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Weekend Wrap: Round Nine


AJAX Take it to the Big Boys, Jackettes Down the Rovers


AJAX’s promising form has continued on the back of last week’s drought-breaking win over Monash, taking premiership contenders Old Carey down to the wire in an enthralling match at Gary Smorgon Oval. 


Any fears the AJAX coaching staff had over the danger of facing former Carlton and GWS player Kristian Jaksch were allayed just five minutes into the game when the 23 year-old hobbled off with an ankle injury.


Instead, AJAX had an ace of their own, welcoming back crafty midfielder Ash Krakaeur, a regular for Port Melbourne in the VFL. 


The Jackas went toe-to-toe with a normally free-scoring Old Carey side, restricting them to just five goals at half-time. At the other end of the park Brandon Joel, Toby Lipton and Ash Krakaeur all ensured that AJAX remained within touching distance of the opponent. 




As Old Carey threatened a final-quarter blowout, an AJAX side still missing a handful of regular first teamers pushed themselves to their limit, ensuring Jackas fans departed Albert Park deeply proud of their side despite the loss. 


Kane Nissenbaum was the best-ranked player with 28 disposals and 126 fantasy points. Star midfielder Krakaeur finished the game with two goals and 26 disposals at an 88% disposal efficiency rate. Up front, Brandon Joel continued his goalscoring form, bagging three goals to take his 2018 tally to 14 halfway through the season. 


Across the road, the Jackettes claimed their second win of the season in a nail-biter against the Hampton Rovers. The girls found their goal-kicking boots after weeks of low scores, kicking 5.3 (33) to win the match by a mere five points.

Named Best on Ground, Ruckman Maddy Smart allowed the Jackettes to command the clearances, while also providing a great target up forward, scoring two impressive goals. 


Jess Marget and Chelsea Fisher showed their usual aggression in the midfield, going in hard at every contest and making valuable contributions to the teams overall performance.


The win solidifies the Jackettes in sixth spot on the ladder having opened up a four-point gap on Old Carey in seventh spot. 




Earlier, the AJAX Reserves claimed a huge scalp, upsetting second-placed Old Carey 8.5 (53) to 5.16 (46); the Jackas first win since Round Four.


The Ressies showed immense spirit in a tight and tense affair to match it with a side that had only lost twice this season, restricting Old Carey to just five goals for the entire match. The win sees the Reserves climb two spots to sixth on the ladder, in prime position to make a finals-charge at the halfway mark of the 2018 season. 


All sides will use the mid-season bye to rest up ahead of their Round Ten clashes on June 16th.



Firsts def by Old Carey 9.7 (61) to 12.13 (85)

Jackettes def Hampton Rovers 5.3 (33) to 4.4 (28)

Reserves def Old Carey 8.5 (53) to 5.16 (46)


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Weekend Wrap: Round Eight


After seven weeks of disappointment, AJAX have finally registered their first win since their round one victory over Old Haileybury with a comfortable nine-goal win over the struggling Monash Blues. 


Facing the very real threat of relegation, the Jackas knew Saturday’s fixture against the winless Monash Blues would be pivotal in its fight to stay in VAFA B for what would be an eighth consecutive season. 


AJAX continued its strong first quarter form, kicking eight goals to two in a season-high 50-point first quarter. Forward Adam Caplan lit up the opener with a stunning left foot banana that will likely contend for VAFA goal of the season. 


A highly confident Jackas side were relentless in the second quarter, putting another five goals on the board to take a 61-point lead into the main break.


Monash emerged for the second half with far more purpose in front of their home crowd, however some resilient defending combined with inaccurate kicking from the Monash forwards ensured that AJAX remained in control of the match from start to finish.


Club captain Nick Lewis spoke to AJAX Media post-match. “We didn’t shy away from the fact that today was a big game. We’ll certainly use the win as a confidence booster to springboard into the rest of the season,” he said.






Things aren’t about to get a whole lot easier for the Jackas as they prepare to take on ladder-leading Old Carey at Albert Park on Saturday. Old Carey will be looking to rebound after suffering their first loss of the season at the hands of premiership contenders, University Blacks.


Looking ahead to the game, rookie ruckman Brent Shapiro said “playing a top side gives us a good opportunity to see where we really are at. We saw against Beaumaris a few weeks ago that we can challenge with the top sides, so it will be great to get back home and hopefully get a big win against Old Carey.”


Earlier, the Reserves loss to Monash saw them leapfrogged on the ladder, dropping one spot to 8th place after eight rounds. While AJAX never really hit top gear, they were firmly in the match going into the final quarter before Monash kicked a quick-fire three goals to put the four-points out of reach.


Ben Schwartz marked his return to footy with two goals, as did Nicholas Cohen, while Olly Hoffman and Jono Goldberg snagged one each.


