ROUND 2 – Saturday 13th April – Match Report
Jackas hold off Old Ivanhoe for first win
AJAX are officially on the board in Premier C for 2019, downing Old Ivanhoe Grammarians by 31 points in a fantastic performance at Chelsworth Park. The Jackas led at every change and despite continuous challenges from the home-side, AJAX was able to withstand every charge to run away convincing winners. With notable absentees Kane Nissenbaum, Jake Lew and Corey Zielinksi unable to play, the Jackas needed some of their big guns to set the tone early, and Charlie Hamilton responded with an inspirational first quarter for the visitors and maintained his strong contribution all day.
Clever goals from the pocket in the opening term from Alex Wollan and Jono Goldberg saw AJAX take 10-13 lead into the first change after a free flowing opening quarter. AJAX continued their smooth transition footy in the second term with Brad Caplan maintaining his strong performance with an early goal. Precise foot skills and daring ball movement by Krongold and Lewis then led to a huge contested grab by Cam Nankin, who converted from the pocket to give the Jackas a nine-point advantage. Right before the half-time siren, a team-lifting play by second-gamer Benji Krongold as the youngster converted his first major with a kick on the run from long-range, and his teammates quickly got around him as AJAX took a 42-27 lead into half-time.
Old Ivanhoe closed the gap to just two points following two early goals to open the second-half, before youngster Aaron Bryer snuck forward to mark and convert his first senior major after converting from 30 metres out, giving AJAX some breathing room. Eugene Routman then kicked a classy goal from the pocket on his right foot to continue the strong response from the Jackas, before a huge late goal from Nicholas Cohen from distance, firmly asserted the momentum AJAX’s way; as they took 62-41 lead into the final change. Cameron Nankin continued his fine afternoon with some classy pieces of play to begin the 4th, but after Old Ivanhoe reduced the margin to just six points with a few quick goals, AJAX was struggling to withstand a strong challenge, with inaccurate kicking from the home-side costing them the advantage on the scoreboard. With Old Ivanhoe pressing hard, Stuart Fayman steadied the ship as he goaled after marking out the back to give AJAX some much-needed breathing space. Following a 50 metre penalty, Eugene Routman sealed the game for the Jackas from point-blank range to extend their lead to 24 points.
A stirring final quarter from AJAX saw them withstand a strong challenge from Old Ivanhoe, running away winners 93-61.
Charlie Hamilton was outstanding for the Jackas with 34 disposals and 6 tackles, with his silky skills and smarts a difference-maker. Skipper Nick Lewis led from the front once again with 34 disposals and 11 tackles, as Benji Krongold (22 disposals) and Brad Caplan (29 disposals and 1 goal) were also prominent through the midfield. Justin Berkowitz enjoyed a fantastic game in defence, with his intercept ability along with his run and carry propelling several AJAX attacks, as Cam Nankin had several important touches.
In their next encounter, AJAX will attempt to make it consecutive wins as they return home to play Mazenod at Gary Smorgon Oval on April 27 at 2:00 PM.
Seniors – 14.9 (93) def Old Ivanhoe Grammarians 8.13 (61) - Goals: E. Routman 2, A. Bryer 2, N. Cohen 2, D. Paltiel 2, J. Goldberg, B. Krongold, A. Wollan, C. Nankin, S. Fayman, B. Caplan Best: N. Cohen, J. Berkowitz, B. Shapiro, J. Forbes, S. Fayman, B. Caplan
Development – 4.3(27) def by Old Ivanhoe Grammarians 25.17 (167) - Goals: M. Feiler, R. Israel, R. White, S. Roth Best: J. Kalmus, B. Michelson, J. Rubinstein, Z. Aron, R. Kagan, D. Smorgon
Next Development are home against Mazenod at Gary Smorgon Oval at 11:40 AM on April 27
Thirds – Game to be held Monday April 15.
U19s – 13.15 (93) def Preston Bullants 7.2(44) – Goals: Lipton 5, J. Micmacher 3, Lincoln 2, Efron, N. Micmacher, Sheezel Best: T. Lipton, T. Sheezel, N. Webb, B. Efron, J. Micmacher, N. Micmacher
Next Under 19s are home against Oakleigh at Lindsay Hassett Oval at @ 1:15PM on April 27
The Jackettes were looking to make it 2 from 2 playing away against De La Salle. Ajax scored the only goal in the first quarter and took a small lead into quarter time. The Jackettes stepped up the pressure in the 2nd quarter and continually harrassed their opponents. The game opened up in the 2nd half and the Jackettes stormed home for a great win. Mrocki put in another dominant display on the wing, Gabriel controlled the backline and Israel chipped in with another 2 goals. Smart dominated the rucks for the 2nd week running and Fleiszig and Nankin were very creative on the wings.
Jackettes – 7.4 (56) def De la Salle 2.2 (14) - Goals: J. Israel 2, M. Smart 2, D. Abraham, L. Simmons , J. Gabriel Best: H. Mrocki, J. Gabriel, A. Fleiszig, L. Nankin, G. Mendelow, M. Smart
Next the Jackettes are home against Oakleigh at Lindsay Hassett Oval at @ 11:00AM on April 27