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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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No joy for Jackettes in Semi

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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.

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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.  

#AlwaysAjax

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

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Junior Weekly Wrap - Round 14 & U8/U9 LC Edition 2016

The Round 14 & U8/U9 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 are the U12 Comets bursting through Ben Shaw's 50th match banner in Round 14.

 

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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 

#AlwaysAjax

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


 

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Junior Weekly Wrap - Round 13 Edition 2016

The Round 13 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 U11 Jets bursting through Hank Kister's 50th match banner in Round 13.

 

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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. 

#AlwaysAjax

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

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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.


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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). 

#AlwaysAjax

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

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Junior Weekly Wrap - Round 12 Edition 2016

The Round 12 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 U14 Comets in action at  Princes Park in Round 12.

 

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Junior Weekly Wrap - Round 11 Edition 2016

The Round 11 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 U11 Comets back in action at  Princes Park in Round 11.

 

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

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Junior Weekly Wrap - Round 10 Edition 2016

The Round 10 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 Toby Smorgon bursting through his 50th match banner in Round 10.

 

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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.

#AlwaysAjax

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

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Junior Weekly Wrap - Round 9 Edition 2016

The Round 9 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 Benji Krongold in front of his 100th match banner in Round 9.

 

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

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Junior Weekly Wrap - Round 8 Edition 2016

The Round 8 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 Jack Herskope running through his 100th match banner surrounded by his U14 Comets team mates in Round 8.

 

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

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Junior Weekly Wrap - Round 7 Edition 2016

The Round 7 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 Josh Nirens leading his U11 Comets team mates out on to the ground in his 50th match for the club in Round 7.

 

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

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Junior Weekly Wrap - Round 6 Edition 2016

The Round 6 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 U14 Comets team around star player Nico Taranto who played his 100th game of junior football in Round 6.

 

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Senior Results - September 11 (U19s GF)

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RESERVES v

THIRDS


UNDER 19sOld Haileybury

5-5-35 to 7-12-54

JACKETTES v 


 
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Senior Fixture 2016

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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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