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”.
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.
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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