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Junior Weekly Wrap - Round 4 Edition 2017

The Round 4 Edition of the Weekly Wrap is now available - Click here for this week's edition of the Weekly Wrap. Previous weekly wraps are available in the Weekly Wraps menu item in the Junior Football section.

Pictured is Jeremy Deane (U15 Comets) bursting through his 100 game banner in Round 4. Jeremy is also the subject of this week's wrap interview.

 

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Junior Weekly Wrap - Round 3 Edition 2017

The Round 3 Edition of the Weekly Wrap is now available - Click here for this week's edition of the Weekly Wrap. Previous weekly wraps are available in the Weekly Wraps menu item in the Junior Football section.

Pictured is Sammy Guttmann (U16 Comets) in front of his 100 game banner in Round 3. Sammy is also the subject of this week's wrap interview.

 

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Junior Weekly Wrap - Round 2 Edition 2017

The Round 2 Edition of the Weekly Wrap is now available - Click here for this week's edition of the Weekly Wrap. Previous weekly wraps are available in the Weekly Wraps menu item in the Junior Football section.

Pictured is the U17 Comets celebrating their first win of the season in Round 2. 

 

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Junior Weekly Wrap - Round 1 Edition 2017

The Round 1 Edition of the Weekly Wrap is now available - Click here for this week's edition of the Weekly Wrap. Previous weekly wraps are available in the Weekly Wraps menu item in the Junior Football section.

Pictured are the U10 Rockets prior to their Round 1 game. 

 

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Intra-Club Practice Matches - U11s to U17s

The club will be conducting a range of intra-club practice matches on Sunday, April 2nd at Mount Scopus College, 245 Burwood Highway, Burwood for the U11s to U17s.

This will be a great opportunity for the respective teams to prepare for their first game on Sunday April 23rd and will provide a good opportunity for the respective coaches to finalise their teams for Round 1.

The schedule of games for the day is set out below (players are requested to arrive 30 minutes prior to their game):

U12s - 9:00am to 10:00am

U13s - 10:15am to 11:15am

U14s - 11:30am to 12:45pm

U16s/U17s - 1:00pm to 2:15pm

U11s - 2:30pm to 3:30pm

U15s - 3:45pm to 5:00pm

U11 to U13 games will be 4 x 12 minute quarters. U14 to U17 games will be 4 x 15 minute quarters.

Please let your team coach know as soon as possible if you are unable to play on this day.

More details about the game, and what the players should bring will be provided by the Team Managers closer to the date.

 

It should be a great day.

 

 

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2017 Junior Registrations - Closed

Registrations for the 2017 season are now closed. There are still some places available in some age groups, so if you are interested in registering, please contact the club This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information.

 

Pictured below is Zach Margis, the first player registered for 2017 who is playing in the U13s in 2017.

 Zach Margis

 

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Brad caps off brilliant year with Best & Fairest

AJAX utility Brad Caplan was recognised for his stellar 2016 season at the Club’s night of nights, crowned the Michael Ritterman Seniors Best and Fairest at The Bentleigh Club on Thursday.

“It was a fantastic night. It was definitely a very humbling experience being on stage and knowing the likes of Ritterman, Lewski and Steinberg have been up here and won it numerous times,” winner Brad Caplan told AJAX Media.

“It was really quite surreal. I’m not going to lie I was a bit nervous being up there. I’m just very happy to have won the award.”

Caplan took out his first senior Best and Fairest ahead of Skipper Nick Marks and the joint section leading-goal-kicker David Fayman.

The Caplan family have made the night their own over the last two seasons with younger brother Adam taking out the award in 2015.

Caplan was ultra-consistent in 2016 playing 17 games, kicking 16 goals and featuring in the best players on 14 occasions.

He excelled as a link-up player on the wing and often pushed forward, making him a dynamic player, one that opposition teams struggled to contain.  

Brad spoke with J-Air's 'On the Ball' about his B&F win on Monday night. Listen here.

The skilful and fleet-footed number seven enjoyed an injury-free season which was one of a few factors that contributed to his strong output.

“The main thing is confidence, confidence in my ability. I enjoyed a continuous pre-season, not just running but in the gym trying to get a bit bigger so I could compete with some of the bigger bodies in the midfield and when I rested up forward,” Caplan said.

His achievements on the field were also recognised by the VAFA, named on the wing in the Premier B Team of the Year.

“I definitely thrived under Marty (Pask). Our game style really suited the way I played,” Caplan said.

He also claimed the Lionel Rosenberg Senior Coach’s Award.

“I’m not quite sure how it (match votes) works. I believe the supporters vote on the best that goes into the paper and onto the VAFA website. I know my grandfather and a few of his mates voted on a couple of occasions so I can probably thank them for getting that many bests,” Caplan said.

The night wasn’t just a celebration of the individual feats achieved in season 2016. President Ronnie Lewis unveiled the club’s new head coach Mark ‘Choco’ Williams to a room full of stunned players and supporters.  

Listen to 'Choco' speaking exclusively with J-Air Radio's 'On the Ball' in his first radio interview since accepting the head-coach position.


Photos courtesy: AJN/Peter Haskin.

“It was unbelievable. I think everyone was in shock on Thursday night. There was definitely a good vibe. It’s a fantastic coup for the club, it’ll bring a lot of interest to the club next year,” Caplan said.

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Club Captain Nick Marks was awarded the Richard Pratt & AJN Trophy for Supporters Best.

David Fayman claimed his 7th John Brustman Golden Boot Award with 46 goals.

Brother Stuart Fayman was adjudged the David Merkel Seniors Most Determined Player.

18-year old Jordan Cohen capped off a brilliant debut season, named the Seniors Best First Year Player.

