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Weekend Wrap: Round Thirteen

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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. 

 

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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.

 

Scores

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.

 

Ash Obel- Media and Communications Manager

 

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Weekend Wrap: Round Twelve

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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.

 

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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.

AARON FETTER - The AJN

SCORES

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.

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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.

AARON FETTER - The AJN

 

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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.

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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.

AARON FETTER - The AJN

SCORES:
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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Junior Weekly Wrap - Round 9 Edition 2018

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 U17 Comets player Sammy Guttmann showing his love for the wet and muddy conditions at Princes Park in Round 9.

 

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Junior Weekly Wrap - Round 8 Edition 2018

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 U14 Girls team after they registered their first win ever in Round 8. Congratulations to all the girls and their coaches and support staff.

 

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Weekend Wrap: Round Nine

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AJAX Take it to the Big Boys, Jackettes Down the Rovers

 

AJAX’s promising form has continued on the back of last week’s drought-breaking win over Monash, taking premiership contenders Old Carey down to the wire in an enthralling match at Gary Smorgon Oval. 

 

Any fears the AJAX coaching staff had over the danger of facing former Carlton and GWS player Kristian Jaksch were allayed just five minutes into the game when the 23 year-old hobbled off with an ankle injury.

 

Instead, AJAX had an ace of their own, welcoming back crafty midfielder Ash Krakaeur, a regular for Port Melbourne in the VFL. 

 

The Jackas went toe-to-toe with a normally free-scoring Old Carey side, restricting them to just five goals at half-time. At the other end of the park Brandon Joel, Toby Lipton and Ash Krakaeur all ensured that AJAX remained within touching distance of the opponent. 

 

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As Old Carey threatened a final-quarter blowout, an AJAX side still missing a handful of regular first teamers pushed themselves to their limit, ensuring Jackas fans departed Albert Park deeply proud of their side despite the loss. 

 

Kane Nissenbaum was the best-ranked player with 28 disposals and 126 fantasy points. Star midfielder Krakaeur finished the game with two goals and 26 disposals at an 88% disposal efficiency rate. Up front, Brandon Joel continued his goalscoring form, bagging three goals to take his 2018 tally to 14 halfway through the season. 

 

Across the road, the Jackettes claimed their second win of the season in a nail-biter against the Hampton Rovers. The girls found their goal-kicking boots after weeks of low scores, kicking 5.3 (33) to win the match by a mere five points.

Named Best on Ground, Ruckman Maddy Smart allowed the Jackettes to command the clearances, while also providing a great target up forward, scoring two impressive goals. 

 

Jess Marget and Chelsea Fisher showed their usual aggression in the midfield, going in hard at every contest and making valuable contributions to the teams overall performance.

 

The win solidifies the Jackettes in sixth spot on the ladder having opened up a four-point gap on Old Carey in seventh spot. 

 

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Earlier, the AJAX Reserves claimed a huge scalp, upsetting second-placed Old Carey 8.5 (53) to 5.16 (46); the Jackas first win since Round Four.

 

The Ressies showed immense spirit in a tight and tense affair to match it with a side that had only lost twice this season, restricting Old Carey to just five goals for the entire match. The win sees the Reserves climb two spots to sixth on the ladder, in prime position to make a finals-charge at the halfway mark of the 2018 season. 

 

All sides will use the mid-season bye to rest up ahead of their Round Ten clashes on June 16th.

 

Scores

Firsts def by Old Carey 9.7 (61) to 12.13 (85)

Jackettes def Hampton Rovers 5.3 (33) to 4.4 (28)

Reserves def Old Carey 8.5 (53) to 5.16 (46)

 

Ash Obel- Media & Communications Manager

 

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Junior Weekly Wrap - Round 6 & 7 Edition 2018

The Round 6 &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 U17 Comets player Matt Lincoln in front of his 150th game banner. Matt celebrated his 150th game in Round 7 and is the first player to reach 150 games in many years. Congratulations Matt.

 

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Weekend Wrap: Round Eight

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After seven weeks of disappointment, AJAX have finally registered their first win since their round one victory over Old Haileybury with a comfortable nine-goal win over the struggling Monash Blues. 

 

Facing the very real threat of relegation, the Jackas knew Saturday’s fixture against the winless Monash Blues would be pivotal in its fight to stay in VAFA B for what would be an eighth consecutive season. 

