Jackas 'remember them' with fighting win
The AJAX Football club registered their second consecutive ANZAC Day victory against Fitzroy, prevailing by 18 points in a scrappy encounter at Brunswick Street Oval.
Before the bounce players from both sides, match officials and the hundreds of supporters that flocked to the ground, paid their respects in participating in a short Anzac day service, where the ode was recited, the last post sounded and a minute of silence observed.
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Kicking against a slight breeze didn’t seem to hamper the Jackas in the opening term as they skipped away to a 16-point lead at quarter time.
Jake Lew benefited from some slick ball movement from Warren Steinberg, before fellow forwards David Fayman and Geoff Measey hit the scoreboard.
The second term evolved into an arm wrestle and despite the near perfect playing conditions, neither team could break the game open.
AJAX’s steely defence kept the home side goalless, while Corey Jankie kicked his side’s only major of the quarter.
The Jackas went into half-time with a 23-point advantage and with plenty areas of their game to address.
It was more of the same in the third term, as both teams failed to produce an attractive style of play.
Wayward kicking for goal continued to be a theme for the Jackas, managing just two goals from six scoring shots.
Lew did well to hang onto a few contested marks, receiving close attention from behind all day.
Ash Kalb assured the visitors entered the final break full of run, linking up through the middle of the ground and finishing with a great goal nearing the siren.
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The game finally broke open in the final quarter, as the Jackas kicked five goals to four to secure an 11.14 (80) – Fitzroy 9.8 (62) away victory.
Dean Rotenberg proved a livewire up forward, swooping on the crumbs from a typical Adam Caplan high-marking attempt.
Fellow small forward Alex Wollan added an aerial mark and calm finish to his highlight reel, while Lew kicked back-to-back goals late in the quarter to finish with four majors.
David Fayman continued his good form, kicking two goals. Photo courtesy: VAFA Media
Ben Kalmus was a rock in defence, the Caplan brothers were as industries as ever and developing ruckman Zac Braun continued to impress as the Jackas’ number one big-man.
Earlier, the reserves suffered a heartbreaking 11.12 (78) – Fitzroy 13.6 (84) loss, conceding a goal on the final siren.
Holding slender leads at quarter and half-time, the Jackas let the home side back into the contest with a few costly misses in front of goal.
Trailing by two goals at the start of the fourth term, the twos looked nervy with ball in hand and coughed it up at dangerous parts of the ground, causing a number of costly turnovers.
Fitzroy levelled the scores in the dying stages and with the home-crowd behind them, willed their team inside forward fifty with seconds to play.
The Jackas conceded a mark on the siren, and the Fitzroy player calmly slotted the match-winner.
19-year old Josh Baron showed plenty snapping four goals, ruckman Daniel Goodman continued his solid form booting two, while skipper Joel Gocs was resolute in defence.
Kicking off the triple-header at nine in the morning was the Thirds who recovered from a slow start, to kick 11 goals to five after half-time, assuring their unblemished start to 2016 with a 13.11 (89) – 6.12 (48) win.
Late inclusion Levi Lewis kicked three. The other multiple goal-kickers were Daniel Wein, Jacob Joel and Nadav Harel who returned from injury.
Shimon New, Benji Jones and premiership defender Tim Freed all held their own in the back fifty.
Ash Shenker’s under 19s made it three from three, holding off a fast-finishing Monash Blues, winning 9.13 (67) – 7.8 (50) at Frearson Oval.
Utilities Ben De Winter and Reece Israel kicked three apiece. Guy Vadas, Elliot Blau and Noam Marom were all prominent in the win.
You may as well pitch a tent at Albert Park this weekend. Why?... All FIVE games will be played at home!
AJAX host rivals Old Brighton at Gary Smorgon Oval this Saturday. The reserves kick off at 11:40am followed by the seniors at 2pm (live on J-Air 87.8fm).
The under 19s play Aquinas across the road at 1pm on Lindsay Hassett Oval.
On Sunday the Jackettes play their first home game of the season at 12pm vs Fitzroy, followed by the Thirds who face Old Trinity at 2pm.
Hope to see you all down for a massive weekend of AJAX Footy!
AJAX Amateur Football Club
Media & Communications Manager