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Jackas trounced by Tonners

Round 11 Weekend Wrap - Jackas trounced by Tonners

AJAX’s senior team missed a great opportunity to close in on the top four, losing to the second bottom team Old Brighton by 52 points at Trevor Barker Oval on Saturday.

Even on points with fourth before the round, the Jackas now fall to 7th on the VAFA Premier B Ladder, a game and percentage outside the top four with a tough run home looming. 

After conceding the opening goal, the Jackas responded soon after through Adam Caplan.

Old Brighton looked up for it early reclaiming the lead just minutes later.

Photo: OBGFC

Corey Jankie kicked the ball to the top of the goal square, where Brad Caplan accepted the mark, putting through his 9th goal of the season.

Two late majors to the home side stretched the margin out to 15 at quarter time with the Jackas unable to stabilise the momentum and control the tempo.

A goal within the first minute of the second term was far from the ideal start for Marty Pask’s men, however a purple patch from Jake Lew yielded two team-lifting goals bringing the margin back within ten points.  

It was a tight scrap for the remainder of the quarter with only one goal kicked in the final 20 minutes. The Jackas had the task ahead of them trailing by 17 points at half-time.

During the main break a typically vocal and passionate Marty Pask pleaded with his chargers to lift to the standards expected of them.

It took almost seven minutes but the Jackas drew first blood with Jake Lew returning to some familiar form, playing on from fifty and slotting his third goal.

Richie Simon fed Lew his fourth which brought the margin back to just five points.

Watch Jake Lew's four-goal performance.

Old Brighton failed to capitalise on a number of late chances, but remained firmly in the driver’s seat at three quarter time, holding a 15-point advantage.

Pask urged his players to embrace the challenge ahead of them and focus on “strong transition running.”

A dubious deliberate rushed behind was paid against the Jackas in the opening minute gifting Old Brighton the first of the last.

The home side began to dominate around the ground and went onto dash the Jackas’ hopes kicking seven goals to one in a blistering last quarter.

Old Brighton eventually went onto win 14.16 (100) – AJAX 7.6 (48) snapping a seven-game losing streak and placing the Jackas’ season in a desperately precarious position.

Earlier, AJAX’s reserves recorded their second win in a row and did so away from home, a feat that had alluded them all season.

Photo: OBGFC

The 26-point triumph over Old Brighton sees the Jackas move up to 5th on the ladder, just half a game off 4th.

Coach Rob Paterson’s quarter and half time addresses were delivered in his characteristically relaxed manner with his team holding a comfortable advantage at both breaks.

Pato spoke with J-Air Radio's 'On the Ball' program on Monday night about the win. Listen back here.

The Jackas found themselves in unwanted but familiar territory heading into the final term with a lead of five points.

Early goals to Jake Kalmus, Shimmy Roth and Jordan Tonkin was enough to see off the Old Brighton challenge, with the Jackas running away with a 9.12 (66) – 6.4 (40) win.

The experienced back six led by Joel Gocs and Ari Wytwornik held firm, keeping the home side scoreless in the final term.

In the middle, clearance king Nadav Harel claimed best on ground honours, while Noah Rischin put in an eye-catching display forward of centre.

Photo: OBGFC  

Jake Kalmus and Olly Hoffman provided great targets up forward kicking four between them.

Watch all the highlights from the reserves important 26-point win over Old Brighton.

After a blistering opening to their season where they went undefeated in the opening eight rounds, the under 19s have hit a road block losing their last three on the trot.

This time the unders were outplayed by Peninsula OB. They trailed at every break and eventually lost 80-65.

Charlie Hamilton was his team’s only multiple goal-kicker with three, while Jesse Velleman led from the front in his first game back from injury.

Photo: Hersh Burston

On Sunday the Jackettes were on the wrong side of a low-scoring one-point defeat to Fitzroy at Brunswick St Oval.

The girls led with a minute to play but conceded the match-winner with 20 seconds on the clock.

Inaccurate kicking would also prove to be the difference, with the girls recording 1.9 (15) to Fitzroy 2.4 (16).

