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Under 19s secure Grand Final spot

Under 19s secure Grand Final spot

A heart-stopping finish to a cracking contest saw AJAX's Under-19s hold off Preston Bullants to win the Section 4 Preliminary Final by eight points on Saturday at Garvey Oval.

AJAX led all day as they battled a tough opposition who had trumped them twice already this year.

Photo: Hersh Burston

The Jackas started strongly but an inaccurate 2.6 to 0.2 kept the Bullants in the game at quarter time.

In a physical and low-scoring second term, the Jackas were challenged and went onto lead 26-22 at the main break

A typically measured and vocal address from Coach Ash Shenker proved the catalyst for a consistent effort in the third term as the Jackas kept Preston goalless and extended the margin at three-quarter time to 16 points.

Despite conceding two goals to one in a tense final term, the 19s were able to keep their opposition at bay to record a memorable victory.

Midfielders Charlie Hamilton, Ben De Winter and Mikey Alter put in fantastic performances, whilst ruckman Adam Rushford toiled hard all day.


Photo: Hersh Burston

"It was a brave performance from the boys, who I'm sure were having flashbacks of Preston beating us twice this year," Coach Ash Shenker told the AJN.

The Jackas now face the almighty task of toppling their nemesis Old Haileybury in the big dance on Sunday. The Bloods were the top-team this year and won three out of the four encounters against the 19s this season.

Captain Adam Sekler previewed Sunday's Grand Final with J-Air Radio's 'On the Ball'. Listen here.

"We really back ourselves in against Haileybury this week. It's grand final day, absolutely anything can happen and we take confidence out of the fact that we got them in round 1 and pushed them to 3/4 time in the Semi-Final,” Shenker said.

Reece Israel (24 goals) and Ryan Kagan (15) will be key to the Jackas’ chances on Sunday with dangerous forwards Brent Shapiro and Ben Schwartz out injured.


Photo: Hersh Burston

After failing to field a team last year, the 2016 side is the first since 2013 to make the Grand Final. The match will commence at 9.15am this Sunday at Trevor Barker Beach Oval, Sandringham.

"We'd love to see a huge crowd come and support us. This is a big moment in the club's history and we're the only AJAX side this year to have made the grand final, so we're just looking forward to doing everyone proud.”

#AlwaysAjax

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

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Junior Weekly Wrap - Finals Week 3 Edition 2016

The Finals Week 3 Edition of the Weekly Wrap is now available - Click here for this week's edition of the Weekly Wrap. Previous weekly wraps are available in the Weekly Wraps menu item in the Junior Football section.

Pictured is the U15 Comets team who lined up in the Grand Final looking for 3 premierships in 3 years. Unfortunately the team fell short in the big game. See the wrap for all the Grand Final details.

 

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AJAX Football Club - 2016 Season Review

AJAX Football Club 2016 Season Review

The Jackas ended another season without a finals berth in B-Grade, losing to top-side Beaumaris by 36 points at Gary Smorgon Oval on Saturday.

During the week leading up to the final game of the season, Club President Ronnie Lewis announced to supporters that they will be searching for a new Senior Coach in 2017.

“After one season as Director of Coaching at our Junior Club and two seasons as our Senior Coach, Marty Pask has decided to move on”, Lewis said in a Club email.

He thanked Pask for his contribution and wished him well for the future.

“Marty has made a great contribution to both our Junior and Senior Clubs and his time with the Club will be well remembered and regarded, in particular this season where he assisted the Club in maintaining our position in B-Grade, our fifth straight in that division.”

“We wish Marty every success in his future endeavours and he will be a welcomed friend at our Club in the future”, Lewis said.

In Pask’s two seasons in charge of the senior team he coached 17 wins in 36 matches.

In 2015 the Jackas finished 5th, equal on points with 4th, with 22% separating them and a finals spot.

This season the seniors were caught up in a short-lived relegation fight, but eventually avoided it to finish 7th, three games off the bottom two, and four games behind 4th.

“I have enjoyed my time with the AJAX Football Club and have built many great relationships, many that will continue,” Pask told the Club.

“To all the parents, players and supporters I have had the pleasure of knowing, thank you for all your support. My family and I have had a fantastic time being involved with the AJAX Football Community.”

The Jackas are now in the market for their third Senior Coach in five years, with the process already underway.

“We’ve got quite a young list, so we’re looking for an educator, someone who understands amateur footy particularly the VAFA”, Lewis told the AJN.

“It’s tough because you have got to balance the will to win and getting a coach that is really determined to do that and also balancing the requirements of a unique community club.”

Club President Ronnie Lewis reviewed the season last night on J-Air's 'On the Ball'. Listen here.

On the field, the Jackas unearthed a host of future prospects, handing senior debuts to five youngsters.

“I believe the players we blooded this year are 150 to 200-game players, and potential leaders of our Club. They’re all classy and have shown that they can really mix it with the best”, Lewis said.

Of those to debut, 18-year old Jordan Cohen and 19-year old Josh Baron both played ten games, combined for 11 goals and were mentioned seven times in the best, collectively.

Further afield it wasn’t any regular season for star-forward David Fayman, although he did storm home to become the joint-winner of the Premier B goal-kicking award, etching his name into VAFA history with his 6th ‘Coleman’ Medal.

Fayman was trialled in few different roles, but still managed to produce a highlight-packed season that delivered 46 goals.

“I spent a lot of time in the midfield which made it harder but I guess I got a little lucky winning it on 46 goals. It’s certainly not the best of the six”, Fayman told the AJN.

