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Best & Fairest 2018 + Hall Of Fame Inductees


2018 Best & Fairest Winner: Nick Lewis


AJAX’s 2018 Best & Fairest night saw club captain Nick Lewis take out the prestigious Michael Ritterman Seniors Best & Fairest award, edging out prolific midfielder Kane Nissenbaum in a tight contest.


With just two rounds of voting remaining, Nissenbaum lead Lewis by a single vote. However with Nissenbaum sidelined for the remaining two games due to a hamstring tear, Lewis was able to accrue 12 votes in the remaining two matches for a grand total of 77 votes, a 27-vote improvement on his 2017 tally. 


The Best & Fairest award was the pinnacle of a succesful night for Lewis, who took out the Best Clubman award, Lionel Rosenberg Senior Coach’s award, and the Daryl Cohen Seniors Most Courageous award.


Speaking afterwards, Lewis emphasized his desire to gain team success over individual accolades.


“To win the Best & Fairest means a lot to me. It means joining a group of Jewish footballers that have ultimately achieved the highest individual accolade that you can win playing for a Jewish club.”




“I’m much more orientated around team goals. As cliché as it sounds I really would trade it in for a premiership, so whilst it is a nice feather in my cap I’m looking forward to getting team success in the coming years,” Lewis said. 


Jess Marget was awarded Best & Fairest for the Jackettes, with last year’s winner Chelsea Fisher finishing 3rd, having missed a large portion of the 2018 season. Isi Burstin capped off an impressive season, finishing second in the Jackettes Best and Fairest count. 

Justine Gabriel and Daniella Abraham shared the Coach’s award, while Maddy Smart took out the Most Courageous and Determined award. 


The Reserves Coach’s award was presented by coach Ash Shenker to young-gun Nico Cohen, who impressed in season 2018, earning himself a few appearances in the seniors team. Reserves stalwart Dylan Rothschild deservedly took out the Barry Linde Reserves Best & Fairest award.


While the thirds were unable to complete the entirety of season 2018, there were nonetheless outstanding performances- none more so than Eli Adelist, who won the Best & Fairest award for the Thirds. 


Recognition was also paid to individuals off the playing field, for their contribution and services to the club over the years. Both Andrew Shenker and Mark Mitchell received awards for ‘Outstanding and Invaluable Service,’ Mark Williams was thanked for his incredible contribution to the club over the past two seasons, and two stalwarts of the club were honoured for their enduring commitment to the AJAX footy club. 




Wednesday’s AJAX Best and Fairest night saw the induction of two new members to the Hall of Fame. Jack Chrapot and Lionel Rosenberg became the 9th and 10th members of the prestigious list.


Rosenberg, who was pivotal in the establishment of the club back in 1957, was also the first captain of the club when it began in E-grade 61 years ago. He then went on to coach the Seniors, leading the Jackas to their first ever premiership in 1966, defeating Old Ivanhoe Grammarians by a whopping 71 points. 


Speaking to the AJAX Media, Rosenberg explained how far the club has come from its humble beginnings back in 1957. 


“It actually feels unbelievable that the club has come from such humble beginnings to what it is today. 700 kids in the juniors…its an unbelievable story,” Rosenberg said. 


The night’s second inductee was Jack Chrapot, who began his involvement with AJAX in the early 1980’s as part of the junior club setup. Chrapot served both AJAX and the MSJFL for two decades, before he joined the AJAX senior committee. He currently sits as the chairperson of the match committee for the junior club. 


“I was really honoured because unlike everybody else [on the Hall of Fame], they were players and I’m an administrator. Just to be in that company… its fantastic.”


He continued “I get a lot of enjoyment from watching kids grow up from five-year-olds when they can’t do up their own shoelaces to being young men and women, leaders of our community, not just in sport but in the general community.”


Award Winners

Seniors Awards

Mark Feldy Best Clubman Award: Nick Lewis

Seniors Most Improved Player: Justin Berkowitz

Lionel Rosenberg Senior Coach’s Award: Nick Lewis

David Merkel Most Determined Player: Kane Nissenbaum

Daryl Cohen Seniors Most Courageous Player: Nick Lewis

Seniors Best First Year Player Award: Cam Nankin

AJN & Pratt Family Trophy- Supporters BNF: Kane Nissenbaum


Jackettes Awards

Coach’s Award: Justine Gabriel and Daniella Abraham

Most Courageous and Determined Award: Maddy Smart

3rd BNF: Chelsea Fisher

2nd BNF: Isi Burstin

Jackettes Best and Fairest: Jess Marget


Reserves Awards

Reserves Coach’s Award: Nico Cohen

3rd BNF: Benj Michelson

2nd BNF: Jacob Teperman

Barry Linde Reserves BNF: Dylan Rothschild


Thirds Awards

3rd BNF: Levy Teleshevsky

2nd BNF: Elliott Debinsky

Thirds BNF: Eli Adelist


Off-field Awards

Jeffrey Jankie President’s Award: Peter Berkowitz

In Appreciation of Outstanding and Invaluable Service: Andrew Shenker and Mark Mitchell

Hall of Fame inductee: Lionel Rosenberg

Hall of Fame inductee: Jack Chrapot


Ash Obel

AJAX Media and Communications Manager 



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Junior Weekly Wrap - Finals Week 3 Edition 2018

The Finals Week 3 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 premiership winning U14 Jackettes who defeated East Malvern 3.2-20 to 1.4-10 in their Grand Final last week in their first season of football together. A fantastic achievement by all involved and hopefully the catalyst for many more girls to join the club in 2019 as girls football has arrived in a big way at AJAX.

