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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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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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AJAX Amateur Football Club
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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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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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AJAX Amateur Football Club
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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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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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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. 


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AJAX Amateur Football Club
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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.


Mark Mitchell

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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


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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.


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AJAX Amateur Football Club
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No joy for Jackettes in Semi

Photo: Arj Giese

No joy for Jackettes

AJAX’s women’s team the Jackettes felt the full force of reigning Premiers Gippsland on Sunday, losing by 105 points in the VWFL Division 3 Semi-Final at Frankston Oval.

Despite the crushing defeat, the Jackettes earned a double chance by finishing 2nd on the ladder and will face Fitzroy on Sunday in a Preliminary-Final.

Gippsland finished the regular season with a perfect record and a staggering percentage of over 1000.

On Sunday the Jackettes were completely outplayed, failing to score in the first half, and only managing one point in the second.

To the girls’ credit they didn’t concede more than four goals in any quarter, but offensively couldn’t get past Gippsland’s sturdy defence.

Mikaela Grek was her team’s best while Ally Bild and Maya Glikfeld also fought hard.

The Jackettes will need to dust themselves off in time for this Sunday’s Preliminary-Final against Fitzroy, a team they have a 50% win-rate against this season.

The match will take place at Bill Lawry Oval at 2pm.

On Saturday the under 19s secured their place in the Section 4 finals, coming from behind to beat top four rivals PEGS FC by ten points at Gary Smorgon Oval.   

The Jackas were slow out of the blocks, trailing by nine points at quarter time and 12 at half.

With their season on the line, Coach Ash Shenker willed his chargers to dig deep.

They fought hard in the third term for minimal reward, until two late goals saw them claim a three-point lead.

The low-scoring scrap continued in the final term, but the Jackas held their nerve to record a vitally important 7.11 (53) win to PEGS Fc 6.7 (43).

Reece Israel was his team’s only multiple goal-kicker with two. He now moves into 5th on the VAFA under 19 Section 4 goal-kicking Table with a season tally of 24.

Guy Vadas and Charles Hamilton were instrumental in the middle of the ground, while Jacob Silver and Joel Burston were strong in defence.

Photo: Hersh Burston

The win sees the Jackas move two games clear inside the top four and two games off 1st.

On Sunday, the thirds prepared for yet another finals campaign with a gutsy seven-point win over fellow finals bound team Old Trinity at Hudson Oval.

The Jackas led at every change and by as much as 17 points at three quarter time, however the home-side refused to lie down, drawing even with five minutes to play.

AJAX needed a hero and Benji Jones was the man to step up taking a contested mark thirty meters out with seconds to play.

He calmly slotted the match-winner, ensuring the Jackas entered the finals on a winning note and with the mental edge over Old Trinity, who they could play again.

Skipper Zev Aron was yet again best on ground. His game-high four goals sees him take out the VAFA Premier B Thirds goal-kicking award with a total of 38 from 14 home & away matches.

Experienced trio Eli Adelist, Shimon New and Jeremy Herz all put in strong showings, while speedster David Ellinghaus relished the open spaces.

Thirds Coach Daniel Slonim previewed his team's finals campaign on J-Air Radio's 'On the Ball' on Monday night. Listen here!

The thirds end the regular season in 2nd spot with a 12-2 record, three games ahead of third and one behind De La Salle in first.

Due to Tisha Ba’av (Fast Day) both sides have failed to reach a suitable playing alternative meaning the thirds have had to forfeit their Semi-Final vs De La Salle this Sunday.

As they finished in the top two, the thirds go straight through to the Preliminary-Final in two weeks’ time.

The seniors (2pm) and reserves (11.40am) return from the bye round with big clashes against St Bedes/Mentone at Gary Smorgon Oval on Saturday.

Over the road on Lindsay Hassett Oval, the under 19s face Therry Penola at 1pm.  


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AJAX Amateur Football Club
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Vultures swoop on sliding Jackas

Vultures swoop on sliding Jackas

AJAX will spend the bye week searching for answers after they dropped to 8th on the Premier B Ladder, on the back of a disappointing display against rivals Parkdale at Gerry Green Reserve on Saturday.

The 34-point loss intensifies the Jackas’ quest to stay alive in Premier B, with two games separating them and the relegation zone.

With three matches remaining, the Jackas’ fate hinges on the results of fixtures against the top two sides and fellow battlers Old Haileybury.

A win on Saturday was crucial to AJAX’s dwindling finals hopes.

They kicked with a strong wind in the opening quarter but failed to get out to a substantial advantage at the first break, with inaccuracy and lax defence late in the term costing them dearly.

The Jackas started brightly kicking the opening two goals courtesy of Stuart Fayman and Dean Rotenberg, however the home-side answered with three of their own.

Rotenberg was busy early and helped set up David Fayman, before promising youngster Dov Paltiel burst out of a crowded pack and slotted a goal from forty.

A late lapse in concentration saw the Vultures trim the margin to three points at quarter time.

A dismal goalless quarter against the wind handed the home side a 25-point buffer at the main break.

With their season well and truly on the line the Jackas responded with four goals with the wind, but defensively allowed the Vultures to score on three occasions.

Jake Lew kicked truly early in the third, before Jordan Cohen capped off a brilliant mark with a calm finish.

Rotenberg proved a force inside fifty, snapping his second. Parkdale pegged one back, but Brandon Joel answered in superb fashion shortly after.

Once again the Jackas’ poor concentration was exposed late in a quarter, conceding a goal seconds before the siren, handing the home-side the momentum going into the deciding term.