After 12 rounds he had kicked 22 goals, but a permanent move back to the forward line saw him kick 24 goals in the remaining six matches.

His best game of the season came in his 150th against Hampton in round 13. He had five goals to quarter time and ended up with nine for the match.

“After the game someone told me I was only seven goals back with five games left so I thought I was a huge chance to win it”, Fayman said.

His best season came in the Jackas’ Premiership year of 2011, where he kicked 94 goals.

“I think I can get to the century mark if I played a whole season at full forward. Physically I’m as strong and fit as I’ve ever been”.


Photo: VAFA Media

The 27-year old enters next season on 155 games and an astonishing 575 goals.  

Fayman is one of three favourites to feature heavily on the Club’s Best & Fairest night on October 6th.

The front-runner is utility Brad Caplan who kicked 16 goals in 17 games and was named in the best on 14 occasions.

Skipper Nick Marks also enjoyed an injury-free season to lead from the front in the back-half. His second half of the season was exceptional featuring in the best players in each of the final eight games.

 

The reserves’ season under Rob Paterson was a tale of missed opportunities with a number of close results taking its toll in the first half of the season.

Plenty of positives emerged, though, including defender-turned-forward Jeremy Forbes kicking 25 goals from 16 games, while the Best & Fairest race is bound to be a close one with Dov Paltiel, Roi Abraham, Nathan Zielinski and the retiring Nadav Harel all having strong years.

The reserves finished the season in 6th, with eight wins, one draw and nine losses, just two games outside the finals.

The thirds and Jackettes both enjoyed successful seasons finishing in the top two, but fell short at the pointy end losing in their respective Preliminary Finals.

Thirds’ Skipper Zev Aron finished the regular season with the most goals in his team’s division (38). For the girls, Rebecca Bennett combined with Toni Hamilton for 23 goals, while Danielle Robinson, Tamara Epshtein and Maya Glikfeld were a few of the best performers all year.

The under 19s coached by Ash Shenker are the only AJAX team still kicking. They finished 2nd and will play for a spot in the Grand Final this Sunday against Preston Bullants at Garvey Oval, Bundoora at 9.30am.

#AlwaysAjax

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

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Junior Weekly Wrap - Finals Week 2 Edition 2016

The Finals Week 2 Edition of the Weekly Wrap is now available - Click here for this week's edition of the Weekly Wrap. Previous weekly wraps are available in the Weekly Wraps menu item in the Junior Football section.

Pictured is the premiership winning U13 Jets team who rounded out a great season with a fantastic win on Sunday. See the wrap for all the Grand Final details for all three team that played, the U11 Comets, U12 Comets and the U13 Jets. Also checkout the wrap for details and preview for the U15 Comets Grand Final this Sunday.

 

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Jackas avoid relegation with remarkable win

Jackas avoid relegation with remarkable win

AJAX ensured their stay in B-Grade will enter a sixth straight season next year after a thrilling five-point win over rivals and fellow 2016 battlers Old Haileybury at Princes Park, Caulfield, on Saturday.

The Jackas avoided relegation in front of hundreds of supporters who turned up and packed their ‘home away from home’.

In characteristic fashion, Skipper Nick Marks stood tall in his 100th game, proving the difference in a frantic final quarter.

The Jackas had a sense for the occasion kicking the opening two goals courtesy of rising youngster Jordan Cohen and Stuart Fayman. Josh Kalmus was also in the thick of it early in game 100.

Old Haileybury responded with two of their own to take the lead approaching quarter time.

Cohen’s second and Brad Caplan’s first saw the Jackas head into the first change with a seven-point buffer.

Richie Simon kicked to David Fayman’s advantage, and the ‘Mailman’ easily brushed off his direct opponent to waltz into an open goal.

Some brilliant skills in tight by Stuart Fayman and Dean Rotenberg fed Brad Caplan his second, extending the margin out to 19 points.

A costly turnover deep inside AJAX’s defensive fifty, gifted the Bloods a goal approaching half-time.

18-year old Kane Nissenbaum looked right at home in his second senior outing, delivering beautifully to a leading Richie Simon.

‘Chopper’ as he is affectionately known lived up to his nickname, starting the ball at the behind post and in a helicopter motion worked it back for an important major.

Brad Caplan continued to run riot, accepting a perfect pass deep in the pocket from Brandon Joel, and slotted his third goal on the half-time siren.

The Jackas entered the second half with a 20-point lead, however the Bloods came out hard, kicking three of the opening four goals to bring the margin back within ten points.

Nick Marks setup a strong-marking Dave Fayman in the pocket, and once again he delivered.

Adam Caplan roosted the ball all of fifty meters to the advantage of his brother Brad, who showed a strong set of hands in front of goal.

The Best & Fairest favourite’s fourth goal was quickly followed up by Dave Fayman’s third, before Old Haileybury mounted yet another comeback, kicking four in a row.

Approaching three quarter time the Jackas found themselves behind by four points.

Dean Rotenberg got on the end of some great team play from Brad Caplan and Alex Wollan, before Dave Fayman continued his rich-vein of form in front of the big sticks, slotting his fourth, ensuring the Jackas went into the final break in front.

Supporters from both sides flocked to their respective huddles, as both coaches attempted to will their side over the line.

The intensity out on the ground was palpable. Leading by seven points, the Jackas got off to the best possible start scoring from the first centre bounce.

Adam Caplan barged his way through a crowded pack and steadied before finding Richie Simon, who calmly went back and slotted his second.

Dave Fayman produced another brilliant goal, accepting a long pass from Nick Lewis before hooking it around the corner on his left boot.