(Photo credit: Snaps From Here And There Photography / Jenn Aarons)




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Junior Weekly Wrap - Finals Week 2 Edition 2018

The Finals Week 2 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 Jackettes who will line up in the Grand Final this week in their first season of football together. Good luck to all involved.


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Weekend Wrap: Round Eighteen



AJAX have been swept aside in the final game of 2018, going down by 154 points to top-of-the-table St Bernards, officially relegating the Jackas to VAFA Premier C division for the first time since 2011. 




Season 2018, Choco’s second in charge of the club, started brightly as AJAX thumped Old Haileybury in front of a huge crowd at Princes Park. However, a round two loss to Mazenod and a spate of injuries to key players triggered a six-game losing streak, only broken when AJAX defeated Monash Blues, the lowest ranked side in the league. 


A mid-season form spike quickly gave way to another even more damaging losing streak, as the Jackas went winless for the remaining seven games of the season, culminating in Saturday’s relegation. 


Speaking to AJAX Media, Choco highlighted the large number of players who have debuted and developed this season.


“Win-loss wise we weren’t as successful as last year, but we played 55 players and 18 on debut, it sets the club up for the future and that’s one of the main things I was looking to do.”


Reflecting on his time at AJAX Choco said: “I’m absolutely thrilled by it. The support and the welcome that I have received has been outstanding- it’s a real community club and everyone should be very proud of it.”


With much speculation as to who will coach AJAX next season, club president Ronnie Lewis left all possibilities open.


“We have commenced our search now that the season is over and are utilising our community and broader football contacts to speak with a range of potential coaches. We are very open as to who that might be & where they may come from,” Lewis said.


Lewis also addressed AJAX’s relegation to VAFA C-Grade, saying “achieving seven consecutive years as the longest serving VAFA B Grade Club, we have done an awesome job in being competitive in the second highest & highly rated amateur competition. 


“However, a year that brought a number of significant retirements and long-term injuries to key players has meant that we can no longer keep up at this level.

It’s a cycle that happens to all football clubs at all levels. We will rebuild in Premier C and I have no doubt in time we will have the ultimate success and another crack at higher grades again in the near future.”


AJAX fans can look ahead to the club’s annual Best & Fairest night next month, where 20 year-old Kane Nissenbaum will go up against club captain Nick Lewis, 2017 winner Josh Ludski and key defender Richie Simon for the prestigious ‘Michael Ritterman Seniors Best and Fairest’ award.


Another highly makeshift Reserves side went up against third-placed St Bernards Reserves, losing 19.22 (136) to AJAX’s 3.1 (19). Ryley Michelson, Jordan Lipton and Sasha Gilberg each kicked one goal in what was an expectedly one-sided affair. 


The Reserves can be proud of their efforts in a season where their best talent was regularly called up to the senior team in unprecedented numbers, resulting in a vastly different team-sheet from week to week and stifling any potential consistency. 


The club will use the offseason to reset after a disappointing season on the field, with a new head coach and some new players expected to don the AJAX colours in 2019. 


Ash Obel

AJAX Media & Comms Manager



Firsts- 3.8 (26) def by St Bernards 26.24 (180)- Goals: R. Israel, J. Cohen, R. Simon. Bests: J. Forbes, J. Ludski, R. Simon, N. Lewis, C. Hamilton, S. Fayman.

Reserves- 3.1 (19) def by St Bernards 19.22 (136) - Goals: J. Lipton, R. Michelson, A. Gilberg. Bests: A. Gilberg, J. Tonkin, J. Burston, J. Teperman, N. Cohen, J. Liberman



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Junior Weekly Wrap - Finals Week 1 Edition 2018

The Finals Week 1 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 jubiliant and victorious U14 Jackettes who won their Semi Final in the first week of finals action and progressed through to the Grand Final in their first season. Congratulations to the U14 Jackettes and also the U11 Rockets and U13 Jets who also progressed through to their respective Grand Finals.


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Kalmus Family Claims Rare AJAX Record




The Kalmus family has claimed a unique AJAX record, becoming the first family in the history of the club to have four siblings take to the field for the Jackas.


Last weekend’s round 17 matchup against Parkdale saw Mark ‘Choco’ Williams hand Sam Kalmus, the youngest of the four Kalmus brothers, his first game for the seniors.