 

AJAX continued its strong first quarter form, kicking eight goals to two in a season-high 50-point first quarter. Forward Adam Caplan lit up the opener with a stunning left foot banana that will likely contend for VAFA goal of the season. 

 

A highly confident Jackas side were relentless in the second quarter, putting another five goals on the board to take a 61-point lead into the main break.

 

Monash emerged for the second half with far more purpose in front of their home crowd, however some resilient defending combined with inaccurate kicking from the Monash forwards ensured that AJAX remained in control of the match from start to finish.

 

Club captain Nick Lewis spoke to AJAX Media post-match. “We didn’t shy away from the fact that today was a big game. We’ll certainly use the win as a confidence booster to springboard into the rest of the season,” he said.

 

 

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Things aren’t about to get a whole lot easier for the Jackas as they prepare to take on ladder-leading Old Carey at Albert Park on Saturday. Old Carey will be looking to rebound after suffering their first loss of the season at the hands of premiership contenders, University Blacks.

 

Looking ahead to the game, rookie ruckman Brent Shapiro said “playing a top side gives us a good opportunity to see where we really are at. We saw against Beaumaris a few weeks ago that we can challenge with the top sides, so it will be great to get back home and hopefully get a big win against Old Carey.”

 

Earlier, the Reserves loss to Monash saw them leapfrogged on the ladder, dropping one spot to 8th place after eight rounds. While AJAX never really hit top gear, they were firmly in the match going into the final quarter before Monash kicked a quick-fire three goals to put the four-points out of reach.

 

Ben Schwartz marked his return to footy with two goals, as did Nicholas Cohen, while Olly Hoffman and Jono Goldberg snagged one each.

 

Speaking to AJAX Media, Hoffman lamented the loss but highlighted the positive individual performances that kept AJAX in the game.

 

“It was very disappointing to lose a game that we really needed to win but in saying that there are a couple positive personal performances. I think Nico Cohen did really well in a tough game but it’s still disappointing to not get the win in a game that we could have and really should have won,” he said. 

 

At Banksia Reserve, the Jackettes were defeated by a superior Beaumaris side 4.5 (29) to 1.1 (7). The Jackettes goal scoring struggles have continued; this the fifth round in a row where they have only managed the single goal, this time off the boot of Julia Caplan.

 

The Thirds also faced defeat in their fixture on Monday night, going down comprehensively to second-placed Beaumaris Sharks. The full-time scores read 5.2 (32) to 16.20 (116), with Sam Brygel, Sam Kalmus, Stewart Fayman and Michael Lazar all goalscorers.  

 

Round nine sees the Jackas return to Albert Park for their clash with division leaders Old Carey, the last game before the bye round. The Jackettes will have a golden opportunity to get another win on the board when they face bottom-placed Hampton Rovers and the Thirds face another tough assignment when they come up against top spot De La Salle at Waverley Oval. 

 

Scores

Firsts 17.15 (117) def Monash 9.15 (69)

Jackettes 1.1 (7) def by Beaumaris 4.5 (29)

Reserves 6.9 (45) def by Monash 8.10 (58)

Thirds 5.2 (32) def by Beaumaris 16.20 (116)

 

 

Ash Obel- Media & Communications Manager

 

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Weekend Wrap: Round Seven

 

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Pattern emerges as AJAX suffer another second-half fadeout

 

A Round One demolition of Old Haileybury at a sunny Princes Park is fast becoming a fading memory as the Jackas extend their winless run to six games following a 50-point defeat to the Parkdale Vultures on the weekend. 

 

The loss leaves Mark Williams’ men perilously close to the two relegation spots at the bottom of the VAFA B ladder.

 

Speaking to AJAX Media after the match, Williams attributed the now common second-half fadeout to the inexperience of his side.

 

“Young players who are inexperienced can only concentrate for so long,” Williams said.

 

“That concentration level is something that needs building up, just like weights and strength, you have to practice it.”

 

Choco also acknowledged the impact injuries to key personnel has had on results this season.

 

“Each week we’ve had someone injured and not being able to play in the second half…from the corresponding game last year we had seven different players, a third of the side, and most of those are in the backline,” he said. 

 

In what is becoming a familiar story, AJAX began the game in style, playing some of the best footy they’ve played all season, highlighted by Jake Lew who kicked three in the opening quarter. Yet poor mistakes allowed Parkdale to stay right on the tail of the Jackas, nailing an after the siren set-shot to take the Vultures into the first break with a one-point lead despite the AJAX dominance. 

