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Senior Round 2 Match Report

A sharp-shooting AJAX side has posted a hard fought 12-point win over Parkdale at Albert Park last Saturday in a landmark weekend that also saw the Jackettes female team record a victory in their inaugural hit-out.

Coming off a seven goal defeat to Old Melburnians last week, and having lost playmaker Josh Kalmus with a broken jaw, and ruckman Ryan Winston with a leg fracture, coach Marty Pask implored his young team to stand up and be accountable in their home match against Parkdale last week.

The Jackas were certainly out to make a statement in the opening term, and kicking with a slight wind advantage, had five straight goals on the board in the first fifteen minutes, whilst holding the opposition scoreless.  Jake Lew and Richie Simon were proving to be a potent combination up forward booting two goals apiece, and Jarryd Ludski was also causing Parkdale some concern with his perfectly roved goal in the square. Jason Ritterman turned back the clock, and with a withering run down the outer flank, bombed long from outside the 50 that posted the home side’s sixth goal. Brad Caplan found Jake Lew who kicked his third for the quarter, before Parkdale posted its first major just on quarter time to reduce the home team’s lead to 34-points.

Parkdale opened the second term with a quick goal, and as happened last week against OM’s, Ajax seemed to go into their shell and could not replicate the pressure they had brought in the first term. The home team’s midfield dominance of the first quarter that saw them win the majority of the centre clearances was no longer evident as Parkdale began to get on top. In a 20-minute period, Parkdale piled on seven goals to none to take a six-point lead, and if not for their inaccuracy in front of goal, could well have been further in front. Skipper Nick Marks, returning from a long stint on the sidelines with injury, stepped up and booted a captain’s goal to stop the visitor’s onslaught. Asher Burstin and Adam Caplan added two more majors to give the home team a three-point lead at half time.

The third term saw both teams defend grimly as the game seemed to be played between the two half back lines, before Parkdale kicked their only goal for the quarter to take a slender lead. It was going to take a special effort to break the game open, and when Dean Rotenberg found Simon for his third major, and Lew added two more to take his afternoon’s tally to five goals, the Jackas had opened up a 15-point lead. Ash Kalb added another just before ¾ time, and the home had a 21-point buffer, heading into the final stanza.

Parkdale went in the final term with a slight wind advantage, and midway through the term had reduced the deficit to seven points, and threatened to run over the top of the Jackas. Asher Burstin snuffed out the Parkdale challenge with his second major for the match, and the Jackas held on to record a well deserved 12-point victory.

In a low scoring match, the Reserves were defeated by 19 points, and whilst they were competitive for the majority of the match, they again fell short in a match that they should have won.  Daniel Janover-Rocha, Jamie Lewis, Nadav Greenberger, Alex Wollan and Jake Kalmus battled hard, whilst Brandon Joel was the only multiple goal scorer with three.

In the Thirds, the Ajax Blacks went down to Old Carey by 4 goals. Inaccuracy cost the team dearly, kicking 7.15.57 to 12.9.81. Benji Jones, Daniel Wein and Jeremy Herz amongst the best for the Blacks.

St Kevins defeated the Ajax Reds by 95 points, with Daniel Klotnick, Jarred Swire and Adam Shapiro leading the way for the Reds. Special mention to club stalwart, Sonney Roth, in his comeback game, and scoring one of the team’s six goals.

The Jackettes, Ajax Women’s Football team, played their debut game at Montmorency and took their hosts to the cleaners with a 38-point victory. In cold and wet conditions, the Jackettes kicked 4.17.41 to 0.3.3, with Vanessa Mrocki becoming the first ever goal-kicker for the women’s team. Best for the Jackettes were Alex Fleiszig, Toni Hamilton, Jess Marget and Danielle “Booba” Robinson. The team sits on op of the VWFL Eastern Division with a percentage of 1366%. 

Round 3 Next Week -

Saturday 25th April

Ajax Seniors and Reserves v Fitzroy at 2.00PM and 11.40AM at Brunswick Street Oval, Fitzroy

Sunday 26th April

Ajax Thirds (Black) v Mazenod at Gary Smorgan Oval, Albert Park – Time TBC

Ajax Thirds (Red) v Old Xaverians at Gary Smorgan Oval, Albert Park – Time TBC

Ajax Jackettes  - Bye


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Senior Round 1 Match Report

Heading in to the first round, Ajax had come off one of the most intense pre-seasons in the club’s history, and new coach, Marty Pask, had developed a very positive atmosphere around the club. Despite the loss of guns, David Fayman and Eugene Routman to injury, the club was looking to start the season on a winning note. Unfortunately, that was not to be in a spiteful contest that saw the Jackas go down by seven goals.

