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