Toni Hamilton kicked the Jackettes’ only goal while Dani Robinson, Alex Fleiszig and Maddy Smart were amongst the best.

Next round the Jackas host Old Scotch at Gary Smorgon Oval on Saturday July 2. Reserves kick off at 11.40am followed by the seniors at 2pm. Over the road on Lindsay Hassett Oval the under 19s face PEGS FC at 1pm. On Sunday it’s a top of the table clash at Gary Smorgon Oval as the Jackettes host the undefeated Gippsland, before the Thirds notch up their 50th game against De La Salle at 2pm.


Aaron Fetter
AJAX Amateur Football Club
Media & Communications Manager

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Jackas back from bye with a bang

Jackas back from bye with a bang

AJAX’s senior team has re-entered the finals race beating top four side Fitzroy by 35 points at Gary Smorgon Oval on Saturday.

The Jackas trailed at quarter time but an all-round masterclass from David Fayman helped see off the visitors and move Marty Pask’s men into 6th place on the Premier B Ladder, only 8% adrift from 4th spot.

Winter football returned to Albert Park with the conditions favouring a contested style of play. The Jackas were caught napping conceding the opening two goals of the game within eight minutes.

A brilliant passage of play saw David Fayman involved in a string of handballs on the wing, releasing him into space where he skilfully took a bounce in the slippery conditions and let fly from outside fifty, kicking another goal of the year contender.

The 27-year old was involved once again, this time setting up Josh Ludski for the Jackas’ second on the trot.

Not to be outdone, utility Brad Caplan got in on the action running onto a hit-out from brother Adam, tapping the ball to his advantage and smartly kicking an inside out checkside from the pocket.

Four consecutive AJAX behinds kept Fitzroy in it early and the visitors capitalised kicking the last two majors of the quarter, to lead by two points at the first break.

Dave Fayman chatted with J-Air Radio's 'On the Ball' program after Saturday's win. Listen back here.

Dave Fayman continued his dominance in the midfield setting up Jake Lew for his first goal before zippy forward pocket Dean Rotenberg kicked two in ten minutes to ensure the Jackas went into the half-time break with the momentum and a 21-point lead.

Fitzroy threatened to re-enter the contest kicking the first goal of the third term but once again Fayman proved the difference floating forward to kick his second.

Half-forward Alex Wollan earned himself a free-kick in-front of goal and slotted his first, extending the margin to 26 points before impressive youngster Josh Baron set up Fayman for his third.

The visitors refused to lie down kicking two in a row, drawing the margin back to 18 points.

On the stroke of three quarter time Rotenberg marked and finished brilliantly from long range, once again denying Fitzroy.

Brad Caplan marked and goaled early in the fourth continuing his stellar 2016 form.

Defender turned forward AJ Thurin snapped an opportunistic goal courtesy of another Dave Fayman inside fifty.

Rotenberg matched his senior best kicking his fourth from a crowded pack sealing a 14.12 (96) –Fitzroy 8.13 (61) win.

Watch the Match Highlights here!

David Fayman’s three goals and starring role in the midfield saw him named the Beyond Coconut Water Player of the Day.

Watch all the highlights from David Fayman's Best on Ground display. 

Brad Caplan finished with three and was also amongst the best players, as was Stuart Fayman whose defensive efforts were critical in tough conditions.

Earlier, the reserves got one back on rivals Fitzroy, leading at every change to record a dominant 11.7 (73) – 6.10 (46) victory.

Photo: Phyllis Quealy

The Jackas kept the visitors scoreless in the opening term and conceded just one goal to half-time, however lost the second half three goals to five.

Brandon Joel and Jeremy Forbes combined for five goals in dominant displays up forward while midfield trio Nadav Harel, Jake Kalmus and Roi Abraham all pressed their claims for higher honours.

The win sees the reserves move into 6th place, one game behind 4th.

Watch all the highlights of the reserves win!

After beginning the season with eight wins in a row, the Under 19s have been dislodged from top spot after a second straight defeat, this time to Old Haileybury by 29 points.