Kalmus, known around the club simply as ‘SK’, proved to be a ball magnet as he tallied an impressive 14 kicks and 4 handballs despite the volatile weather conditions.






SK, at just 20 years old, joins his brothers Ben (30), Josh (28) and Jake (24) as first team AJAX players. 


Proud father, committee member and all-round club legend Mark Kalmus is himself a former player, having been a part of AJAX’s 1979 premiership winning team. 


Speaking to AJAX Media, Mark said “Its a very humbling but proud feeling. I never pushed the boys into footy or AJAX but as they got into their late teens they showed more interest in the club and learned about my experiences. Barry Markoff originally got me to the club, and our families were and still are very close friends. I think Barry’s natural enthusiasm and love for the club rubbed off on the boys.”


Asked what the AJAX footy club meant to him, Mark responded “There is no better feeling than getting together after a win, putting your arms around each other and belting out the club song. You never lose the bond with the club and all the people that have been and will continue to be involved, whether they be supporters, players, support staff or coaches.”


AJAX captain Nick Lewis paid tribute to the family, praising the Kalmus’s for their loyalty and passion over multiple decades.




I’ve been privileged enough to play with all four Kalmus boys, they’re a family that has been extremely influential to the footy club over the last decade. All four boys are different in skill level and size but they all come with a big heart and strong desire to compete and contest.” 


Lewis added, “A special shout-out to Mark who was from all reports, a gun player himself. Now he is on the committee and most weeks can be seen goal umpiring the Reserves game, even when none of his sons are playing.”


Ash Obel

AJAX Media & Communications Manager





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Weekend Wrap: Round Seventeen


AJAX look destined for the drop 


AJAX’s last realistic chance of surviving relegation slipped away on Saturday, after Mark Williams’ side went down to the Parkdale Falcons by 32 points.


While the Jackas were never favourites to win Saturday’s clash, a victory by any margin would have likely secured safety in B-grade for another year- however it was not to be. 


The opening two quarters represented a war of attrition as both sides tried unsuccessfully to wear each other down and open up a gap on the scoreboard. 


Shots at goal were few and far between for both teams, in large part due to the icy wind gusts sweeping over Gerry Green Reserve, making it especially difficult to hit moving targets. 


The third quarter saw Parkdale get on top of an AJAX side that was without a staggering 15 players from the 22 that took to the field at Princes Park in round one. 


A late flurry of goals including a spectacular left foot snap from Dean Rotenberg wasn’t enough to close the gap and stage an unlikely comeback, as AJAX fell by 32 points. 

20 year-old Charlie Hamilton is one of just seven players to have taken the field in both round one and on the weekend, registering one of his best performances of the year.


“A lot of things went wrong this year. We lost 3 or 4 of our most experienced players from last season, which really hurt us. Expectations were maybe too high at the start of the year.” 


“In order for AJAX to be in B-grade, all the young players coming through have really got to work hard and mature as footballers. Its on us to move this club from where it is now into the future,” Hamilton said.




AJAX will have to pull off a miracle upset over top side St Bernards on Saturday if they are to survive the drop, in what will be Mark ‘Choco’ Williams’ last game in charge of the Jackas.


Earlier, a highly makeshift Reserves side performed admirably against Parkdale Reserves. Drained of much of their top-talent, the Reserves were forced to call upon an army of fill-ins, including 36 year-old former Premiership player Geoff Measey.


While the Reserves defenders did well to restrict Parkdale to just 11 goals for the day, the AJAX forwards were unable to get the scoreboard ticking over, finishing the game with just four goals. 


Olly Hoffman did his best, finishing with two goals, while Measey and David Glass both chipped in with one each. 


If results go as expected in next week’s penultimate round, the AJAX Reserves can expect to finish a respectable seventh spot on the ladder. 


Ash Obel

Media & Communications Manager



Firsts- 8.12 (60) def by Parkdale Vultures 13.14 (92)- Goals:D. Rothschild 2, J. Goldberg 2, D. Rotenberg 2, N. Cohen, J. Forbes. Bests: R. Simon, S. Fayman, N. Lewis, J. Ludski, C. Hamilton, J. Bade-Boon

Reserves- 4.9 (33) def by Parkdale Vultures 11.19 (85) - Goals: O. Hoffman 2, G. Measey, D. Glass. Bests: O. Hoffman, J. Teperman, A. Gilberg, J. Liberman, J. Burston, D. Glass.





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Weekend Wrap: Round Sixteen



AJAX’s fight to survive relegation is on thin ice after the Jackas were defeated by bottom placed Monash Blues by 17 points on Saturday.


With all three of AJAX, Monash and Mazenod stuck on 12 points at the foot of the ladder, a win against Monash would have all but secured AJAX’s future in Premier B for another season. 


Two Jordan Cohen goals in the opening quarter wasn’t enough for the Jackas as they went into the first break trailing by one point. But it was the second quarter that saw the Clayton-based side take the initiative as they kicked five goals to AJAX’s one. 


