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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.


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AJAX Amateur Football Club
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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. 


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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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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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Losses mount for Marty's men

Catch up on all the round's action in the senior Weekend Wrap!

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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.



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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.



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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. 



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AJAX Amateur Football Club
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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!



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Jackas 'remember them' with fighting win

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.

Photo courtesy: VAFA Media

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.

Photo courtesy: VAFA Media

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!


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Jackas hammer Hampton at home

Jackas hammer Hampton at home

History was made over the weekend with the AJAX Senior Football Club fielding a record five teams for the first time ever. The milestone was capped off by a clean sweep of victories, a feat that President Ronnie Lewis wouldn’t mind seeing continue. “It was a very exciting time for everyone at the club this weekend”.

Listen back to the President's chat with J-Air's On the Ball on Monday night.

The seniors were eager to make amends for their poor round one performance against Old Scotch, and a triple-header at Gary Smorgon Oval in front of a strong home crowd set the perfect scene for it.

Visitors Hampton were also coming off a loss, while the Jackas had mixed results against the Rovers last season, recording a win and a loss.

Kicking with a strong wind in the opening quarter, the Jackas dominated play, skipping out to a 26-point lead at the first break. 

Geoff Measey was busy early, taking an acrobatic mark in front of goal, while youngster Brandon Joel who was one of three inclusions, showed his confidence at senior level, barging out of a crowded pack and kicking truly.

Not to be outdone, five-time leading goal-kicker David Fayman toe-poked the ball to his advantage, waited for it to sit for him, gave the don’t argue to a would-be tackler, pirouetted out of trouble and snapped a goal of the season contender from 40 meters on his left foot.

Against the wind in the second quarter, Hampton controlled the play and kicked five goals to two, closing the margin to just seven points at half-time.

Speedster Dean Rotenberg had a hand in both Jackas goals, while Measey’s defensive work was on full display, earning himself two free kicks before the main break.

Coach Marty Pask was characteristically vocal in the rooms, demanding his chargers assert their dominance on the game in the second-half.

The Jackas responded well in front of the animated home crowd, keeping the visitors goalless in the third term and kicking four of their own, to lead by 29 points at the final break.

David Fayman found some of his best form, spending long minutes in midfield but pushed forward to kick his third goal, courtesy of some good delivery from his skipper Nick Marks.

Late goals to Warren Steinberg, Joel and Stuart Fayman handed the Jackas the momentum as tempers threated to boil over, with small fracas breaking out at both ends.

It was a free-flowing final term as the Jackas displayed an exciting and skilful style of play, often moving the ball from one end to the other without error.

Hampton kicked the first of the quarter but only managed a consolation goal later on, as the Jackas piled on seven unanswered majors to romp home to an 18.10 (118) – 9.11 (65) win.

David Fayman was back to his best kicking five goals, while it was another typical Warren Steinberg day, spending time all around the ground and kicking another bag of three.

Other multiple goal-kickers were Geoff Measey (three) who was adjudged the Beyond Coconut Water Player of the Match, Brandon Joel and Dean Rotenberg who both kicked two.

Check out Saturday's Match Highlights on the Club's newly launched Youtube account. Be sure to subscribe!

Earlier, the Reserves also bounced back from their round one loss with an impressive 14.10 (94) – 3.6 (24) win over Hampton.

A seven-goal to one opening quarter helped set up a 54-point buffer at half-time.

Despite their position in the game Coach Rob Paterson implored his team to be disciplined and stick to the game plan untill the final siren.

The Jackas extended the margin slightly in the third term with their team defence a strong focus, only conceding one point for the quarter.

The game continued AJAX’s way in the final stanza, with the twos eventually running out convincing 70-point victors.

Jeremy Forbes looked rejuvenated as a forward, putting his stamp on the contest kicking four goals, while ruckmen Daniel Goodman (three) and Jordan Tonkin (two) were the other multiple goal-kickers.

Senior hopefuls Jake Kalmus, Jayden Yarrow, Justin Berkowitz and Nathan Zielinski all did their chances no harm with standout performances.

The first of three games for the day at home was the undefeated under 19s who finished strongly, knocking off Preston Bullants 15.7 (97) – 7.7 (49).

A good old fashioned talking-to from first-year coach Ash Shenker hit the spot as the young Jackas outscored the visitors 59-15 in the second-half after leading by just four points at the main break.