Charlie Hamilton was his team’s only multiple goal-kicker with three, while Elliot Blau and Noam Marom worked tirelessly in the back half.

Photo: Hersh Burston

On Sunday the Jackettes easily accounted for Bayswater winning 55-6 at Gary Smorgon Oval.

Rebecca Bennett continued her brilliant form in-front of goal kicking her third bag of three goals in as many games. Chelsea Fisher and Jess Marget were also important in the win.

Following the women’s game, the Thirds once again proved their top two credentials, brushing past Fitzroy by 105 points.

Levi Lewis led all comers with four majors while experienced duo Benji Jones and Jeremy Herz once again were strong contributors.

Next round the seniors (2pm) and reserves (11.40am) play away to Old Brighton at Brighton Beach Oval on Saturday. The under 19s are away to Peninsula OB at Narambi Reserve at 9.20am while on Sunday the Jackettes play Fitzroy at Brunswick St Oval at 1pm. The Thirds have a bye. 


Aaron Fetter
AJAX Amateur Football Club
Media & Communications Manager

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Brave Jackas beaten by Beaumaris

Brave Jackas beaten by Beaumaris

AJAX’s Senior team fell away after half-time against Premier B pace-setters Beaumaris, going down by 56-points at Banksia Reserve on Saturday.

Wet conditions and the opposition’s inaccurate kicking kept the Jackas within three goals at half-time, however the home team powered to victory with an eight-goal to two second half.

An early turnover handed Beaumaris the opening goal, before David Fayman opened AJAX’s account.

The Jackas went into quarter time a goal down with former St Kilda champion Stephen Milne hardly sighted, with Jarryd Ludski charged with the lock-down role.

Jarryd spoke to J-Air Radio's 'On the Ball' program on Monday night about his entertaining tussle with Milne. Listen here.


Geoff Measey brought the ball to ground inside fifty, allowing Warren Steinberg to collect and snap a great goal.

The four-time Best and Fairest winner was involved again when he found David Fayman in front of goal. The star forward calmly slotted his second, levelling the scores early in the second term.

Milne threatened to blow the game right open, having three consecutive shots on goal. Fortunately for the Jackas only one was on target.

The home side lifted their intensity and went onto kick the next two goals right before half-time, stretching the margin to a game-high 23 points.

David Fayman earned a free-kick and a 25-metre penalty on the siren, a chance he took from just inside fifty. His third goal brought the margin back within three goals and handed the Jackas the momentum heading into the second half.

AJAX failed to seize the opportunity, conceding the opening two goals after the main break.

Richie Simon got one back in brilliant fashion but it would prove to be the Jackas’ only major for the quarter.

Coach Marty Pask refused to concede defeat despite being six goals down at the final break and his strong words clearly spurred his chargers into action, as Josh Ludski slammed through the first goal of the last quarter, once again assisted by Steinberg.

The ladder-leaders showed their class, responding to the Jackas’ challenge in strong fashion.

They went onto kick the final four goals of the game, handing AJAX a 6.4 (40) – 14.12 (96) loss.

Jarryd Ludski was named the Jackas’ best player for his stellar job on Stephen Milne, keeping the competition’s leading goal-kicker to two goals.

Utilities Brad Caplan and Ash Kalb continued their impressive seasons with gallant efforts.

The loss sees the seniors slide to 7th on the Premier B ladder, only two points and 20% behind Fitzroy who they play at home on June 18 after the bye round.

Earlier, the reserves put together a strong first half, trailing by a goal at the main break against Beaumaris.

The top team came out strongly and kept the Jackas goalless from then on, blowing the final margin out to 41 points.

Big-man Jeremy Forbes played the wet conditions well, kicking two of his side’s five goals while Jordan Lipton and Ari Wytwornik were others to put in strong performances.

At the half-way mark of the season, the reserves are 6th with three wins, one draw and five losses, a game and a half outside the top four.

Over at W.R Ruthven Reserve the Under 19’s eight-game winning streak was finally broken by Preston Bullants in a heart-breaking one-point defeat.