Three goals in just a handful of minutes for small forward Dean Rotenberg brought the Jackas within touching distance of the opponent, before torrential rain and deafening thunder put a halt to any momentum needed to claim a come from behind win.


As the storm above eased, there was time only for a Kane Nissenbaum special, dribbling the ball in from 35 meters out to give the AJAX fans something to cheer, even if it was only a consolation.


Nissenbaum was named best on ground for AJAX, tallying 38 touches and two goals. Captain Nick Lewis made his mark, finishing with 33 disposals and eight tackles.


Looking ahead to next week, Lewis said “the lads are up for the challenge and will train and prepare with the mindset to chase another win. We won’t shy away from the fact that the Parkdale game is big for our hopes of staying up. 


“If we bring our best footy we will get the job done. Let’s wait and see.”


Mark Williams’ men will have to hope for an against-the-odds victory against mid-table Parkdale Vultures on Saturday if they are to salvage a spot in Premium B for 2019.


A highly depleted Reserves side were also defeated by Monash, going down 6.6 (42) to 11.12 (78). 


Michael Feiler was best on ground for the Ressies for his two goal contribution, joined in the ‘bests’ by Rachbuch, Michelson, Tonkin, Carp and Liberman.


The Reserves started slowly in the first quarter before steadying the ship in the second, heading into the main-break with a 7 point deficit.


However the Ressies weren’t able to find their attacking charisma in the second half, only managing two goals and one behind for the rest of the game. 


The loss means that the gap between Monash and AJAX in Premier B Reserve division is now just four points with two weeks remaining.


Ash Obel- Media & Communications Manager



Firsts- 10.10 (70) def by Monash Blues 13.9 (87)- Goals: D. Rotenberg 3, J. Cohen 2, K. Nissenbaum 2, J. Goldberg, B. Joel, C. Hamilton. Bests: K. Nissenbaum, D. Paltiel, N. Lewis, B. Shapiro, C. Nankin, J. Ludski. 

Reserves- 6.6 (42) def by Monash Blues 11.12 (78) - Goals: M. Feiler 2, B. Carp, D. Rothschild, S. Kalmus, J. Rachbuch. Bests: M. Feiler, J. Rachbuch, B. Michelson, J. Tonkin, B. Carp, J. Liberman.




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Junior Weekly Wrap - Round 15 and U10 LC Edition 2018

The Round 15 and 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 Brandon Oberklaid being chaired of the ground by his U17 Comets teammates after his 100th game in Round 15. Congratulations Brandon.


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Junior Weekly Wrap - Round 14 and U8/U9 LC Edition 2018

The Round 14 and 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 is Phoenix Janover who both celebrated his 50th games in Round 14. Congratulations Phoenix.


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Junior Weekly Wrap - Round 13 Edition 2018

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 is Maor Chrapot who both celebrated his 100th games in Round 13. Congratulations Maor.


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Weekend Wrap: Round Fifteen



With just three games remaining in season 2018, AJAX’s battle to stay in Premier B for a record seventh-straight season will go down to the wire after the weekend’s heavy defeat to Old Carey in Bulleen. 


The 96-point defeat leaves the Jackas hanging by a thread, with just 13 percentage points separating them from relegation. With the odds stacked against them, AJAX’s task of overcoming second placed Old Carey was made even more difficult from the outset after star midfielder Kane Nissenbaum was called up to play for Sandringham Dragons in the VFL, while key defender Zac Braun suffered a head-knock in the second quarter, ruling him out for the remainder of the afternoon. 




A fast-starting AJAX took a marginal lead into the first break, however this only served to awaken Old Carey, who kicked nine goals to two in the second quarter. Despite impressive forward efforts by youngsters Reece Israel (3 goals) and Nicholas Cohen (2 goals), Old Carey proved far too strong all over the ground, finishing the day with 24 goals and 161 points. 


With a scheduled bye-week this weekend, the round 16 clash with bottom-side Monash Blues is looming as potentially make-or-break in the Jackas fight for survival. 


Speaking to AJAX Media, Club President Ronnie Lewis said “The effort over the last few weeks has been nothing short of sensational. I’m quietly confident that we can get the job done against opposition who are also fighting against relegation.

“I’d love to see all our supporters come down, particularly against Monash Blues at Albert Park- a ‘19th man’ on the sidelines could make all the difference.”


The Reserves also tasted defeat at the Carey Sports Complex, going down by 94 points in David Glass’s 150th game for the Jackas. In similar fashion to the seniors, the Ressies copped a battering in the second quarter, rendering the second half a mere formality. Glass kicked a goal on his milestone day, as did Noah Rischin (2 goals), Michael Feiler, Jake Liberman and Benj Michelson.


Next door, the Jackettes found their kicking boots after last week’s scoreless loss, nailing 3 goals and 3 behinds, with all three majors coming courtesy of Maddy Smart. While the girls were still beaten, the result represents a marked improvement on previous weeks performances. The Jackettes also farewelled 28 year-old Dani Robinson, who played her final match for the ‘Kettes’.  


