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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
President 

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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

 

 

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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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