A 20-point deficit against the wind loomed as an almighty task for Marty Pask’s men, and ultimately one that was beyond them.

The Vultures once again kept the Jackas goalless against the wind to eventually prevail 13.15 (93) – 8.11 (59).

Dean Rotenberg was best on while young trio Dov Paltiel, Brandon Joel and Jordan Cohen also impressed in the loss.

Noah Rischin returned to the senior side after a three-year hiatus and spoke to J-Air Radio's 'On the Ball' on Monday night.

Earlier, the reserves’ finals chances took a decisive hit after they surrendered a half-time lead to eventually lose 6.8 (44) – Parkdale 10.9 (69).

A goalless third term by the Jackas against the wind turned the game’s momentum, and despite a fighting final quarter the margin was too great to chase down.

Jesse Velleman and Nathan Zielinski kicked two each, while defenders Dylan Rothschild and Joel Burston won their respective matchups in defence.

The reserves fall to 7th, two games outside the top four.

The under 19s top two hopes are in jeopardy after a 16-point loss to top four rivals Preston Bullants at W.R. Ruthven Reserve on Saturday morning.

A four-goal to zip second term cost the Jackas dearly.

Guy Vadas was his team’s only multiple goal-kicker with two, while Cameron Nankin stood tall in defence.

With three games remaining, the 19s are two games off top spot, and one game clear inside the top four, with a season-defining clash against 5th on the weekend.

On Sunday the Thirds easily accounted for Parkdale on their home turf, leading at every change to record a 39-point win.

Evasive small forward Sam Brygel kicked five goals, bringing his season tally to 25.

With one regular season game to be played before the thirds’ second consecutive finals series, they sit in outright second place and are guaranteed a double chance.

This coming weekend the seniors & reserves have a bye while the under 19s play host to PEGS FC at Gary Smorgon Oval at 1pm.

The Jackettes will enter their Semi-Final against last year’s Premiers Gippsland as severe underdogs but with every belief they can cause an upset and book a spot in their second Grand Final in as many years.

Rebecca Bennett from the Jackettes spoke to 'On the Ball' on Monday night and previewed the girls' big clash. Listen here.

If they lose, a double chance awaits them. The match commences at 3pm on Sunday at Frankston Oval.

The thirds play Old Trinity at Bulleen Park at 2pm on Sunday August 7 


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AJAX Amateur Football Club
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On song Blues beat flat Jackas

On song Blues beat flat Jackas  

AJAX’s season is at the crossroads after dropping a must-win game against top four rivals Monash Blues at Gary Smorgon Oval on Saturday.

The Jackas fielded their most inexperienced team of the year and although a trio of youngsters impressed, a scoreless opening term and goalless third quarter resulted in a 24-point home-loss.

With four games remaining, Marty Pask’s men sit precariously in 7th place on the VAFA Premier B Ladder, two games and 10% off fourth spot, while two games separate them and the drop zone.

A typical winter’s day hit Melbourne on Saturday, making for difficult playing conditions at Albert Park.

The visitors kicked with the wind in the opening quarter and took full advantage, peppering the goal-face nine times to lead by 29 points at the first break.

The Jackas struggled to maintain possession inside their scoring half, while costly turnovers marred their second scoreless quarter of the season.

Photo: Les Argen

Richie Simon finally kick-started the Jackas with a superb solo effort, before Monash’s inaccuracy kept AJAX in the contest.

The visitors converted two late chances to extend their lead to six goals on the stroke of half-time, however a mark and long goal on the siren to Jake Lew ensured the Jackas entered the main break with some momentum.

Against the wind and with a five-goal deficit in the third, the challenge was in front of the Jackas, but disappointingly they went goalless and trailed by a game-high 44 points.

Ben Kalmus and Daniel Cohen were desperately missed down back, however debutant Adam Klein shone in their absences in the second half.

Fellow under 19 graduates Josh Baron and Jordan Cohen also put it in mature performances.

The Jackas threw caution to the wind in the final term and made a late charge piling on four consecutive goals to reduce the margin to within 20 points.

Photo: Les Argen

A tired Monash outfit finally put the Jackas away with the final two scores of the game, handing the home side a 9.16 (70) – 6.10 (46) defeat.

Richie Simon was the Jackas’ only multiple goal-kicker with three, while Skipper Nick Marks and Josh Ludski led from the front.  

Earlier, the reserves missed a great opportunity to solidify their top four spot, falling 17 points short of fellow finals hopefuls Monash.

The Jackas started well kicking two goals to one against the wind. However with it, they failed to capitalise on their fast start, leading by one point at half-time.

The visitors came out breathing fire in the third, taking full advantage of the conditions, kicking four goals to no score setting up a 27-point buffer at the final change.

With their season on the line, Coach Rob Paterson challenged his side to respond. They managed to win the term 2.4 to 1.0, but it wasn’t enough, losing 5.9 (39) – 8.8 (56).

Co-captain Roi Abraham relished the contested conditions, playing with passion and ferocity, while fellow leadership group members Ari Wytwornik and Joel Gocs stood tall in defence.

The loss sees the reserves drop out of the four and into 7th. Another season-defining clash awaits this weekend when they tackle 4th-placed Parkdale, who are a game clear of the Jackas.

Over the road on Lindsay Hassett Oval, the under 19s notched their second win on the trot, narrowly defeating Monash 7.14 (56) – 6.8 (44).

The unders recovered from a slow start to lead at every break after quarter time.

Photo: Hersh Burston

With a host of their best players required at higher levels, Brent Shapiro led from the front as well as Jacob Silver and Ben De Winter.

