Perfect five for flying Jackas
Over the weekend the AJAX Football Club registered wins across all five teams for the second time this season.
The seniors fell short of putting in a four quarter effort against rivals Old Brighton, however a dominant first term and strong finish saw them pick off last year’s semi-finalists 14.16 (100) – 13.11 (89) at Gary Smorgon Oval on Saturday.
The blustery conditions affected both teams’ skill level, with the Jackas heading into quarter time, converting five out of ten scoring shots with the wind, to lead by 25 points.
David Fayman continued his strong start to 2016 with the opening goal, before speedster Dean Rotenberg set the game alight with back-to-back majors.
Adam Caplan made it four in a row with a good finish on the run before a late counter-attack from Old Brighton narrowed the margin at the first break.
Veteran utility Eugene Routman was unable to capitalise in the forward fifty, kicking three first-term behinds, adding to the Jackas’ recent yips in front of goal.
With the aid of the breeze, the visitors bridged the gap on the scoreboard but also had their troubles in front of the big sticks, continuing the day’s poor-kicking theme.
After a standout first quarter, Rotenberg left the ground cradling his shoulder, following a knock he recived in a contest.
Jake Lew was the Jackas’ only goal-kicker in the second term, as the visitors drew within two goals at the main break.
Intensity from both sides lifted a notch in the third as the game began to open up, with Old Brighton narrowly winning the quarter with a five-goal to four effort, setting up a thrilling finale.
Against the wind in the third term, the visitors kicked the first four goals to claim the lead for the first time.
Former captain Josh Ludski inspired his team with a strong mark and goal to halt Old Brighton’s momentum.
A small dose of indiscipline crept into the Jackas’ game with important defender Daniel Cohen sent off for a slip of the tongue.
The visitors proceeded to reclaim the lead by two points, before the Jackas finished the quarter with a flurry of goals, three in as many minutes, courtesy of some brilliant solo efforts from Alex Wollan, Routman and skipper Nick Marks.
Ten points is all that separated both sides heading into the final 30 minutes.
Lew ensured the Jackas kicked away early, slotting a sensational goal with assistance from Routman.
Brad Caplan was the unlikely flyer in a marking contest, but failed to finish off his good work in front of goal.
Adam Caplan’s second and Stuart Fayman’s first stretched the margin out to five goals with ten minutes to play, but Old Brighton weren’t done with, storming back into the contest with the last three goals of the game.
The Jackas went into a full ground defensive zone, shutting down the game and eventually securing the vitally important four points with a gutsy 11-point win.
Lew kicked three goals, while Adam Caplan, Rotenberg and David Fayman were the other multiple goal-kickers with two.
Crafty left-footer Alex Wollan was exceptional in the win, playing a starring role in the final quarter, earning him the Beyond Coconut Water Player of the Match.
Ben Kalmus held his own once again on the last line of defence, while midfielder Josh Ludski continued his consistent start to the year.
Earlier, the reserves led at every change to comfortably beat Old Brighton 9.15 (69) – 3.5 (23).
In a scrappy affair, the inside grunt of Dov Paltiel and Jayden Yarrow was important, while promising left-footer Jordan Cohen oozed class on the outside.
The twos kicked 3.9 (27) to half-time, their inability to capitalise on scoring opportunities keeping the visitors in the contest.
Ruckman Daniel Goodman continued his rich vein of form, floating forward to kick a game-high three goals, while stand-in skipper Ari Wytwornik and swingman Jeremy Forbes controlled the back half.
Across the road on Lindsay Hassett Oval, the under 19s continued their perfect start to the season, dismantling Aquinas to the tune of 163 points, limiting their dismal opponents to just two points.
Goal-sneak Ben Schwartz kicked six majors, while Ryan Kagan and Andrew Joel slotted three apiece.
Nuggetty inside midfielder Jesse Velleman was instrumental in the big win, putting in a best on ground display.
On Sunday the Jackettes and the Thirds continued their unbeaten runs in 2016.
The girls enjoyed playing at home for the first time this season, toppling Fitzroy by 19 points.
Toni Hamilton kicked two goals, while Dani Robinson and Tamara Epshtein were standout performers.
Finally, the Thirds sealed the club’s fifth win of the weekend with an impressive four-quarter effort against Old Trinity, running out 76-point victors.
Sam Brygel was busy in front of goal kicking three while Daniel Wein and Noah Rischin combined for four majors.
Next Saturday the seniors (2pm) and reserves (11.40am) play away to St Bedes / Mentone Tigers at Brindisi St Oval (Melway: 86 K6).
A top of the table clash for the under 19s when they play away to PEGS FC at 9.20am.
The Jackettes will play-off in a grand final rematch vs Gippsland at Traralgon Recreation Reserve on Sunday at 12pm, while the Thirds also play St Bedes at Gary Smorgon Oval at 12pm on Sunday.
Hope to see you all down for another massive weekend of AJAX Footy!
The club extends a big Mazel Tov to skipper Nick Marks on his engagement to Elise Kenny over the weekend!
AJAX Amateur Football Club
Media & Communications Manager