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No joy for Jackettes
AJAX’s women’s team the Jackettes felt the full force of reigning Premiers Gippsland on Sunday, losing by 105 points in the VWFL Division 3 Semi-Final at Frankston Oval.
Despite the crushing defeat, the Jackettes earned a double chance by finishing 2nd on the ladder and will face Fitzroy on Sunday in a Preliminary-Final.
Gippsland finished the regular season with a perfect record and a staggering percentage of over 1000.
On Sunday the Jackettes were completely outplayed, failing to score in the first half, and only managing one point in the second.
To the girls’ credit they didn’t concede more than four goals in any quarter, but offensively couldn’t get past Gippsland’s sturdy defence.
Mikaela Grek was her team’s best while Ally Bild and Maya Glikfeld also fought hard.
The Jackettes will need to dust themselves off in time for this Sunday’s Preliminary-Final against Fitzroy, a team they have a 50% win-rate against this season.
The match will take place at Bill Lawry Oval at 2pm.
On Saturday the under 19s secured their place in the Section 4 finals, coming from behind to beat top four rivals PEGS FC by ten points at Gary Smorgon Oval.
The Jackas were slow out of the blocks, trailing by nine points at quarter time and 12 at half.
With their season on the line, Coach Ash Shenker willed his chargers to dig deep.
They fought hard in the third term for minimal reward, until two late goals saw them claim a three-point lead.
The low-scoring scrap continued in the final term, but the Jackas held their nerve to record a vitally important 7.11 (53) win to PEGS Fc 6.7 (43).
Reece Israel was his team’s only multiple goal-kicker with two. He now moves into 5th on the VAFA under 19 Section 4 goal-kicking Table with a season tally of 24.
Guy Vadas and Charles Hamilton were instrumental in the middle of the ground, while Jacob Silver and Joel Burston were strong in defence.
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The win sees the Jackas move two games clear inside the top four and two games off 1st.
On Sunday, the thirds prepared for yet another finals campaign with a gutsy seven-point win over fellow finals bound team Old Trinity at Hudson Oval.
The Jackas led at every change and by as much as 17 points at three quarter time, however the home-side refused to lie down, drawing even with five minutes to play.
AJAX needed a hero and Benji Jones was the man to step up taking a contested mark thirty meters out with seconds to play.
He calmly slotted the match-winner, ensuring the Jackas entered the finals on a winning note and with the mental edge over Old Trinity, who they could play again.
Skipper Zev Aron was yet again best on ground. His game-high four goals sees him take out the VAFA Premier B Thirds goal-kicking award with a total of 38 from 14 home & away matches.
Experienced trio Eli Adelist, Shimon New and Jeremy Herz all put in strong showings, while speedster David Ellinghaus relished the open spaces.
The thirds end the regular season in 2nd spot with a 12-2 record, three games ahead of third and one behind De La Salle in first.
Due to Tisha Ba’av (Fast Day) both sides have failed to reach a suitable playing alternative meaning the thirds have had to forfeit their Semi-Final vs De La Salle this Sunday.
As they finished in the top two, the thirds go straight through to the Preliminary-Final in two weeks’ time.
The seniors (2pm) and reserves (11.40am) return from the bye round with big clashes against St Bedes/Mentone at Gary Smorgon Oval on Saturday.
Over the road on Lindsay Hassett Oval, the under 19s face Therry Penola at 1pm.
AJAX Amateur Football Club
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