The Girls finish the season with 12 points, leaving them 7th on the ladder, one spot ahead of the Hampton Rovers who finished last. The Jackettes top goalkicker for season 2018 was Maddy Smart who finished with eight goals and was named in the bests on seven occasions. 


Both the Firsts and Reserves will enjoy a week off to recover before the crucial encounter with bottom side Monash Blues on August 11th at Gary Smorgon Oval. 


Ash Obel

Media & Communications Manager 



 Firsts- 9.11 (65) def by Old Carey 24.17 (161)- Goals: R. Israel 3, N. Cohen 2, J. Cohen 2, W. Williams, T. Lipton. Bests: J. Ludski, S. Fayman, R. Simon, W. Williams, C. Hamilton, J. Ludski.

Reserves- 6.3 (39) def by Old Carey 15.13 (103)- Goals:N. Rischin 2, M. Feiler, D. Glass, J. Liberman, B. Michelson. Bests: M. Feiler, N. Rischin, G. Vadas, J. Teperman, A. Gilberg, T. Rogers.

Jackettes- 3.3 (21) def by Old Carey 10.13 (73)- Goals: M. Smart 3. Bests: L. Nankin, J. Marget, M. Smart, M. Grek, M. Burstin, M. Glikfeld. 





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Junior Weekly Wrap - Round 12 Edition 2018

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 Jethro Gunn and Hugo Krasnostein who both celebrated their 50th games in Round 12. Congratulations to both boys.


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Weekend Wrap: Round Fourteen


AJAX Downed In Nick's 100th


It was another tough weekend at Gary Smorgon Oval as the Seniors and Reserves both suffered comprehensive defeats at the hands of the Caulfield Grammarians, while the Jackettes were beaten by Beaumaris. 


The Seniors, still significantly undermanned, called upon rookies Dylan Rothschild, Nico Cohen and debutant Jono Goldberg as well as 27 year-old Stu Fayman who made his first seniors appearance since May 26th.


The boys were fired up and determined to get a result for their captain in his 100th game for the Jackas and performed accordingly, using the icy mid-winter breeze to blow them along to a two-point lead at the quarter time break. 


The opening quarter also saw first goals for Reece Israel and debutant Jono Goldberg, who slotted a stunning set shot from outside the boundary.


The second quarter saw high-intensity AJAX pressure pin the Grammarians into their defensive 50 however inaccurate kicking meant that the Jackas were never able to pull away on the scoreboard. 




Conversely, when the Grammarians were able to penetrate through the AJAX zone they capitalized on almost every opportunity, putting four goals and six behinds on the board compared to AJAX’s zero goals and five behinds. 


The third quarter, typically AJAX’s weakest, begun as expected with Caulfield kicking a goal within 20 seconds of the restart. The Jackas were able to steady the ship however the damage had already been done.


While the result was never in doubt, the second half did provide some highlights for the loyal AJAX crowd that braved the freezing weather at Albert Park. 


In one of the best passages of play Jackas fans have witnessed this season, Charles Hamilton gathered the ball in the defensive 50 before smartly handballing to captain Nick Lewis who in turn moved it on to midfield dynamo Kane Nissenbaum. Nissenbaum used his blistering speed to run straight down the middle of the Gary Smorgon oval before smartly kicking into the path of Cam Nankin who calmly slotted the goal from 35 meters out.

Highlights from the game can be seen on the AJAX Football Club Facebook and Instagram page. 


AJAX were unable to get an unlikely victory in Nick’s 100th game losing by 56 points, their 11th loss of the season with just four rounds remaining. 


Earlier, the Reserves were soundly beaten by the Caulfield Reserves, with much of the teams top-end talent having been already called up to the Seniors leaving the Ressies desperately short on experience.




Dylan Nadelman kicked two goals, James Fisher was also on the score sheet and named in the bests, however Fisher was forced off in the second half following what looked to be a serious leg injury. AJAX Reserves lost the game by 100 points.


The Jackettes were kept scoreless against second-placed Beaumaris but will look forward to taking on Old Carey this Saturday. Old Carey sit one place below the Jackettes, providing an opportunity for the Jackettes to get their fourth win of the season. Likewise, the Seniors and Reserves will head to Bulleen to take on Old Carey in what will prove a stern test for both sides.


Ash Obel- Media and Communications Manager




Firsts- 7.11 (53) def by Caulfield 16.13 (109)- Goals: D. Rotenberg 2, R. Israel, C. Nankin, J. Ludski, W. Williams, J. Goldberg. Bests: J. Ludski, K. Nissenbaum, N. Lewis, C. Nankin, C. Hamilton, D. Rotenberg.


Reserves- 5.2 (32) def by Caulfield 19.18 (132)- Goals: D. Nadelman 2, J. Broons, K. Krakaeur, J. Fisher. Bests: G. Vadas, D. Ellinghaus, J. Fisher, T. Rogers, S. Kalmus, J. Blode.


