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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.
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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.