The win closes the gap on 1st to one game, while it pushes the Jackas a game clear of three teams all fighting for the final two spots in the four.

The Thirds played under lights at Sportscover Arena on Thursday night and came from 20 points down early in the final term to beat Beaumaris by 12 points and lock in a top-two spot.

Photo: Hersh Burston

Skipper Zev Aron kicked three goals and extended his lead to five goals at the top of the Premier B Thirds Goal-kicking table.

On Sunday, the Jackettes led narrowly at every change to hold on for a thrilling six-point victory against Melbourne Uni at Brens Oval.

Toni Hamilton kicked two of her side’s four goals, while Vanessa Mrocki and Ally Bild were strong contributors all day.

The girls sit in outright second position on the VWFL Division 3 Ladder. They have a week off before their second consecutive finals campaign kicks off.

This weekend the seniors (2pm) and reserves (11.40am) play away to Parkdale Vultures at Gerry Green Reserve in matches pivotal to keeping their seasons alive. The under 19s face Preston Bullants at W.R. Ruthven Reserve at 9.20am.

On Sunday the Thirds also travel to play Parkdale at Gerry Green Reserve for a 12pm start. 


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AJAX Amateur Football Club
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'Hollywood' takes Hampton to town

‘Hollywood’ takes Hampton to town

A nine-goal haul from David Fayman in his 150th game helped guide AJAX to an easy 52-point victory over the bottom-placed Hampton Rovers at Boss James Reserve on Saturday.

Fayman returned to his brilliant best, dominating play kicking five first-quarter goals, four of them in the final eight minutes of the term.

He was subdued by his standards in the next quarter, kicking two. Hampton kept him goalless in the third but Fayman managed two majors in the last to finish with 9.3 in an effort that now sees him with 31 goals for the season, only four off competition leader Stephen Milne.

The Jackas spoiled the Rovers’ party who were celebrating their captain Leigh Fletcher’s 200th game, putting the match beyond doubt by half-time, piling on ten goals to one.

Fayman who was doubtful on the Thursday night due to a temperature, dusted himself off and was close to tears before the first bounce when vice-captain Corey Jankie gave the customary pre-game speech about a player achieving a milestone.

Fayman spoke with J-Air Radio's 'On the Ball' on Monday night about the result and his massive day out. 

With his own personal fan club cheering him on from behind the goals and his teammates hitting him up lace out, the man affectionately known as “Hollywood” went to town on the Hampton defence, putting on a show for young and old, kicking set shots from 50, taking contested grabs and snapping truly from the pocket.

After half-time, Hampton attempted to blanket Fayman’s influence and it worked for a short time, winning the third term four goals to three.

Photo: HRAFC

Fayman was relieved of the goal-kicking duties that quarter with Dean Roternberg kicking two of his own.

Jarryd Ludski was another playing a milestone match, game 100, and he offered plenty of grunt and drive off half-back.

The three quarter time margin was brought back to 47 points after an improved Rovers effort.

The game petered out, failing to continue on from the excitement of the first half as AJAX claimed the important four points 17.13 (115) – Hampton 8.15 (63).

WATCH: All the match highlights from the seniors' big win. 

Fayman’s nine was well supported by four from Rotenberg, while skipper Nick Marks and key defender Ben Kalmus won their respective battles.

The win places the Jackas in 6th, one game and 6.5% off this week’s opponent Monash Blues who are 4th.

Earlier, the reserves announced themselves as a genuine finals contender, moving into 4th spot with a thumping 108-point win over Hampton.

Victory was made sweeter by the return of co-captain Ryan White from an elbow injury that has kept him sidelined since round four.

White, a dedicated clubman and favourite led the team out in his 100th game and also managed two goals.

The Jackas kept the home side scoreless in the first quarter and goalless in the third.

Noah Rischin reclaimed the 'clearance king' tag producing a complete game from the midfield, also floating forward to kick three goals.

Wingers Jordan Cohen and Jordan Rubinstein were instrumental forward of centre, while another three-goal effort from Jeremy Forbes sees him in the top five on the Premier B Reserves goal-kicking table with 22.

Promising youngster Adam Klein provided plenty of drive from the back half while defender turned goal-sneak Jordan Bade-Boon relished his time in front of goals, kicking two.

WATCH: All the action from the reserves' massive triple figure win!

The under 19s finally broke their losing streak, easily accounting for Uhs Vu Fc by 81 points at Brens Oval on Saturday morning.

The Jackas kept their opponents goalless in the first half and if not for inaccurate kicking, could have blown the final margin out past triple figures.

Ben de Winter (four), Reece Israel, Toby Fisher (three) and Jack Stock two were the multiple goal-kickers while Joel Burston and Adam Kahlberg were also instrumental in the big win.

The unders now sit in outright second spot, two games behind first and a game clear of third.

Photo: Hersh Burston

On Sunday the thirds solidified their spot in the top two with a fighting win in tough conditions against Monash Blues.

Against the wind the Jackas trailed at quarter time, but with it gained control of the game to lead comfortably at the main break.

They continued their dominance around the ball in the second half to eventually prevail 7.11 (53) – Monash 3.4 (22).

Skipper Zev Aron kicked 3 goals and extended his lead at the top of the Premier B Thirds goal-kicking table.

Ruckman Josh Jones was enormous at the stoppages while Shimon New excelled as the general in defence.

Later in the day the Jackettes trailed at every change against Brunswick but managed to snatch victory after the siren thanks to a downfield free kick to Rebecca Bennett, who calmly slotted the match-winner.

The girls are now guaranteed a finals spot, sitting in second place two games inside the top four.