The Jackas’ lead was 19 but the Bloods weren’t done with yet. They kicked the next two, making for a grandstand finish.

Rotenberg and Nissenbaum collaborated on the forward flank with the latter finishing off the pair’s efforts with class.

As the game lifted another notch so too did Nick Marks. The AJAX Skipper threw himself at every contest, bringing down courageous marks and controlling the tempo in the back half.  

Nick Marks re-lives the Jackas' crucial win in his milestone game on J-Air Radio's 'On the Ball'. Listen here!

The Jackas were holding firm in the dying minutes before the Bloods threatened to storm home, kicking a late one to bring the margin back within a goal.

Marks along with his battered teammates held on for a memorable 16.7 (103) – 15.8 (98) victory, one that secures their spot in B-Grade for another season, and relegates Old Haileybury back to C-Grade.

Re-live all the best bits from Saturday's win with all the Match Highlights. Watch here!

Marks was named best on ground in his milestone game, while Brad Caplan’s four-goal effort from the midfield was clinical.

Zach Braun was enormous in the ruck while Richie Simon played his best game of the season, in a starring role around the ground. 

Dave Fayman’s five-goal haul takes his season tally to 41. He now leads the B-Grade goal-kicking with one round to play.

Former St Kilda champion Stephen Milne is sitting on 39 goals for Beaumaris, which sets up a tantalising shoot-out next week. If Fayman holds on he will lay claim to six of the last seven goal-kicking awards for the Jackas’ division.

Heading into the final round, the Jackas are 7th with seven wins and ten losses.

Earlier, the reserves made light work of Old Haileybury, setting up an 84-point thrashing with a ten-goal to one first half.

Nadav Harel re-claimed the ‘clearance king’ tag playing a blinder in the middle, while Dov Paltiel firmed as a genuine contender for the reserves’ Best & Fairest, gathering 28 disposals, six tackles and three goals in a blistering display.

Olly Hoffman and Jeremy Forbes kicked three apiece, while Josh Baron was the only other multiple goal-kicker with two.

Defender Dylan Rothschild continued his strong finish to the season. He reaped the ultimate reward from giving back to the Jewish football community the morning after when he coached the U13s to a Premiership. He spoke with J-Air's 'On the Ball' on Monday night. Listen here!

Finals are no longer a possibility for Rob Paterson’s men, his side sits 6th with an 8-1-8 record.

All the highlights from the reserves' big win. Click here!

At 9.20, the under 19s kicked off the triple-header against Old Haileybury, however they were outclassed by their top two rivals, losing by 93 points on the eve of the finals series.

On Sunday the thirds were bundled out of a Preliminary Final for the second consecutive year, losing to Old Trinity by ten points at Gary Smorgon Oval.  

The Jackas trailed at every break and were undermanned when their skipper Zev Aron was weakened by a shoulder injury before half-time.

Despite keeping Old Trinity goalless in the final term, the Jackas couldn’t hit the scoreboard hard enough to record a comeback win.

Jeremey Herz and Jeremy Morley both kicked two, while Daniel Smorgon, Jonny Kaplan and Yossi Jedwab were strong in defence.

This weekend the Club hosts Beaumaris in the final game of the season. The reserves kick-off at 11.40am followed by the seniors at 2pm.

The under 19s will do it all again against Old Haileybury at Princes Park, Caulfield in their Semi-Final clash that also starts at 2pm. 

#AlwaysAjax

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

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Junior Premiers - U11 Comets and U13 Jets Win Premierships

Congratulations to the U11 Comets and U13 Jets for winning their respective premierships on the weekend. Details will follow in the Weekly Wrap later in the week.

Well done also to the U12 Comets for reaching the Grand Final in Division 1, but unfortunately the team could not win the ultimate prize. 

Pictured above is the winning U11 Comets team with their premiership flag.

U13 Jets Premiers 

Pictured above is the winning U13 Jets team with their premiership flag.

 

 

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Upcoming Club Events: Poker Night + Antler Luggage Golf Day

AJAX Football Club Poker Night – Wednesday 24th August 2016 - Final Call

We desperately need your support for this event as a major club fundraiser. Numbers need to be finalised by this Friday 5pm. Please jump online at https://www.clubdata.com.au/ProductDetails2.aspx?ProductID=20675 and confirm your involvement.

Please forward this on to any of your friends/colleagues whom may be interested in playing.

Regards

Mark Mitchell

Treasurer and Sponsorship

AJAX Amateur Football Club

Mob 0409 842 872

 


 

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AJAX Football Club/Antler Luggage Golf Day – Friday 2nd September 2016 at Cranbourne Golf Club 

Only two weeks to go to our annual golf day challenge. Fantastic prizes on offer including the chance to win $25,000 for a hole in one on the third hole and great raffle prizes. 

Sponsorship opportunities are still available at $1,500 per group of four players including golf, breakfast, lunch, drinks and corporate sponsor hole signage. 

Non sponsored groups are also welcome at $500 per group of four. 

Please register online at https://www.golfdays.com.au/Rsvp.aspx?ref=w5s7b 

Please contact me for any additional information on 0409 842 872

Regards

Mark Mitchell

Treasurer and Sponsorship

AJAX Amateur Football Club

Mob 0409 842 872

 

 

 

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Junior Weekly Wrap - Finals Week 1 Edition 2016

The Finals Week 1 Edition of the Weekly Wrap is now available - Click here for this week's edition of the Weekly Wrap. Previous weekly wraps are available in the Weekly Wraps menu item in the Junior Football section.