 

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A knee injury to Charles Hamilton meant his role would be limited, leaving the AJAX bench down a rotation for much of the match. Fatigue became evident as the Vultures proved too strong, kicking 13 goals to AJAX’s five over the next three quarters of footy, opening up a four-point gap over the Jackas on the ladder.

 

Justin Berkowitz had his breakout game for the season, finishing with 27 touches and six marks. Captain Nick Lewis showed his aggression with a game-high 16 tackles as well as 27 disposals while Jake Lew kicked a bag of four goals for the second time this season. 

 

In other results, the Jackettes were leapfrogged by Old Mentonians who claimed a comfortable 22-point win at Albert Park on Saturday. The girls’ goal-kicking struggles continued, managing just a single goal again this week, this time off the boot of Mikaela Grek after she pulled the ball out of the ruck contest and spectacularly snapped back over her head. 

 

With just one player on the bench, it was always going to be an uphill battle for the girls. However there was positive news in captain Chelsea Fisher, who turned in her best performance of the season, going in hard at every contest and dominating the clearances. 

 

The Reserves tasted defeat once again, falling to the Vultures 4.8 (32) to 7.14 (56) at Albert Park. AJAX had their chance to pull away from the Vultures in a low-scoring affair, however Olly Hoffman put a guilt-edged chance slamming into the goalpost from 15 meters out under pressure from multiple Parkdale defenders.

 

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The Reserves managed just four goals in the entire match, however strong defensive efforts kept the Jackas in it until the final quarter despite the lack of scoring. Daniel Goodman put his name forward for promotion to the Firsts, bagging all four goals. The loss leaves AJAX sitting just four points ahead of next week’s opponents, the Monash Blues.

 

Ian Jones’ Thirds had the week to rest and recalibrate after their game was postponed to a later date. 

 

Round Eight will see the Jackas travel to the Monash Blues in a crucial game in the battle to stay clear of the relegation spots, AJAX’s first away game in three weeks. The Jackettes are scheduled to take on third-placed Beaumaris Sharks at Banksia Reserve at 4.45pm this Saturday afternoon. 

 

Keep up-to-date with everything AJAX related at ajaxfc.com.au

 

 

Ash Obel- Media and Communications Manager

 

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Weekend Wrap: Round Seven

 

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Pattern emerges as AJAX suffer another second-half fadeout

 

A Round One demolition of Old Haileybury at a sunny Princes Park is fast becoming a fading memory as the Jackas extend their winless run to six games following a 50-point defeat to the Parkdale Vultures on the weekend. 

 

The loss leaves Mark Williams’ men perilously close to the two relegation spots at the bottom of the VAFA B ladder.

 

Speaking to AJAX Media after the match, Williams attributed the now common second-half fadeout to the inexperience of his side.

 

“Young players who are inexperienced can only concentrate for so long,” Williams said.

 

“That concentration level is something that needs building up, just like weights and strength, you have to practice it.”

 

Choco also acknowledged the impact injuries to key personnel has had on results this season.

 

“Each week we’ve had someone injured and not being able to play in the second half…from the corresponding game last year we had seven different players, a third of the side, and most of those are in the backline,” he said. 

 

In what is becoming a familiar story, AJAX began the game in style, playing some of the best footy they’ve played all season, highlighted by Jake Lew who kicked three in the opening quarter. Yet poor mistakes allowed Parkdale to stay right on the tail of the Jackas, nailing an after the siren set-shot to take the Vultures into the first break with a one-point lead despite the AJAX dominance. 

 

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A knee injury to Charles Hamilton meant his role would be limited, leaving the AJAX bench down a rotation for much of the match. Fatigue became evident as the Vultures proved too strong, kicking 13 goals to AJAX’s five over the next three quarters of footy, opening up a four-point gap over the Jackas on the ladder.

 

Justin Berkowitz had his breakout game for the season, finishing with 27 touches and six marks. Captain Nick Lewis showed his aggression with a game-high 16 tackles as well as 27 disposals while Jake Lew kicked a bag of four goals for the second time this season. 

 

In other results, the Jackettes were leapfrogged by Old Mentonians who claimed a comfortable 22-point win at Albert Park on Saturday. The girls’ goal-kicking struggles continued, managing just a single goal again this week, this time off the boot of Mikaela Grek after she pulled the ball out of the ruck contest and spectacularly snapped back over her head. 

