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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