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Junior Weekly Wrap - Grand Final Edition

The Grand Final Edition of the Weekly Wrap is now available - Click here for this week's edition of the Weekly Wrap. Previous weekly wraps are available in the Weekly Wraps menu item in the Junior Football section.

Pictured is the back-to-back premiership winning U14 Comets team.

 

 

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Senior Round 18 Match Report

Jackettes fall at final hurdle

 

The Ajax Senior Football Division’s most successful team in season 2015 was the inaugural women’s team, the Jackettes. The girls played in the VWFL’s East Division Grand Final on Saturday night at Shepley Oval, but failed to overcome a much stronger Gippsland outfit, losing by 37 points.

 

A large Ajax crowd braved the conditions and made the trip to Dandenong. The girls were stunned in the opening quarter as Gippsland held them scoreless, taking a 26-point lead into the first break.

 

The Jackettes lifted their intensity in the second term and hit the scoreboard for the first time courtesy of a brilliant solo effort from Toni Hamilton.

 

The game continued its low-scoring trend with only three goals registered after half time, but unfortunately for the Jackettes they couldn’t make amends for their first quarter fade-out and eventually went down 2.2 (14) to Gippsland’s 7.9 (51).

 

Skipper Chelsea Fisher worked tirelessly in the midfield while Toni Hamilton kicked both of her team’s goals to finish second on the league’s goal-kicking table with 31 majors.

 

Earlier in the day the Seniors finished off their 2015 campaign with an inspired comeback win against Mazenod at Gary Smorgon Oval, ending the visitors run in Premier B.

 

The Jackas won 13.8 (86) to the visitor’s 11.8 (74), after trailing by two goals at three quarter time.

 

Jake Lew kicked a lazy seven goals, making it the sixth consecutive season an Ajax player has won the VAFA league goal-kicking award for their division.

 

Lew ended the season on 69 goals, ten more than his next rival. The result is just reward for his efforts over the last six years where he has often come runner-up to David Fayman who has claimed the previous five league goal-kicking titles.

 

It was a tight opening term with the wind slightly favouring the end Mazenod were kicking towards.

 

The visitors took a seven-point lead into the first break.

 

The Caplan brothers combined for the Jackas’ first with Brad finishing off nicely, but not to be outdone, Adam quickly showed his class, slotting his first of the afternoon from deep in the pocket.

 

Lew kicked consecutive goals before half time to give Ajax the lead for the first time of the afternoon.

 

Mazenod came out after the main break with a newfound confidence and turned the game on its head, piling on six unanswered goals to lead by as much as 29-points halfway through the quarter.

 

Some Adam Caplan brilliance and Lew’s fourth and fifth goal pulled the deficit back to 12 points.

 

Tensions flared after a distasteful response from certain crowd members when skipper Nick Marks suffered a head injury in a marking contest.

 

The incident seemed to spur the Jackas on as Marty Pask’s men found another gear, kicking five goals to one to eventually secure their tenth win of the season.

 

The Jackas finished on the same amount of points as Old Brighton in fourth but poor percentage ultimately kept them from finals action.

 

Earlier, the Reserves notched their fifth win of an otherwise disappointing season, trouncing Mazenod 25.13 (163) to 6.8 (44).

 

Speedy half forward Anton Ritterman kicked another bag of four, taking his season tally to 29, while Tom Rogers continued his strong finish to the year, also booting four in a dominant display from the midfield.

 

Vice-captain Ash Shenker kicked a goal in his final game while the Jackas boasted eight multiple goal-kickers, capping off an improved finish to the year winning three of their last four.

 

Aaron Fetter

 

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Senior Round 17 Match Report

Girls bound for Grand Final glory

Ajax’s women’s team the Jackettes have made history by securing a spot in the VWFL East Division Grand Final in just their first season, after they cruised past Rosebud 5.2 (32) to 9.9 (63) at Frankston Oval on Sunday.

The Club was represented in another final over the weekend, which unfortunately saw the Thirds (Blacks) overpowered by St Kevins to the tune of 36 points.

Meanwhile, the Seniors require a miracle to snatch a finals berth after they demolished a hapless Hampton outfit away from home. The win leaves them a game and 34% outside fourth spot.

A ten-goal masterclass from the Premier B goal-kicking leader Jake Lew and a best on ground display from David Fayman in the midfield led the Jackas to a 22.15 (147) to 11.12 (78) win.

The home side got the first on the board but Ajax responded quickly as Lew finished off some good work from youngster Brandon Joel.