Speaking to AJAX Media, Hoffman lamented the loss but highlighted the positive individual performances that kept AJAX in the game.


“It was very disappointing to lose a game that we really needed to win but in saying that there are a couple positive personal performances. I think Nico Cohen did really well in a tough game but it’s still disappointing to not get the win in a game that we could have and really should have won,” he said. 


At Banksia Reserve, the Jackettes were defeated by a superior Beaumaris side 4.5 (29) to 1.1 (7). The Jackettes goal scoring struggles have continued; this the fifth round in a row where they have only managed the single goal, this time off the boot of Julia Caplan.


The Thirds also faced defeat in their fixture on Monday night, going down comprehensively to second-placed Beaumaris Sharks. The full-time scores read 5.2 (32) to 16.20 (116), with Sam Brygel, Sam Kalmus, Stewart Fayman and Michael Lazar all goalscorers.  


Round nine sees the Jackas return to Albert Park for their clash with division leaders Old Carey, the last game before the bye round. The Jackettes will have a golden opportunity to get another win on the board when they face bottom-placed Hampton Rovers and the Thirds face another tough assignment when they come up against top spot De La Salle at Waverley Oval. 



Firsts 17.15 (117) def Monash 9.15 (69)

Jackettes 1.1 (7) def by Beaumaris 4.5 (29)

Reserves 6.9 (45) def by Monash 8.10 (58)

Thirds 5.2 (32) def by Beaumaris 16.20 (116)



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Weekend Wrap: Round Seven




Pattern emerges as AJAX suffer another second-half fadeout


A Round One demolition of Old Haileybury at a sunny Princes Park is fast becoming a fading memory as the Jackas extend their winless run to six games following a 50-point defeat to the Parkdale Vultures on the weekend. 


The loss leaves Mark Williams’ men perilously close to the two relegation spots at the bottom of the VAFA B ladder.


Speaking to AJAX Media after the match, Williams attributed the now common second-half fadeout to the inexperience of his side.


“Young players who are inexperienced can only concentrate for so long,” Williams said.


“That concentration level is something that needs building up, just like weights and strength, you have to practice it.”


Choco also acknowledged the impact injuries to key personnel has had on results this season.


“Each week we’ve had someone injured and not being able to play in the second half…from the corresponding game last year we had seven different players, a third of the side, and most of those are in the backline,” he said. 


In what is becoming a familiar story, AJAX began the game in style, playing some of the best footy they’ve played all season, highlighted by Jake Lew who kicked three in the opening quarter. Yet poor mistakes allowed Parkdale to stay right on the tail of the Jackas, nailing an after the siren set-shot to take the Vultures into the first break with a one-point lead despite the AJAX dominance. 




A knee injury to Charles Hamilton meant his role would be limited, leaving the AJAX bench down a rotation for much of the match. Fatigue became evident as the Vultures proved too strong, kicking 13 goals to AJAX’s five over the next three quarters of footy, opening up a four-point gap over the Jackas on the ladder.


Justin Berkowitz had his breakout game for the season, finishing with 27 touches and six marks. Captain Nick Lewis showed his aggression with a game-high 16 tackles as well as 27 disposals while Jake Lew kicked a bag of four goals for the second time this season. 


In other results, the Jackettes were leapfrogged by Old Mentonians who claimed a comfortable 22-point win at Albert Park on Saturday. The girls’ goal-kicking struggles continued, managing just a single goal again this week, this time off the boot of Mikaela Grek after she pulled the ball out of the ruck contest and spectacularly snapped back over her head. 


With just one player on the bench, it was always going to be an uphill battle for the girls. However there was positive news in captain Chelsea Fisher, who turned in her best performance of the season, going in hard at every contest and dominating the clearances. 


The Reserves tasted defeat once again, falling to the Vultures 4.8 (32) to 7.14 (56) at Albert Park. AJAX had their chances to pull away from the Vultures in a low-scoring affair, however the Jackas were wasteful in attack and unconvincing in defence, leaving them vulnerable to a Parkdale side far more adept at taking their chances.




The Reserves managed just four goals in the entire match, however strong defensive efforts kept the Jackas in it until the final quarter despite the lack of scoring. Daniel Goodman put his name forward for promotion to the Firsts, bagging all four goals. The loss leaves AJAX sitting just four points ahead of next week’s opponents, the Monash Blues.


Ian Jones’ Thirds had the week to rest and recalibrate after their game was postponed to a later date. 


Round Eight will see the Jackas travel to the Monash Blues in a crucial game in the battle to stay clear of the relegation spots, AJAX’s first away game in three weeks. The Jackettes are scheduled to take on third-placed Beaumaris Sharks at Banksia Reserve at 4.45pm this Saturday afternoon. 