Pictured is Mia Zielinski from the U11 Comets in front of her 50th match banner in Round 15. Mia's team the U11 Comets is one of four AJFC teams that have made the Grand Final in 2016. See the wrap for the Grand Final details.

 

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Tigers tame brave Jackas

Tigers tame brave Jackas

AJAX’s quest to stay alive in Premier B intensified on Saturday after they fought gallantly but lost to 2nd-placed St/Bedes Mentone Tigers at Gary Smorgon Oval.

The Jackas recovered from a slow start against the wind to lead by a goal at half-time. The visitors took full advantage of the conditions in the third, reclaiming the lead and extending it to 21 points at the final break.

The Jackas kicked with the wind in the last, but inaccuracy in front of goal eventually took its’ toll as they went onto lose 8.10 (58) – St Bedes/Mentone 10.7 (67).

Key positon players Ben Kalmus (150 games) and Richie Simon (100) celebrated milestone games in front of a strong home crowd.

The visitors were on early, kicking the opening three goals, before slick ball-movement through the middle of the ground, saw Brandon Joel find Brad Caplan in the pocket, who calmly slotted the Jackas’ first.

Trailing by 19 points at quarter time, the Jackas went on to play one of their best quarters for the year, kicking four goals to St Bedes’ two behinds.

Geoff Measey spotted up David Fayman deep in the pocket with a precise left-foot pass. The ‘Mailman’ delivered once again, triggering a run of four unanswered goals.

Brad Caplan and Fayman both had their second soon after, courtesy of free kicks close to goal. Stuart Fayman joined the action, marking strongly overhead in the goal square, ensuring the Jackas capped off their quarter of dominance with a six-point lead.


Drone Image: Olly Hoffman

The task was ahead of Marty Pask’s men against the wind in the third, and they started brilliantly. Josh Ludski competed courageously under a Dave Fayman high-ball, creating an opportunity for Dean Rotenberg to soccer through another major from the goal square.

AJAX’s momentum stopped there, as St Bedes kicked the next five, keeping the Jackas scoreless for the rest of the quarter, to claim a 21-point advantage at the final break.

With plenty at stake the Jackas responded to another strong talking to from Coach Marty Pask, piling on the opening six scoring shots, however they were all minus scores.

St Bedes went down there end and kicked truly, extending their lead to 22 points, before late heroics from Dave Fayman and Brandon Joel opened the door to an unlikely Jackas’ win.

The visitors controlled the tempo in the dying minutes and eventually held on to hand AJAX a nine-point loss.

Dave Fayman kicked three and took his season’s tally to 36, four behind the competition’s leader, while Brad Caplan was the only other multiple goal-kicker for the Jackas in yet another standout performance.

Watch 'The Mailman's' highlights including exclusive drone footage of his classy finish from the boundry.

Corey Jankie, Jordan Cohen, Nick Marks, Noah Rischin and Adam Caplan were others to contribute strongly.

The Jackas currently sit 8th on the Premier B ladder, two games off the relegation zone, with two season-defining fixtures ahead against fellow lower-ladder battlers Old Haileybury next round, followed by top-side Beaumaris rounding out season 2016.

Earlier, the reserves kept their slim finals chances alive with a stunning 19-point defeat over a St Bedes side entrenched in the top four.

The Jackas kept the visitors scoreless in the first and third quarters, to help set up the victory.

Five unanswered goals in the third term was on the back of some brilliant individual efforts.Sandringham Dragon Kane Nissenbaum produced a remarkable purple patch that saw him kick two goals in ten seconds, including one from within the centre square. Watch them here!

Veteran defender turned-forward David Glass wasn’t to be outdone, kicking back-to-back goals himself, before leadership-group member Ryan White marked on the three quarter time siren and kicked a team-lifter from 55 out.

Nissenbaum took out best on ground honours, while Jordan Lipton celebrated his birthday with another encouraging performance.

Nissenbaum spoke with J-Air's 'On the Ball' on Monday night about 'those goals' and his time at the Sandringham Dragons. Listen here!

The Jackas move up to 6th on the Premier B Reserve ladder, two games outside the top four with their finals fate resting on wins in the remaining two games and a couple of other results.

Watch all the Match Highlights from the reserves big win!

Over the road, the under 19s solidified their top two spot with a hard-fought 26-point win over Therry Penola.

The Jackas led narrowly at quarter and half-time but surrendered their advantage at three quarter time.

The unders went onto keep the visitors goalless in the deciding term while kicking four of their own.


Photo: Hersh Burston

Charles Hamilton was his team’s only multiple goal-scorer with two. Big-men Saul Williams, Adam Rushford and Joel Burston all impressed in the win.

On Sunday the Jackettes’ season was brought to a premature end in the VWFL Preliminary Final, losing 34-7 to Fitzroy at Bill Lawry Oval.

The girls were kept goalless in the first-half but were still in the contest, only trailing by 16 points at the main break.

Rebecca Bennett kicked her 11th goal of the season in the third term, pegging the margin back to just two straight kicks at the final break.

Fitzroy held their nerve in the deciding term to prevail by 27 points. After another strong season the Jackettes exit the VWFL Division 3 finals in straight sets.  

A blockbuster round awaits the Jackas this weekend with rivals Old Haileybury hosting a massive triple-header at Princes Park, South Caulfield on Saturday.

It’s 1st vs 2nd when the under 19s square off with the Bloods at 9.20. The reserves take the field at 11.40 followed by the big seniors clash at 2pm.

On Sunday the thirds host Old Trinity in a do-or-die Preliminary Final at 9.30am.

