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Jackas downed in Saturday scrap
AJAX’s senior team missed an early-season opportunity to cement their spot in the top four, losing to Parkdale by 22 points in a dour contest at Gary Smorgon Oval on Saturday.
The Jackas failed to combat the blustery conditions and the visitor’s strong defensive presence.
The score-line resembled a soccer match at half-time with only three goals scored to the main break.
Not for the first time this season, the Jackas struggled to put scoreboard pressure on when kicking with the wind, managing just four behinds to Parkdale’s one goal one behind in the opening term.
A first quarter that lasted only 24 minutes had fans preparing for a scrappy and unattractive display.
AJAX’s goalless drought was finally broken twenty minutes into the second term.
Josh Ludski found Adam Caplan inside fifty who handballed over the top to his brother Brad, who strolled into an open goal.
At half-time the visitors held a 2.3 (15) lead to AJAX 1.6 (12).
Coach Marty Pask was typically vocal inside the rooms, but his words were met with little response from his players, as the scrap continued with a staggering eight behinds scored for the quarter between both sides.
The score line read 18-17 at the final break in favour of Parkdale. The task was ahead of the Jackas who were forced to try and win the game against the breeze.
Both sides traded behinds in the opening ten minutes, before first-gamer Josh Baron laid a strong tackle inside fifty, earning himself a shot on goal which he calmly slotted, putting his side up by two points.
The Jackas’ fightback ended there as Parkdale aided by the breeze went onto kick four unanswered goals, romping home to a 6.11 (47) – 2.13 (25) win.
Second-ruckman Richie Simon played his best game of the season, while the efforts of experienced duo Warren Steinberg and Josh Ludski weren’t enough to drag their team over the line.
The loss keeps AJAX in fifth spot, even on points with fourth but almost 20% adrift.
Earlier, the reserves gave up a 17-point lead at three quarter time to draw 7.7 (49) apiece with Parkdale.
It is the third game in four weeks that the twos have been up in the dying stages only to surrender their lead and consequently the four points.
Dov Paltiel and Jono Goldberg were their team’s best, continuing on from their strong recent form, while Daniel Goodman and Jordan Cohen were the only multiple goal-kickers with four between them.
The draw sees the Jackas hold onto 6th spot, a game outside the top four.
The under 19s’ stunning start to the season rolled on, as they opened a two-game gap at the top of the table, after they easily accounted for Uhs-Vu Fc by 37 points.
The unders kept the visitors to just one goal for three quarters, before they took the foot off the pedal slightly to lose the final term four goals to three.
Ben De Winter was dangerous in front of goal kicking three, while Benjamin Faiman and Dakota Lipton were the other multiple goal-kickers.
Defender Saul Williams was best on ground while Charlie Hamilton and Jesse Velleman controlled the middle of the ground.
In a one-off Thursday night fixture, the Thirds played De La Salle in a top-of-the-table clash under lights at Warrawee Park, Oakleigh.
The Jackas led by 15 points at quarter time but failed to hold onto their advantage, conceding five goals to two after half-time to eventually lose by 24 points.
On Saturday morning the Jackettes faced the SKOB Saints but after leading by one point at quarter time, were kept goalless thereafter, ending in a disappointing eight-point loss.
Toni Hamilton, Vanessa Mrocki and Lexi Mand each kicked one, while skipper Chelsea Fisher led from the front all day.
Next round the seniors (2pm) and reserves (11.40am) play Monash Blues at Frearson Oval, Monash University Clayton on Saturday.
The under 19s face Therry Penola at John Pascoe Fawkner Reserve at 9.20am, while on Sunday the Thirds are away at Sportscover Arena to Beaumaris at 2pm and the Jackettes are home vs Brunswick at 12pm.
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