Taking a ferocious attitude into the first quarter, Ajax put Old Melburnians under intense pressure with several attacking forays. Jake Lew capitalized by booting two early goals, the second a Goal of the Day contender from the boundary. Adam Caplan slotted the third major for the term and the Jackas took a 14-point lead into the quarter time break. Debutant ruckman Ryan Winston injured his knee in the opening term and would take no further part in the game.

Ajax seemed to go into their shell in the second term, as OM’s added five goals to one. The Jackas could not replicate the pressure they had brought in the first term, and the home team started to win the ball out of the middle. Adding four unanswered goals, OM’s had turned the quarter time deficit into a 13-point lead, before Jake Lew kicked his third to stop the rot. The hosts added another on the siren to hold a two-goal buffer and take all the momentum into the half time break.  Adding to the club’s injury woes, Josh Kalmus was taken to hospital with a suspected broken jaw, reducing the interchange bench to two fit players.

The third term saw Ajax attack early, but for all of their good work, could not register a major. The Jackas defended manfully as Melburnians dominated play for the majority of the quarter, struggling to keep out their opposition who slotted three quick goals to open up a game-high 31-point lead. Richie Simon kicked the Jackas only goal for the term just before ¾ time to reduce the deficit to 25 points at the final change, and offer a glimmer of hope. 

Given the warm conditions of the afternoon, the limited interchange bench and the number of players suffering from cramp, the final stanza was always going to be difficult. The brave Jackas fought out the battle, but ultimately struggled to overhaul a stronger Melburnians outfit. The home team added five goals for the term and opened up a sizeable lead, before Jason Samuel, AJ Thurin and Nick Lewis all added majors to keep the final deficit to 43 points.

The Reserves were defeated by 10 goals, and whilst they were also in the match until half time, Old Melburnians dominated the second half to add eight goals to one. Anton Ritterman and Jacob Kingston kicked two goals each, whilst Alex Wollan and Jake Kalmus battled hard for the visitors.

The Premier B Thirds competition saw two Ajax teams competing in the same division for the first time. The Ajax Blacks had a huge 15 goal win over the Ajax Reds, with Daniel Wein booting 5 goals for the Blacks. Benji Jones and Jeremy Herz led the way for the Blacks, whilst Zac Braun and Simon Roth were amongst the best for the Reds.

Next Saturday sees the Club’s first home match for the season against Parkdale at Gary Smorgan Oval, Albert Park, whilst the Jackettes debut away to Montmorency next Sunday.


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2015 Season Preview

The AJAX Football Club will commence season 2015 on the weekend with many new initiatives and personnel set to be unfurled.

Since his appointment as Senior Coach back in September last year, Marty Pask alongside his assistants Rob Paterson, Nick Gold and Leon Burstin, have set new standards and expectations of the playing group.

Internal predictions of the season ahead have been overwhelmingly positive. “We are really confident we’ve got both the coaching staff and players in place to have a ripper season across our four teams,” AJAX FC President Ronnie Lewis told the AJN. 

Coming off a gruelling five-month pre-season which included a highly successful educational camp as well as four promising practice match hit-outs, the groundwork and preparation has been done and all is in readiness for round one.

Entering a new and unchartered phase without a host of big names, the club is confident the group at hand has the drive and ability to create their own success.

“It’s been great to get to know the boys over the summer and what I have learnt is that they are a committed, hardworking and talented group that will use the fitness base they have, with their pace and skill to execute a game plan that will play to these strengths,” Senior Coach Marty Pask told the AJN.

“The group is young, well led by our on-field leaders and raring to go.” Coming off an injury-riddled 2014, Nick Marks will once again captain the seniors and be well supported by an influencer group, a new initiative for 2015.

Lewis spoke glowingly of Pask’s initial contribution to the club, praising the innovation and ideas he has brought to the table. “Marty is a consummate professional and a very hard working guy,”

Supporters can expect a much fitter and even side in season 2015. “Hopefully people will see a unified group and a spirited team that genuinely want to play football for each other,” Pask said.

