14th)

Paruna 1 (197 kms) 76 owners/1199 birds (13th)

Stirling North (280 kms) Unplaced.

Paruna 2 (197 kms) 89 owners/1439 birds (11th)

Bookaloo (360 kms) 114 owners/2477 birds (2nd)

Red Cliffs (336kms) 87 owners/1495 birds (13th)

Pimba 1 (430kms) 122 owners/2460 birds (12th)

Pimba 2 (430kms) 129 owners/2940 birds (19th)

Coombah 2 (330 kms) 83 owners/1578 birds (6th)

Glendambo YBC (570 kms) 118 owners/2212birds (27th)

Little Topar SAD (490kms (unplaced)

Glendambo Open (570kms) 132 owners/2533 birds (17th)

Little Topar Open (490kms) 91 owners/1483 birds (8th)

Twins Open (620kms) 125 owners/2087 birds (6th)

Wilcannia (582kms) 77 owners/1050 birds (16th)

Marla (970kms) 85 owners/1081 birds (1st)

Emmdale (640kms) 67 owners/673 birds (9th)

Emmdale CBS (640kms) 57 owners/468 birds (8th)

Coober Pedy 1 (750kms) 94 owners/1432 birds (12th)

Cobar (774kms) 55 owners/631 birds (19th)

Coober Pedy 2 (750kms) 74 owners/1015 birds (16th)

Border Village 960Kms) 35 owners 515 birds. (6th)

In recognition of Marafiote’s achievement the prestigious Australian Racing Pigeon Journal, and editor Jeff Howell, have given us exclusive permission to republish their article on Marafiote from the March 2021 edition of the magazine

This article is covered by copyright, and cannot be reproduced, or used in part in anyway, without the express permission of Jeff Howell and the Australian Racing Pigeon Journal.

March 2021 Edition – Vol 29 No 3 – Page 38

Jim Marafiote

By John Capel