 

With just one player on the bench, it was always going to be an uphill battle for the girls. However there was positive news in captain Chelsea Fisher, who turned in her best performance of the season, going in hard at every contest and dominating the clearances. 

 

The Reserves tasted defeat once again, falling to the Vultures 4.8 (32) to 7.14 (56) at Albert Park. AJAX had their chance to pull away from the Vultures in a low-scoring affair, however Olly Hoffman put a guilt-edged chance slamming into the goalpost from 15 meters out under pressure from multiple Parkdale defenders.

 

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The Reserves managed just four goals in the entire match, however strong defensive efforts kept the Jackas in it until the final quarter despite the lack of scoring. Daniel Goodman put his name forward for promotion to the Firsts, bagging all four goals. The loss leaves AJAX sitting just four points ahead of next week’s opponents, the Monash Blues.

 

Ian Jones’ Thirds had the week to rest and recalibrate after their game was postponed to a later date. 

 

Round Eight will see the Jackas travel to the Monash Blues in a crucial game in the battle to stay clear of the relegation spots, AJAX’s first away game in three weeks. The Jackettes are scheduled to take on third-placed Beaumaris Sharks at Banksia Reserve at 4.45pm this Saturday afternoon. 

 

Keep up-to-date with everything AJAX related at ajaxfc.com.au

 

 

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Weekend Wrap: Round Seven

 

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Pattern emerges as AJAX suffer another second-half fadeout

 

A Round One demolition of Old Haileybury at a sunny Princes Park is fast becoming a fading memory as the Jackas extend their winless run to six games following a 50-point defeat to the Parkdale Vultures on the weekend. 

 

The loss leaves Mark Williams’ men perilously close to the two relegation spots at the bottom of the VAFA B ladder.

 

Speaking to AJAX Media after the match, Williams attributed the now common second-half fadeout to the inexperience of his side.

 

“Young players who are inexperienced can only concentrate for so long,” Williams said.

 

“That concentration level is something that needs building up, just like weights and strength, you have to practice it.”

 

Choco also acknowledged the impact injuries to key personnel has had on results this season.

 

“Each week we’ve had someone injured and not being able to play in the second half…from the corresponding game last year we had seven different players, a third of the side, and most of those are in the backline,” he said. 

 

In what is becoming a familiar story, AJAX began the game in style, playing some of the best footy they’ve played all season, highlighted by Jake Lew who kicked three in the opening quarter. Yet poor mistakes allowed Parkdale to stay right on the tail of the Jackas, nailing an after the siren set-shot to take the Vultures into the first break with a one-point lead despite the AJAX dominance. 

 

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A knee injury to Charles Hamilton meant his role would be limited, leaving the AJAX bench down a rotation for much of the match. Fatigue became evident as the Vultures proved too strong, kicking 13 goals to AJAX’s five over the next three quarters of footy, opening up a four-point gap over the Jackas on the ladder.

 

Justin Berkowitz had his breakout game for the season, finishing with 27 touches and six marks. Captain Nick Lewis showed his aggression with a game-high 16 tackles as well as 27 disposals while Jake Lew kicked a bag of four goals for the second time this season. 

 

In other results, the Jackettes were leapfrogged by Old Mentonians who claimed a comfortable 22-point win at Albert Park on Saturday. The girls’ goal-kicking struggles continued, managing just a single goal again this week, this time off the boot of Mikaela Grek after she pulled the ball out of the ruck contest and spectacularly snapped back over her head. 

 

With just one player on the bench, it was always going to be an uphill battle for the girls. However there was positive news in captain Chelsea Fisher, who turned in her best performance of the season, going in hard at every contest and dominating the clearances. 

 

The Reserves tasted defeat once again, falling to the Vultures 4.8 (32) to 7.14 (56) at Albert Park. AJAX had their chance to pull away from the Vultures in a low-scoring affair, however Olly Hoffman put a guilt-edged chance slamming into the goalpost from 15 meters out under pressure from multiple Parkdale defenders.

 

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The Reserves managed just four goals in the entire match, however strong defensive efforts kept the Jackas in it until the final quarter despite the lack of scoring. Daniel Goodman put his name forward for promotion to the Firsts, bagging all four goals. The loss leaves AJAX sitting just four points ahead of next week’s opponents, the Monash Blues.

 

Ian Jones’ Thirds had the week to rest and recalibrate after their game was postponed to a later date. 