The Club hopes to get as many supporters down to our ‘Super Saturday’ vs Old Haileybury and again on Sunday morning for the thirds’ final.

#AlwaysAjax

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

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Junior Weekly Wrap - Round 15 & U10 LC Edition 2016

The Round 15 & U10 Lightning Carnival Edition of the Weekly Wrap is now available - Click here for this week's edition of the Weekly Wrap. Previous weekly wraps are available in the Weekly Wraps menu item in the Junior Football section.

Pictured is Mia Zielinski from the U11 Comets in front of her 50th match banner in Round 15. Mia is the first girl to play 50 games for the AJAX Junior Football Club.

 

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No joy for Jackettes in Semi

Photo: Arj Giese

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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Photo: Hersh Burston

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.

Thirds Coach Daniel Slonim previewed his team's finals campaign on J-Air Radio's 'On the Ball' on Monday night. Listen here!

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.  

#AlwaysAjax

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

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Junior Weekly Wrap - Round 14 & U8/U9 LC Edition 2016

The Round 14 & U8/U9 Lightning Carnival Edition of the Weekly Wrap is now available - Click here for this week's edition of the Weekly Wrap. Previous weekly wraps are available in the Weekly Wraps menu item in the Junior Football section.

Pictured are the U12 Comets bursting through Ben Shaw's 50th match banner in Round 14.

 

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Vultures swoop on sliding Jackas

Vultures swoop on sliding Jackas

AJAX will spend the bye week searching for answers after they dropped to 8th on the Premier B Ladder, on the back of a disappointing display against rivals Parkdale at Gerry Green Reserve on Saturday.

The 34-point loss intensifies the Jackas’ quest to stay alive in Premier B, with two games separating them and the relegation zone.

With three matches remaining, the Jackas’ fate hinges on the results of fixtures against the top two sides and fellow battlers Old Haileybury.

A win on Saturday was crucial to AJAX’s dwindling finals hopes.

They kicked with a strong wind in the opening quarter but failed to get out to a substantial advantage at the first break, with inaccuracy and lax defence late in the term costing them dearly.

The Jackas started brightly kicking the opening two goals courtesy of Stuart Fayman and Dean Rotenberg, however the home-side answered with three of their own.

Rotenberg was busy early and helped set up David Fayman, before promising youngster Dov Paltiel burst out of a crowded pack and slotted a goal from forty.

A late lapse in concentration saw the Vultures trim the margin to three points at quarter time.

A dismal goalless quarter against the wind handed the home side a 25-point buffer at the main break.

With their season well and truly on the line the Jackas responded with four goals with the wind, but defensively allowed the Vultures to score on three occasions.

Jake Lew kicked truly early in the third, before Jordan Cohen capped off a brilliant mark with a calm finish.

Rotenberg proved a force inside fifty, snapping his second. Parkdale pegged one back, but Brandon Joel answered in superb fashion shortly after.

Once again the Jackas’ poor concentration was exposed late in a quarter, conceding a goal seconds before the siren, handing the home-side the momentum going into the deciding term.

A 20-point deficit against the wind loomed as an almighty task for Marty Pask’s men, and ultimately one that was beyond them.

The Vultures once again kept the Jackas goalless against the wind to eventually prevail 13.15 (93) – 8.11 (59).

Dean Rotenberg was best on while young trio Dov Paltiel, Brandon Joel and Jordan Cohen also impressed in the loss.

Noah Rischin returned to the senior side after a three-year hiatus and spoke to J-Air Radio's 'On the Ball' on Monday night.

Earlier, the reserves’ finals chances took a decisive hit after they surrendered a half-time lead to eventually lose 6.8 (44) – Parkdale 10.9 (69).

A goalless third term by the Jackas against the wind turned the game’s momentum, and despite a fighting final quarter the margin was too great to chase down.

Jesse Velleman and Nathan Zielinski kicked two each, while defenders Dylan Rothschild and Joel Burston won their respective matchups in defence.

The reserves fall to 7th, two games outside the top four.

The under 19s top two hopes are in jeopardy after a 16-point loss to top four rivals Preston Bullants at W.R. Ruthven Reserve on Saturday morning.

A four-goal to zip second term cost the Jackas dearly.

Guy Vadas was his team’s only multiple goal-kicker with two, while Cameron Nankin stood tall in defence.

With three games remaining, the 19s are two games off top spot, and one game clear inside the top four, with a season-defining clash against 5th on the weekend.

On Sunday the Thirds easily accounted for Parkdale on their home turf, leading at every change to record a 39-point win.

Evasive small forward Sam Brygel kicked five goals, bringing his season tally to 25.

With one regular season game to be played before the thirds’ second consecutive finals series, they sit in outright second place and are guaranteed a double chance.

This coming weekend the seniors & reserves have a bye while the under 19s play host to PEGS FC at Gary Smorgon Oval at 1pm.

The Jackettes will enter their Semi-Final against last year’s Premiers Gippsland as severe underdogs but with every belief they can cause an upset and book a spot in their second Grand Final in as many years.

Rebecca Bennett from the Jackettes spoke to 'On the Ball' on Monday night and previewed the girls' big clash. Listen here.

If they lose, a double chance awaits them. The match commences at 3pm on Sunday at Frankston Oval.

The thirds play Old Trinity at Bulleen Park at 2pm on Sunday August 7 

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


 

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Junior Weekly Wrap - Round 13 Edition 2016

The Round 13 Edition of the Weekly Wrap is now available - Click here for this week's edition of the Weekly Wrap. Previous weekly wraps are available in the Weekly Wraps menu item in the Junior Football section.