Keep up-to-date with everything AJAX related at www.AJAXfc.com.au


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Weekend Wrap: Round Six


Spirited Jackas Fall Short


After four difficult weeks marked by consecutive heavy losses, AJAX have registered a hugely encouraging performance, taking their encounter with the Beaumaris Sharks down to the wire in an enthralling clash at the Gary Smorgon Oval. 


Playing on home turf for the first time this year, a youthful Jackas outfit blitzed the Beaumaris defence, leading by seven goals to one halfway through the second quarter. 


However an injury to key defender Richie Simon combined with some poor decision-making left the door ajar for the Sharks, who came out in the second half with plenty of determination.


AJAX were never able to recapture their momentum, as former Gold Coast Suns coach Guy Mckenna’s side patiently chipped away at the margin. 


With the wind working against them, the Jackas managed just one final-quarter goal as the Sharks used the weather advantage to its fullest, bagging five goals and just one behind; the scoreboard reading 8.7 (55) to 10.12 (72) at the final siren, condemning AJAX to eighth spot on the ladder. 


Kane Nissenbaum was again a stand-out performer, finishing with 30 disposals and 19 kicks. Nicholas Cohen impressed on debut, slotting a set-shot from 30 meters out on the boundary-line, while ruckman Brent Shapiro solidified his place in the squad with another impressive performance.


Speaking to AJAX Media after the game, Cohen said “the game speed was a lot faster and there’s a lot more pressure when you’re out there in front of a bigger crowd on a bigger stage.


“I was pretty nervous when I was lining up for goal, it was my first kick of the day and it was a pretty tough angle but Nick Lewis gave me good advice. He told me to take three deep breaths and just go through the paces and kick through the ball. That’s what I did and it went through…it was great.” 


Despite a fifth-consecutive loss, coach Mark ‘Choco’ Williams remained noticeably optimistic, praising his players for their week-to-week improvements and urging them to continue to believe they were good enough to match it with the best in the division.




Earlier in the day, the AJAX Reserves were defeated by league-leaders Beaumaris Reserves in difficult weather conditions, going down by 45 points. The Ressies were unable to account for Beaumaris’ tall forwards despite rallying hard in the third quarter before the Sharks ran away with the game in the final stanza. 


Olly Hoffman impressed with three goals while Daniel Cohen marked his return to footy with a typically influential performance. Dean Rotenberg, Adam Caplan and David Glass all finished with one goal each as the Reserves held onto sixth place on the B Reserve ladder.  


On Sunday morning, the Jackettes were swept aside by premiership favourites Old Scotch. AJAX came out firing, with a Maddy Smart opening goal ensuring that the girls were right in it at the quarter-time break. However Old Scotch lived up to their credentials, keeping the Jackettes scoreless and piling on another 7 goals to cruise to victory.


Jackettes coach Daniel Slonim was positive despite the result, acknowledging the strength of Sunday’s opposition. 


“Despite a disappointing result, we never dropped our heads against the competition’s benchmark. Our usual suspects Justine Gabriel, Isi Burstin and Pessia Fetter fought hard and gave us drive all day,” Slonim said.


Playing in the unusual timeslot of Saturday night, the AJAX Thirds faced Fitzroy for the second time this season, having already defeated their opponents by 27 points in round two- the Thirds solitary win for the season thus far. 


After an even first term, the AJAX Thirds seized control of the match through strong tackling and effective disposals, taking a 13-point lead into the final break. However fatigue crippled the side when it mattered most, with Fitzroy overturning the deficit to steal the win in the final quarter. The Thirds will hope to perform with similar intensity in their matchup this weekend with Williamstown.


The coming weekend will also see AJAX face the Parkdale Vultures in a must-win clash at Gary Smorgon Oval for both the Seniors and Reserves. The Vultures sit four points ahead of the Firsts, however both sides share an equal percentage, handing AJAX the opportunity to leapfrog their round seven opponents with a win at Albert Park on Saturday. Similarly, the Reserves sit just four points ahead of the Parkdale Reserves, meaning a win is crucial if they are to avoid dropping out of the top six. The Jackettes take on Old Mentonians in another critical match, with the Old Mentonians sitting just two points behind the Jackettes after five rounds.





Firsts 8.7 (55) def by Beaumaris 10.12 (72)

Jackettes 1.0 (6) def by Old Scotch 8.13 (61)

Reserves 6.4 (40) def by Beaumaris 12.13 (85)

Thirds 5.7 (37) def by Fitzroy 6.9 (45)


Keep up-to-date with all things AJAX at our new-look website www.ajaxfc.com.au!


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Weekend Wrap: Round Five



AJAX’s form slump has continued, going down to the Caulfield Grammarians by 70 points on the weekend, as all four AJAX sides lost.


Coach Mark Williams rang the changes in response to a four-game losing streak, welcoming back key forward Jake Lew after his recovery from injury, as well as defender Richie Simon returning from overseas. Dylan Rothschild was handed his Seniors debut after consistently strong performances in the AJAX Reserves. 