Forward dynamo Ryan Kagan bagged five goals in a best afield display while mobile backman Adam Klein put in another impressive showing.

The club’s winning-ways continued on Sunday with the Thirds opening up their 2016 account with a dominant 62-point victory, setup by an 11-goal to three second half.


Skipper Zev Aron had a day out kicking six goals from just about everywhere, while smooth ball carriers Eli Adelist (three goals) and Jordan Rubinstein were damaging on the wing.

The Jackettes capped off a remarkable weekend for the club, recording a memorable comeback victory against Bayswater in a thrilling low-scoring affair.

The girls were kept goalless in two quarters but goals to Ally Bild, Julia Caplan and Toni Hamilton in the dying minutes, completed a stunning 20-point turnaround and an eight-point win.


AJAX are honoured and humbled to play a triple-header against Fitzroy on ANZAC Day this Monday April 25 at Brunswick Street Oval, (Melway: 44 B1).

Thirds at 9:20am, reserves at 11:40am and seniors from 2pm.

The under 19s will also play on the day against Monash Blues at Frearson Oval, Monash University at 12pm, while the Jackettes have the bye.

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Jackas' round one reality check

 Josh Ludski assesses his options further afield in the loss to Old Scotch on the weekend.

 Peter Haskin/AJN


Jackas’ round one reality check

AJAX received a rude awakening to start their season, after they were on the end of a second-half onslaught from demoted A-Grade club Old Scotch, suffering a demoralising 67-point loss at Camberwell Sports Ground on Saturday.

The Jackas were beaten all over the ground in the opening quarter, often being second to the football and lax defensively.

Despite the home side’s dominance, AJAX had the same amount of scoring shots but failed to capitalise on the scoreboard, trailing by 15 points at quarter time.

Moments into the second stanza, Old Scotch extended the margin, but soon after Richie Simon answered with a brilliant set shot from fifty out on a difficult angle.

The Jackas were never able to take control of the contest with the home side’s run and carry too slick on most occasions.

The margin was pushed out to 30 points, before Eugene Routman provided a spark up forward kicking back-to-back goals, keeping his team in it approaching half-time.

Jake Lew hit the scoreboard but Old Scotch promptly answered each time the Jackas closed the margin.


Jake Lew hangs onto a contested mark.
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The high-scoring quarter came to an end and despite the visitors’ best efforts they lost the quarter by 11 points, but remained close enough, 26 points adrift.

AJAX dominated possession in the third term, but failed to make substantial inroads on the scoreboard.

After returning best and fairest winner Warren Steinberg kicked his second, Old Scotch put the foot down and amassed 13 scoring shots to one, holding a commanding 48-point lead at the final break.



Coach Marty Pask urged his players to ‘write some wrongs’ in the last term, but 2015’s A-Grade relegates proved they’ll be genuine contenders with five goals to two, completing a dominating performance, handing AJAX a 9.9 (63) – 18.22 (130) loss to start season 2016.

Steinberg was one of the Jackas’ better players and kicked three goals, while Routman and Simon were the other multiple goal-kickers.

Skipper Nick Marks led from start to finish and was his team’s best player but there weren’t many others that showed the commitment and application to the contest that he did.

Check out Saturday's Match Highlights on the Club's newly launched YouTube account.

Meanwhile, AJAX’s reserves didn’t fair too much better trailing at every break to go on to lose 4.11 (35) – 13.15 (93).

Despite the score line, the Jackas were in the contest right up till half-time, behind by eight points at quarter time and 16 at the main break.

AJAX was kept goalless in the second half, while the much stronger and polished Old Scotch outfit piled on seven of their own from 18 scoring shots.

Co-captain Joel Gocs was the reserves’ best in his 100th game for the club.



Nathan Zielinski provided plenty of run from behind while senior hopefuls, Brandon Joel (two goals), Jayden Yarrow, Dov Paltiel and Alex Wollan also put in serviceable performances in the loss.

The only shining light from the first weekend of football came from the under 19s who saw off a late charge from Old Haileyburians to run out 10.21 (81) – 9.8 (62) victors.

Under 19's Coach Ash Shenker spoke with J-Air Radio's 'On the Ball' about the victory on Monday night.

Leading by just seven points at the final break, the unders had the opportunity to blow the home side away but failed to capitalise on the seven more scoring shots they had.

