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.
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.
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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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