AJAX began the encounter on the front-foot, pressing the ball into their forward line for the opening phases of the contest, yet only emerged with two behinds to show for their efforts. 


At the other end of the ground Caulfield proved clinical, slotting five goals in the opening quarter, leaving the Jackas trailing by 20 points at quarter time. 


AJAX responded to their dismal first-quarter defensive effort, tightening up at the back and restricting the Grammarians to just the two second-quarter goals. However the Jackas were unable to capitalize on their defensive solidity, going goalless for the quarter.


In driving rain, the second-half saw good effort and intensity from AJAX, but Caulfield continued to creep away, with the result of the game never in much doubt. 


The final quarter was lit up by a Brandan Joel special, after he collected a touched footy and managed to swing it on to his boot despite being wrapped up by a Caulfield defender. 




The match ended 17.17 (119) to 8.11 (59) with Charlie Hamilton racking up his best numbers for the season, gaining 24 disposals including 14 kicks. Kane Nissenbaum achieved a team-high 27 touches, while Jake Lew marked his return to senior footy with an impressive three goals in a tough afternoon for the forward line. Brent Shapiro was named in the bests for his impressive 41 hit-out contribution. 


Over at Brighton Beach Oval, the Jackettes were quickly brought back to reality following their bye-round last week, with Old Brighton handing the girls a 41-point defeat, leaving them firmly in fourth place on the ladder. 


After a lacklustre first half, the girls managed to hold possession in their forward fifty for a large majority of the game, however the forwards failed to translate on-ball pressure into scoreboard pressure. 


Midfielder, Isi Burstin, again showed great composure in and around the contest while providing a great run off the halfback line. Reliable backmen, Mikaela Grek and Daniella Abraham had their best games to date, winning important one on one contests and stopping an onslaught of goals by Old Brighton. 


The girl’s solitary goal was scored by tall-forward Lindi Nankin after an impressive soccer-dribble over the line in the final term. After the demoralizing loss, the girls look to bounce back against premiership favourites Old Scotch next Sunday at Gary Smorgon Oval.


On Saturday morning the AJAX Thirds showed great fight against Caulfield Grammarians Thirds, going down 11.10 (76) to 15.7 (97). Once again missing several key players, Ian Jones’ men took it to the hosts, leading at every break before running out of steam in the final quarter.


Michael Rechtman added five goals to his season-tally, while Benjamin Michowski, Ryan Klooger, Sam Kalmus and David Glass added their names to the goalscorer sheet. 


Playing after the Thirds, the Reserves failed to display the same effort and intensity, copping a disheartening 80-point loss. The Reserves trailed by just two goals at the main break, but were only able to achieve two behinds in the entire second half against a sharp-shooting Caulfield Grammarians Reserve outfit. Daniel Goodman bagged three goals, with Adam Caplan and Nico Cohen kicking the other two majors. 


Round Six will see the club return to the Gary Smorgon Oval for the first-time this season, as the Seniors (2pm) and Reserves (11.40am) go up against Beaumaris on Saturday, while the Jackettes do battle with Old Scotch on Sunday morning at 9.40am.


Keep up-to-date with all things AJAX at our new-look website www.ajaxfc.com.au!



Firsts 8.11 (59) def by Caulfield Grammarians 17.17 (119)

Jackettes 1.1 (7) def by Old Brighton 6.12 (48)

Reserves 5.4 (34) def by Caulfield Grammarians 18.6 (114)

Thirds 11.10 (76) def by Caulfield Grammarians 15.7 (97)


Ash Obel- Media & Communications Manager



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Weekend Wrap: Round Four





Undermanned AJAX's Struggles Continue After Third-Straight Loss


Mark Williams’ side came out with determination following last week’s 95-point drubbing, however St Bernards flexed their muscles to hand AJAX a second consecutive 15-goal defeat and a third consecutive loss.


With some key-position players missing, Saturday was always going to be an uphill battle for the Jackas. Defender Richie Simon was overseas following a strong performance in round three, Daniel Cohen remained sidelined with a hamstring injury as did forward stalwart Jake Lew.


As they have in every round this season, AJAX put in a strong performance in the first quarter, trailing by just two points at the first break to a skilled St Bernards side that finished a very respectable third in the 2017 VAFA B grade.


While both sides continued to scrap for the ball at ground-level, St Bernards displayed cooler heads, hitting their forward targets and drifting out to a 27-point half-time lead, despite having only three clearances in the second-quarter.


The second-half told a familiar tale to last week, with the home side steamrolling an inexperienced and depleted AJAX side, piling on 14 goals to none, with the encounter finishing 7.10 (52) to 23.12 (150) in a forgettable afternoon in Essendon West.



