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Losses mount for Marty's men

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Losses mount for Marty’s men

AJAX’s season hangs in the balance after suffering their third straight loss in a disappointing display against the newly-promoted Monash Blues at Frearson Oval on Saturday.

The losing streak is a complete turn of fortune for the Jackas who rebounded from a round one loss to go on to win their next three matches.

Marty Pask and his chargers will rue their missed opportunities of the last two weeks, losing to teams outside the top four.

Despite falling to 7th, the Jackas are remarkably only out of the top four on percentage with the bottom team Hampton only two games outside of finals contention - so tight is the logjam of teams gunning for fourth spot.

The top three is unlikely to change, making the Jackas’ quest of breaking their five-year finals drought even more compelling.  

On Saturday the seniors blooded two more debutants, 18-year old Jordan Cohen and ruckman Daniel Goodman, the grandsons of Trevor Cohen and Dave Yaffe, AJAX players of yesteryear.

The Jackas would have backed their run and carry style on the vast open spaces, however they failed to capitalise on their wind advantage in the opening term, trailing by 20 points at quarter time.

Photo: Les Argen

The home side got the early jump on the Jackas kicking the opening three goals of the game before first-gamer Cohen marked his first senior kick with a great snapping goal.

David Fayman looked dangerous inside fifty and was the recipient of a free kick in front of goal, which he converted.

The Jackas continued their slow start to quarters, conceding early goals. The margin lengthened to six goals approaching half-time, however a late-quarter fightback led by the youngest player on the ground narrowed the gap to four goals at the main break.

Jordan Cohen produced a minute of magic slotting back-to-back goals from deep in the pocket, registering his third goal in his first half of senior football.

Alex Wollan ensured the Jackas began the third quarter better than the last two, working his way through traffic and slotting his first, getting his side within 20 points.

Monash responded with the next two, stunting the Jackas momentum.

Both sides traded goals to end the third term. Richie Simon enjoyed a busy five minutes kicking two while Brad Caplan proved his nous around goals roving then snapping brilliantly.

At the final break, Marty Pask instilled confidence in his players that the five-goal margin was achievable, however Monash quickly erased any hope of a Jackas come-from-behind victory, banging on the first three goals of the final quarter to eventually run out 19.14 (128) victors to AJAX 12.9 (81).

David Fayman and Jordan Cohen both kicked three, while Richie Simon was the other multiple goal-kicker with two.

Cohen capped off a dream debut with best afield honours for the Jackas, while fellow youngsters Nick Lewis, Josh Baron and Justin Berkowitz all showed plenty of fight.

The reserves will wonder what more they can do to reverse their frustrating run of close misses, recording their third loss by six points or less in the past five matches, compounded by a low-scoring draw last round versus Parkdale.

The Jackas kicked away with the wind in the opening term, however play was halted for close to 30 minutes after an opposition player was knocked out in a marking contest and wasn’t removed from the field until paramedics arrived.

Due to the lengthy delay the second-half was shortened. The Jackas surrendered their quarter time lead to trail by five points at three quarter time.

Kicking against the wind and chasing victory from behind proved too great of a task. The reserves eventually went down 8.11 (59) – Monash 9.10 (64).

Jeremy Forbes provided a presence up forward kicking four goals while Andrew Slade was a livewire booting two.

Experienced trio Geoff Measey, Nadav Harel and Noah Rischin all put in strong performances around the ground.

The loss sees the Jackas slip to 7th on the ladder, a game outside the top four.

The under 19s’ undefeated season kicked on with a strong 52-point away win against bottom-placed Therry Penola.

The Jackas led comfortably at every break, however lost the final quarter, four goals to two.

Reece Israel sizes up one of his four goals. Photo: Hersh Burston

Reece Israel’s four goals earned him best on ground honours, while Ben Schwartz (two goals), Joel Burston and Charlie Hamilton were others amongst the best.

The unders hold a two-game lead atop the Section 4 ladder.

On Sunday the Thirds bounced back from last round’s loss, to overpower Beaumaris by 73 points at Sportscover Arena.

A ten-goal to three first half set up the Jackas big win and sees them a game behind ladder-leaders De La Salle who they face this Sunday.

Zev Aron has 16 goals as a midfielder this season.

Skipper Zev Aron added five goals to his season tally of 16, the most in the Premier B Thirds Competition after six rounds, while Sam Brygel (four goals), Benji Jones (three), and Josh Jones were all influential in the victory.

Meanwhile, the Jackettes snapped a two-game losing streak when they defeated Brunswick by five points in a nail-biter at Gary Smorgon Oval.

