Seniors thrashed, Jackettes and Thirds’ finals fever
Ajax’s Seniors were completely outplayed against second-placed St Bedes/Mentone on Saturday, suffering a harsh blow to their faint finals hopes in the 7.7 (49) to 20.25 (145) loss at Brindisi St Oval.
The defeat was the Jackas’ biggest of the season and pushes them two games and over 40% off fourth spot with two games remaining.
Adam Caplan kicked the game’s first goal in brilliant fashion but unfortunately for Ajax that would be the only highlight of the quarter.
St Bedes banged on the next five goals to take a 27-point lead into quarter time.
Eugene Routman added to Ajax’s injury woes after he succumbed to a hamstring injury and he was soon joined by midfielder Nick Lewis on the sidelines who came off with a shoulder complaint.
The Jackas didn’t fair too much better in the second term conceding six goals to three, and if it wasn’t for the home side’s inaccuracy the margin could have blown out further.
Caplan added Ajax’s second, yet another highlight to his growing 2015 collection with a classy snap on his left boot.
The margin at the start of the third term was 53 points but against the run of play Stuart Fayman kicked the Jackas’ fifth, before his brother David set up impressive youngster Dov Paltiel for his first senior goal.
St Bedes didn’t have it all their way in the third, winning the quarter by five points.
Ajax Coach Marty Pask demanded his players show a bit of pride and purpose in the final term, but the message fell on deaf ears as the Jackas were held goalless, eventually losing by 96 points.
Meanwhile the Reserves’ disappointing season rolled on registering the club’s second 90-point defeat of the day, losing 7.4 (46) to St Bedes’ 22.9 (141).
Anton Ritterman kicked three goals while Roi Abraham, Simon Roth and Adam Sekler fought hard all day.
The club was represented in two finals over the weekend with the Jackettes recording a convincing 6.15 (51) to 0.2 (2) win over Endeavour Hills on Saturday night.
Remarkably the girls kept the away side scoreless for three quarters and goalless for the game.
The midfield dominated the clearances led by Julia Caplan and Tamara Epshtein in the ruck while Toni Hamilton slotted three majors in the win that sees the Jackettes play off for a spot in the Grand Final next Sunday against Rosebud at Frankston Oval.
Rounding out a jam-packed weekend of Ajax football, the Thirds (Blacks) took it right up to the undefeated Old Xaverians on Sunday in a well-attended Semi-Final at Sports Cover Arena, but ran out of legs in the final term, eventually losing 6.2 (38) to 10.16 (76).
Skipper Zev Aron was inspirational and finished with three goals while Yossi Jedwab, Josh Jones and Jeremy Herz were their teams’ strongest performers.
Despite the loss, the Blacks receive a second chance after they finished in the top two and will face St Kevins on Sunday in a knockout Preliminary Final.
Photo Credit: Benjamin Gordon