Ruckman Zac Braun took out the Seniors Most Improved Award, while veteran Geoff Measey was the Daryl Cohen Seniors Most Courageous Player.

In lower grade awards, Dov Paltiel took out the Barry Linde Reserves Best and Fairest from Nadav Harel and Jake Kalmus after a standout season under Coach Rob Paterson.

Full-back Ari Wytwornik claimed the Reserves Coach’s Award.

Other Best and Fairest winners were Joel Burston (Under 19s), Zev Aron (Thirds) and Ally Bild (Jackettes).

The club wishes the whole AJAX community a Shana Tova and well over the fast.


 

Full List of 2016 Ajax Best & Fairest Award Winners

 

Jeffrey Jankie President’s Trophy - Mark Mitchell


Photos courtesy: AJN/Peter Haskin.

Mark Feldy Best Club Person Award - John Rockman

Thirds Coach’s Award - Yehuda Gottlieb

Thirds 3rd Best & Fairest - Benji Jones

Thirds 2nd Best & Fairest - Eli Adelist / Jeremy Herz                

Thirds Best & Fairest - Zev Aron                                             

Women’s Most Courageous & Determined - Chelsea Fisher / Women’s Coach’s Award - Rebecca Bennett

      
Photos courtesy: AJN/Peter Haskin. 

Women’s 3rd Best & Fairest - Tamara Epshtein

Women’s 2nd Best & Fairest - Maya Glikfeld

Women’s Best & Fairest - Ally Bild


Photos courtesy: AJN/Peter Haskin.

Under 19’s Coach’s Award - Guy Vadas

Under 19’s Ben Bloom Most Courageous Award - Elliott Blau

Under 19’s 3rd Best & Fairest - Charlie Hamilton

Under 19’s 2nd Best & Fairest - Jesse Velleman

Under 19’s Best & Fairest - Joel Burston

Reserves Coach's Award - Ari Wytwornik                   

Reserves 3rd Best & Fairest - Jake Kalmus

Reserves 2nd Best & Fairest - Nadav Harel                       

Barry Linde Reserves Best & Fairest - Dov Paltiel

John Brustman Golden Boot Award - David Fayman                   

Richard Pratt & AJN Trophy for Supporters Best - Nick Marks

Seniors Best First Year Player - Jordan Cohen  

Lionel Rosenberg Senior Coach's Award - Brad Caplan

Daryl Cohen Seniors Most Courageous Player - Geoff Measey    

Seniors Most Improved Player - Zac Braun

David Merkel Seniors Most Determined Player - Stuart Fayman                                  

Seniors 3rd Best & Fairest - David Fayman                                   

Seniors 2nd Best & Fairest - Nick Marks

Michael Ritterman Seniors Best & Fairest - Brad Caplan

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Aaron Fetter
AJAX Amateur Football Club
Media & Communications Manager
www.ajaxfootballclub.com.au

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Major Club Announcement

 

Major Club Announcement 

 

AJAX Football Club President Ronnie Lewis unveiled to all in attendance on Thursday at the Best and Fairest evening, the landmark signing of AFL Premiership Coach Mark ‘Choco’ Williams as the club’s head coach for at least the next two seasons.

“It’s probably one of the biggest things that has happened in the world of AJAX footy but potentially even Maccabi, just to have a guy of his profile,” Lewis told AJAX Media.

The 58-year old will also fill a new role as Maccabi Victoria’s Director of Coaching and Development. Further to his commitment as AJAX’s Senior head coach, Williams will play a significant role in the development of AJAX junior teams and coaches.

“I’m really enthusiastic about getting back into coaching and being involved in the community as well with Maccabi,” Williams told AJAX Media.

“I’m here to learn. My son played against AJAX juniors a few years ago and I was so impressed that the community wanted to be involved in an Australian tradition and I thought what a great thing to join in that way,” Williams said.

Whether in a playing or coaching capacity, Williams has contributed greatly to Australian Rules Football for 40 years.

He coached Port Adelaide Power in the AFL between 1999 and 2010, finishing his senior coaching career at AFL level on 274 games (25th of all time) at a 55% winning rate.

He took the Power to 17 finals (eight of them wins) two grand finals and the club’s inaugural Premiership against the Brisbane Lions in 2004.  


Photo: Andrew Brownbill

In the same year he was named the coach of the All-Australian team.

He played 201 games and kicked 236 goals for Collingwood and the Brisbane Bears between 1981 and 1990.

The son of South Australian Football icon Fos Williams, Mark began his career in the SANFL, playing 179 games, kicking 141 goals and winning four Premierships across the 70s, 80s and 90s.

“After 30 plus years in AFL footy he’s very keen to explore opportunities in sport outside of AFL and I guess that’s one of the things that attracted ‘Choco’ to the role, is his ability to influence and develop coaches across the sporting community,” Lewis said.

After resigning from his senior position at Port Adelaide midway through 2010, Williams signed on with competition new-comers Greater Western Sydney for three years as an assistant coach to Kevin Sheedy.

In search of a new challenge, Williams left his post at the Giants to take on the role as Richmond’s Development Coach under Damien Hardwick.


Photo: Michael Willson/AFL Media

After four seasons at Tigerland, Williams was let go.

“We got a heads up that once he departed Richmond that he may be open to opportunities outside the AFL, so through Andrew Shenker we made a direct approach to him and he was actually very interested in chatting to us.

“It was a Monday night two and a half weeks ago he came to our rooms and was incredibly impressed with our facilities. I think he was expecting a tin shed in the middle of a paddock.

“We’ve got ice baths, a coach’s room, a fully laid out gym, social rooms that have recently been renovated, all which blew him away.

