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