Not for the first time this season, inaccurate kicking hurt AJAX, who scored more behinds than goals for the third week running. Captain Nick Lewis (12 tackles 24 disposals) addressed the issue in his post-game interview with AJAX Media.


“Obviously its a hot-topic in the AFL. We actually kicked 20 goals against Old Haileybury (Round One) and that’s our only win for the year so I definitely think accuracy in front of goals plays a pretty big part. If we managed to kick six goals one behind instead of one goal and six behinds on Saturday, our tails would be up and we’d have a lot more energy and mojo in our gameplay,” he said.


The defeat leaves AJAX in sixth position on the ladder, one spot behind local rivals and round five opponents the Caulfield Grammarians who sit eight points above the Jackas.


This week is definitely an eight-point game, we won’t shy away from that. We want to be a finals team and to do that you need to firstly win and secondly beat the teams above you. We’re playing against a young Caulfield Grammarians team at Glen Huntly Oval in Caulfield so we’ll obviously get a good following from our supporters. We’ve got a couple of their ex-collegians playing for us so that always makes for quite a heated rivalry,” Lewis said.


After another tough week for the Seniors side, the Reserves provided the shining light on the weekend, defeating St Bernards Reserves by less than a goal in a nail-biting contest in West Essendon.




Brad Carp, Ward Williams and Daniel Goodman each bagged two goals, as the reserves punished an inaccurate St Bernards side, with the final score reading 9.10 (64) to 7.17 (59).


The win leaves AJAX Reserves in fifth place, just one game off the top of the table, but only one win ahead of next week’s opponents the Caulfield Grammarians, making next Saturday’s Reserves and Firsts double-header a must-watch event.


On Sunday, the Thirds received a brutal defeat against De La Salle, losing by 130 points and only managing two goals for the match thanks to Sam Brygel and Michael Lazar. The Thirds sit second last on the ladder and will hope to turn around their poor form with a victory against the winless Caulfield Grammarians this weekend.


The Jackettes enjoyed their week off, and will now begin final preparations for their big clash against Old Brighton late on Saturday afternoon at Brighton Beach Oval, while both the Reserves (11.40am) and the Seniors (2pm) will play back-to-back games against Caulfield Grammarians at the Glen Huntly Oval in Caulfield.


AJAX Media will now be publishing on our new-look website www.ajaxfc.com.au - Stay up to date with our weekly news, special announcements, fixtures, results, teamsheets, club history and much more!


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Weekend Wrap: Round 1

Youngsters Lead AJAX to Opening Round Victory

If Saturday is anything to go by, the future of the AJAX Football Club is in strong hands, with the clubs youngest players guiding the Jackas to a 59 point roundone win over local rivals Old Haileybury.

20 year-old Jordan Cohen racked up 36 disposals and two goals, while Kane Nissenbaum managed 24 touches as well as two goals, highlighted by a beautiful running goal on his weaker left foot from a tight angle. Debutant Cameron Nankin also kicked his first goal for the club, slotting a set-shot late in the second quarter.

Speaking to AJAX Media, Nankin said “I was pretty nervous, first goal is always big but I managed to put it through, and everyone got around me which is good to see.” He added “I think I went alright, I eased into it in the second half and did a few things that I was happy with, hopefully I’m able to keep my spot and improve further.”

Coach Mark Choco Williams agreed, “I was delighted by what he did, he showed a lot of zip and took the game on and he took mark of the day for sure. His sister Lindy also played her first game and kicked two goals, so she’s got one up on him,” referencing Nankin’s older sister who claimed two goals in the Jackettes 26 point victory over Old Carey.

Earlier in the day, the new-look AJAX Reserves thumped Old Haileybury Reserves, kicking 16 goals and 21 behinds to cruise to a 78 point win. 17 year old Riley Michelson proved his young-gun credentials, bagging four goals and ranking amongst the best on ground.

Asked what would need to improve before Round Two, Choco said “I would think our general ball movement, and to be a bit cleaner. We turned the ball over too many times. I thought the coaches did a wonderful job, we had a few new coaches on board so it was great to see all three teams won.”

Round two will see AJAX take on Mazenod next Saturday at Central Reserve in Glen Waverley, beginning with the Reserves at 11.40am followed by the Firsts at 2pm, while the Jackettes take on the Hampton Rovers at Boss James Reserve, Hampton. 

Ash Obel Media & Communications Manager

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The 2017 Year Book is now available online.

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Brad caps off brilliant year with Best & Fairest

AJAX utility Brad Caplan was recognised for his stellar 2016 season at the Club’s night of nights, crowned the Michael Ritterman Seniors Best and Fairest at The Bentleigh Club on Thursday.

“It was a fantastic night. It was definitely a very humbling experience being on stage and knowing the likes of Ritterman, Lewski and Steinberg have been up here and won it numerous times,” winner Brad Caplan told AJAX Media.