The girls kept the opposition scoreless in the first quarter and conceded only one goal to half-time.

Brunswick mounted a comeback after the main break, keeping the Jackettes scoreless for the rest of the game, but the girls in red white and black held their nerve to secure the four points and move a game clear in second spot on the VWFL’s Division 3 ladder.

Rebecca Bennett kicked three of her team’s five goals, while Tamara Epshtein and Dani Robinson were strong all day.  

Next round the club hosts rivals Old Haileybury at Gary Smorgon Oval. Reserves 11:40am followed by the seniors at 2pm on Saturday May 28.

The under 19s face Monash Blues at Lindsay Hassett Oval at 1pm.

On Sunday the Thirds play away to De La Salle at 11am, while the Jackettes play Melbourne Uni at Princes Park 1, Carlton, also at 11am.



Aaron Fetter
AJAX Amateur Football Club
Media & Communications Manager

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Jackas downed in Saturday scrap

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Jackas downed in Saturday scrap

AJAX’s senior team missed an early-season opportunity to cement their spot in the top four, losing to Parkdale by 22 points in a dour contest at Gary Smorgon Oval on Saturday.

The Jackas failed to combat the blustery conditions and the visitor’s strong defensive presence.

The score-line resembled a soccer match at half-time with only three goals scored to the main break.

Not for the first time this season, the Jackas struggled to put scoreboard pressure on when kicking with the wind, managing just four behinds to Parkdale’s one goal one behind in the opening term.

A first quarter that lasted only 24 minutes had fans preparing for a scrappy and unattractive display.

AJAX’s goalless drought was finally broken twenty minutes into the second term.

Josh Ludski found Adam Caplan inside fifty who handballed over the top to his brother Brad, who strolled into an open goal.

At half-time the visitors held a 2.3 (15) lead to AJAX 1.6 (12).

Coach Marty Pask was typically vocal inside the rooms, but his words were met with little response from his players, as the scrap continued with a staggering eight behinds scored for the quarter between both sides.

The score line read 18-17 at the final break in favour of Parkdale. The task was ahead of the Jackas who were forced to try and win the game against the breeze.

Both sides traded behinds in the opening ten minutes, before first-gamer Josh Baron laid a strong tackle inside fifty, earning himself a shot on goal which he calmly slotted, putting his side up by two points.

The Jackas’ fightback ended there as Parkdale aided by the breeze went onto kick four unanswered goals, romping home to a 6.11 (47) – 2.13 (25) win.

Second-ruckman Richie Simon played his best game of the season, while the efforts of experienced duo Warren Steinberg and Josh Ludski weren’t enough to drag their team over the line.

The loss keeps AJAX in fifth spot, even on points with fourth but almost 20% adrift.

Earlier, the reserves gave up a 17-point lead at three quarter time to draw 7.7 (49) apiece with Parkdale.

It is the third game in four weeks that the twos have been up in the dying stages only to surrender their lead and consequently the four points.  

Dov Paltiel and Jono Goldberg were their team’s best, continuing on from their strong recent form, while Daniel Goodman and Jordan Cohen were the only multiple goal-kickers with four between them.

Dov Paltiel discussed the reserves' draw on J-Air Radio's On the Ball program on Monday night. Listen here.

The draw sees the Jackas hold onto 6th spot, a game outside the top four.

The under 19s’ stunning start to the season rolled on, as they opened a two-game gap at the top of the table, after they easily accounted for Uhs-Vu Fc by 37 points.

The unders kept the visitors to just one goal for three quarters, before they took the foot off the pedal slightly to lose the final term four goals to three.

Ben De Winter was dangerous in front of goal kicking three, while Benjamin Faiman and Dakota Lipton were the other multiple goal-kickers.

Defender Saul Williams was best on ground while Charlie Hamilton and Jesse Velleman controlled the middle of the ground.

In a one-off Thursday night fixture, the Thirds played De La Salle in a top-of-the-table clash under lights at Warrawee Park, Oakleigh.

The Jackas led by 15 points at quarter time but failed to hold onto their advantage, conceding five goals to two after half-time to eventually lose by 24 points.

On Saturday morning the Jackettes faced the SKOB Saints but after leading by one point at quarter time, were kept goalless thereafter, ending in a disappointing eight-point loss.

Toni Hamilton, Vanessa Mrocki and Lexi Mand each kicked one, while skipper Chelsea Fisher led from the front all day.

Next round the seniors (2pm) and reserves (11.40am) play Monash Blues at Frearson Oval, Monash University Clayton on Saturday.