Adam Klein was his team’s best, taking countless intercept marks in defence, while Ben De Winter (three goals), Guy Vadas and Ryan Kagan (two) were the other multiple goal-kickers.

The Thirds and Jackettes both won their final practice matches over the weekend. Their respective seasons kick off this Sunday.

The club will host a triple-header this Saturday in the first home game of the season at Albert Park.

The seniors play Hampton Rovers at 2pm at Gary Smorgon Oval, with the reserves on before them at 11:40am, while across the road at Lindsay Hassett Oval the under 19s will face the Preston Bullants at 1pm.

The seniors game will be live broadcast from the first bounce on J-Air Radio 87.8fm.


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2016 Season Preview

AJAX FC Season Preview


Finally after almost six months on the training track, the ‘real stuff’ has arrived and the AJAX Football Club are ready to tackle the competition with a renewed vigour in 2016.  

The club will be fielding an unprecedented five teams this year– seniors, reserves, thirds, under 19s (all in the Victorian Amateur Football Association) and a ladies team (‘Jackettes’-in the Victorian Women’s Football League), whilst the junior division will field 19 teams in the South Metro Junior competition.

Finishing in 5th place in 2015 and narrowly missing out on finals for the third consecutive year, re-instated Senior Coach Marty Pask and his newly constructed coaching group (Brendan Devlin & David Harris) have put the club’s players through a gruelling yet focused training program.

“Marty and his coaching staff have had a big focus on fitness, strength work and the development of our game plan”, club President Ronnie Lewis told AJAX Media.

J-Air's On the Ball previewed AJAX's season with Marty on Monday night. Listen back here:

Almost 50 players attended the annual football camp in Torquay six weeks ago, where the purpose of the challenging training program and education sessions was to give the players “the opportunity to create an even stronger bond” amongst the group.



“The B-Grade competition will be a tough one this year but I am really confident our boys will be super competitive. We have an improved midfield group and some exciting youngsters who have trained really strongly all summer. Senior spots will have to be earned as the depth of the group is very good", Pask said.

Aside from a number of additions to the coaching, support group and committee this year, the club also welcomes back former best and fairest winners Warren Steinberg and Josh Ludski.

In comparison to 2015, the club experienced a less chaotic time on the injury front this pre-season.

“We’ll get guys back for the full year who had injuries last year, then it’s the development of the next tier down who we put a lot of game time into last season. I’m after them to start owning a position on the ground, stepping up and having a say in results”, Pask said.

Last weekend the club formerly capped off the pre-season with an impressive 12-point victory over Old Trinity, last season’s A-Grade runners up.

Read the match report here

“The wins are obviously what you get judged on, but for me it’s not so much that or the scoreboard. Any form is important going into the regular season but for me it has been about the continuity of our performances and getting some consistency, and getting guys up to match simulation speed and VAFA Premier B standard as best we can with the three games we played”, Pask said.

The coaching staff was able to have a look at the playing group in great detail over the three practice matches with a total of 27 players given senior opportunity, including Under 19s player Josh Baron.

There will be a strong link between the seniors, reserves and under 19s this season with the implementation of the game plan at these levels to facilitate a smooth transition to senior football.

“Age is irrelevant. The most important thing, is that they understand what we do and how they can help put this footy club on the right track. We need to look, find and get a good balance. If they are playing well they’ll get an opportunity at the highest level”, Pask said.

The Jackas opened their 2016 pre-season campaign with strong showings against Edithvale/Aspendale and Chelsea, both who play in lower divisions, however the club’s performance on the weekend against an A-Grade team showed ominous signs leading into round one.


“We put ourselves out there to be judged against a really good opponent. We certainly wanted to do that, it was intentional and deliberate playing them before round one. I wanted the guys to give a real good honest showing and I think we did that”, Pask said.

The reserves will be in the capable hands of Rob Paterson in 2016, with Matt Schmidt assuming an assistant coaching position.

Coming off a meteoric rise in 2015, the Thirds will once again be led by Daniel Slonim and Simon Jedwab who will be hoping their team can build on last season and win a final. 

Former player Ash Shenker has been entrusted with nurturing the club's exciting young talent, as coach of the Under 19s. 

Meanwhile, excitement has been high all summer for the club’s ladies team, the Jackettes, who are coming off Grand Final heart break in 2015. Tom Humphrey takes over the coaching reigns and comes to the club with a wealth of coaching experience, most notably in the VFL. 