“The photos on the wall gave him a sense of community and inclusion of the Jackettes and he left the club actually quite surprised and taken aback that it was as impressive as it was,” Lewis said.

Although he has been immersed in elite level football for so long, there is belief that he has the diversity of character and the required skills to adapt to being the coach of an amateur club in Premier B of the VAFA.

“Being a teacher he can see that he can develop these young men,” Lewis said.

“His appointment means we improve the professionalism of the club. We want to be an A-Grade club, whether that means we play in A-Grade or become an A-Grade club playing in B-Grade. Time will tell but we are very confident he’ll bring out the best of all our players.”

With pre-season fast approaching, Williams will have a short amount of time to acclimatise before the real work begins.

“I’ll sniff out the environment first and see what’s required but I want the players to enjoy it. Anyone out there that thinks they might be able to play then certainly get down to training, especially if you’re over 6ft4 that’d be fantastic,” Williams said.

“I would like to think that each of the players this time next year are feeling like they’ve had a great year of improvement and how far that takes us we’ll wait and see.”

Williams’ football journey is made more unique by the religious affiliation that AJAX stands so passionately for.

“He mentioned in his speech (at the Best & Fairest) that he spent many drives on the way to Punt Road on Hotham street and saw a number of the Jewish men with their black hats and payot and for him it’s fascination, it’s a real genuine interest, so I think that’s what has made the move to a Jewish community club not too difficult for him,” Lewis said.

Williams’ signing sent social media into a frenzy with a combined 123 retweets and likes on Twitter, over 500 likes and 60 comments on Facebook while shortly after the news was broken, @ajaxfooty was trending on Twitter.

There is genuine belief that Williams’ involvement with the Jackas will attract quality Jewish players from other clubs along with the inevitable spike in community interest and support.

“We’ve identified three or four high quality players in Melbourne and one in Perth already, and it is our absolute intentions to send ‘Choco’ in a car or on a plane to meet these people, whether they come to AJAX or are interested, I can tell you now having him there will certainly change their view of our club,” Lewis said.

“Some very basic elements both in terms of training and on game-day will make him probably unmatched in the VAFA. He’s an incredible coach and a very good person at the same time.”

“I’m thrilled to think that people are interested in what I’m doing and certainly if that gives greater attention to AJAX and their sponsors then that’s a great role it plays and a good bonus as well,” Williams said.

The recruitment sub-committee contained prominent AJAX people, Andrew Shenker, Rick Marks, Robbie Kaye and Craig Joel.

Others involved in the process were the Maccabi Victoria Board, in particular Ash Krongold, a Director of the Maccabi Victoria Foundation.

This sporting coup was made possible by the Henry Jolson Pathways Program. It is the first major initiative since the program’s inception in 2015. 

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Aaron Fetter
AJAX Amateur Football Club
Media & Communications Manager
www.ajaxfootballclub.com.au

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AJAX duo feature in Dragons' TAC Cup Grand Final feat

AJAX duo feature in Dragons’ TAC Cup Grand Final feat

Two rising stars of Jewish sport in Melbourne, Kane Nissenbaum and Ashley Krakauer have tasted the ultimate success on the big stage, winning the 2016 TAC Cup Premiership with the Sandringham Dragons on Sunday at Etihad Stadium.

The Dragons led at every change in a tight contest against Murray Bushrangers and went onto win 12.13 (85) – 9.14 (68).

“The overriding emotion when the siren went was just happiness. It still hasn’t sunk in that we won,” Krakauer told the AJN.

Nissenbaum who is a year 12 student at Leibler Yavneh College faced a nervous wait during the week before being told he would play in the Grand Final.

The 18-year old played in the Elimination Final three weeks ago but didn’t feature in the next two finals. An injury to star player Will Setterfield opened the door for his timely return.

“I was a bit nervous early in the week, but obviously when I heard that I was going to play I was pretty excited,” Nissenbaum told the AJN.

“It is such a long year and we all work so hard, so obviously getting the nod to play was pretty special,” he said.

Krakauer, a small forward, was his team’s equal leading goalkicker with two. He was lively all game and both goals he kicked were at critical stages.


Photo: Adam Trafford/AFL Media

“I was pleased with my game, but every player has some team-first objectives to tick off and I thought I did that,” he said.

The Caulfield Grammarian gathered 12 disposals, six handball receives and laid two tackles to go along with his two classy majors.

He played 14 games this season with the Dragons, was named in the best on six occasions and kicked eight goals.

“I’ve loved every minute. The Sandringham Dragons’ program has been a really important part of my life since I started as an under 13 player back in 2011.”

“There’s a strong focus on developing the person not just the player. I’ve been able to deal with and overcome certain life challenges because of the development and education that the program has given me,” he said.

Krakauer is one of the most talented players to come out of the AJAX Football Club, with a list of junior accolades, rivalled by very few.

He was the junior Club Champion in 2010 and the Pratt Foundation Outstanding Achiever in 2011.

Nissenbaum who played off a wing made the most of his limited game-time on Sunday, hitting the target with six of his seven possessions as well as working hard to take four marks.


Photo: Adam Trafford/AFL Media

He played 14 games, was named in the best twice and kicked four goals. He also played on four occasions with AJAX and debuted in the seniors earlier in the year.

His impressive junior career at AJAX was rewarded last season when he was named the Outstanding Achiever.

With the NAB AFL Draft taking place in late November, both boys remained realistic about their chances but have other plans in mind if their AFL dream is not fulfilled this year.

“I feel like I’ve had a consistent season, but it has been tough at times when I’ve been out of the team. You get the feel early on in the season if you might be on the draft radar,” Nissenbaum said.

“The next step for me and my footy will probably be to try and play with a VFL team. I have a few people helping me with the decisions I have in front of me,” he said.