The under 19s face Therry Penola at John Pascoe Fawkner Reserve at 9.20am, while on Sunday the Thirds are away at Sportscover Arena to Beaumaris at 2pm and the Jackettes are home vs Brunswick at 12pm.



Aaron Fetter
AJAX Amateur Football Club
Media & Communications Manager

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Jackas mauled

Jackas mauled

AJAX’s recent run of victories came to an end on the weekend, suffering a demoralising 73-point loss to top four rivals, St Bedes/Mentone Tigers at Brindisi Street Oval on Saturday.

Kicking with a strong wind in the opening quarter, the Jackas failed to make the most of their advantage, giving up an early lead to trail by seven points at the first break.

Jake Lew and Eugene Routman combined for two of the first three goals of the game, however the home side would go on to keep the Jackas scoreless up until half-time.

Marty Pask’s men responded and did well to cut the 64-point deficit to 51 at the final break, winning the third quarter 27-14.

In game 100, Stuart Fayman got on the end of some good work from Nick Lewis, kicking truly from the set shot, before goals to Warren Steinberg and two to Asher Burstin gave the Jackas some momentum.

The home side kicked away with the wind once again, slotting the opening three goals of the final quarter, before Alex Wollan and Routman’s second ensured the margin didn’t blow out towards triple figures.

The Jackas eventually went onto lose 9.6 (60) – St Bedes/Mentone 19.19 (133), surrendering their position in the top four as well as losing 17%.

Brad Caplan, AJ Thurin and Ash Kalb all battled manfully in a tough day at the office.

Earlier, the reserves tasted heartbreaking defeat for the second time in three weeks, losing by one point after leading with a minute to play.

The Jackas kicked away to a 14-point lead at quarter time, but were reeled in and found themselves behind for the majority of the contest.

Nadav Harel, Josh Baron and Noah Rischin all kicked two, while Dov Paltiel, Justin Berkowitz and Jono Goldberg were consistent throughout.

The reserves’ last two losses have been by a combined margin of just seven points, seeing them fall to 6th place on the ladder, one game outside the top four.

In better news for the club, the under 19s staked their claim as early premiership favourites, knocking off the formerly undefeated PEGS to now sit outright first on the division 4 ladder.

The 19s were kept goalless in the opening term, but fought their way back into the contest to lead at every break thereafter, eventually registering an 8.8 (56) – PEGS FC 5.9 (39) win.

Classy half-forward Reece Israel showed every ounce of it, leading the way with four majors, while Elliot Blau and Saul Williams were strong in defence.

Photo: Hersh Burston

It was a mixed day for the club on Sunday as the Jackettes made the long trip to play Gippsland in Traralgon, only to be completely overpowered by last year’s premiers.

Tamara Epshtein kicked her side’s only goal, while Jess Marget and Ally Bild were the Jackettes’ best in a disappointing display.

Meanwhile at Gary Smorgon Oval, the picture was much brighter for the Thirds despite the inclement weather.

The Jackas were too strong for bottom-placed St Bedes/Mentone, handing the visitors a 140-point thrashing.

The Thirds are yet to be defeated this season and look to be a genuine contender once again, with their closest rivals De La Salle, even on points but 96% adrift in second.

There were 11 individual goal-kickers for the Jackas with Levi Lewis and Jordan Lipton booting seven between them.

Experienced midfield trio Jeremy Herz, Zev Aron and Yehuda Gottlieb, did as they pleased, while Benji Jones was instrumental at both ends of the ground.

Next weekend: The seniors (2pm) and reserves (11.40am) host Parkdale at Gary Smorgon Oval on Saturday.

The under 19s will be looking to make it six in a row vs Uhs-Vu Afc at 1pm on Lindsay Hassett Oval.

On Sunday the Jackettes take on SKOB Saints at 12pm while the Thirds face Parkdale at Gerry Green Reserve at 11am. 



Aaron Fetter
AJAX Amateur Football Club
Media & Communications Manager

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Perfect five for flying Jackas

Perfect five for flying Jackas


Over the weekend the AJAX Football Club registered wins across all five teams for the second time this season.

The seniors fell short of putting in a four quarter effort against rivals Old Brighton, however a dominant first term and strong finish saw them pick off last year’s semi-finalists 14.16 (100) – 13.11 (89) at Gary Smorgon Oval on Saturday.

The blustery conditions affected both teams’ skill level, with the Jackas heading into quarter time, converting five out of ten scoring shots with the wind, to lead by 25 points.



David Fayman continued his strong start to 2016 with the opening goal, before speedster Dean Rotenberg set the game alight with back-to-back majors.

