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Jackas' Grand Final grief

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Photo: Peter Haskin/AJN

Jackas’ Grand Final grief

The best team all year prevailed in the Under-19s Section 4 Grand Final, with Old Haileybury storming home to beat a gallant AJAX side 7.12 (54) – 5.5 (35) at Trevor Barker Oval on Sunday.

Hundreds of supporters from both sides witnessed a low-scoring yet fascinating contest that was still anyone’s to win early in the final quarter.

AJAX entered the clash as severe underdogs having lost the previous two fixtures against Old Haileybury by 93 points.

“There was a great vibe around the group in the lead up to Sunday. We all understood our roles. We were hoping for a four-quarter effort and we knew that if we gave that we would’ve been a chance,” defender Joel Burston told the AJN.

Burston spoke with J-Air's 'On the Ball' on Monday night after the Grand Final loss. Listen here.

It was a hotly-contested opening term with the Jackas’ structures holding up well, trailing by just two points at quarter time.

They came out in the second with a new-found vigour, kicking two goals courtesy of Toby Fisher and Dakota Lipton, while limiting the Bloods to just one point.

 
Photo: Peter Haskin/AJN

The Jackas headed into the half-time break with the momentum and an 11-point lead.

Their opponents benefited from the break and wrestled the game back onto their terms. Ten scoring shots to AJAX’s two could have almost put the game beyond doubt, however Old Haileybury’s inaccuracy saw them lead by just 12 points heading into the deciding stanza.

“At three quarter time we looked up and there were hundreds of people on our side, trying to get us going,” Burston said.

Coach Ashley Shenker delivered an emotional address to his chargers, pleading for one last effort.

Photo: Peter Haskin/AJN

They heeded the call early, kicking the opening goal of the quarter, narrowing the margin back to six points.

The Bloods responded immediately, extending their lead back out past two goals and eventually edged further clear to lead by 19 points when the final siren sounded.

Cameron Nankin was the Jackas’ only multiple goalkicker while ruckman Dakota Lipton, midfielders Charlie Hamilton, Ben De Winter and Jesse Velleman all battled hard.


Photo: Peter Haskin/AJN

Ash Shenker, in his first season as Coach got the most out of a group that missed out on the contributions from a number of quality players who spent their season at a higher level, while injuries to key personnel also tested the spirit and depth of the side.

All AJAX teams will now enjoy a well-deserved break before pre-season kicks off in a couple months’ time.

#AlwaysAjax

Aaron Fetter
AJAX Amateur Football Club
Media & Communications Manager
www.ajaxfootballclub.com.au

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