Pictured are the U11 Jets bursting through Hank Kister's 50th match banner in Round 13.

 

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On song Blues beat flat Jackas

On song Blues beat flat Jackas  

AJAX’s season is at the crossroads after dropping a must-win game against top four rivals Monash Blues at Gary Smorgon Oval on Saturday.

The Jackas fielded their most inexperienced team of the year and although a trio of youngsters impressed, a scoreless opening term and goalless third quarter resulted in a 24-point home-loss.

With four games remaining, Marty Pask’s men sit precariously in 7th place on the VAFA Premier B Ladder, two games and 10% off fourth spot, while two games separate them and the drop zone.

A typical winter’s day hit Melbourne on Saturday, making for difficult playing conditions at Albert Park.

The visitors kicked with the wind in the opening quarter and took full advantage, peppering the goal-face nine times to lead by 29 points at the first break.

The Jackas struggled to maintain possession inside their scoring half, while costly turnovers marred their second scoreless quarter of the season.

Photo: Les Argen

Richie Simon finally kick-started the Jackas with a superb solo effort, before Monash’s inaccuracy kept AJAX in the contest.

The visitors converted two late chances to extend their lead to six goals on the stroke of half-time, however a mark and long goal on the siren to Jake Lew ensured the Jackas entered the main break with some momentum.

Against the wind and with a five-goal deficit in the third, the challenge was in front of the Jackas, but disappointingly they went goalless and trailed by a game-high 44 points.

Ben Kalmus and Daniel Cohen were desperately missed down back, however debutant Adam Klein shone in their absences in the second half.

Fellow under 19 graduates Josh Baron and Jordan Cohen also put it in mature performances.

The Jackas threw caution to the wind in the final term and made a late charge piling on four consecutive goals to reduce the margin to within 20 points.


Photo: Les Argen

A tired Monash outfit finally put the Jackas away with the final two scores of the game, handing the home side a 9.16 (70) – 6.10 (46) defeat.

Richie Simon was the Jackas’ only multiple goal-kicker with three, while Skipper Nick Marks and Josh Ludski led from the front.  

Earlier, the reserves missed a great opportunity to solidify their top four spot, falling 17 points short of fellow finals hopefuls Monash.

The Jackas started well kicking two goals to one against the wind. However with it, they failed to capitalise on their fast start, leading by one point at half-time.

The visitors came out breathing fire in the third, taking full advantage of the conditions, kicking four goals to no score setting up a 27-point buffer at the final change.

With their season on the line, Coach Rob Paterson challenged his side to respond. They managed to win the term 2.4 to 1.0, but it wasn’t enough, losing 5.9 (39) – 8.8 (56).

Co-captain Roi Abraham relished the contested conditions, playing with passion and ferocity, while fellow leadership group members Ari Wytwornik and Joel Gocs stood tall in defence.

The loss sees the reserves drop out of the four and into 7th. Another season-defining clash awaits this weekend when they tackle 4th-placed Parkdale, who are a game clear of the Jackas.

Over the road on Lindsay Hassett Oval, the under 19s notched their second win on the trot, narrowly defeating Monash 7.14 (56) – 6.8 (44).

The unders recovered from a slow start to lead at every break after quarter time.


Photo: Hersh Burston

With a host of their best players required at higher levels, Brent Shapiro led from the front as well as Jacob Silver and Ben De Winter.

The win closes the gap on 1st to one game, while it pushes the Jackas a game clear of three teams all fighting for the final two spots in the four.

The Thirds played under lights at Sportscover Arena on Thursday night and came from 20 points down early in the final term to beat Beaumaris by 12 points and lock in a top-two spot.


Photo: Hersh Burston

Skipper Zev Aron kicked three goals and extended his lead to five goals at the top of the Premier B Thirds Goal-kicking table.

On Sunday, the Jackettes led narrowly at every change to hold on for a thrilling six-point victory against Melbourne Uni at Brens Oval.

Toni Hamilton kicked two of her side’s four goals, while Vanessa Mrocki and Ally Bild were strong contributors all day.

The girls sit in outright second position on the VWFL Division 3 Ladder. They have a week off before their second consecutive finals campaign kicks off.

This weekend the seniors (2pm) and reserves (11.40am) play away to Parkdale Vultures at Gerry Green Reserve in matches pivotal to keeping their seasons alive. The under 19s face Preston Bullants at W.R. Ruthven Reserve at 9.20am.

On Sunday the Thirds also travel to play Parkdale at Gerry Green Reserve for a 12pm start. 

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

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'Hollywood' takes Hampton to town

‘Hollywood’ takes Hampton to town

A nine-goal haul from David Fayman in his 150th game helped guide AJAX to an easy 52-point victory over the bottom-placed Hampton Rovers at Boss James Reserve on Saturday.

Fayman returned to his brilliant best, dominating play kicking five first-quarter goals, four of them in the final eight minutes of the term.

He was subdued by his standards in the next quarter, kicking two. Hampton kept him goalless in the third but Fayman managed two majors in the last to finish with 9.3 in an effort that now sees him with 31 goals for the season, only four off competition leader Stephen Milne.

The Jackas spoiled the Rovers’ party who were celebrating their captain Leigh Fletcher’s 200th game, putting the match beyond doubt by half-time, piling on ten goals to one.

Fayman who was doubtful on the Thursday night due to a temperature, dusted himself off and was close to tears before the first bounce when vice-captain Corey Jankie gave the customary pre-game speech about a player achieving a milestone.

Fayman spoke with J-Air Radio's 'On the Ball' on Monday night about the result and his massive day out. 