Toni Hamilton was her team’s only multiple goal-kicker while Mikayla Grek and Maya Glikfeld stood tall in defence.

Next round the club hosts Monash Blues at Gary Smorgon Oval in a must win encounter. The reserves kick-off at 11.40am followed by the seniors at 2pm. The under 19s also play the Blues over the road on Lindsay Hassett Oval at 1pm.

The thirds are scheduled to play Beaumaris on Thursday night at 7.15pm at Sportscover Arena. On Sunday the Jackettes face Melbourne Uni at home at 10.30am (TBC). 


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AJAX Amateur Football Club
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Scotch down Jackas in Saturday thriller

Round 12 Weekend Wrap - Scotch down Jackas in Saturday thriller

AJAX’s season hangs in the balance after going down to Old Scotch by 18 points on Saturday at Gary Smorgon Oval.

Heading into the bye round, the Jackas are 7th on the VAFA Premier B Ladder, six points and 30% outside the top four and one game off the drop zone.

Premier B Ladder

In overcast conditions Old Scotch piled on the opening three goals to dominate the first 15 minutes.

Josh Ludski single-handedly kept the Jackas in it kicking a beautifully executed left foot snap from the pocket, followed by a calm set shot from 40, narrowing the margin to seven points at quarter time.

The second term mirrored the first with Scotch starting strongly kicking the opening two goals, before a goal to Dean Rotenberg kept the Jackas within striking distance.

It was five scoring shots to three in favour of AJAX in the second term with all the forward half dominance not amounting to scoreboard pressure.

In the low-scoring affair, Scotch led 34-24 at the main break.

The Jackas once again started slowly conceding the first two majors before Jake Lew earned himself a free kick and 25 meters before slotting his only goal of the day.

The visitors responded with two goals on the trot extending the margin to a game-high 30 points, before lockdown defender Daniel Cohen marked inside fifty and kicked his second senior goal right on the three quarter time siren.

The margin stood at four goals at the beginning of the final term.

Finally the Jackas came out the stronger of the two sides, with Josh Ludski equalling his senior best kicking his third and bridging the gap to 18 points.

Nick Marks sprinted through the muddy centre square and delivered a precise 50-metre pass to David Fayman who calmly went back and made it a ten-point ball-game.

Unfortunately for the home side that would be as close as they would get with Scotch player Andrew Hummerston kicking the sealer in his 100th game.

The 7.9 (51) – 10.9 (69) effort showcased the improvements made since the 67-point defeat suffered against Old Scotch in round 1.

Josh Kalmus relished the scrappy conditions making 20 tackles while Josh Ludski’s three-goal effort from the midfield saw him named the Beyond Coconut Water Player of the Day.

Watch: Josh Ludski's three-goal game from Saturday including 'that snap' from the pocket!

Earlier, the reserves were competitive in patches but were ultimately overpowered by Old Scotch losing 4.7 (31) – 12.9 (81).

Conceding five goals to one made the going tough early, but to the Jackas’ credit they fought back to within three goals at half-time.

Scotch shut the game down in the deciding half, limiting the Jackas to just one goal.

Dov Paltiel continued his fine season in the midfield while athletic big-man Jordan Lipton provided a strong target around the ground.

Results fell AJAX’s way in round 12 with the reserves sitting half a game outside the top four with a season-defining month ahead.

Over on Linsday Hassett Oval the under 19s’ surprising losing streak continued, falling five points short of PEGS FC.

Photo: Hersh Burston

Remarkably they led 36-0 at quarter time but went onto surrender the lead from half-time onwards.

The 19s’ four losses this season have come in the last month as they struggle to recapture their form from the opening eight weeks.

Joel Burston, Elliot Blau and Guy Vadas were their team’s best in the loss.

On Sunday it was cause for a double celebration with the team and captain Zev Aron notching up game 50.

The task was ahead of them, forced to face the top team De La Salle (who they had lost to twice this season), without their reigning Best & Fairest winner Eli Adelist and Coach Daniel Slonim.

After a poor first half where they only managed two goals and trailed by four, the thirds led by Aron mounted the comeback of their short history, kicking nine goals to one in the second half to claim victory 11.12 (78) – 7.10 (52).

Skipper Zev Aron spoke with J-Air Radio's 'On the Ball' on Monday night about the come-back win. Listen here!

Goal-sneak Sam Brygel kicked a game-high four while Aron and Jacob Joel were the other multiple goal-kickers with two.

The victory consolidates the thirds’ spot in the top two and moves them within a game of first.

All teams but the Jackettes have a bye this coming weekend. The girls host SKOB Saints at Gary Smorgon Oval this Sunday at 12pm.

The following weekend (July 16-17) the seniors and reserves play away to Hampton, the under 19s face Uhs Vu Fc at Brens Oval and the Thirds meet Monash Blues at Frearson Oval. 


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Jackas trounced by Tonners

Round 11 Weekend Wrap - Jackas trounced by Tonners

AJAX’s senior team missed a great opportunity to close in on the top four, losing to the second bottom team Old Brighton by 52 points at Trevor Barker Oval on Saturday.

Even on points with fourth before the round, the Jackas now fall to 7th on the VAFA Premier B Ladder, a game and percentage outside the top four with a tough run home looming. 

After conceding the opening goal, the Jackas responded soon after through Adam Caplan.

Old Brighton looked up for it early reclaiming the lead just minutes later.

Photo: OBGFC

Corey Jankie kicked the ball to the top of the goal square, where Brad Caplan accepted the mark, putting through his 9th goal of the season.

Two late majors to the home side stretched the margin out to 15 at quarter time with the Jackas unable to stabilise the momentum and control the tempo.