Adam Caplan banged on two consecutive goals, both in typically impressive fashion. Lew was setup twice more and led the Jackas into quarter time with a 27-point lead.

It was a high-scoring second term with Ajax managing seven goals to the home side’s four.

Brad Caplan parked himself in the forward pocked and managed to hit the scoreboard on three occasions while Dave Fayman chimed in with two of his own.

The Jackas were relentless in the third term continuing to score freely while defenders Ben Kalmus and Daniel Cohen stood tall down back.

The home side kicked four final quarter goals but were out played on every line in a fiery finish that threatened to get out of hand.

Marty Pask’s men remained disciplined while Lew slammed on the final three goals of the game to finish with ten majors-a career-high.

The Jackettes broke the game open in the second term of their Preliminary Final against Rosebud, taking a commanding four-goal lead into half time.

Rosebud pressed hard in the third term but the determined Jackettes held firm to go into the final break with the momentum.

Five goals from Toni Hamilton sealed the 31-point win for the girls who play Gippsland in the Grand Final on Saturday night at Shepley Oval, Dandenong.

There was no such joy for the Thirds (Blacks) who were always behind the eight ball in their Preliminary Final against St Kevins, after a horror first quarter saw them seven goals behind. They staged a mini comeback in the third but were ultimately outclassed.

Eli Adelist finished with three majors including a goal of the year contender. The game also marked the end for club-favourite Joel Benjamin who announced his retirement after battling with injury.

The Reserves made it a successful trip to Boss James Reserve for the club recording their fourth win of a challenging season, holding off a persistent Hampton outfit to win 15.8 (98) to 10.9 (69).

Anton Ritterman moved inside the league’s goal-kicking top ten with three goals, while Daniel Janover-Rocha continued his strong 2015 form with another standout performance in the middle.

Olly Hoffman kicked two crucial late goals to secure the win for the Jackas.

 

Aaron Fetter

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MAN OF STEEL – A JOURNEY FROM ICU BED TO THE IRONMAN WORLD STAGE

Tuesday, October 29, 1991 – 07:50am. The moment that changed Rob Paterson’s life forever. 

Rob, aged 25, was midway through a 40km training ride down the Hume Highway when he was sent flying from his bike by a semi-trailer travelling at 110km/h. Fifteen minutes later Rob was in an ambulance on his way to Wodonga hospital. Immediately, he was rushed to the operating theatre for an exploratory laparotomy.

One minute training for an upcoming triathlon, the next minute on the operating table with his life hanging in the balance.

Having heard he’d come off his bike, Rob’s wife soon arrived, expecting only a broken arm or leg. Instead she was welcomed by doctors preparing to operate, mere seconds away from opening Rob’s abdomen.

“He might not make it”, they told her.

Two days (and more than 20 units of transfused blood) later, Rob was flown to The Austin in Melbourne where he spent 4 weeks in ICU. He was placed in an induced coma, underwent dialysis because of his failing kidneys, was treated for collapsed lungs and had to be resuscitated on 3 separate occasions.

Rob’s injuries were devastating and numerous – a depressed fracture of his skull, 7 breaks in his pelvis, and a dislocated elbow causing severe nerve damage to his hand. Worst of all, Rob suffered vertebral fractures at the T5, T6 and T12 levels, the lowest of which damaged his spinal cord to the point where he lost movement of his legs.

Here was a successful triathlete that pushed his legs further than most would care to imagine. Now, he would never push his legs again.

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Some might say Rob’s grit and determination can be traced back to his upbringing. As one of seven siblings raised in a housing commission area with an absent father, Rob became self-reliant from a very early age. Once a junior representative rugby league player, karate and surfing soon became his passion. At age 16, Rob moved out of home and ‘went off the rails’ for a period, leaving school in year 11 and eventually moving from Brisbane to the Gold Coast. There, Rob met his future wife, and the two of them moved to Melbourne.

Rob may have lacked a father figure in his formative years, but one man – his karate coach – made a lasting impression. He did this by introducing Rob to the sport of triathlon. Years later (and now living in Albury), Rob ran a gym and was competing in triathlon events. It was at this time that Rob’s fortunes took a turn for the worst, ‘waking up’ 3-and-a-half weeks after that fateful ride to find himself in The Austin ICU.

Whilst the road to recovery was extremely challenging, Rob never experienced an emotional breakdown. He chose to focus on short-term goals that would surmount to getting his life back on track, the first of which was getting out of rehabilitation as soon as possible. After 12 weeks on his back in an external pelvic fixator, Rob headed to the gym to regain lost strength. He flew through his rehabilitation program and was back home 3 months later, 9 months ahead of schedule.