Standing at 172cm, Krakauer takes a lot of motivation and confidence from the small stars of the AFL such as Western Bulldogs’ Caleb Daniel and will nominate for November’s AFL Draft.

“Seeing similar type players running around in the AFL and doing well has been a driving force for me to give it a crack, but if doesn’t work out I’ll probably look at the VFL as my next move,” Krakauer said.

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Aaron Fetter
AJAX Amateur Football Club
Media & Communications Manager
www.ajaxfootballclub.com.au

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Jackas' Grand Final grief

Photo: Peter Haskin/AJN

Jackas’ Grand Final grief

The best team all year prevailed in the Under-19s Section 4 Grand Final, with Old Haileybury storming home to beat a gallant AJAX side 7.12 (54) – 5.5 (35) at Trevor Barker Oval on Sunday.

Hundreds of supporters from both sides witnessed a low-scoring yet fascinating contest that was still anyone’s to win early in the final quarter.

AJAX entered the clash as severe underdogs having lost the previous two fixtures against Old Haileybury by 93 points.

“There was a great vibe around the group in the lead up to Sunday. We all understood our roles. We were hoping for a four-quarter effort and we knew that if we gave that we would’ve been a chance,” defender Joel Burston told the AJN.

Burston spoke with J-Air's 'On the Ball' on Monday night after the Grand Final loss. Listen here.

It was a hotly-contested opening term with the Jackas’ structures holding up well, trailing by just two points at quarter time.

They came out in the second with a new-found vigour, kicking two goals courtesy of Toby Fisher and Dakota Lipton, while limiting the Bloods to just one point.

 
Photo: Peter Haskin/AJN

The Jackas headed into the half-time break with the momentum and an 11-point lead.

Their opponents benefited from the break and wrestled the game back onto their terms. Ten scoring shots to AJAX’s two could have almost put the game beyond doubt, however Old Haileybury’s inaccuracy saw them lead by just 12 points heading into the deciding stanza.

“At three quarter time we looked up and there were hundreds of people on our side, trying to get us going,” Burston said.

Coach Ashley Shenker delivered an emotional address to his chargers, pleading for one last effort.

Photo: Peter Haskin/AJN

They heeded the call early, kicking the opening goal of the quarter, narrowing the margin back to six points.

The Bloods responded immediately, extending their lead back out past two goals and eventually edged further clear to lead by 19 points when the final siren sounded.

Cameron Nankin was the Jackas’ only multiple goalkicker while ruckman Dakota Lipton, midfielders Charlie Hamilton, Ben De Winter and Jesse Velleman all battled hard.


Photo: Peter Haskin/AJN

Ash Shenker, in his first season as Coach got the most out of a group that missed out on the contributions from a number of quality players who spent their season at a higher level, while injuries to key personnel also tested the spirit and depth of the side.

All AJAX teams will now enjoy a well-deserved break before pre-season kicks off in a couple months’ time.

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Aaron Fetter
AJAX Amateur Football Club
Media & Communications Manager
www.ajaxfootballclub.com.au

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Under 19s secure Grand Final spot

Under 19s secure Grand Final spot

A heart-stopping finish to a cracking contest saw AJAX's Under-19s hold off Preston Bullants to win the Section 4 Preliminary Final by eight points on Saturday at Garvey Oval.

AJAX led all day as they battled a tough opposition who had trumped them twice already this year.

Photo: Hersh Burston

The Jackas started strongly but an inaccurate 2.6 to 0.2 kept the Bullants in the game at quarter time.

In a physical and low-scoring second term, the Jackas were challenged and went onto lead 26-22 at the main break

A typically measured and vocal address from Coach Ash Shenker proved the catalyst for a consistent effort in the third term as the Jackas kept Preston goalless and extended the margin at three-quarter time to 16 points.

Despite conceding two goals to one in a tense final term, the 19s were able to keep their opposition at bay to record a memorable victory.

Midfielders Charlie Hamilton, Ben De Winter and Mikey Alter put in fantastic performances, whilst ruckman Adam Rushford toiled hard all day.


Photo: Hersh Burston

"It was a brave performance from the boys, who I'm sure were having flashbacks of Preston beating us twice this year," Coach Ash Shenker told the AJN.

The Jackas now face the almighty task of toppling their nemesis Old Haileybury in the big dance on Sunday. The Bloods were the top-team this year and won three out of the four encounters against the 19s this season.

Captain Adam Sekler previewed Sunday's Grand Final with J-Air Radio's 'On the Ball'. Listen here.

"We really back ourselves in against Haileybury this week. It's grand final day, absolutely anything can happen and we take confidence out of the fact that we got them in round 1 and pushed them to 3/4 time in the Semi-Final,” Shenker said.

Reece Israel (24 goals) and Ryan Kagan (15) will be key to the Jackas’ chances on Sunday with dangerous forwards Brent Shapiro and Ben Schwartz out injured.


Photo: Hersh Burston

After failing to field a team last year, the 2016 side is the first since 2013 to make the Grand Final. The match will commence at 9.15am this Sunday at Trevor Barker Beach Oval, Sandringham.

"We'd love to see a huge crowd come and support us. This is a big moment in the club's history and we're the only AJAX side this year to have made the grand final, so we're just looking forward to doing everyone proud.”

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Aaron Fetter
AJAX Amateur Football Club
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www.ajaxfootballclub.com.au

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Junior Weekly Wrap - Finals Week 3 Edition 2016

The Finals Week 3 Edition of the Weekly Wrap is now available - Click here for this week's edition of the Weekly Wrap. Previous weekly wraps are available in the Weekly Wraps menu item in the Junior Football section.