A goal within the first minute of the second term was far from the ideal start for Marty Pask’s men, however a purple patch from Jake Lew yielded two team-lifting goals bringing the margin back within ten points.  

It was a tight scrap for the remainder of the quarter with only one goal kicked in the final 20 minutes. The Jackas had the task ahead of them trailing by 17 points at half-time.

During the main break a typically vocal and passionate Marty Pask pleaded with his chargers to lift to the standards expected of them.

It took almost seven minutes but the Jackas drew first blood with Jake Lew returning to some familiar form, playing on from fifty and slotting his third goal.

Richie Simon fed Lew his fourth which brought the margin back to just five points.

Watch Jake Lew's four-goal performance.

Old Brighton failed to capitalise on a number of late chances, but remained firmly in the driver’s seat at three quarter time, holding a 15-point advantage.

Pask urged his players to embrace the challenge ahead of them and focus on “strong transition running.”

A dubious deliberate rushed behind was paid against the Jackas in the opening minute gifting Old Brighton the first of the last.

The home side began to dominate around the ground and went onto dash the Jackas’ hopes kicking seven goals to one in a blistering last quarter.

Old Brighton eventually went onto win 14.16 (100) – AJAX 7.6 (48) snapping a seven-game losing streak and placing the Jackas’ season in a desperately precarious position.

Earlier, AJAX’s reserves recorded their second win in a row and did so away from home, a feat that had alluded them all season.

Photo: OBGFC

The 26-point triumph over Old Brighton sees the Jackas move up to 5th on the ladder, just half a game off 4th.

Coach Rob Paterson’s quarter and half time addresses were delivered in his characteristically relaxed manner with his team holding a comfortable advantage at both breaks.

Pato spoke with J-Air Radio's 'On the Ball' program on Monday night about the win. Listen back here.

The Jackas found themselves in unwanted but familiar territory heading into the final term with a lead of five points.

Early goals to Jake Kalmus, Shimmy Roth and Jordan Tonkin was enough to see off the Old Brighton challenge, with the Jackas running away with a 9.12 (66) – 6.4 (40) win.

The experienced back six led by Joel Gocs and Ari Wytwornik held firm, keeping the home side scoreless in the final term.

In the middle, clearance king Nadav Harel claimed best on ground honours, while Noah Rischin put in an eye-catching display forward of centre.

Photo: OBGFC  

Jake Kalmus and Olly Hoffman provided great targets up forward kicking four between them.

Watch all the highlights from the reserves important 26-point win over Old Brighton.

After a blistering opening to their season where they went undefeated in the opening eight rounds, the under 19s have hit a road block losing their last three on the trot.

This time the unders were outplayed by Peninsula OB. They trailed at every break and eventually lost 80-65.

Charlie Hamilton was his team’s only multiple goal-kicker with three, while Jesse Velleman led from the front in his first game back from injury.

Photo: Hersh Burston

On Sunday the Jackettes were on the wrong side of a low-scoring one-point defeat to Fitzroy at Brunswick St Oval.

The girls led with a minute to play but conceded the match-winner with 20 seconds on the clock.

Inaccurate kicking would also prove to be the difference, with the girls recording 1.9 (15) to Fitzroy 2.4 (16).

Toni Hamilton kicked the Jackettes’ only goal while Dani Robinson, Alex Fleiszig and Maddy Smart were amongst the best.

Next round the Jackas host Old Scotch at Gary Smorgon Oval on Saturday July 2. Reserves kick off at 11.40am followed by the seniors at 2pm. Over the road on Lindsay Hassett Oval the under 19s face PEGS FC at 1pm. On Sunday it’s a top of the table clash at Gary Smorgon Oval as the Jackettes host the undefeated Gippsland, before the Thirds notch up their 50th game against De La Salle at 2pm.


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Jackas back from bye with a bang

Jackas back from bye with a bang

AJAX’s senior team has re-entered the finals race beating top four side Fitzroy by 35 points at Gary Smorgon Oval on Saturday.

The Jackas trailed at quarter time but an all-round masterclass from David Fayman helped see off the visitors and move Marty Pask’s men into 6th place on the Premier B Ladder, only 8% adrift from 4th spot.

Winter football returned to Albert Park with the conditions favouring a contested style of play. The Jackas were caught napping conceding the opening two goals of the game within eight minutes.

A brilliant passage of play saw David Fayman involved in a string of handballs on the wing, releasing him into space where he skilfully took a bounce in the slippery conditions and let fly from outside fifty, kicking another goal of the year contender.

The 27-year old was involved once again, this time setting up Josh Ludski for the Jackas’ second on the trot.

Not to be outdone, utility Brad Caplan got in on the action running onto a hit-out from brother Adam, tapping the ball to his advantage and smartly kicking an inside out checkside from the pocket.

Four consecutive AJAX behinds kept Fitzroy in it early and the visitors capitalised kicking the last two majors of the quarter, to lead by two points at the first break.

Dave Fayman chatted with J-Air Radio's 'On the Ball' program after Saturday's win. Listen back here.

Dave Fayman continued his dominance in the midfield setting up Jake Lew for his first goal before zippy forward pocket Dean Rotenberg kicked two in ten minutes to ensure the Jackas went into the half-time break with the momentum and a 21-point lead.

Fitzroy threatened to re-enter the contest kicking the first goal of the third term but once again Fayman proved the difference floating forward to kick his second.

Half-forward Alex Wollan earned himself a free-kick in-front of goal and slotted his first, extending the margin to 26 points before impressive youngster Josh Baron set up Fayman for his third.