With his own personal fan club cheering him on from behind the goals and his teammates hitting him up lace out, the man affectionately known as “Hollywood” went to town on the Hampton defence, putting on a show for young and old, kicking set shots from 50, taking contested grabs and snapping truly from the pocket.

After half-time, Hampton attempted to blanket Fayman’s influence and it worked for a short time, winning the third term four goals to three.


Photo: HRAFC

Fayman was relieved of the goal-kicking duties that quarter with Dean Roternberg kicking two of his own.

Jarryd Ludski was another playing a milestone match, game 100, and he offered plenty of grunt and drive off half-back.

The three quarter time margin was brought back to 47 points after an improved Rovers effort.

The game petered out, failing to continue on from the excitement of the first half as AJAX claimed the important four points 17.13 (115) – Hampton 8.15 (63).

WATCH: All the match highlights from the seniors' big win. 

Fayman’s nine was well supported by four from Rotenberg, while skipper Nick Marks and key defender Ben Kalmus won their respective battles.

The win places the Jackas in 6th, one game and 6.5% off this week’s opponent Monash Blues who are 4th.

Earlier, the reserves announced themselves as a genuine finals contender, moving into 4th spot with a thumping 108-point win over Hampton.

Victory was made sweeter by the return of co-captain Ryan White from an elbow injury that has kept him sidelined since round four.

White, a dedicated clubman and favourite led the team out in his 100th game and also managed two goals.

The Jackas kept the home side scoreless in the first quarter and goalless in the third.

Noah Rischin reclaimed the 'clearance king' tag producing a complete game from the midfield, also floating forward to kick three goals.

Wingers Jordan Cohen and Jordan Rubinstein were instrumental forward of centre, while another three-goal effort from Jeremy Forbes sees him in the top five on the Premier B Reserves goal-kicking table with 22.

Promising youngster Adam Klein provided plenty of drive from the back half while defender turned goal-sneak Jordan Bade-Boon relished his time in front of goals, kicking two.

WATCH: All the action from the reserves' massive triple figure win!

The under 19s finally broke their losing streak, easily accounting for Uhs Vu Fc by 81 points at Brens Oval on Saturday morning.

The Jackas kept their opponents goalless in the first half and if not for inaccurate kicking, could have blown the final margin out past triple figures.

Ben de Winter (four), Reece Israel, Toby Fisher (three) and Jack Stock two were the multiple goal-kickers while Joel Burston and Adam Kahlberg were also instrumental in the big win.

The unders now sit in outright second spot, two games behind first and a game clear of third.


Photo: Hersh Burston

On Sunday the thirds solidified their spot in the top two with a fighting win in tough conditions against Monash Blues.

Against the wind the Jackas trailed at quarter time, but with it gained control of the game to lead comfortably at the main break.

They continued their dominance around the ball in the second half to eventually prevail 7.11 (53) – Monash 3.4 (22).

Skipper Zev Aron kicked 3 goals and extended his lead at the top of the Premier B Thirds goal-kicking table.

Ruckman Josh Jones was enormous at the stoppages while Shimon New excelled as the general in defence.

Later in the day the Jackettes trailed at every change against Brunswick but managed to snatch victory after the siren thanks to a downfield free kick to Rebecca Bennett, who calmly slotted the match-winner.

The girls are now guaranteed a finals spot, sitting in second place two games inside the top four.

Toni Hamilton was her team’s only multiple goal-kicker while Mikayla Grek and Maya Glikfeld stood tall in defence.

Next round the club hosts Monash Blues at Gary Smorgon Oval in a must win encounter. The reserves kick-off at 11.40am followed by the seniors at 2pm. The under 19s also play the Blues over the road on Lindsay Hassett Oval at 1pm.

The thirds are scheduled to play Beaumaris on Thursday night at 7.15pm at Sportscover Arena. On Sunday the Jackettes face Melbourne Uni at home at 10.30am (TBC). 

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

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Junior Weekly Wrap - Round 12 Edition 2016

The Round 12 Edition of the Weekly Wrap is now available - Click here for this week's edition of the Weekly Wrap. Previous weekly wraps are available in the Weekly Wraps menu item in the Junior Football section.

Pictured are the U14 Comets in action at  Princes Park in Round 12.

 

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Junior Weekly Wrap - Round 11 Edition 2016

The Round 11 Edition of the Weekly Wrap is now available - Click here for this week's edition of the Weekly Wrap. Previous weekly wraps are available in the Weekly Wraps menu item in the Junior Football section.

Pictured are the U11 Comets back in action at  Princes Park in Round 11.

 

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Scotch down Jackas in Saturday thriller

Round 12 Weekend Wrap - Scotch down Jackas in Saturday thriller

AJAX’s season hangs in the balance after going down to Old Scotch by 18 points on Saturday at Gary Smorgon Oval.

Heading into the bye round, the Jackas are 7th on the VAFA Premier B Ladder, six points and 30% outside the top four and one game off the drop zone.

Premier B Ladder

In overcast conditions Old Scotch piled on the opening three goals to dominate the first 15 minutes.

Josh Ludski single-handedly kept the Jackas in it kicking a beautifully executed left foot snap from the pocket, followed by a calm set shot from 40, narrowing the margin to seven points at quarter time.

The second term mirrored the first with Scotch starting strongly kicking the opening two goals, before a goal to Dean Rotenberg kept the Jackas within striking distance.

It was five scoring shots to three in favour of AJAX in the second term with all the forward half dominance not amounting to scoreboard pressure.

In the low-scoring affair, Scotch led 34-24 at the main break.