 

Round Eight will see the Jackas travel to the Monash Blues in a crucial game in the battle to stay clear of the relegation spots, AJAX’s first away game in three weeks. The Jackettes are scheduled to take on third-placed Beaumaris Sharks at Banksia Reserve at 4.45pm this Saturday afternoon. 

 

Keep up-to-date with everything AJAX related at ajaxfc.com.au

 

 

Ash Obel- Media and Communications Manager

 

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Weekend Wrap: Round Seven

 

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Pattern emerges as AJAX suffer another second-half fadeout

 

A Round One demolition of Old Haileybury at a sunny Princes Park is fast becoming a fading memory as the Jackas extend their winless run to six games following a 50-point defeat to the Parkdale Vultures on the weekend. 

 

The loss leaves Mark Williams’ men perilously close to the two relegation spots at the bottom of the VAFA B ladder.

 

Speaking to AJAX Media after the match, Williams attributed the now common second-half fadeout to the inexperience of his side.

 

“Young players who are inexperienced can only concentrate for so long,” Williams said.

 

“That concentration level is something that needs building up, just like weights and strength, you have to practice it.”

 

Choco also acknowledged the impact injuries to key personnel has had on results this season.

 

“Each week we’ve had someone injured and not being able to play in the second half…from the corresponding game last year we had seven different players, a third of the side, and most of those are in the backline,” he said. 

 

In what is becoming a familiar story, AJAX began the game in style, playing some of the best footy they’ve played all season, highlighted by Jake Lew who kicked three in the opening quarter. Yet poor mistakes allowed Parkdale to stay right on the tail of the Jackas, nailing an after the siren set-shot to take the Vultures into the first break with a one-point lead despite the AJAX dominance. 

 

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A knee injury to Charles Hamilton meant his role would be limited, leaving the AJAX bench down a rotation for much of the match. Fatigue became evident as the Vultures proved too strong, kicking 13 goals to AJAX’s five over the next three quarters of footy, opening up a four-point gap over the Jackas on the ladder.

 

Justin Berkowitz had his breakout game for the season, finishing with 27 touches and six marks. Captain Nick Lewis showed his aggression with a game-high 16 tackles as well as 27 disposals while Jake Lew kicked a bag of four goals for the second time this season. 

 

In other results, the Jackettes were leapfrogged by Old Mentonians who claimed a comfortable 22-point win at Albert Park on Saturday. The girls’ goal-kicking struggles continued, managing just a single goal again this week, this time off the boot of Mikaela Grek after she pulled the ball out of the ruck contest and spectacularly snapped back over her head. 

 

With just one player on the bench, it was always going to be an uphill battle for the girls. However there was positive news in captain Chelsea Fisher, who turned in her best performance of the season, going in hard at every contest and dominating the clearances. 

 

The Reserves tasted defeat once again, falling to the Vultures 4.8 (32) to 7.14 (56) at Albert Park. AJAX had their chances to pull away from the Vultures in a low-scoring affair, however the Jackas were wasteful in attack and unconvincing in defence, leaving them vulnerable to a Parkdale side far more adept at taking their chances.

 

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The Reserves managed just four goals in the entire match, however strong defensive efforts kept the Jackas in it until the final quarter despite the lack of scoring. Daniel Goodman put his name forward for promotion to the Firsts, bagging all four goals. The loss leaves AJAX sitting just four points ahead of next week’s opponents, the Monash Blues.

 

Ian Jones’ Thirds had the week to rest and recalibrate after their game was postponed to a later date. 

 

Round Eight will see the Jackas travel to the Monash Blues in a crucial game in the battle to stay clear of the relegation spots, AJAX’s first away game in three weeks. The Jackettes are scheduled to take on third-placed Beaumaris Sharks at Banksia Reserve at 4.45pm this Saturday afternoon. 

 

Keep up-to-date with everything AJAX related at www.AJAXfc.com.au

 

Ash Obel- Media and Communications Manager

 

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Weekend Wrap: Round Six

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Spirited Jackas Fall Short

 

After four difficult weeks marked by consecutive heavy losses, AJAX have registered a hugely encouraging performance, taking their encounter with the Beaumaris Sharks down to the wire in an enthralling clash at the Gary Smorgon Oval. 

 

Playing on home turf for the first time this year, a youthful Jackas outfit blitzed the Beaumaris defence, leading by seven goals to one halfway through the second quarter. 