The Jackas started strongly kicking six opening-quarter goals to five, to lead by five points at the first break.

The home side kept the 19s goalless in the second, holding a 14-point lead at half-time.

The Jackas clawed their way back in the second half but ultimately fell short by the smallest of margins, losing 11.6 (72) – Preston 11.7 (73).

Photo: Hersh Burston

Brent Shapiro and Reece Israel kicked six goals between them while Ben De Winter was his team’s best.

On Sunday the Thirds proved too strong for fellow top-four side Monash Blues, leading comfortably at every break to record a 37-point win.

Skipper Zev Aron bagged six goals to extend his lead by three at the top of the Premier B Thirds Goal-kicking table.

Midfielders Ezra Herszberg and Jonny Kaplan were instrumental, while the Jones brothers Benji and Josh were strong all day.

The win sees a two-game gap open up between AJAX and 3rd, while De La Salle are two games clear on top.

There are no games this weekend due to Queens Birthday (and Shavuot).

After the break the seniors (2pm) and reserves (11.40am) face Fitzroy at home on June 18.

The Under 19s host Old Haileybury at 1pm over the road on Lindsay Hassett Oval, while on Sunday June 19 the Thirds play Fitzroy and the Jackettes are home to Bayswater at 12pm.



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AJAX Amateur Football Club
Media & Communications Manager

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Jackas jumpstart their season


AJAX snapped a three-game losing streak, beating rivals Old Haileybury by 31 points on Saturday at Gary Smorgon Oval.

The win puts the Jackas right back in the finals mix, moving them into 5th spot, equal on points with 4th and only 1.45% behind.

The reigning Michael Ritterman Best and Fairest winner Adam Caplan led the team out in his 100thgame.

 The Jackas responded to a challenging week on the track with a much improved start.

Small forward Asher Burstin kicked the opening two goals of the game before the visitors closed the gap to two points at quarter time.

Youngsters Josh Baron and Daniel Goodman combined to start the second term, with the latter, a lumbering ruckman, taking a mark inside fifty.

In just his second senior game he graciously slotted his first goal to the rowdy reception of his teammates and supporters.

David Fayman continued the Jackas’ momentum, converting a set shot from deep in the pocket. Not to be outdone, fellow experienced big-man Geoff Measey marked his return with a long range goal, extending the margin to four goals.

The Jackas took the foot off momentarily, allowing Old Haileybury back into the contest. The visitors narrowed the margin to a goal nearing half-time.

An inspired move from Coach Marty Pask saw key defender AJ Thurin float forward late in the quarter and kick two vital goals, ensuring the Jackas won the quarter seven goals to three and led by 23 points at the main break.

The Jackas extended the margin out to six goals early in the third, with Thurin and Burstin kicking their third goals, while Brad Caplan’s ferocious tackling was rewarded in-front of goal.

Old Haileybury refused to lie down kicking the last two goals of the quarter, but trailed by 25 points heading into the final term.

The Jackas steely defence kept the visitors goalless in the last quarter.

David Fayman put in his entry for the goal of the year, brushing off two opponents and freakishly putting it through with a left foot checkside from deep in the pocket, in front of the adoring home crowd.

AJAX banked the four points, winning 12.14 (86) – Old Haileybury 8.7 (55).

Adam Caplan being chaired off in his 100th game.

Daniel Goodman’s season continued its meteoric rise named the Beyond Coconut Water Player of the Day.

Burstin and Thurin combined for six goals while David Fayman was the other multiple goal-kicker with two.

Earlier, the reserves bucked their recent trend of close finishes, announcing themselves to the competition with a crushing 17.18 (120) victory over Old Haileybury 7.5 (47).

The Jackas led comfortably at every break and were rewarded for their first complete performance of the season.

Brandon Joel returned from injury and kicked four. Jeremy Forbes and Jesse Velleman kicked three apiece while hard-men Olly Hoffman and Roi Abraham also chipped with four between them.

The reserves are 5th on the ladder, half a game outside the top four but with a much superior percentage than fourth.