Pictured is the U15 Comets team who lined up in the Grand Final looking for 3 premierships in 3 years. Unfortunately the team fell short in the big game. See the wrap for all the Grand Final details.

 

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AJAX Football Club - 2016 Season Review

AJAX Football Club 2016 Season Review

The Jackas ended another season without a finals berth in B-Grade, losing to top-side Beaumaris by 36 points at Gary Smorgon Oval on Saturday.

During the week leading up to the final game of the season, Club President Ronnie Lewis announced to supporters that they will be searching for a new Senior Coach in 2017.

“After one season as Director of Coaching at our Junior Club and two seasons as our Senior Coach, Marty Pask has decided to move on”, Lewis said in a Club email.

He thanked Pask for his contribution and wished him well for the future.

“Marty has made a great contribution to both our Junior and Senior Clubs and his time with the Club will be well remembered and regarded, in particular this season where he assisted the Club in maintaining our position in B-Grade, our fifth straight in that division.”

“We wish Marty every success in his future endeavours and he will be a welcomed friend at our Club in the future”, Lewis said.

In Pask’s two seasons in charge of the senior team he coached 17 wins in 36 matches.

In 2015 the Jackas finished 5th, equal on points with 4th, with 22% separating them and a finals spot.

This season the seniors were caught up in a short-lived relegation fight, but eventually avoided it to finish 7th, three games off the bottom two, and four games behind 4th.

“I have enjoyed my time with the AJAX Football Club and have built many great relationships, many that will continue,” Pask told the Club.

“To all the parents, players and supporters I have had the pleasure of knowing, thank you for all your support. My family and I have had a fantastic time being involved with the AJAX Football Community.”

The Jackas are now in the market for their third Senior Coach in five years, with the process already underway.

“We’ve got quite a young list, so we’re looking for an educator, someone who understands amateur footy particularly the VAFA”, Lewis told the AJN.

“It’s tough because you have got to balance the will to win and getting a coach that is really determined to do that and also balancing the requirements of a unique community club.”

Club President Ronnie Lewis reviewed the season last night on J-Air's 'On the Ball'. Listen here.

On the field, the Jackas unearthed a host of future prospects, handing senior debuts to five youngsters.

“I believe the players we blooded this year are 150 to 200-game players, and potential leaders of our Club. They’re all classy and have shown that they can really mix it with the best”, Lewis said.

Of those to debut, 18-year old Jordan Cohen and 19-year old Josh Baron both played ten games, combined for 11 goals and were mentioned seven times in the best, collectively.

Further afield it wasn’t any regular season for star-forward David Fayman, although he did storm home to become the joint-winner of the Premier B goal-kicking award, etching his name into VAFA history with his 6th ‘Coleman’ Medal.

Fayman was trialled in few different roles, but still managed to produce a highlight-packed season that delivered 46 goals.

“I spent a lot of time in the midfield which made it harder but I guess I got a little lucky winning it on 46 goals. It’s certainly not the best of the six”, Fayman told the AJN.

After 12 rounds he had kicked 22 goals, but a permanent move back to the forward line saw him kick 24 goals in the remaining six matches.

His best game of the season came in his 150th against Hampton in round 13. He had five goals to quarter time and ended up with nine for the match.

“After the game someone told me I was only seven goals back with five games left so I thought I was a huge chance to win it”, Fayman said.

His best season came in the Jackas’ Premiership year of 2011, where he kicked 94 goals.

“I think I can get to the century mark if I played a whole season at full forward. Physically I’m as strong and fit as I’ve ever been”.


Photo: VAFA Media

The 27-year old enters next season on 155 games and an astonishing 575 goals.  

Fayman is one of three favourites to feature heavily on the Club’s Best & Fairest night on October 6th.

The front-runner is utility Brad Caplan who kicked 16 goals in 17 games and was named in the best on 14 occasions.

Skipper Nick Marks also enjoyed an injury-free season to lead from the front in the back-half. His second half of the season was exceptional featuring in the best players in each of the final eight games.

 

The reserves’ season under Rob Paterson was a tale of missed opportunities with a number of close results taking its toll in the first half of the season.

Plenty of positives emerged, though, including defender-turned-forward Jeremy Forbes kicking 25 goals from 16 games, while the Best & Fairest race is bound to be a close one with Dov Paltiel, Roi Abraham, Nathan Zielinski and the retiring Nadav Harel all having strong years.

The reserves finished the season in 6th, with eight wins, one draw and nine losses, just two games outside the finals.

The thirds and Jackettes both enjoyed successful seasons finishing in the top two, but fell short at the pointy end losing in their respective Preliminary Finals.

Thirds’ Skipper Zev Aron finished the regular season with the most goals in his team’s division (38). For the girls, Rebecca Bennett combined with Toni Hamilton for 23 goals, while Danielle Robinson, Tamara Epshtein and Maya Glikfeld were a few of the best performers all year.

The under 19s coached by Ash Shenker are the only AJAX team still kicking. They finished 2nd and will play for a spot in the Grand Final this Sunday against Preston Bullants at Garvey Oval, Bundoora at 9.30am.

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Aaron Fetter
AJAX Amateur Football Club
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Junior Weekly Wrap - Finals Week 2 Edition 2016

The Finals Week 2 Edition of the Weekly Wrap is now available - Click here for this week's edition of the Weekly Wrap. Previous weekly wraps are available in the Weekly Wraps menu item in the Junior Football section.

Pictured is the premiership winning U13 Jets team who rounded out a great season with a fantastic win on Sunday. See the wrap for all the Grand Final details for all three team that played, the U11 Comets, U12 Comets and the U13 Jets. Also checkout the wrap for details and preview for the U15 Comets Grand Final this Sunday.