 

However an injury to key defender Richie Simon combined with some poor decision-making left the door ajar for the Sharks, who came out in the second half with plenty of determination.

 

AJAX were never able to recapture their momentum, as former Gold Coast Suns coach Guy Mckenna’s side patiently chipped away at the margin. 

 

With the wind working against them, the Jackas managed just one final-quarter goal as the Sharks used the weather advantage to its fullest, bagging five goals and just one behind; the scoreboard reading 8.7 (55) to 10.12 (72) at the final siren, condemning AJAX to eighth spot on the ladder. 

 

Kane Nissenbaum was again a stand-out performer, finishing with 30 disposals and 19 kicks. Nicholas Cohen impressed on debut, slotting a set-shot from 30 meters out on the boundary-line, while ruckman Brent Shapiro solidified his place in the squad with another impressive performance.

 

Speaking to AJAX Media after the game, Cohen said “the game speed was a lot faster and there’s a lot more pressure when you’re out there in front of a bigger crowd on a bigger stage.

 

“I was pretty nervous when I was lining up for goal, it was my first kick of the day and it was a pretty tough angle but Nick Lewis gave me good advice. He told me to take three deep breaths and just go through the paces and kick through the ball. That’s what I did and it went through…it was great.” 

 

Despite a fifth-consecutive loss, coach Mark ‘Choco’ Williams remained noticeably optimistic, praising his players for their week-to-week improvements and urging them to continue to believe they were good enough to match it with the best in the division.

 

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Earlier in the day, the AJAX Reserves were defeated by league-leaders Beaumaris Reserves in difficult weather conditions, going down by 45 points. The Ressies were unable to account for Beaumaris’ tall forwards despite rallying hard in the third quarter before the Sharks ran away with the game in the final stanza. 

 

Olly Hoffman impressed with three goals while Daniel Cohen marked his return to footy with a typically influential performance. Dean Rotenberg, Adam Caplan and David Glass all finished with one goal each as the Reserves held onto sixth place on the B Reserve ladder.  

 

On Sunday morning, the Jackettes were swept aside by premiership favourites Old Scotch. AJAX came out firing, with a Maddy Smart opening goal ensuring that the girls were right in it at the quarter-time break. However Old Scotch lived up to their credentials, keeping the Jackettes scoreless and piling on another 7 goals to cruise to victory.

 

Jackettes coach Daniel Slonim was positive despite the result, acknowledging the strength of Sunday’s opposition. 

 

“Despite a disappointing result, we never dropped our heads against the competition’s benchmark. Our usual suspects Justine Gabriel, Isi Burstin and Pessia Fetter fought hard and gave us drive all day,” Slonim said.

 

Playing in the unusual timeslot of Saturday night, the AJAX Thirds faced Fitzroy for the second time this season, having already defeated their opponents by 27 points in round two- the Thirds solitary win for the season thus far. 

 

After an even first term, the AJAX Thirds seized control of the match through strong tackling and effective disposals, taking a 13-point lead into the final break. However fatigue crippled the side when it mattered most, with Fitzroy overturning the deficit to steal the win in the final quarter. The Thirds will hope to perform with similar intensity in their matchup this weekend with Williamstown.

 

The coming weekend will also see AJAX face the Parkdale Vultures in a must-win clash at Gary Smorgon Oval for both the Seniors and Reserves. The Vultures sit four points ahead of the Firsts, however both sides share an equal percentage, handing AJAX the opportunity to leapfrog their round seven opponents with a win at Albert Park on Saturday. Similarly, the Reserves sit just four points ahead of the Parkdale Reserves, meaning a win is crucial if they are to avoid dropping out of the top six. The Jackettes take on Old Mentonians in another critical match, with the Old Mentonians sitting just two points behind the Jackettes after five rounds.

 

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Scores

Firsts 8.7 (55) def by Beaumaris 10.12 (72)

Jackettes 1.0 (6) def by Old Scotch 8.13 (61)

Reserves 6.4 (40) def by Beaumaris 12.13 (85)

Thirds 5.7 (37) def by Fitzroy 6.9 (45)

 

Keep up-to-date with all things AJAX at our new-look website www.ajaxfc.com.au!

 

Ash Obel- Media and Communications Manager

 

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Pictured is Kai Yaffe in front of his 100th game banner. Kai played his 100th game for the club in Round 3 for the U16 Comets.

 

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Weekend Wrap: Round Five

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AJAX’s form slump has continued, going down to the Caulfield Grammarians by 70 points on the weekend, as all four AJAX sides lost.

