Ajax No Match For Ladder-Leaders
Gary Smorgon Oval played host to an action-packed weekend that saw four of Ajax’s five fixtures played on home turf in front of strong crowds in near perfect conditions.
Ajax (Blacks) managed the Jackas’ only win of the weekend after the Seniors and Reserves received hidings from the league’s best, while the Jackettes lost for the first time in their short existence. A severely undermanned Ajax (Reds) was thumped by Fitzroy rounding out a bitterly unsuccessful weekend at home.
The Seniors witnessed first-hand the brand of football that is required to compete at the top of Premier B, after St Kevins OB emphatically kept their unblemished 2015 record intact, handing Ajax their first real thrashing of the season- a 94 point loss.
Plenty of excitement surrounded the contest with a further two young debutants, Anton Ritterman and Jake Kalmus given their chance to impress on the senior stage.
Ajax couldn’t have asked for a better start as Nick Lewis streamed from the centre, delivering a pass to the feet of AJ Thurin who showed impressive agility, snapping the first of the game from a difficult spot.
St Kevins quickly countered, peppering the goal face with only five behinds to show for their forward half dominance. Ajax’s defence eventually gave way, conceding two consecutive goals.
Jake Lew bobbed up and kicked an important steadier against the flow of play, his 300th career goal-a remarkable feat.
Soon after a costly turnover gifted St Kevs their fourth goal of the term as they continued to keep Ajax in the game with inaccuracy in front of goal.
The visitors held a 22-point lead at quarter time, registering 14 scoring shots to Ajax’s two, failing to get any substantial reward for effort on the scoreboard.
Early in the second term they pushed the lead past five goals, with their big men causing some issues up front. Jake Lew continued to find time and space, kicking his second after a brilliant solo effort from deep in the pocket. The visitors quickly stepped it up a gear, out-classing an inexperienced Ajax side on every line. Lew was a shining light in a pretty horrid term for the home side, kicking all three of Ajax’s second term goals, taking his total for the day to four.
54 points adrift at half time, an all too familiar spray from coach Marty Pask didn’t appear to work any wonders, with the young Jackas side bullied for most of the second half. The Seniors have managed to be competitive against the better sides so far in 2015, however at no point were they able to play the game on their terms.
Disappointingly the margin ballooned out to 94 points when the final siren sounded, a strong reminder of the strength of competition in Premier B. Corey Jankie battled hard all day, as did Zac Braun in the ruck. Adam Caplan continued his strong form in the middle, while Alex Wollan has been more than handy in the last couple weeks.
The winless Reserves were always going to find it tough against the top of the table however the 81-point final score paints somewhat of a harsh picture as the effort was an improvement on recent weeks. There was a few positives out of the game with strong inside midfielder Ben Sher performing well, while Justin Kramersh kicked five of Ajax’s eight goals in a great individual effort.
There was mixed results for the club on Sunday as the Jackettes fought valiantly against Rosebud, only to fall 13 points short and in doing so suffering their first loss of the season. Toni Hamilton booted two goals while Daniella Abraham showed plenty of grit in the midfield.
Ajax’s Thirds (Reds) side were thumped by Fitzroy in a day to forget, with the loss marred by a string of injuries, however the news was better with the Blacks recording a stunning 15-point come-from-behind win away against Old Trinity. Skipper Zev Aron led the charge, kicking three final quarter goals to finish with five.
Next Week's games:
Saturday 23rd May
Ajax Seniors and Reserves v Old Brighton at 2.00PM and 11.40AM at Brighton Beach Oval, South Road, Brighton
Sunday 24th May
NO Thirds Matches this week due to Shavuot
NO Jackettes Match this week
Next Jackettes Match - Sunday 31st May
Ajax Jackettes v Gippsland at Tyers Recreation Reserve, Main Road,Tyers at 11.00AM