 

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Jackas avoid relegation with remarkable win

Jackas avoid relegation with remarkable win

AJAX ensured their stay in B-Grade will enter a sixth straight season next year after a thrilling five-point win over rivals and fellow 2016 battlers Old Haileybury at Princes Park, Caulfield, on Saturday.

The Jackas avoided relegation in front of hundreds of supporters who turned up and packed their ‘home away from home’.

In characteristic fashion, Skipper Nick Marks stood tall in his 100th game, proving the difference in a frantic final quarter.

The Jackas had a sense for the occasion kicking the opening two goals courtesy of rising youngster Jordan Cohen and Stuart Fayman. Josh Kalmus was also in the thick of it early in game 100.

Old Haileybury responded with two of their own to take the lead approaching quarter time.

Cohen’s second and Brad Caplan’s first saw the Jackas head into the first change with a seven-point buffer.

Richie Simon kicked to David Fayman’s advantage, and the ‘Mailman’ easily brushed off his direct opponent to waltz into an open goal.

Some brilliant skills in tight by Stuart Fayman and Dean Rotenberg fed Brad Caplan his second, extending the margin out to 19 points.

A costly turnover deep inside AJAX’s defensive fifty, gifted the Bloods a goal approaching half-time.

18-year old Kane Nissenbaum looked right at home in his second senior outing, delivering beautifully to a leading Richie Simon.

‘Chopper’ as he is affectionately known lived up to his nickname, starting the ball at the behind post and in a helicopter motion worked it back for an important major.

Brad Caplan continued to run riot, accepting a perfect pass deep in the pocket from Brandon Joel, and slotted his third goal on the half-time siren.

The Jackas entered the second half with a 20-point lead, however the Bloods came out hard, kicking three of the opening four goals to bring the margin back within ten points.

Nick Marks setup a strong-marking Dave Fayman in the pocket, and once again he delivered.

Adam Caplan roosted the ball all of fifty meters to the advantage of his brother Brad, who showed a strong set of hands in front of goal.

The Best & Fairest favourite’s fourth goal was quickly followed up by Dave Fayman’s third, before Old Haileybury mounted yet another comeback, kicking four in a row.

Approaching three quarter time the Jackas found themselves behind by four points.

Dean Rotenberg got on the end of some great team play from Brad Caplan and Alex Wollan, before Dave Fayman continued his rich-vein of form in front of the big sticks, slotting his fourth, ensuring the Jackas went into the final break in front.

Supporters from both sides flocked to their respective huddles, as both coaches attempted to will their side over the line.

The intensity out on the ground was palpable. Leading by seven points, the Jackas got off to the best possible start scoring from the first centre bounce.

Adam Caplan barged his way through a crowded pack and steadied before finding Richie Simon, who calmly went back and slotted his second.

Dave Fayman produced another brilliant goal, accepting a long pass from Nick Lewis before hooking it around the corner on his left boot.

The Jackas’ lead was 19 but the Bloods weren’t done with yet. They kicked the next two, making for a grandstand finish.

Rotenberg and Nissenbaum collaborated on the forward flank with the latter finishing off the pair’s efforts with class.

As the game lifted another notch so too did Nick Marks. The AJAX Skipper threw himself at every contest, bringing down courageous marks and controlling the tempo in the back half.  

Nick Marks re-lives the Jackas' crucial win in his milestone game on J-Air Radio's 'On the Ball'. Listen here!

The Jackas were holding firm in the dying minutes before the Bloods threatened to storm home, kicking a late one to bring the margin back within a goal.

Marks along with his battered teammates held on for a memorable 16.7 (103) – 15.8 (98) victory, one that secures their spot in B-Grade for another season, and relegates Old Haileybury back to C-Grade.

Re-live all the best bits from Saturday's win with all the Match Highlights. Watch here!

Marks was named best on ground in his milestone game, while Brad Caplan’s four-goal effort from the midfield was clinical.

Zach Braun was enormous in the ruck while Richie Simon played his best game of the season, in a starring role around the ground. 

Dave Fayman’s five-goal haul takes his season tally to 41. He now leads the B-Grade goal-kicking with one round to play.

Former St Kilda champion Stephen Milne is sitting on 39 goals for Beaumaris, which sets up a tantalising shoot-out next week. If Fayman holds on he will lay claim to six of the last seven goal-kicking awards for the Jackas’ division.

Heading into the final round, the Jackas are 7th with seven wins and ten losses.

Earlier, the reserves made light work of Old Haileybury, setting up an 84-point thrashing with a ten-goal to one first half.

Nadav Harel re-claimed the ‘clearance king’ tag playing a blinder in the middle, while Dov Paltiel firmed as a genuine contender for the reserves’ Best & Fairest, gathering 28 disposals, six tackles and three goals in a blistering display.

Olly Hoffman and Jeremy Forbes kicked three apiece, while Josh Baron was the only other multiple goal-kicker with two.

Defender Dylan Rothschild continued his strong finish to the season. He reaped the ultimate reward from giving back to the Jewish football community the morning after when he coached the U13s to a Premiership. He spoke with J-Air's 'On the Ball' on Monday night. Listen here!

Finals are no longer a possibility for Rob Paterson’s men, his side sits 6th with an 8-1-8 record.

All the highlights from the reserves' big win. Click here!

At 9.20, the under 19s kicked off the triple-header against Old Haileybury, however they were outclassed by their top two rivals, losing by 93 points on the eve of the finals series.

On Sunday the thirds were bundled out of a Preliminary Final for the second consecutive year, losing to Old Trinity by ten points at Gary Smorgon Oval.  

The Jackas trailed at every break and were undermanned when their skipper Zev Aron was weakened by a shoulder injury before half-time.

