Weekend Wrap: Round Three
ROUND 3 – Saturday 27th April – Match Report
Wasteful AJAX fall short at the last minute
AJAX’s first home game of the year didn’t go as planned against visitors Mazenod Football Club. It was AJAX’s inaccuracy that was the tale of the day, kicking 22 behinds, proving to be costly at the final siren. With veteran Jake Lew and debutant Elliot Debinski brought into the side, the stage was set for a maiden home game win of 2019. It was Eugene Routman who kick started the day and got AJAX on the board with two first quarter goals, including a slick tap from Dov Paltiel and Routman bending it from the pocket. Debutant Debinski was able to get his hands on the ball early easing his transition to senior football. AJAX kicking 2.9 in the first quarter to take a 21-18 lead.
The second term saw a courageous mark from Brandon Joel who ran back with the flight with his eyes set on the ball and nothing else. AJAX’s play of the day began where Brandon Joel spotted up Olly Hoffman on the half forward flank who fed it to Hamilton, who neatly delivered the ball to Alex Wollan, finishing truly and providing AJAX with a bit of momentum to start the second quarter. It was Wollan again who kicked back-to-back goals after selling a bit of candy and slotting it straight through the middle. AJAX led Mazenod at the half, 5.14 to 4.3, with their inaccuracy unfortunately hurting the home-side. Inside the rooms at the half, Adams stressed the importance of “matching their two-way running in order to win the game”.
A complete shift in momentum was displayed as Mazenod came out strong in the second half. With majority of the third quarter being played out in Mazenod’s half of the ground, AJAX were kept goalless which hurt the home side as they were now trailing Mazenod at the final break. Mazenond were too strong in the third quarter kicking 6.6, taking a handy 24-point lead into the 4th. Brandon Joel was moved into the forward line to try and spark a comeback, kicking the first of the quarter, providing a bit of life into what could be late surge for the Jackas. The Jackas were given every opportunity to get back into the game with crucial set shots missed. It was Joel’s move to the forward line which resulted in 3 last quarter goals. Jake Lew’s last second goal right on the 50 was too little, too late for the Jackas, falling short by just one point at the final siren.
Skipper Nick Lewis was solid all day, finishing with 35 disposals and a whopping 16 tackles, as Charlie Hamilton (31 disposals) and Brad Caplan (30 disposals) backed up their performance, maintaining their strong start to the season.
Speaking with the debutant, Debinski, he highlighted that the jump from thirds football to senior football was “a lot quicker, the quality of the game was a big jump to what [he] is used to.” Senior footballer Stuart Fayman made note that “we had the opportunities to put the game to bed, but we failed to capitalise which obviously cost us at the end of the day.” AJAX’s 9.22 to Mazenod’s 11.11 wasn’t enough to snatch their first home game win of the year. AJAX now shift their attention to Old Mentonians as they try get back on the winners list and drive for a top 4 position.
AJAX take on Old Mentonians at Keysborough Playing Fields on May 4 at 2:00PM.
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Seniors – 9.22 (76) def by Mazenod 11.11 (77) - Goals: E. Routman 3, B. Joel 3, A. Wollan 2, J. Lew Best: N. Lewis, E. Routman, B. Joel, D. Janover-Rocha, B. Caplan, C. Nankin
Development – 7.1 (43) def by Mazenod 12.6 (78) - Goals: D. Nadelman, R. Abraham, R. White, R. Israel, D. Glass, R. Kagan, A. Kahlberg Best: B. Sher, J. Burston, D. Glass, D. Silberman, R. Kagan, E. Blau
Next Development are away against Old Mentonians at Keysborough Playing Fields on May 4 at 11:40 AM.
Thirds – 12.11 (8 3) def St Bedes / Mentone 5.7 (37) – Goals: D. Wein 3, Y. Havin 3, N. Paltiel 3, Y. Rosenbaum, D. Barr-Waanders, M. New Best: L. Teleshevsky, D. Wein, J. Gelfand, J. Jones, J. Jones, Y. Havin
Next Thirds are away against Old Trinity at Hudson Oval Marles Playing Fields at 11:40 AM on May 5
U19s – 22.13 (145) def Oakleigh 13.8 (86) – Goals: . Zielinski 6, T. Lipton 4, T. Sheezel 3, B. Efron 2, J. Friede, J. Spicer, A. Syber, N. Micmacher, B. Velleman, B. Schauder, F. Shulman Best: C. Zielinski, T. Lipton, T. Sheezel, N. Webb, B. Schauder, F. Shulman
Next Under 19s are away against Parkside at Pitcher Park at @ 10:10 AM on May 4
Jackettes – 7.120 (52) def Albert Park 0.1 (1) - Goals: L. Nankin 3, M. Smart 2, H. Mel, J. Israel Best: L. Nankin, I. Burstin, J. Marget, D. Abraham, M. Smart, I. Worth
With their first home game for 2019, the Jackettes were out to make it 3 from 3. It was a hotly contested start with the only goal for the quarter being a beautiful set shot from the boundary by Lindi Nankin.
The Jackettes started to show their dominance in the second quarter and took a handy 4 goal lead into half time. Abraham led from the front and was well supported by a strong midfield of Marget, Worth, Fleiszig and Smart. With Grek returning from injury she helped the backline restrict Albert Park to one point for the day .The Jackettes never stopped running and finished off strong 8 goal winners. Nankin finished with 3 goals, Isi Burstin dominated from start to finish, with Gabriel, Mrocki and Sharbanee playing well throughout.
Next the Jackettes are away against Glen Eira/Old McKinnon at Packer State at @ 2:00PM on May 4