“We hope to have an even spread amongst the group and not have to rely on two or three players to win us games.”

The club will have a very good problem on their hands prior to round one, boasting a large number of players to choose from, creating a healthy environment in which players will be fighting for spots.

Adam Slade-Jacobson will once again take the reins as reserves coach while Daniel Slonim will coach the thirds for the first time.

An exciting and new initiative for the club is the introduction of AJAX’s first ever women’s team, the ‘Jackettes’ who will compete in the VWFL on Sundays, part of a double-header with the thirds.

The reserves will kick their season off on Saturday at 11:40am at Junction Oval against Old Melburnians, followed by the seniors at 2pm.

Written by Aaron Fetter    

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Club Sponsors For 2015 Season

The successful running of our Club is dependent on the generous commitment and support of our sponsors.

We are thrilled to announce the continuation of Teska Carson as our Major Club Sponsor for 2015. As a leading commercial real estate agency, we are proud to have such a strong brand behind our club.

In addition we are delighted to have the continued support of Antler Luggage, Barton Glass, The Pratt Foundation and Eskal as Club Sponsors. We also welcome Sound Insurance Services and South Yarra BMW as first time Club Sponsors for 2015.

We are also greatly appreciative to our Club Supporters, namely Spotlight Foundation, The Dental Co., Knight Building Group, Plascorp, Bendigo Bank Caulfield Park Community Branch and Oasis Orthopaedic Group.

We would like to make special mention of our loyal Jackas supporters who have once again pledged their annual support at Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze levels. Your support makes a huge difference to the success of the Club both on and off the field. Likewise to our all our Club advertisers and supporters.

We strongly encourage all our members and supporters to get behind our sponsors in every way possible and to utilize their products and services wherever they can.

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Pre-Season Camp

Belief & Enthusiam - words that are often bandied about early in a season. But these are more than just words to the close-knit group of players representing the Ajax Football Club in 2015.

With one of the largest ever turn-outs at an Ajax pre-season camp, more than 50 players took part in the 2015 pre-season camp place last weekend at Grossmans Country Cottages in Torquay. 

Players, coaches and committee members all left the 2-day camp with an air of expectation and excitement for the 2015 season ahead.

A 6.00AM start on Saturday morning was always going to be a tough assignment, but as has happened in all of the pre-season training sessions, the players hit the track with enthusiasm and purpose for new coach, Marty Pask.

Following a hearty breakfast provided by "Rocky" (club stalwart Peter Rockman), everyone present, players and committee members alike, were treated to an inspirational session with Assistant coach, Rob Patterson, who was left a paraplegic after being hit by a semi-trailer while on a training ride over 20 years ago. His injuries where multiple and severe, and included a spinal injury in his lower back, his pelvis was fractured in 7 places, major fracture in his arm and a skull fracture. Now a highly regarded coach in his field, Rob imparted his experiences in overcoming adversity in life, and related it back to the adversities the players can face on a footy field, and their lives.

Coach Pask then addressed the players and set out the on-field game plan for the players for the coming season, and introduced the "influence" group who will be the leaders of the club, both on and off the field, in 2015.

The main training session in the afternoon was a solid 2-hour hit out for the playing group, before taking a well earned recovery session in the surf at Torquay.

Some free time late on Saturday afternoon allowed the players to prepare for the evening social activities, including a player BBQ, at which all of the players dressed as their favourite AFL player. At this point, readers will have to understand that what happens on camp ... stays on camp!

More than a few sore heads woke at 6.30AM on Sunday for another early morning training session. After a light workout, the players gathered as a group and sang the Ajax club song as a sign of solidarity for the season to come.

The 2-day camp is just the start of the campaign for the Ajax Football Club in 2015. New Coach, Marty Pask, has brought a fresh attitude to the club, which has strengthened the resolve of the players to achieve success in the coming season.

Three trial matches follow in the next 3 weeks, followed by an intra-club match at Moorabbin on Erev Pesach (see the schedule below)

Trial Matches

Trial matches have been scheduled as follows

Saturday March 14 v University Blacks    Venue:  Bulleen (Oval 1)

Saturday March 21 v Aspendale              Venue:Aspendale

Sunday March 29 v Montmorency            Venue:Montmorency

Good Friday April 3  Intra-Club                 Venue:Moorabbin

 The club looks forward to seeing all of the club supporters attending the trial matches. 


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