“It was really quite surreal. I’m not going to lie I was a bit nervous being up there. I’m just very happy to have won the award.”

Caplan took out his first senior Best and Fairest ahead of Skipper Nick Marks and the joint section leading-goal-kicker David Fayman.

The Caplan family have made the night their own over the last two seasons with younger brother Adam taking out the award in 2015.

Caplan was ultra-consistent in 2016 playing 17 games, kicking 16 goals and featuring in the best players on 14 occasions.

He excelled as a link-up player on the wing and often pushed forward, making him a dynamic player, one that opposition teams struggled to contain.  

Brad spoke with J-Air's 'On the Ball' about his B&F win on Monday night. Listen here.

The skilful and fleet-footed number seven enjoyed an injury-free season which was one of a few factors that contributed to his strong output.

“The main thing is confidence, confidence in my ability. I enjoyed a continuous pre-season, not just running but in the gym trying to get a bit bigger so I could compete with some of the bigger bodies in the midfield and when I rested up forward,” Caplan said.

His achievements on the field were also recognised by the VAFA, named on the wing in the Premier B Team of the Year.

“I definitely thrived under Marty (Pask). Our game style really suited the way I played,” Caplan said.

He also claimed the Lionel Rosenberg Senior Coach’s Award.

“I’m not quite sure how it (match votes) works. I believe the supporters vote on the best that goes into the paper and onto the VAFA website. I know my grandfather and a few of his mates voted on a couple of occasions so I can probably thank them for getting that many bests,” Caplan said.

The night wasn’t just a celebration of the individual feats achieved in season 2016. President Ronnie Lewis unveiled the club’s new head coach Mark ‘Choco’ Williams to a room full of stunned players and supporters.  

Listen to 'Choco' speaking exclusively with J-Air Radio's 'On the Ball' in his first radio interview since accepting the head-coach position.

Photos courtesy: AJN/Peter Haskin.

“It was unbelievable. I think everyone was in shock on Thursday night. There was definitely a good vibe. It’s a fantastic coup for the club, it’ll bring a lot of interest to the club next year,” Caplan said.

Major Club Announcement

Club Captain Nick Marks was awarded the Richard Pratt & AJN Trophy for Supporters Best.

David Fayman claimed his 7th John Brustman Golden Boot Award with 46 goals.

Brother Stuart Fayman was adjudged the David Merkel Seniors Most Determined Player.

18-year old Jordan Cohen capped off a brilliant debut season, named the Seniors Best First Year Player.

Ruckman Zac Braun took out the Seniors Most Improved Award, while veteran Geoff Measey was the Daryl Cohen Seniors Most Courageous Player.

In lower grade awards, Dov Paltiel took out the Barry Linde Reserves Best and Fairest from Nadav Harel and Jake Kalmus after a standout season under Coach Rob Paterson.

Full-back Ari Wytwornik claimed the Reserves Coach’s Award.

Other Best and Fairest winners were Joel Burston (Under 19s), Zev Aron (Thirds) and Ally Bild (Jackettes).

The club wishes the whole AJAX community a Shana Tova and well over the fast.


Full List of 2016 Ajax Best & Fairest Award Winners


Jeffrey Jankie President’s Trophy - Mark Mitchell

Photos courtesy: AJN/Peter Haskin.

Mark Feldy Best Club Person Award - John Rockman

Thirds Coach’s Award - Yehuda Gottlieb

Thirds 3rd Best & Fairest - Benji Jones

Thirds 2nd Best & Fairest - Eli Adelist / Jeremy Herz                

Thirds Best & Fairest - Zev Aron                                             

Women’s Most Courageous & Determined - Chelsea Fisher / Women’s Coach’s Award - Rebecca Bennett

Photos courtesy: AJN/Peter Haskin. 

Women’s 3rd Best & Fairest - Tamara Epshtein

Women’s 2nd Best & Fairest - Maya Glikfeld

Women’s Best & Fairest - Ally Bild

Photos courtesy: AJN/Peter Haskin.