Jackettes- 0.0 (0) def by Beaumaris 9.12 (66)- Goals: n/a Bests: L. Nankin, T. Abelman, J. Marget, M. Grek, H. Mrocki, A. Fleiszig





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Weekend Wrap: Round Thirteen


A depleted AJAX side’s struggles have continued into round 13 with a demoralizing 82 point loss at the hands of the Beaumaris Sharks on Saturday. 


Already facing heavy casualties, AJAX were forced to make nine changes to the side that fell agonizingly short against Old Haileybury a fortnight ago, with Mark Choco Williams opting to hand Olly Hoffman, Reece Israel and Joel Burston their senior debuts. 


Having not initially been named in the squad to take on the Sharks, Burston was the beneficiary of a late call-up handed to star midfielder Ash Krakeur by VFL side Port Melbourne. 


After an inspirational pregame tribute from club legends both past and present ahead of Josh Ludski’s milestone 150th game, the Jackas began the encounter with typically high-intensity, a benchmark set by Cam Nankin’s crunching tackle just seconds into the match. 


In the opening quarter and indeed throughout the game, AJAX displayed resolute defensive solidity, however it was an inability to create going forward that left the Jackas with little hope of getting a result against the fourth placed side in the division. 


At halftime the AJAX backline, marshaled as always by Richie Simon and Zac Braun, held a normally high-scoring Beaumaris side to just 5.7 (37), but the Jackas forwards could only accumulate 0.4 (4), leaving an uphill battle in a second-half only compounded in difficulty by the losses of WA import Zak Fleisher who dislocated his shoulder as well as a hamstring injury to Jayden Yarrow. 


While effort levels never waivered, the lack of rotations took its predicatble toll as a relaxed Beaumaris side ran out to a 14.22 (106) to 3.6 (24) victory over a makeshift AJAX outfit who could not be accused of shying away from the battle.


While the scoreboard made for tough reading, there were individual performances that provided a positive glimpse into the future of the AJAX footy club. 




Kane Nissenbaum once again stood out with 32 disposals as well as a goal on a day where points were seemingly impossible to come by. Defender Richie Simon was clinical with each of his 20 disposals, as was Charles Hamilton who showed his composure on numerous occasions to relieve the pressure on the AJAX backline. Debutant Joel Burston showed no nerves, accumulating 14 disposals and a respectable 58 fantasy points. 


Things weren’t much better over in Keysborough where the Jackettes suffered a 48-point loss to the Old Mentonians; Maddy Smart was the only goalscorer with a goal in the final quarter. 


The loss leaves the girls in sixth position on the ladder, equal on points with Old Carey and a full 12-points behind Old Haileybury in fifth position. 


Earlier in the day the Reserves were outgunned by a Beaumaris Reserve side that boasted the likes of former St Kilda legend Stephen Milne. 


AJAX defender (and lifelong St Kilda fan) Sam Kalmus restricted Milne to just two goals for the day, using his youthful speed and agility against the 275 gamer, and earning himself a spot in the bests.


While the 38 year-old Milne was kept quiet, the rest of the Beaumaris forwards ran riot, slamming 19 goals and 18 behinds (132 points) past the Jackas defense, leaving the Ressies stranded 12 points behind fourth spot and a finals berth. 


Round 14 provides AJAX with a huge opportunity to take a big leap towards safety when they take on the Caulfield Grammarians at Gary Smorgon Oval, while the Jackettes will look to improve in their matchup with the second placed Beaumaris Sharks.



Seniors AJAX 3.6 (24) def by Beaumaris 14.22 (106) 

Goals: J. Lew, W. Williams, K. Nissenbaum. Best: Z. Braun, R. Simon, N. Lewis, K. Nissenbaum, C. Hamilton, C. Nankin.

Reserves AJAX 2.3 (15) def by Beaumaris 19.18 (132) 

Goals: N. Cohen, J. Goldberg. Best: N. Cohen, S. Fayman, S. Kalmus, T. Rogers, D. Rothschild, M. Feiler.

JackettesAJAX 1.4 (10) def by Old Mentonians 9.4 (58) 

Goals: M. Smart. Best: J. Marget, M. Smart, D. Robinson, L. Nankin, D. Abraham, J. Israel.


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Junior Weekly Wrap - Round 11 Edition 2018

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 U11 Stars players Jay Marabel-Whitburn, Hayden Katz, Noah Klein and Ethan Greenberg who all celebrated their 50th games in Round 11. Congratulations to all the boys.


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Weekend Wrap: Round Twelve


AJAX’S turbulent season took a turn for the worse after Mark “Choco” Williams’ men blew a 40-point lead against rivals and fellow relegation battlers Old Haileybury at the Jackas’ spiritual home of Princes Park, Caulfield on Saturday.

Goalkicking stalwart Jake Lew pulled on the Jackas jumper for the 150th time, but the mile-stone match was marred by a wave of injuries in the first half, followed by a disastrous second half fadeout, which has again left the club teetering on the edge of the drop zone.