Dov Paltiel continued his outstanding form while Justin Berkowitz and Noah Rischin were both prominent through the middle.

Over the road on Lindsay Hassett Oval, the undefeated under 19s faced their sternest test yet, trailing at every break against Monash Blues.

Ash Shenker’s men displayed resilience and determination well beyond their years to record a stunning 16-point comeback win.

The unders kept the visitors goalless in the final term and went onto erase the eight-point three quarter time deficit, recording their eighth consecutive win and opening up a two-game gap at the top of the Section Four Ladder.

Ben Schwartz moved into third on the competition’s goal-kicking table with a six-goal haul, while midfielder Charlie Hamilton was best on ground.

Ben Schwartz slotting one of his six goals. Photo: Hersh Burston

On Sunday, the Thirds fell away in a disappointing last quarter, losing by 38 points to fellow top-two team De La Salle.

The margin was only seven points at the final break, but the Jackas ran out of legs, with both their losses this season coming against the top team.

Jeremy Herz worked tirelessly in the midfield, while Shimon New bravely led an under-manned backline.

Meanwhile, the Jackettes overpowered Melbourne Uni at Princes Park (Carlton), by 52 points, their second win in a row.

Rebecca Bennett continued her outstanding goal-kicking form with another bag of three, while Maddy Smart and Ally Bild were their team’s best.

The Jacketes head into the bye round a game clear of third and a game behind first.

Next round the seniors face their toughest assignment of the season when they tackle the ladder-leaders Beaumaris at Banksia Reserve at 2pm on Saturday.

The Sharks boast a forward fifty headlined by former St Kilda champion Stephen Milne who is the leading goal-kicker in Premier B with 28 goals from seven matches.

The under 19s play fellow top four team Preston Bullants away at W.R Ruthven Reserve on Saturday at 9.20am. On Sunday the Thirds face Monash Blues.



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Junior Update


2020 Training Schedule (subject to change)

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

U17s - Wednesdays, 7:55-8:55pm, Princes Park, Oval 3
- Wednesdays, 7:45-8:45pm, Princes Park, Oval 4
U15s - Thursdays, 6:30-7:30pm, Princes Park, Oval 3
U14s - Thursdays, 6:45-7:45pm, Princes Park, Oval 4
U13s - Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30pm, Princes Park, Oval 4
U12s - Thursdays, 5:30-6:30pm, Princes Park, Oval 4
- Wednesdays, 6:45-7:45pm, Princes Park, Oval 3
- Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30pm, Princes Park, Oval 3
- Wednesdays, 5:15-6:15pm, Princes Park, Oval 4
U8s - Thursdays, 5:15-6:15pm, Princes Park, Oval 3
Girls U16s - Thursdays, 6:45-7:45pm, Princes Park, Oval 4
Girls U14s - Thursdays, 6:30-7:30pm, Princes Park, Oval 3
Girls U12s - Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30pm, Princes Park, Oval 4

Junior Fixture - Round 2 - May 5

For the full round fixture details, click here.

2019 Leading Club Goal Kickers

(After Round Finals Week 3)

65-Gabe Jotkowitz (U15 Jets)
47-Harry Sheezel (U15 Comets)

46-Jude Goldfarb (U14 Jets)
43-Jonty Israel (U11 Stars)
38-Aden Katz (U16 Jets)
34-Mia Zielinski (U14 Comets & U16 Girls)
31-Brett Jacobs (U16 Comets)
30-Itai Alford (U12 Comets)
29-Tye Marabel-Whitburn (U14 Comets)
28-Jhett Haeata (U13 Comets)
21-Ethan Lakman (U12 Comets)
21-Nicholas Pike (U14 Comets)
20-Ruby Page (U12 Girls)
20-Jethro Gunn (U12 Comets)
20-Zak Jacobs (U15 Jets)
20-Tai Kavallero (U16 Comets)
20-Justin Vogel (U16 Comets)

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

Goal Kickers of the Week

Gabe Jotkowitz (U15 Jets) - 2 goals

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