Under 19’s Coach’s Award - Guy Vadas

Under 19’s Ben Bloom Most Courageous Award - Elliott Blau

Under 19’s 3rd Best & Fairest - Charlie Hamilton

Under 19’s 2nd Best & Fairest - Jesse Velleman

Under 19’s Best & Fairest - Joel Burston

Reserves Coach's Award - Ari Wytwornik                   

Reserves 3rd Best & Fairest - Jake Kalmus

Reserves 2nd Best & Fairest - Nadav Harel                       

Barry Linde Reserves Best & Fairest - Dov Paltiel

John Brustman Golden Boot Award - David Fayman                   

Richard Pratt & AJN Trophy for Supporters Best - Nick Marks

Seniors Best First Year Player - Jordan Cohen  

Lionel Rosenberg Senior Coach's Award - Brad Caplan

Daryl Cohen Seniors Most Courageous Player - Geoff Measey    

Seniors Most Improved Player - Zac Braun

David Merkel Seniors Most Determined Player - Stuart Fayman                                  

Seniors 3rd Best & Fairest - David Fayman                                   

Seniors 2nd Best & Fairest - Nick Marks

Michael Ritterman Seniors Best & Fairest - Brad Caplan


Aaron Fetter
AJAX Amateur Football Club
Media & Communications Manager

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Major Club Announcement


Major Club Announcement 


AJAX Football Club President Ronnie Lewis unveiled to all in attendance on Thursday at the Best and Fairest evening, the landmark signing of AFL Premiership Coach Mark ‘Choco’ Williams as the club’s head coach for at least the next two seasons.

“It’s probably one of the biggest things that has happened in the world of AJAX footy but potentially even Maccabi, just to have a guy of his profile,” Lewis told AJAX Media.

The 58-year old will also fill a new role as Maccabi Victoria’s Director of Coaching and Development. Further to his commitment as AJAX’s Senior head coach, Williams will play a significant role in the development of AJAX junior teams and coaches.

“I’m really enthusiastic about getting back into coaching and being involved in the community as well with Maccabi,” Williams told AJAX Media.

“I’m here to learn. My son played against AJAX juniors a few years ago and I was so impressed that the community wanted to be involved in an Australian tradition and I thought what a great thing to join in that way,” Williams said.

Whether in a playing or coaching capacity, Williams has contributed greatly to Australian Rules Football for 40 years.

He coached Port Adelaide Power in the AFL between 1999 and 2010, finishing his senior coaching career at AFL level on 274 games (25th of all time) at a 55% winning rate.

He took the Power to 17 finals (eight of them wins) two grand finals and the club’s inaugural Premiership against the Brisbane Lions in 2004.  

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In the same year he was named the coach of the All-Australian team.

He played 201 games and kicked 236 goals for Collingwood and the Brisbane Bears between 1981 and 1990.

The son of South Australian Football icon Fos Williams, Mark began his career in the SANFL, playing 179 games, kicking 141 goals and winning four Premierships across the 70s, 80s and 90s.

“After 30 plus years in AFL footy he’s very keen to explore opportunities in sport outside of AFL and I guess that’s one of the things that attracted ‘Choco’ to the role, is his ability to influence and develop coaches across the sporting community,” Lewis said.

After resigning from his senior position at Port Adelaide midway through 2010, Williams signed on with competition new-comers Greater Western Sydney for three years as an assistant coach to Kevin Sheedy.

In search of a new challenge, Williams left his post at the Giants to take on the role as Richmond’s Development Coach under Damien Hardwick.

Photo: Michael Willson/AFL Media

After four seasons at Tigerland, Williams was let go.

“We got a heads up that once he departed Richmond that he may be open to opportunities outside the AFL, so through Andrew Shenker we made a direct approach to him and he was actually very interested in chatting to us.

“It was a Monday night two and a half weeks ago he came to our rooms and was incredibly impressed with our facilities. I think he was expecting a tin shed in the middle of a paddock.

“We’ve got ice baths, a coach’s room, a fully laid out gym, social rooms that have recently been renovated, all which blew him away.

“The photos on the wall gave him a sense of community and inclusion of the Jackettes and he left the club actually quite surprised and taken aback that it was as impressive as it was,” Lewis said.

Although he has been immersed in elite level football for so long, there is belief that he has the diversity of character and the required skills to adapt to being the coach of an amateur club in Premier B of the VAFA.

“Being a teacher he can see that he can develop these young men,” Lewis said.

“His appointment means we improve the professionalism of the club. We want to be an A-Grade club, whether that means we play in A-Grade or become an A-Grade club playing in B-Grade. Time will tell but we are very confident he’ll bring out the best of all our players.”

With pre-season fast approaching, Williams will have a short amount of time to acclimatise before the real work begins.

“I’ll sniff out the environment first and see what’s required but I want the players to enjoy it. Anyone out there that thinks they might be able to play then certainly get down to training, especially if you’re over 6ft4 that’d be fantastic,” Williams said.

“I would like to think that each of the players this time next year are feeling like they’ve had a great year of improvement and how far that takes us we’ll wait and see.”

Williams’ football journey is made more unique by the religious affiliation that AJAX stands so passionately for.

“He mentioned in his speech (at the Best & Fairest) that he spent many drives on the way to Punt Road on Hotham street and saw a number of the Jewish men with their black hats and payot and for him it’s fascination, it’s a real genuine interest, so I think that’s what has made the move to a Jewish community club not too difficult for him,” Lewis said.

Williams’ signing sent social media into a frenzy with a combined 123 retweets and likes on Twitter, over 500 likes and 60 comments on Facebook while shortly after the news was broken, @ajaxfooty was trending on Twitter.