Adam Caplan made it four in a row with a good finish on the run before a late counter-attack from Old Brighton narrowed the margin at the first break.

Veteran utility Eugene Routman was unable to capitalise in the forward fifty, kicking three first-term behinds, adding to the Jackas’ recent yips in front of goal.



With the aid of the breeze, the visitors bridged the gap on the scoreboard but also had their troubles in front of the big sticks, continuing the day’s poor-kicking theme.

After a standout first quarter, Rotenberg left the ground cradling his shoulder, following a knock he recived in a contest.

Jake Lew was the Jackas’ only goal-kicker in the second term, as the visitors drew within two goals at the main break.

Intensity from both sides lifted a notch in the third as the game began to open up, with Old Brighton narrowly winning the quarter with a five-goal to four effort, setting up a thrilling finale.

Against the wind in the third term, the visitors kicked the first four goals to claim the lead for the first time.

Former captain Josh Ludski inspired his team with a strong mark and goal to halt Old Brighton’s momentum.

A small dose of indiscipline crept into the Jackas’ game with important defender Daniel Cohen sent off for a slip of the tongue.

The visitors proceeded to reclaim the lead by two points, before the Jackas finished the quarter with a flurry of goals, three in as many minutes, courtesy of some brilliant solo efforts from Alex Wollan, Routman and skipper Nick Marks.



Ten points is all that separated both sides heading into the final 30 minutes.

Lew ensured the Jackas kicked away early, slotting a sensational goal with assistance from Routman.

Brad Caplan was the unlikely flyer in a marking contest, but failed to finish off his good work in front of goal.

Adam Caplan’s second and Stuart Fayman’s first stretched the margin out to five goals with ten minutes to play, but Old Brighton weren’t done with, storming back into the contest with the last three goals of the game.

The Jackas went into a full ground defensive zone, shutting down the game and eventually securing the vitally important four points with a gutsy 11-point win.

Jackas and Jackettes Ladders.

Lew kicked three goals, while Adam Caplan, Rotenberg and David Fayman were the other multiple goal-kickers with two.

Crafty left-footer Alex Wollan was exceptional in the win, playing a starring role in the final quarter, earning him the Beyond Coconut Water Player of the Match.



Ben Kalmus held his own once again on the last line of defence, while midfielder Josh Ludski continued his consistent start to the year.

Listen back to Ben's interview with J-Air Radio's 'On the Ball' on Monday night.

Earlier, the reserves led at every change to comfortably beat Old Brighton 9.15 (69) – 3.5 (23).

In a scrappy affair, the inside grunt of Dov Paltiel and Jayden Yarrow was important, while promising left-footer Jordan Cohen oozed class on the outside.

The twos kicked 3.9 (27) to half-time, their inability to capitalise on scoring opportunities keeping the visitors in the contest.

Ruckman Daniel Goodman continued his rich vein of form, floating forward to kick a game-high three goals, while stand-in skipper Ari Wytwornik and swingman Jeremy Forbes controlled the back half.



Across the road on Lindsay Hassett Oval, the under 19s continued their perfect start to the season, dismantling Aquinas to the tune of 163 points, limiting their dismal opponents to just two points.

Goal-sneak Ben Schwartz kicked six majors, while Ryan Kagan and Andrew Joel slotted three apiece.

Nuggetty inside midfielder Jesse Velleman was instrumental in the big win, putting in a best on ground display.

On Sunday the Jackettes and the Thirds continued their unbeaten runs in 2016.

The girls enjoyed playing at home for the first time this season, toppling Fitzroy by 19 points.

Toni Hamilton kicked two goals, while Dani Robinson and Tamara Epshtein were standout performers.

Finally, the Thirds sealed the club’s fifth win of the weekend with an impressive four-quarter effort against Old Trinity, running out 76-point victors.

Sam Brygel was busy in front of goal kicking three while Daniel Wein and Noah Rischin combined for four majors.

Next Saturday the seniors (2pm) and reserves (11.40am) play away to St Bedes / Mentone Tigers at Brindisi St Oval (Melway: 86 K6).

A top of the table clash for the under 19s when they play away to PEGS FC at 9.20am.

The Jackettes will play-off in a grand final rematch vs Gippsland at Traralgon Recreation Reserve on Sunday at 12pm, while the Thirds also play St Bedes at Gary Smorgon Oval at 12pm on Sunday. 

Hope to see you all down for another massive weekend of AJAX Footy!

The club extends a big Mazel Tov to skipper Nick Marks on his engagement to Elise Kenny over the weekend!



Aaron Fetter
AJAX Amateur Football Club
Media & Communications Manager

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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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