 

Coach Mark Williams rang the changes in response to a four-game losing streak, welcoming back key forward Jake Lew after his recovery from injury, as well as defender Richie Simon returning from overseas. Dylan Rothschild was handed his Seniors debut after consistently strong performances in the AJAX Reserves. 

 

AJAX began the encounter on the front-foot, pressing the ball into their forward line for the opening phases of the contest, yet only emerged with two behinds to show for their efforts. 

 

At the other end of the ground Caulfield proved clinical, slotting five goals in the opening quarter, leaving the Jackas trailing by 20 points at quarter time. 

 

AJAX responded to their dismal first-quarter defensive effort, tightening up at the back and restricting the Grammarians to just the two second-quarter goals. However the Jackas were unable to capitalize on their defensive solidity, going goalless for the quarter.

 

In driving rain, the second-half saw good effort and intensity from AJAX, but Caulfield continued to creep away, with the result of the game never in much doubt. 

 

The final quarter was lit up by a Brandan Joel special, after he collected a touched footy and managed to swing it on to his boot despite being wrapped up by a Caulfield defender. 

 

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The match ended 17.17 (119) to 8.11 (59) with Charlie Hamilton racking up his best numbers for the season, gaining 24 disposals including 14 kicks. Kane Nissenbaum achieved a team-high 27 touches, while Jake Lew marked his return to senior footy with an impressive three goals in a tough afternoon for the forward line. Brent Shapiro was named in the bests for his impressive 41 hit-out contribution. 

 

Over at Brighton Beach Oval, the Jackettes were quickly brought back to reality following their bye-round last week, with Old Brighton handing the girls a 41-point defeat, leaving them firmly in fourth place on the ladder. 

 

After a lacklustre first half, the girls managed to hold possession in their forward fifty for a large majority of the game, however the forwards failed to translate on-ball pressure into scoreboard pressure. 

 

Midfielder, Isi Burstin, again showed great composure in and around the contest while providing a great run off the halfback line. Reliable backmen, Mikaela Grek and Daniella Abraham had their best games to date, winning important one on one contests and stopping an onslaught of goals by Old Brighton. 

 

The girl’s solitary goal was scored by tall-forward Lindi Nankin after an impressive soccer-dribble over the line in the final term. After the demoralizing loss, the girls look to bounce back against premiership favourites Old Scotch next Sunday at Gary Smorgon Oval.

 

On Saturday morning the AJAX Thirds showed great fight against Caulfield Grammarians Thirds, going down 11.10 (76) to 15.7 (97). Once again missing several key players, Ian Jones’ men took it to the hosts, leading at every break before running out of steam in the final quarter.

 

Michael Rechtman added five goals to his season-tally, while Benjamin Michowski, Ryan Klooger, Sam Kalmus and David Glass added their names to the goalscorer sheet. 

 

Playing after the Thirds, the Reserves failed to display the same effort and intensity, copping a disheartening 80-point loss. The Reserves trailed by just two goals at the main break, but were only able to achieve two behinds in the entire second half against a sharp-shooting Caulfield Grammarians Reserve outfit. Daniel Goodman bagged three goals, with Adam Caplan and Nico Cohen kicking the other two majors. 

 

Round Six will see the club return to the Gary Smorgon Oval for the first-time this season, as the Seniors (2pm) and Reserves (11.40am) go up against Beaumaris on Saturday, while the Jackettes do battle with Old Scotch on Sunday morning at 9.40am.

 

Keep up-to-date with all things AJAX at our new-look website www.ajaxfc.com.au!

 

Scores

Firsts 8.11 (59) def by Caulfield Grammarians 17.17 (119)

Jackettes 1.1 (7) def by Old Brighton 6.12 (48)

Reserves 5.4 (34) def by Caulfield Grammarians 18.6 (114)

Thirds 11.10 (76) def by Caulfield Grammarians 15.7 (97)

 

Ash Obel- Media & Communications Manager

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Pictured is Kai Yaffe in front of his 100th game banner. Kai played his 100th game for the club in Round 3 for the U16 Comets.

 

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Junior Weekly Wrap - Round 2 Edition 2018

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Pictured are the U17 Comets who commemorated Yom HaShoah before their game in Round 2 with the flyer #justlikeyou2018 to remember those who perished were also sportsmen and women. The only thing that separates them from you is time.......they were #justlikeyou.

 

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