“After a richly successful inaugural 2015 season, the "Jackettes" are looking fit and ready to take on the higher grades in the VWFL. With three of our players training in the AFL Academy squad over summer, a fitter and more skilled group of returning players and the addition of some gun recruits, season 2016 promises to be another exciting one for our Women's team”, Club President Ronnie Lewis said.

Finally, on senior expectations, the Head Coach was bullish about the club’s chances in 2016.

“I’d hope they are ready for finals. Any time you start pre-season training, you want to be thinking about finals. I don’t think you plan for anything but finals, I say that to the guys all the time.”

“You’ve got to be prepared to do the work and understand what it entails to play in a final in B-grade. We’ve looked at how we can get to that point. We are not content with finishing 5th.”

“There would be nothing better than to give these guys an experience like finals.”

We hope to see you at the footy. Go Jackas!

Seniors vs Old Scotch at Camberwell Sports Ground, Saturday April 9 @2pm, Reserves @11:40am
Thirds vs Old Carey, Sunday April 17, venue/time TBC
Under 19s vs Old Haileyburians at Princes Park Caulfield, Saturday April 9 @9:20am
Jackettes vs Bayswater at Bayswater Oval, Sunday April 17 @12pm

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New-look Jackas topple Old Trinity

New-look Jackas topple Old Trinity

AJAX held off a strong Old Trinity outfit at Highett Reserve on Saturday, registering a 15.8 (98) to 13.8 (86) victory, entering the season proper with strong momentum and belief. 

Kicking with a four-to-five-goal wind, the Jackas made the most of their advantage, accumulating 11 scoring shots to four, taking a 27-point lead into quarter time. 

Adam Caplan's physicality and goal-sense was prominent with the utility banging through two goals in as many minutes. 


The home side stormed back into the contest with a dominant seven-goal-to-two second term to hold a five-point lead at the main break. 

The game turned AJAX's way in the third, thanks to some David Fayman brilliance. The star forward wrought havoc around goals, kicking three for the quarter. Old Trinity showed their class and slick ball-movement late in the term, bridging the deficit to just seven points at the final break. 


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Old Trinity entered the fourth term with the wind advantage, however the Jackas adopted a defensive style of play that was inpenetrable-intercepting many of the opposition's forward thrusts. 

On the counter-attack, youngsters Justin Berkowitz and Zac Braun got themselves on the scoreboard, eventually securing a 12-point win.

David Fayman finished with four goals, while Josh Ludski floated forward to kick two. 

AJAX's new and revamped Media Department will be boundary side at every Senior game, all season, endeavouring to deliver unrivalled live match coverage via twitter (@ajax_footy) as well as a range of other club media interactions throughout the week (Stay tuned!) 

Coaches' Corner

AJAX Media caught up with some of the coaches after the weekend's results and asked them to review their team's performance. 

Reserves Coach Rob Paterson's Report:  


"Saturday presented the Reserves side with the opportunity to measure themselves against an 'A Grade' club. When we ran the ball, supported each other and played to our game style we looked like we could complete well. This did however break down at times and our defensive run was not as good as it could have been.

Some poor goal-kicking and critical turnovers from opposition pressure meant we weren't as close on the scoreboard as we might have been. All up another good hit-out and a game which will help us prepare for round one against quality opposition."

Under -19s Coach Ash Shenker's Report:


"The Under-19s continued to show positive signs in a stellar performance against Old Trinity. Despite key players missing through injury, the side put on immense pressure for four quarters and were damaging on the counterattack in an impressive win.

In the team's final hit-out before round one, it was fantastic to see so many players step up in the absence of others. Everyone has staked a claim to be picked for the season opener, suggesting that there will be great depth in the team on show throughout 2016."

Thirds Coach Daniel Slonim's Report: 

"We held an intra-club match on Sunday morning and it was pleasing to see 36 guys having a serious go. We tried eight new players and they all performed well. In particular, David Ellinghaus, Eli Solomon, Jonny Kaplan and ruckmen Yoni Steingiesser and Ben Meneham.

Others to impress were regulars such as Yossi Jedwab and Chaim Wellis-Stosser in defence while the Jones boys and Yehuda Gottlieb led from the front."