Never one to indulge in self-pity, Rob chose not to surround himself with people of that mindset. With the great support of family and his innate determination to succeed, it wasn’t long before Rob was back training triathletes and getting himself fit in the gym and the pool.

That is not to say that adapting to life in a wheelchair wasn’t an emotional challenge. Rob admits to being horrified by his own reflection in shop windows the first time he went out in public in his wheelchair. Still today, Rob confesses that the accident isn’t something you ever get over fully. He misses the rush of adrenalin he used to experience in karate and other contact sports. He also loved to surf.

It wasn’t until 2 years ago that Rob returned to competitive sports. Having watched a friend compete in several triathlons, Rob set his sights on the IRONMAN event in Busselton, WA. The para-athlete version of the event features a 3.8km swim (unchanged), a 180km ‘bike’ leg in a modified hand-cranked cycle (the handcycle), and a 42.2km ‘run’ using a more conventional race chair.

He trained for over a year, pushing himself to his physical limits through exhausting sessions lasting as long as 6 hours. When the day finally came, Rob got off to a good start – completing the swim leg in one hour and twenty-four minutes. Unfortunately, partway through the bike leg Rob’s shoulder flared up. Knowing full well how important his arms were to every aspect of his life, Rob made the heart-breaking decision to pull out of the race.

Nevertheless, not even the disappointment of having trained so hard and failed could stop him. Little more than 6 months later Rob successfully completed his first full IRONMAN triathlon in Cairns, QLD. Being the qualifier event for the World Championships in Hawaii (and with only 1 spot on offer), Rob came second in his division, missing out by one position. Rob plans to return to Cairns later this year to again try to qualify for the World Championships.

“One way or another, I’m going to Hawaii… I’ve already bought the tickets.’”

 On the 14th of June, 2015, Rob Paterson won the Cairns IRONMAN in a time of 13 hours and 45 minutes. He will compete for the World Championship in Hawaii in October this year.

 By Jordan Bade-Boon

To support Rob in his quest to compete in Hawaii visit his mycause page at: https://www.mycause.com.au/page/105811/robshawaiianironman2015

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Michael Ritterman J Air Interview

AJAX FC's First Legend Michael Ritterman speaks to J-Air

 

Michael Ritterman was named the first official Legend of the Ajax FC on the weekend.
J-Air's On the Ball program spoke to Michael about his career, the club, and the state of the game in general.
Listen here: https://soundcloud.com/jairradio/michael-ritterman-speaks-to-j-air-after-being-named-an-ajax-legend#t=0:00

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Junior Update

2020 Pre-Season Training Schedule (For February and March Only - subject to change)

Note: Training will take place at both Caulfield Park Oval 5 & 6 (Balaclava Rd, Caulfield), and Princes Park Oval 3 & 4 (Dover St, Caulfield South). 

U17s - Wednesdays, 5:15-6:30pm, Princes Park, Oval 3 - Commencing Feb 19th
U16s
- Wednesdays, 5:15-6:30pm, Princes Park, Oval 4 - Commencing Feb 5th
U15s - Thursdays, 6:45-8:00pm, Caulfield Park, Oval 6 - Commencing Feb 6th
U14s - Thursdays, 6:45-8:00pm, Caulfield Park, Oval 5 - Commencing Feb 20th
U13s - Wednesdays, 6:45-8:00pm, Princes Park, Oval 4 - Commencing Feb 26th
U12s - Thursdays, 6:45-8:00pm, Caulfield Park, Oval 6 - Commencing Feb 27th
U11s 
- Thursdays, 5:15-6:30pm, Caulfield Park, Oval 5 - Commencing Feb 20th
U10s 
- Thursdays, 5:15-6:30pm, Caulfield Park, Oval 6 - Commencing Mar 5th
U9s
- Wednesdays, 5:15-6:30pm, Princes Park, Oval 3 - Commencing Mar 4th
U8s - Thursdays, 5:15-6:30pm, Caulfield Park, Oval 5 - Commencing Mar 5th
Girls U16s - Thursdays, 6:45-8:00pm, Caulfield Park, Oval 5 - Commencing Feb 19th
Girls U14s - Thursdays, 6:45-8:00pm, Caulfield Park, Oval 5 - Commencing Feb 27th
Girls U12s - Wednesdays, 5:15-6:30pm, Princes Park, Oval 4 - Commencing Mar 4th

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

Upcoming Milestones

For upcoming milestones click here

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