The Jackas once again started slowly conceding the first two majors before Jake Lew earned himself a free kick and 25 meters before slotting his only goal of the day.

The visitors responded with two goals on the trot extending the margin to a game-high 30 points, before lockdown defender Daniel Cohen marked inside fifty and kicked his second senior goal right on the three quarter time siren.

The margin stood at four goals at the beginning of the final term.

Finally the Jackas came out the stronger of the two sides, with Josh Ludski equalling his senior best kicking his third and bridging the gap to 18 points.

Nick Marks sprinted through the muddy centre square and delivered a precise 50-metre pass to David Fayman who calmly went back and made it a ten-point ball-game.

Unfortunately for the home side that would be as close as they would get with Scotch player Andrew Hummerston kicking the sealer in his 100th game.

The 7.9 (51) – 10.9 (69) effort showcased the improvements made since the 67-point defeat suffered against Old Scotch in round 1.

Josh Kalmus relished the scrappy conditions making 20 tackles while Josh Ludski’s three-goal effort from the midfield saw him named the Beyond Coconut Water Player of the Day.

Watch: Josh Ludski's three-goal game from Saturday including 'that snap' from the pocket!

Earlier, the reserves were competitive in patches but were ultimately overpowered by Old Scotch losing 4.7 (31) – 12.9 (81).

Conceding five goals to one made the going tough early, but to the Jackas’ credit they fought back to within three goals at half-time.

Scotch shut the game down in the deciding half, limiting the Jackas to just one goal.

Dov Paltiel continued his fine season in the midfield while athletic big-man Jordan Lipton provided a strong target around the ground.

Results fell AJAX’s way in round 12 with the reserves sitting half a game outside the top four with a season-defining month ahead.

Over on Linsday Hassett Oval the under 19s’ surprising losing streak continued, falling five points short of PEGS FC.


Photo: Hersh Burston

Remarkably they led 36-0 at quarter time but went onto surrender the lead from half-time onwards.

The 19s’ four losses this season have come in the last month as they struggle to recapture their form from the opening eight weeks.

Joel Burston, Elliot Blau and Guy Vadas were their team’s best in the loss.

On Sunday it was cause for a double celebration with the team and captain Zev Aron notching up game 50.

The task was ahead of them, forced to face the top team De La Salle (who they had lost to twice this season), without their reigning Best & Fairest winner Eli Adelist and Coach Daniel Slonim.

After a poor first half where they only managed two goals and trailed by four, the thirds led by Aron mounted the comeback of their short history, kicking nine goals to one in the second half to claim victory 11.12 (78) – 7.10 (52).

Skipper Zev Aron spoke with J-Air Radio's 'On the Ball' on Monday night about the come-back win. Listen here!

Goal-sneak Sam Brygel kicked a game-high four while Aron and Jacob Joel were the other multiple goal-kickers with two.

The victory consolidates the thirds’ spot in the top two and moves them within a game of first.

All teams but the Jackettes have a bye this coming weekend. The girls host SKOB Saints at Gary Smorgon Oval this Sunday at 12pm.

The following weekend (July 16-17) the seniors and reserves play away to Hampton, the under 19s face Uhs Vu Fc at Brens Oval and the Thirds meet Monash Blues at Frearson Oval. 

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

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Junior Weekly Wrap - Round 10 Edition 2016

The Round 10 Edition of the Weekly Wrap is now available - Click here for this week's edition of the Weekly Wrap. Previous weekly wraps are available in the Weekly Wraps menu item in the Junior Football section.

Pictured is Toby Smorgon bursting through his 50th match banner in Round 10.

 

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Senior Results - September 11 (U19s GF)

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UNDER 19sOld Haileybury

5-5-35 to 7-12-54

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Senior Fixture 2016

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Junior Update

2017 Training Schedule

Note: Training will take place at Princes Park Oval 3 & 4 (Dover St, Caulfield South).

U17s- Wednesdays, 6:45-8:00pm, Oval 4
U16s - Thursdays, 6:45-8:00pm, Oval 3
U15s - Wednesdays, 6:45-8:00pm, Oval 4
U14s - Wednesdays, 6:45-8:00pm, Oval 3
U13s - Wednesdays, 6:45-8:00pm, Oval 3
U12s - Wednesdays, 5:15-6:30pm, Oval 4
U11s - Wednesdays, 5:15-6:30pm, Oval 3
U10s - Wednesdays, 5:15-6:30pm, Oval 3
U9s - Thursdays, 5:15-6:30pm, Oval 3
U8s - Thursdays, 5:15-6:30pm, Oval 3

Junior Fixture - Finals Week 1 - August 20

For the full round fixture details, click here.

2017 Leading Club Goal Kickers

(After Round 15)

33-Harry Sheezel (U13 Comets)
31-Lucas Weeden (U15 Comets)
29-Ethan Siegel (U16 Comets)

23-Benjamin Spark (U14 Comets)
22-Campbell Hymans (U17 Comets)
20
-Ryley Michelson (U17 Comets)
18-Jonah Micmacher (U15 Comets)
17-Jhett Haeata (U11 Comets)

17-Joshua Rosenbaum (U14 Comets)

17-Brett Jacobs (U14 Comets)
15-Aden Katz (U14 Jets)
15-Zac Davis (U15 Jets)
15-Corey Zielinski (U17 Comets)

14-Cameron Sharp (U16 Comets)
14-Kai Gold (U17 Comets)

Note: U8, U9 and U10 players are not listed as per league instructions.

Goal Kicker of the Week

Brandon Efron (U17 Comets) - 4 goals

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