 Round 1 Matches 

Seniors vs Old Scotch at Camberwell Sports Ground, Saturday April 9 @2pm, Reserves @11:40am

Thirds vs Old Carey, Sunday April 17, venue/time TBC

Under 19s vs Old Haileyburians at Princes Park Caulfield, Saturday April 9 @9:20am

Jackettes vs Bayswater at Bayswater Oval, Sunday April 17 @12pm


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Jackas hold-off Chelsea Challenge

Jackas hold-off Chelsea challenge


AJAX's pre-season form across the board showed no signs of slowing on the weekend, as an undermanned Seniors side shook off a late challenge from Chelsea to record a 15-point victory in wintery conditions. 


With likes of Warren Steinberg, Josh & Jarryd Ludski and reigning Best & Fairest winner Adam Caplan on the sidelines, it was a perfect opportunity for the depth of the club to put their hand up for a potential round one berth. 


Kicking with a two-goal breeze, the Jackas kept the home-side scoreless in the opening quarter.



Chelsea responded in the second term, bridging the gap to 15 points at the main break.


There were a couple of bright spots for the Jackas before half-time with 19-year old Josh Baron kicking his first senior goal, while Dean Rotenberg continued his strong pre-season form, kicking his second.


Goals to David Fayman and Brandon Joel lengthend the advantage to 21-points at three quarter time.



With the conditions favouring the home-side in the final term, they converted their chances in front of goal, piling on the first three majors to trail by four points with six minutes remaining. 


Last gasp goals to Richie Simon and Asher Burstin put the result beyond doubt as the Jackas ran out winners 9.7 (61) to 7.4 (46).


Later on the Jackettes prevailed over a highly-fancied Rosebud, recording a 4.9 (33) to 3.1 (19) victory. Vanessa Mrocki led the way with two goals.


 AJAX's new and revamped Media Department will be boundary side at every Senior game, all season, endeavouring to deliver unrivalled live match coverage via twitter (@ajax_footy) as well as a range of other club media interactions throughout the week (Stay tuned!)


Coaches' Corner

AJAX Media caught up with some of the coaches after Saturday's results and asked them to review their team's performance.




Reserves Coach Rob Paterson's Report: 


"The AJAX reserves continued to develop and adapt to the game structure against Chelsea on Saturday. Welcoming back some players who missed the first match we also had the opportunity to try out some players in new positions. Once we got our running and support game going we put together some really good massages of play. The second half of the match saw Chelsea outscore us and give us a few areas to work on prior to the final practice match against Old Trinity. All up it was a pleasing performance and certainly gives us a lot to look forward to for 2016."


Under -19s Coach Ash Shenker's Report:



"The Under-19s continued their rapid development in a hard-fought victory over Chelsea. The young guns put some great pieces of play together and showed plenty of glimpses of what's to come in 2016. 


Elliot Blau put in an impressive display down back, while tough-nut Jesse Velleman suffered a broken nose in a superb (and rugged) performance in the midfield.
With a lengthy list of players and an even spread of talent, it's an exciting prospect for what the side can achieve throughout the season."


The Jackas will hold an intra-club session at Moorabbin this Saturday, before their final practice match on April 3 vs Old Trinity.


Aaron Fetter

AJAX Football Club

Media & Communications Manager 

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Coaching Announcement: AJAX FC New Women's Coach

The club is delighted to announce the appointment of our new Women's coach, Tom Humphrey.

Tom joins us with a wealth of playing & coaching experience.

He began his playing career with Box Hill in the VFA in the early eighties and has enjoyed tremendous success as a coach and assistant coach being involved in seven Premierships & ten finals campaigns in his 20+ years of coaching.

"I'm really excited to be working with the Ajax Women's team. I am aware of the success and the passion surrounding the group’s first year and will be working hard to continue their development and continued success", Humphrey said.

"Women's footy is on a big growth curve and I want our girls to take full advantage of the great opportunity that's ahead of us".

Over the last ten years, Tom has coached with Vermont, U15 EFL Representative team, Eastern Rangers in the TAC Cup and most recently as an assistant coach with Box Hill development side in the VFL. 

“This is going to be a fantastic challenge and something completely different to the stuff I’ve done before.”

“The girls are as keen to learn skills then any side I reckon I’ve ever coached.”

“It’s all about skill acquisition for the girls in the next couple of years.”

We are thrilled to welcome Tom into the Ajax community and have him working with the Jackettes.