The visitors refused to lie down kicking two in a row, drawing the margin back to 18 points.

On the stroke of three quarter time Rotenberg marked and finished brilliantly from long range, once again denying Fitzroy.

Brad Caplan marked and goaled early in the fourth continuing his stellar 2016 form.

Defender turned forward AJ Thurin snapped an opportunistic goal courtesy of another Dave Fayman inside fifty.

Rotenberg matched his senior best kicking his fourth from a crowded pack sealing a 14.12 (96) –Fitzroy 8.13 (61) win.

Watch the Match Highlights here!

David Fayman’s three goals and starring role in the midfield saw him named the Beyond Coconut Water Player of the Day.

Watch all the highlights from David Fayman's Best on Ground display. 

Brad Caplan finished with three and was also amongst the best players, as was Stuart Fayman whose defensive efforts were critical in tough conditions.

Earlier, the reserves got one back on rivals Fitzroy, leading at every change to record a dominant 11.7 (73) – 6.10 (46) victory.

Photo: Phyllis Quealy

The Jackas kept the visitors scoreless in the opening term and conceded just one goal to half-time, however lost the second half three goals to five.

Brandon Joel and Jeremy Forbes combined for five goals in dominant displays up forward while midfield trio Nadav Harel, Jake Kalmus and Roi Abraham all pressed their claims for higher honours.

The win sees the reserves move into 6th place, one game behind 4th.

Watch all the highlights of the reserves win!

After beginning the season with eight wins in a row, the Under 19s have been dislodged from top spot after a second straight defeat, this time to Old Haileybury by 29 points.

Charlie Hamilton was his team’s only multiple goal-kicker with three, while Elliot Blau and Noam Marom worked tirelessly in the back half.

Photo: Hersh Burston

On Sunday the Jackettes easily accounted for Bayswater winning 55-6 at Gary Smorgon Oval.

Rebecca Bennett continued her brilliant form in-front of goal kicking her third bag of three goals in as many games. Chelsea Fisher and Jess Marget were also important in the win.

Following the women’s game, the Thirds once again proved their top two credentials, brushing past Fitzroy by 105 points.

Levi Lewis led all comers with four majors while experienced duo Benji Jones and Jeremy Herz once again were strong contributors.

Next round the seniors (2pm) and reserves (11.40am) play away to Old Brighton at Brighton Beach Oval on Saturday. The under 19s are away to Peninsula OB at Narambi Reserve at 9.20am while on Sunday the Jackettes play Fitzroy at Brunswick St Oval at 1pm. The Thirds have a bye. 


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Brave Jackas beaten by Beaumaris

Brave Jackas beaten by Beaumaris

AJAX’s Senior team fell away after half-time against Premier B pace-setters Beaumaris, going down by 56-points at Banksia Reserve on Saturday.

Wet conditions and the opposition’s inaccurate kicking kept the Jackas within three goals at half-time, however the home team powered to victory with an eight-goal to two second half.

An early turnover handed Beaumaris the opening goal, before David Fayman opened AJAX’s account.

The Jackas went into quarter time a goal down with former St Kilda champion Stephen Milne hardly sighted, with Jarryd Ludski charged with the lock-down role.

Jarryd spoke to J-Air Radio's 'On the Ball' program on Monday night about his entertaining tussle with Milne. Listen here.


Geoff Measey brought the ball to ground inside fifty, allowing Warren Steinberg to collect and snap a great goal.

The four-time Best and Fairest winner was involved again when he found David Fayman in front of goal. The star forward calmly slotted his second, levelling the scores early in the second term.

Milne threatened to blow the game right open, having three consecutive shots on goal. Fortunately for the Jackas only one was on target.

The home side lifted their intensity and went onto kick the next two goals right before half-time, stretching the margin to a game-high 23 points.

David Fayman earned a free-kick and a 25-metre penalty on the siren, a chance he took from just inside fifty. His third goal brought the margin back within three goals and handed the Jackas the momentum heading into the second half.

AJAX failed to seize the opportunity, conceding the opening two goals after the main break.

Richie Simon got one back in brilliant fashion but it would prove to be the Jackas’ only major for the quarter.

Coach Marty Pask refused to concede defeat despite being six goals down at the final break and his strong words clearly spurred his chargers into action, as Josh Ludski slammed through the first goal of the last quarter, once again assisted by Steinberg.

The ladder-leaders showed their class, responding to the Jackas’ challenge in strong fashion.

They went onto kick the final four goals of the game, handing AJAX a 6.4 (40) – 14.12 (96) loss.

Jarryd Ludski was named the Jackas’ best player for his stellar job on Stephen Milne, keeping the competition’s leading goal-kicker to two goals.

Utilities Brad Caplan and Ash Kalb continued their impressive seasons with gallant efforts.

The loss sees the seniors slide to 7th on the Premier B ladder, only two points and 20% behind Fitzroy who they play at home on June 18 after the bye round.

Earlier, the reserves put together a strong first half, trailing by a goal at the main break against Beaumaris.

The top team came out strongly and kept the Jackas goalless from then on, blowing the final margin out to 41 points.

Big-man Jeremy Forbes played the wet conditions well, kicking two of his side’s five goals while Jordan Lipton and Ari Wytwornik were others to put in strong performances.

At the half-way mark of the season, the reserves are 6th with three wins, one draw and five losses, a game and a half outside the top four.

Over at W.R Ruthven Reserve the Under 19’s eight-game winning streak was finally broken by Preston Bullants in a heart-breaking one-point defeat.