Despite keeping Old Trinity goalless in the final term, the Jackas couldn’t hit the scoreboard hard enough to record a comeback win.

Jeremey Herz and Jeremy Morley both kicked two, while Daniel Smorgon, Jonny Kaplan and Yossi Jedwab were strong in defence.

This weekend the Club hosts Beaumaris in the final game of the season. The reserves kick-off at 11.40am followed by the seniors at 2pm.

The under 19s will do it all again against Old Haileybury at Princes Park, Caulfield in their Semi-Final clash that also starts at 2pm. 

#AlwaysAjax

Aaron Fetter
AJAX Amateur Football Club
Media & Communications Manager
www.ajaxfootballclub.com.au

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Junior Premiers - U11 Comets and U13 Jets Win Premierships

Congratulations to the U11 Comets and U13 Jets for winning their respective premierships on the weekend. Details will follow in the Weekly Wrap later in the week.

Well done also to the U12 Comets for reaching the Grand Final in Division 1, but unfortunately the team could not win the ultimate prize. 

Pictured above is the winning U11 Comets team with their premiership flag.

U13 Jets Premiers 

Pictured above is the winning U13 Jets team with their premiership flag.

 

 

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Upcoming Club Events: Poker Night + Antler Luggage Golf Day

AJAX Football Club Poker Night – Wednesday 24th August 2016 - Final Call

We desperately need your support for this event as a major club fundraiser. Numbers need to be finalised by this Friday 5pm. Please jump online at https://www.clubdata.com.au/ProductDetails2.aspx?ProductID=20675 and confirm your involvement.

Please forward this on to any of your friends/colleagues whom may be interested in playing.

Regards

Mark Mitchell

Treasurer and Sponsorship

AJAX Amateur Football Club

Mob 0409 842 872

 


 

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AJAX Football Club/Antler Luggage Golf Day – Friday 2nd September 2016 at Cranbourne Golf Club 

Only two weeks to go to our annual golf day challenge. Fantastic prizes on offer including the chance to win $25,000 for a hole in one on the third hole and great raffle prizes. 

Sponsorship opportunities are still available at $1,500 per group of four players including golf, breakfast, lunch, drinks and corporate sponsor hole signage. 

Non sponsored groups are also welcome at $500 per group of four. 

Please register online at https://www.golfdays.com.au/Rsvp.aspx?ref=w5s7b 

Please contact me for any additional information on 0409 842 872

Regards

Mark Mitchell

Treasurer and Sponsorship

AJAX Amateur Football Club

Mob 0409 842 872

 

 

 

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Junior Weekly Wrap - Finals Week 1 Edition 2016

The Finals Week 1 Edition of the Weekly Wrap is now available - Click here for this week's edition of the Weekly Wrap. Previous weekly wraps are available in the Weekly Wraps menu item in the Junior Football section.

Pictured is Mia Zielinski from the U11 Comets in front of her 50th match banner in Round 15. Mia's team the U11 Comets is one of four AJFC teams that have made the Grand Final in 2016. See the wrap for the Grand Final details.

 

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Tigers tame brave Jackas

Tigers tame brave Jackas

AJAX’s quest to stay alive in Premier B intensified on Saturday after they fought gallantly but lost to 2nd-placed St/Bedes Mentone Tigers at Gary Smorgon Oval.

The Jackas recovered from a slow start against the wind to lead by a goal at half-time. The visitors took full advantage of the conditions in the third, reclaiming the lead and extending it to 21 points at the final break.

The Jackas kicked with the wind in the last, but inaccuracy in front of goal eventually took its’ toll as they went onto lose 8.10 (58) – St Bedes/Mentone 10.7 (67).

Key positon players Ben Kalmus (150 games) and Richie Simon (100) celebrated milestone games in front of a strong home crowd.

The visitors were on early, kicking the opening three goals, before slick ball-movement through the middle of the ground, saw Brandon Joel find Brad Caplan in the pocket, who calmly slotted the Jackas’ first.

Trailing by 19 points at quarter time, the Jackas went on to play one of their best quarters for the year, kicking four goals to St Bedes’ two behinds.

Geoff Measey spotted up David Fayman deep in the pocket with a precise left-foot pass. The ‘Mailman’ delivered once again, triggering a run of four unanswered goals.

Brad Caplan and Fayman both had their second soon after, courtesy of free kicks close to goal. Stuart Fayman joined the action, marking strongly overhead in the goal square, ensuring the Jackas capped off their quarter of dominance with a six-point lead.


Drone Image: Olly Hoffman

The task was ahead of Marty Pask’s men against the wind in the third, and they started brilliantly. Josh Ludski competed courageously under a Dave Fayman high-ball, creating an opportunity for Dean Rotenberg to soccer through another major from the goal square.

AJAX’s momentum stopped there, as St Bedes kicked the next five, keeping the Jackas scoreless for the rest of the quarter, to claim a 21-point advantage at the final break.

With plenty at stake the Jackas responded to another strong talking to from Coach Marty Pask, piling on the opening six scoring shots, however they were all minus scores.

St Bedes went down there end and kicked truly, extending their lead to 22 points, before late heroics from Dave Fayman and Brandon Joel opened the door to an unlikely Jackas’ win.

The visitors controlled the tempo in the dying minutes and eventually held on to hand AJAX a nine-point loss.

Dave Fayman kicked three and took his season’s tally to 36, four behind the competition’s leader, while Brad Caplan was the only other multiple goal-kicker for the Jackas in yet another standout performance.

Watch 'The Mailman's' highlights including exclusive drone footage of his classy finish from the boundry.