Listen to Tom’s interview with J-Air’s ‘On the Ball’ program here.

Happy New Year to all!

Ronnie Lewis

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AJAX Junior Football Club Presentation Day Award Winners

AJAX Junior Football Club's 2015 season has come to an official close with the hosting of the Club's Presentation Afternoon at National Theatre in St Kilda.  More than 700 players, family members, club sponsors and club supporters attended and reflected on a very successful 2015 for the club.  Congratulations to all the award winners and particularly to our 2015 Club Champion, Levi Teleshevsky.

All other Perpetual Award Winners can be found in the Junior Football, Honour Roll section of the website.

Pictured is Junior Club Life Member Graeme LeBransky, Club President Daniel Antman and 2015 Club Champion, Levi Teleshevsky.




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Adam Caplan crowned AJAX FC Seniors Best and Fairest

Adam Caplan crowned AJAX Seniors Best and Fairest

The AJAX Senior Division formally brought to a close season 2015 on Thursday night at Bentleigh Club, with 25 people awarded for their success and contribution on and off the field. Fittingly, Adam Caplan capped off a stellar season, taking out the Michael Ritterman Seniors Best and Fairest, followed by John Brustman Golden Boot winner Jake Lew in second and older brother Brad Caplan who placed third.

List of all the winners from the club's annual presentation night.

2015 Ajax Best & Fairest Awards



Jeffrey Jankie President’s Trophy                                                            Mark Mitchell / Craig Joel

Mark Feldy Best Club Person Award                                                         Daniella Abraham 

Thirds Coach’s Award                                                                               Tamir Goldberg

Thirds 3rd Best & Fairest                                                                            Jeremy Herz 

Thirds 2nd Best & Fairest                                                                            Benji Jones

Thirds Best & Fairest                                                                                   Eli Adelist 

Womens Most Courageous & Determined                                                    Chelsea Fisher

Women’s Coach’s Award                                                                               Jess Marget

Women’s 3rd Best & Fairest                                                                      Danielle Robinson           

Women’s 2nd Best & Fairest                                                                       Tamara Epshtein

Women’s Best & Fairest                                                                                Toni Hamilton 

Reserves Coach's Award                                                                               Jamie Lewis       

Reserves 3rd Best & Fairest                                                                           Roi Abraham

Reserves 2nd Best & Fairest                                                                      Nadav Greenberger         

Barry Linde Reserves Best & Fairest                                                        Daniel Janover-Rocha

John Brustman Golden Boot Award                                                       Jake Lew                            

Richard Pratt & AJN Trophy for Supporters Best                                    Jake Lew

Seniors Best First Year Player                                                                 AJ Thurin           

Lionel Rosenberg Senior Coach's Award                                                 Adam Caplan

Daryl Cohen Seniors Most Courageous Player                                         Jarryd Ludski                   

Seniors Most Improved Player                                                                 Jordan Bade-Boon  

David Merkel Seniors Most Determined Player                                         Corey Jankie                    

Seniors 3rd Best & Fairest                                                                         Brad Caplan

Seniors 2nd Best & Fairest                                                                         Jake Lew

Michael Ritterman Seniors Best & Fairest                                                  Adam Caplan




Pre-season training for season 2016 will be held on a Tuesday and Thursday evening as well as a Saturday morning. The first session commences on Tuesday November 10. 

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Adam Caplan Kicks for a Car

Adam Caplan Kicks for a Car

Our very own Adam Caplan capped off a breakout season on the VAFA Premier B Grand Final day, kicking successfully for a car. The competition was sponsored by Bayford Group who own South Yarra BMW one of the Club’s sponsors.


They ran a competition for the season that any club in the VAFA that referred clients to them would receive additional sponsorship.


At the end of the season the clubs that referred the most buyers would have an opportunity to kick for a new car.


AJAX referred the most clients and on the League’s Grand Final day Adam represented the Jackas and was given 3 opportunities to kick the footy from 50m into the back of a Ute.


Adam’s first shot into a strong wind was on line but fell five meters short.


His second shot landed on target and the excitement on the ground was pulsating.


The video has gone viral and has featured on a number of programs on Channel 7.


Adam also spoke with J-Air's On the Ball program. Listen back here: https://soundcloud.com/jairradio/adam-caplan-speaks-to-j-air-after-winning-a-car?in=jairradio/sets/on-the-ball




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