There is genuine belief that Williams’ involvement with the Jackas will attract quality Jewish players from other clubs along with the inevitable spike in community interest and support.

“We’ve identified three or four high quality players in Melbourne and one in Perth already, and it is our absolute intentions to send ‘Choco’ in a car or on a plane to meet these people, whether they come to AJAX or are interested, I can tell you now having him there will certainly change their view of our club,” Lewis said.

“Some very basic elements both in terms of training and on game-day will make him probably unmatched in the VAFA. He’s an incredible coach and a very good person at the same time.”

“I’m thrilled to think that people are interested in what I’m doing and certainly if that gives greater attention to AJAX and their sponsors then that’s a great role it plays and a good bonus as well,” Williams said.

The recruitment sub-committee contained prominent AJAX people, Andrew Shenker, Rick Marks, Robbie Kaye and Craig Joel.

Others involved in the process were the Maccabi Victoria Board, in particular Ash Krongold, a Director of the Maccabi Victoria Foundation.

This sporting coup was made possible by the Henry Jolson Pathways Program. It is the first major initiative since the program’s inception in 2015. 


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AJAX duo feature in Dragons' TAC Cup Grand Final feat

AJAX duo feature in Dragons’ TAC Cup Grand Final feat

Two rising stars of Jewish sport in Melbourne, Kane Nissenbaum and Ashley Krakauer have tasted the ultimate success on the big stage, winning the 2016 TAC Cup Premiership with the Sandringham Dragons on Sunday at Etihad Stadium.

The Dragons led at every change in a tight contest against Murray Bushrangers and went onto win 12.13 (85) – 9.14 (68).

“The overriding emotion when the siren went was just happiness. It still hasn’t sunk in that we won,” Krakauer told the AJN.

Nissenbaum who is a year 12 student at Leibler Yavneh College faced a nervous wait during the week before being told he would play in the Grand Final.

The 18-year old played in the Elimination Final three weeks ago but didn’t feature in the next two finals. An injury to star player Will Setterfield opened the door for his timely return.

“I was a bit nervous early in the week, but obviously when I heard that I was going to play I was pretty excited,” Nissenbaum told the AJN.

“It is such a long year and we all work so hard, so obviously getting the nod to play was pretty special,” he said.

Krakauer, a small forward, was his team’s equal leading goalkicker with two. He was lively all game and both goals he kicked were at critical stages.

Photo: Adam Trafford/AFL Media

“I was pleased with my game, but every player has some team-first objectives to tick off and I thought I did that,” he said.

The Caulfield Grammarian gathered 12 disposals, six handball receives and laid two tackles to go along with his two classy majors.

He played 14 games this season with the Dragons, was named in the best on six occasions and kicked eight goals.

“I’ve loved every minute. The Sandringham Dragons’ program has been a really important part of my life since I started as an under 13 player back in 2011.”

“There’s a strong focus on developing the person not just the player. I’ve been able to deal with and overcome certain life challenges because of the development and education that the program has given me,” he said.

Krakauer is one of the most talented players to come out of the AJAX Football Club, with a list of junior accolades, rivalled by very few.

He was the junior Club Champion in 2010 and the Pratt Foundation Outstanding Achiever in 2011.

Nissenbaum who played off a wing made the most of his limited game-time on Sunday, hitting the target with six of his seven possessions as well as working hard to take four marks.

Photo: Adam Trafford/AFL Media

He played 14 games, was named in the best twice and kicked four goals. He also played on four occasions with AJAX and debuted in the seniors earlier in the year.

His impressive junior career at AJAX was rewarded last season when he was named the Outstanding Achiever.

With the NAB AFL Draft taking place in late November, both boys remained realistic about their chances but have other plans in mind if their AFL dream is not fulfilled this year.

“I feel like I’ve had a consistent season, but it has been tough at times when I’ve been out of the team. You get the feel early on in the season if you might be on the draft radar,” Nissenbaum said.

“The next step for me and my footy will probably be to try and play with a VFL team. I have a few people helping me with the decisions I have in front of me,” he said.

Standing at 172cm, Krakauer takes a lot of motivation and confidence from the small stars of the AFL such as Western Bulldogs’ Caleb Daniel and will nominate for November’s AFL Draft.

“Seeing similar type players running around in the AFL and doing well has been a driving force for me to give it a crack, but if doesn’t work out I’ll probably look at the VFL as my next move,” Krakauer said.


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Jackas' Grand Final grief

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.


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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.”


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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.


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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. 


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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.


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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


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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.


Aaron Fetter
AJAX Amateur Football Club
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No joy for Jackettes in Semi

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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.

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.  


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AJAX Amateur Football Club
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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 


Aaron Fetter
AJAX Amateur Football Club
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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. 


Aaron Fetter
AJAX Amateur Football Club
Media & Communications Manager

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