The boisterous AJAX crowd that flocked to Princes Park rode the three-hour emotional rollercoaster, only to be bitterly disappointed by the end, which saw Old Haileybury win 10.17-77 to 11.6-72.




The youthful Jackas were injected with even more inexperience, with impressive under 17 duo Corey Zielinski and Ryley Michaelson earning their senior debuts.

The first quarter went according to a familiar script – AJAX blew Old Haileybury out of the water, piling on six goals, while keeping their shellshocked opponents goalless.

Zielinski became an instant crowd favourite, joining the exclusive first kick-first goal club with a magical solo effort.

Old Haileybury counterpunched in the second term with nine scoring shots to four, but inaccuracy saw the margin only cut by 11 points by the main break.

A brutal half on the injury front left the Jackas with just two fit players on the bench after midfielder Asher Burstin suffered a sickening dislocated elbow and important defender

Daniel Janover-Rocha succumbed to an ankle injury. Bravely, two others played on after dislocating fingers.

Old Haileybury chipped away at the deficit in the third term and looked headed for the final turn with the momentum before milestone man Lew stepped up and kicked his third goal to bring his team and the crowd to life.

With AJAX’s young side rapidly running out of legs, the hosts threw everything at them early in the final term and stormed to within three points.

Fittingly, Lew stood tall once again, halting Haileybury’s momentum with his fourth major. With scores even in the dying stages, the game cried out for a hero, and one emerged, but he wasn’t wearing red, white and black.

Old Haileybury completed a stunning 45-point turnaround with five goals to one in a thrilling final term, leaving Williams speechless in an eerily silent changeroom post-game.

Upon reflection Lew told The AJN: “The weekend was bittersweet. The support was amazing and I loved seeing some of the young guys make their debuts. However, lots of injuries and the loss really puts us in jeopardy of staying in B grade and we’re up against it now. I hope we can dig deep and find a way to win a few more games to stay up for another year.”

With six rounds remaining after this week’s bye, AJAX sit 7th on the VAFA Premier B table, with marginal percentage separating them from the relegation zone.

Earlier, the reserves kept their slim finals hopes alive with a dominant ten-goal win. The Jackas were slow out of the blocks but found form after quarter time piling on 11 goals to two.

Olly Hoffman booted three goals, while under 17 debutants Matthew Lincoln, Lior Smart and Aaron Bryer all impressed.

Meanwhile, the Jackettes were outclassed by Old Scotch and kept goalless for the first time this season. Isi Burstin, Daniella Abraham, and Amy Sekler battled hard.

With a competition-wide bye this weekend, AJAX’s next match will be against Beaumaris at Banksia Reserve on Saturday July 14.



Seniors – Old Haileybury 10.17 (77) def AJAX 11.6 (72) Goals: J.Lew 4, C.Zielinski 2, D.Rotenberg 2, B.Joel, W.Williams, T.Lipton. Best: J.Berkowitz, R.Simon, J.Ludski, C.Nankin, N.Lewis, C.Zielinski

Reserves – AJAX 12.19 (91) def Old Haileybury 4.7 (31) Goals: O.Hoffman 3, D.Goodman 2, R.Israel 2, J.Forbes 2, M.Feiler, J.Broons, J.Liberman. Best: M.Lincoln, L.Smart, D.Rothschild, A.Bryer, R.Israel, J.Goldberg

Jackettes – Old Scotch 5.11 (41) def AJAX 0.1 (1) Best: I.Burstin, D.Abraham, A.Sekler, J.Gabriel, L.Nankin, H.Mel


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Junior Weekly Wrap - Round 10 Edition 2018

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 U11 Stars player Itai Alford who celebrated his 50th game in Round 10 by kicking 5 goals for the match.


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Fisher’s Ferocious Fight to Fifty

WOMEN’s Jewish footy pioneer Chelsea Fisher brought up an emotional milestone last Sunday, becoming AJAX’s first female player to reach 50 games.



It was a bittersweet occasion for the Jackettes’ captain who has made the tough call to end her season early, after bravely playing through osteitis pubis for the past 18 months.

"Stopping playing for the season was one of the hardest decisions I’ve had to make, and it came with a lot of tears and pain ... I'll miss running out with the girls but I'm looking forward to being back and better in 2019," Fisher told The AJN.

The wear and tear of footy eventually caught up with the 23-year-old, whose ferocious style earned her the nickname “bulldog".

In 2014, Fisher approached AJAX with the idea of creaNng the club’s first ever women’s team, and courtesy of her vision and commitment to empowering young Jewish women through sport, the Jackettes have kicked countless goals on and off the field.

Fisher has this year taken the coaching reigns of the AJAX Junior Football Club's U14 girls team and she believes that "the future is bright for Jewish women and girls in footy”.

Fisher’s feats

• Played 50 of a possible 51 games, 28 games in the best, eight goals.

• Led the team to a grand final, a minor premiership and six finals.