The Jackas started strongly kicking six opening-quarter goals to five, to lead by five points at the first break.

The home side kept the 19s goalless in the second, holding a 14-point lead at half-time.

The Jackas clawed their way back in the second half but ultimately fell short by the smallest of margins, losing 11.6 (72) – Preston 11.7 (73).

Photo: Hersh Burston

Brent Shapiro and Reece Israel kicked six goals between them while Ben De Winter was his team’s best.

On Sunday the Thirds proved too strong for fellow top-four side Monash Blues, leading comfortably at every break to record a 37-point win.

Skipper Zev Aron bagged six goals to extend his lead by three at the top of the Premier B Thirds Goal-kicking table.

Midfielders Ezra Herszberg and Jonny Kaplan were instrumental, while the Jones brothers Benji and Josh were strong all day.

The win sees a two-game gap open up between AJAX and 3rd, while De La Salle are two games clear on top.

There are no games this weekend due to Queens Birthday (and Shavuot).

After the break the seniors (2pm) and reserves (11.40am) face Fitzroy at home on June 18.

The Under 19s host Old Haileybury at 1pm over the road on Lindsay Hassett Oval, while on Sunday June 19 the Thirds play Fitzroy and the Jackettes are home to Bayswater at 12pm.



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Jackas jumpstart their season


AJAX snapped a three-game losing streak, beating rivals Old Haileybury by 31 points on Saturday at Gary Smorgon Oval.

The win puts the Jackas right back in the finals mix, moving them into 5th spot, equal on points with 4th and only 1.45% behind.

The reigning Michael Ritterman Best and Fairest winner Adam Caplan led the team out in his 100thgame.

 The Jackas responded to a challenging week on the track with a much improved start.

Small forward Asher Burstin kicked the opening two goals of the game before the visitors closed the gap to two points at quarter time.

Youngsters Josh Baron and Daniel Goodman combined to start the second term, with the latter, a lumbering ruckman, taking a mark inside fifty.

In just his second senior game he graciously slotted his first goal to the rowdy reception of his teammates and supporters.

David Fayman continued the Jackas’ momentum, converting a set shot from deep in the pocket. Not to be outdone, fellow experienced big-man Geoff Measey marked his return with a long range goal, extending the margin to four goals.

The Jackas took the foot off momentarily, allowing Old Haileybury back into the contest. The visitors narrowed the margin to a goal nearing half-time.

An inspired move from Coach Marty Pask saw key defender AJ Thurin float forward late in the quarter and kick two vital goals, ensuring the Jackas won the quarter seven goals to three and led by 23 points at the main break.

The Jackas extended the margin out to six goals early in the third, with Thurin and Burstin kicking their third goals, while Brad Caplan’s ferocious tackling was rewarded in-front of goal.

Old Haileybury refused to lie down kicking the last two goals of the quarter, but trailed by 25 points heading into the final term.

The Jackas steely defence kept the visitors goalless in the last quarter.

David Fayman put in his entry for the goal of the year, brushing off two opponents and freakishly putting it through with a left foot checkside from deep in the pocket, in front of the adoring home crowd.

AJAX banked the four points, winning 12.14 (86) – Old Haileybury 8.7 (55).

Adam Caplan being chaired off in his 100th game.

Daniel Goodman’s season continued its meteoric rise named the Beyond Coconut Water Player of the Day.

Burstin and Thurin combined for six goals while David Fayman was the other multiple goal-kicker with two.

Earlier, the reserves bucked their recent trend of close finishes, announcing themselves to the competition with a crushing 17.18 (120) victory over Old Haileybury 7.5 (47).

The Jackas led comfortably at every break and were rewarded for their first complete performance of the season.

Brandon Joel returned from injury and kicked four. Jeremy Forbes and Jesse Velleman kicked three apiece while hard-men Olly Hoffman and Roi Abraham also chipped with four between them.

The reserves are 5th on the ladder, half a game outside the top four but with a much superior percentage than fourth.

Dov Paltiel continued his outstanding form while Justin Berkowitz and Noah Rischin were both prominent through the middle.

Over the road on Lindsay Hassett Oval, the undefeated under 19s faced their sternest test yet, trailing at every break against Monash Blues.

Ash Shenker’s men displayed resilience and determination well beyond their years to record a stunning 16-point comeback win.

The unders kept the visitors goalless in the final term and went onto erase the eight-point three quarter time deficit, recording their eighth consecutive win and opening up a two-game gap at the top of the Section Four Ladder.

Ben Schwartz moved into third on the competition’s goal-kicking table with a six-goal haul, while midfielder Charlie Hamilton was best on ground.

Ben Schwartz slotting one of his six goals. Photo: Hersh Burston

On Sunday, the Thirds fell away in a disappointing last quarter, losing by 38 points to fellow top-two team De La Salle.

The margin was only seven points at the final break, but the Jackas ran out of legs, with both their losses this season coming against the top team.

Jeremy Herz worked tirelessly in the midfield, while Shimon New bravely led an under-manned backline.

Meanwhile, the Jackettes overpowered Melbourne Uni at Princes Park (Carlton), by 52 points, their second win in a row.

Rebecca Bennett continued her outstanding goal-kicking form with another bag of three, while Maddy Smart and Ally Bild were their team’s best.

The Jacketes head into the bye round a game clear of third and a game behind first.

Next round the seniors face their toughest assignment of the season when they tackle the ladder-leaders Beaumaris at Banksia Reserve at 2pm on Saturday.

The Sharks boast a forward fifty headlined by former St Kilda champion Stephen Milne who is the leading goal-kicker in Premier B with 28 goals from seven matches.