Corey Jankie, Jordan Cohen, Nick Marks, Noah Rischin and Adam Caplan were others to contribute strongly.

The Jackas currently sit 8th on the Premier B ladder, two games off the relegation zone, with two season-defining fixtures ahead against fellow lower-ladder battlers Old Haileybury next round, followed by top-side Beaumaris rounding out season 2016.

Earlier, the reserves kept their slim finals chances alive with a stunning 19-point defeat over a St Bedes side entrenched in the top four.

The Jackas kept the visitors scoreless in the first and third quarters, to help set up the victory.

Five unanswered goals in the third term was on the back of some brilliant individual efforts.Sandringham Dragon Kane Nissenbaum produced a remarkable purple patch that saw him kick two goals in ten seconds, including one from within the centre square. Watch them here!

Veteran defender turned-forward David Glass wasn’t to be outdone, kicking back-to-back goals himself, before leadership-group member Ryan White marked on the three quarter time siren and kicked a team-lifter from 55 out.

Nissenbaum took out best on ground honours, while Jordan Lipton celebrated his birthday with another encouraging performance.

Nissenbaum spoke with J-Air's 'On the Ball' on Monday night about 'those goals' and his time at the Sandringham Dragons. Listen here!

The Jackas move up to 6th on the Premier B Reserve ladder, two games outside the top four with their finals fate resting on wins in the remaining two games and a couple of other results.

Watch all the Match Highlights from the reserves big win!

Over the road, the under 19s solidified their top two spot with a hard-fought 26-point win over Therry Penola.

The Jackas led narrowly at quarter and half-time but surrendered their advantage at three quarter time.

The unders went onto keep the visitors goalless in the deciding term while kicking four of their own.


Photo: Hersh Burston

Charles Hamilton was his team’s only multiple goal-scorer with two. Big-men Saul Williams, Adam Rushford and Joel Burston all impressed in the win.

On Sunday the Jackettes’ season was brought to a premature end in the VWFL Preliminary Final, losing 34-7 to Fitzroy at Bill Lawry Oval.

The girls were kept goalless in the first-half but were still in the contest, only trailing by 16 points at the main break.

Rebecca Bennett kicked her 11th goal of the season in the third term, pegging the margin back to just two straight kicks at the final break.

Fitzroy held their nerve in the deciding term to prevail by 27 points. After another strong season the Jackettes exit the VWFL Division 3 finals in straight sets.  

A blockbuster round awaits the Jackas this weekend with rivals Old Haileybury hosting a massive triple-header at Princes Park, South Caulfield on Saturday.

It’s 1st vs 2nd when the under 19s square off with the Bloods at 9.20. The reserves take the field at 11.40 followed by the big seniors clash at 2pm.

On Sunday the thirds host Old Trinity in a do-or-die Preliminary Final at 9.30am.

The Club hopes to get as many supporters down to our ‘Super Saturday’ vs Old Haileybury and again on Sunday morning for the thirds’ final.

#AlwaysAjax

Aaron Fetter
AJAX Amateur Football Club
Media & Communications Manager
www.ajaxfootballclub.com.au

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Junior Weekly Wrap - Round 15 & U10 LC Edition 2016

The Round 15 & U10 Lightning Carnival Edition of the Weekly Wrap is now available - Click here for this week's edition of the Weekly Wrap. Previous weekly wraps are available in the Weekly Wraps menu item in the Junior Football section.

Pictured is Mia Zielinski from the U11 Comets in front of her 50th match banner in Round 15. Mia is the first girl to play 50 games for the AJAX Junior Football Club.

 

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Senior Results - September 11 (U19s GF)

SENIORS v 


RESERVES v

THIRDS


UNDER 19sOld Haileybury

5-5-35 to 7-12-54

JACKETTES v 


 
Click Team Name for Full Match Details

Senior Fixture 2016

SENIORS v

RESERVES v 

THIRDS v


UNDER 19sv

JACKETTES v

Click Team Name for Full Match Details

 

 

Junior Update

2017 Training Schedule

Note: Training will take place at Princes Park Oval 3 & 4 (Dover St, Caulfield South).

U17s- Wednesdays, 6:45-8:00pm, Oval 4
U16s - Thursdays, 6:45-8:00pm, Oval 3
U15s - Wednesdays, 6:45-8:00pm, Oval 4
U14s - Wednesdays, 6:45-8:00pm, Oval 3
U13s - Wednesdays, 6:45-8:00pm, Oval 3
U12s - Wednesdays, 5:15-6:30pm, Oval 4
U11s - Wednesdays, 5:15-6:30pm, Oval 3
U10s - Wednesdays, 5:15-6:30pm, Oval 3
U9s - Thursdays, 5:15-6:30pm, Oval 3
U8s - Thursdays, 5:15-6:30pm, Oval 3

Junior Fixture - Round 6 - May 28

For the full round fixture details, click here.

2017 Leading Club Goal Kickers

(After Round 5)

13-Benjamin Spark (U14 Comets)
12-Harry Sheezel (U13 Comets)
10-Campbell Hymans (U17 Comets)

9-Ryley Michelson (U17 Comets)
9-Ward Williams (U17 Comets)
8-Bailey Nussbaum (U11 Comets)
8-Jonah Faigen (U12 Comets)
8-Lucas Weeden (U15 Comets)

8-Nicolas Zuker (U15 Jets)
8-Corey Zielinski (U17 Comets)
7-Brett Jacobs (U14 Comets)
7-Jamie Rajch (U14 Comets)
7-Jeremy Deane (U15 Comets)
7-Zac Davis (U15 Jets)

Note: U8, U9 and U10 players are not listed as per league instructions.

Goal Kickers of the Week

Benjamin Spark (U14 Comets) - 4 goals

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