• 2017 Women’s Development Division 3 Best and Fairest.



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AJAX goalkicking great cruelly cut down


AJAX endured a weekend from hell, with the seniors’ 75-point drubbing compounded by what could be a career-ending knee injury to one of the Jackas’ all-time greats, David Fayman.

The 29-year-old was returning from an ankle injury that he sustained in round four, and lined up in the reserves for the very first time in his storied 175-game career.

The six-time VAFA leading goalkicker moved well early and hit the scoreboard, but shortly after, disaster struck in the cruellest form. “I was running full tilt, the ground was very wet, a guy bumped me and everything twisted but my foot was stuck ... I heard a massive snap in the knee,” Fayman told The AJN.

The team doctor and physios rushed to his aid. “He was in a lot of pain, the stretcher came out and a few senior guys ran onto the field and helped carry him off, which was quite an emotional scene”, AJAX captain Nick Lewis said.

After a nervous few days undergoing X-rays and MRIs, Fayman’s and the club’s worst fears were confirmed on Tuesday with the shattering news that he had ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his right knee, tearing both the lateral and medial ligaments, as well as a bone chip.

Fayman’s knee will require a full reconstruction, which typically is a 12-month rehab process. Shortly after finding out the news, a “gutted” Fayman said, “[This] could be the end, yes.”

If it proves to be, Fayman or “the Mailman” as he is affectionately known around the club and competition, will go down as one of the finest players to have ever donned the AJAX jumper. The remarkably gifted forward was always under-sized but used that to his advantage, reigning equally supreme in the air and on the ground.

With his vice-like hands he pulled down countless big marks and his wizardry around goal entertained for over a decade.


His unrivalled footy resume is headlined by a record six Victorian Amateur Football Association (VAFA) goalkicking medals. Only he and one other can lay claim to have won four at Premier B level.

Fayman won back-to-back goalkicking gongs in 2010 and in the club’s famous premiership year in 2011 where he booted 94 majors including five in the grand final win over Werribee. He cemented his standing as a VAFA great with three consecutive goalkicking medals from 2012 to 2014 and a fourth in 2016 in Premier B.

Five times he kicked 10 goals or more including a career-best haul of 14 in an under-19s match. In his 175-game career for the Jackas, Fayman has amassed 611 goals – an average of 3.5 a game.

Bad to worse for wounded Jackas

ADDING insult to injury for the Jackas, the club finds itself back in the dreaded relegation zone after the weekend’s heavy defeat against University Blacks.

Mark “Choco” Williams’ men slipped from 7th to 9th and lost almost five per cent in the 120-45 loss. Making matters worse, fellow relegation battlers Old Haileybury pulled off a shock victory over top-four side Caulfield Grammarians to leapfrog the Jackas.

Despite the difficulty of witnessing David Fayman’s injury, the seniors stormed out of the blocks against one of the premiership favourites, not for the first time this season, with a scintillating five-goal to one opening quarter.

But the fadeout trend continued with their 28-point lead cut to a seven-point deficit at half time before the wheels truly fell off. Uni Blacks piled on the pain with a staggering 11 goals to none after the main break.

“I think Dave’s injury did affect the senior group a little bit, but it would’ve been nice to respond and do it for him ... he’s a bloody legend of the footy club,” AJAX captain Nick Lewis said.

Post-game, Williams focused on the positives which Lewis said “were beating the top side six goals to one, which shows that we are capable of mixing it with the best teams”. The negatives were “that we just can’t go the distance for the duration ... and
perhaps mindset ... which is really frustrating”.

Looking ahead, Lewis said, “The boys have set themselves up for a two-week challenge before the bye in July.” First up they face seventh-placed Mazenod at Gary Smorgon Oval on Saturday (2pm) who they lost to in round two by 34 points. The week after they face Old Haileybury in “the battle for Princes Park” in Caulfield South, which is likely to coincide with Jake Lew’s 150th game.


Seniors – University Blacks 18.12 (120) def AJAX 6.9 (45) Goals: J.Lew 2, D.Rotenberg 2, A.Krakauer, B.Joel. Best: D.Janover-Rocha, R.Simon, D.Cohen, D.Rotenberg, B.Joel, J. Ludski

Reserves – University Blacks 7.9 (51) def AJAX 3.5 (23) Goals: R.Israel, A.Danby, D.Fayman. Best: B.Michelson, J.Yarrow, D.Rothschild, M.Voinsky, T.Rogers, A.Danby

Jackettes – Old Haileybury 8.8 (56) def AJAX 4.4 (28) Goals: C.Fisher, J.Caplan, M.Smart, H.Mel. Best: I.Burstin, A.Sekler, M.Smart, J.Gabriel, C.Fisher, M.Glikfeld

Thirds – Caulfield Grammarians 7.7 (49) def AJAX 4.6 (30) Goals: S.Brygel 2, M.Feiler, S.New. Best: E.Adelist, E.Debinski, D.Ellinghaus, S.New, S.Brygel, M.Feiler


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