The under 19s play fellow top four team Preston Bullants away at W.R Ruthven Reserve on Saturday at 9.20am. On Sunday the Thirds face Monash Blues.



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Losses mount for Marty's men

Catch up on all the round's action in the senior Weekend Wrap!

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Losses mount for Marty’s men

AJAX’s season hangs in the balance after suffering their third straight loss in a disappointing display against the newly-promoted Monash Blues at Frearson Oval on Saturday.

The losing streak is a complete turn of fortune for the Jackas who rebounded from a round one loss to go on to win their next three matches.

Marty Pask and his chargers will rue their missed opportunities of the last two weeks, losing to teams outside the top four.

Despite falling to 7th, the Jackas are remarkably only out of the top four on percentage with the bottom team Hampton only two games outside of finals contention - so tight is the logjam of teams gunning for fourth spot.

The top three is unlikely to change, making the Jackas’ quest of breaking their five-year finals drought even more compelling.  

On Saturday the seniors blooded two more debutants, 18-year old Jordan Cohen and ruckman Daniel Goodman, the grandsons of Trevor Cohen and Dave Yaffe, AJAX players of yesteryear.

The Jackas would have backed their run and carry style on the vast open spaces, however they failed to capitalise on their wind advantage in the opening term, trailing by 20 points at quarter time.

Photo: Les Argen

The home side got the early jump on the Jackas kicking the opening three goals of the game before first-gamer Cohen marked his first senior kick with a great snapping goal.

David Fayman looked dangerous inside fifty and was the recipient of a free kick in front of goal, which he converted.

The Jackas continued their slow start to quarters, conceding early goals. The margin lengthened to six goals approaching half-time, however a late-quarter fightback led by the youngest player on the ground narrowed the gap to four goals at the main break.

Jordan Cohen produced a minute of magic slotting back-to-back goals from deep in the pocket, registering his third goal in his first half of senior football.

Alex Wollan ensured the Jackas began the third quarter better than the last two, working his way through traffic and slotting his first, getting his side within 20 points.

Monash responded with the next two, stunting the Jackas momentum.

Both sides traded goals to end the third term. Richie Simon enjoyed a busy five minutes kicking two while Brad Caplan proved his nous around goals roving then snapping brilliantly.

At the final break, Marty Pask instilled confidence in his players that the five-goal margin was achievable, however Monash quickly erased any hope of a Jackas come-from-behind victory, banging on the first three goals of the final quarter to eventually run out 19.14 (128) victors to AJAX 12.9 (81).

David Fayman and Jordan Cohen both kicked three, while Richie Simon was the other multiple goal-kicker with two.

Cohen capped off a dream debut with best afield honours for the Jackas, while fellow youngsters Nick Lewis, Josh Baron and Justin Berkowitz all showed plenty of fight.

The reserves will wonder what more they can do to reverse their frustrating run of close misses, recording their third loss by six points or less in the past five matches, compounded by a low-scoring draw last round versus Parkdale.

The Jackas kicked away with the wind in the opening term, however play was halted for close to 30 minutes after an opposition player was knocked out in a marking contest and wasn’t removed from the field until paramedics arrived.

Due to the lengthy delay the second-half was shortened. The Jackas surrendered their quarter time lead to trail by five points at three quarter time.

Kicking against the wind and chasing victory from behind proved too great of a task. The reserves eventually went down 8.11 (59) – Monash 9.10 (64).

Jeremy Forbes provided a presence up forward kicking four goals while Andrew Slade was a livewire booting two.

Experienced trio Geoff Measey, Nadav Harel and Noah Rischin all put in strong performances around the ground.

The loss sees the Jackas slip to 7th on the ladder, a game outside the top four.

The under 19s’ undefeated season kicked on with a strong 52-point away win against bottom-placed Therry Penola.

The Jackas led comfortably at every break, however lost the final quarter, four goals to two.

Reece Israel sizes up one of his four goals. Photo: Hersh Burston

Reece Israel’s four goals earned him best on ground honours, while Ben Schwartz (two goals), Joel Burston and Charlie Hamilton were others amongst the best.

The unders hold a two-game lead atop the Section 4 ladder.

On Sunday the Thirds bounced back from last round’s loss, to overpower Beaumaris by 73 points at Sportscover Arena.

A ten-goal to three first half set up the Jackas big win and sees them a game behind ladder-leaders De La Salle who they face this Sunday.

Zev Aron has 16 goals as a midfielder this season.

Skipper Zev Aron added five goals to his season tally of 16, the most in the Premier B Thirds Competition after six rounds, while Sam Brygel (four goals), Benji Jones (three), and Josh Jones were all influential in the victory.

Meanwhile, the Jackettes snapped a two-game losing streak when they defeated Brunswick by five points in a nail-biter at Gary Smorgon Oval.

The girls kept the opposition scoreless in the first quarter and conceded only one goal to half-time.

Brunswick mounted a comeback after the main break, keeping the Jackettes scoreless for the rest of the game, but the girls in red white and black held their nerve to secure the four points and move a game clear in second spot on the VWFL’s Division 3 ladder.

Rebecca Bennett kicked three of her team’s five goals, while Tamara Epshtein and Dani Robinson were strong all day.  

Next round the club hosts rivals Old Haileybury at Gary Smorgon Oval. Reserves 11:40am followed by the seniors at 2pm on Saturday May 28.

The under 19s face Monash Blues at Lindsay Hassett Oval at 1pm.

On Sunday the Thirds play away to De La Salle at 11am, while the Jackettes play Melbourne Uni at Princes Park 1, Carlton, also at 11am.



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