‘Hollywood’ takes Hampton to town
A nine-goal haul from David Fayman in his 150th game helped guide AJAX to an easy 52-point victory over the bottom-placed Hampton Rovers at Boss James Reserve on Saturday.
Fayman returned to his brilliant best, dominating play kicking five first-quarter goals, four of them in the final eight minutes of the term.
He was subdued by his standards in the next quarter, kicking two. Hampton kept him goalless in the third but Fayman managed two majors in the last to finish with 9.3 in an effort that now sees him with 31 goals for the season, only four off competition leader Stephen Milne.
The Jackas spoiled the Rovers’ party who were celebrating their captain Leigh Fletcher’s 200th game, putting the match beyond doubt by half-time, piling on ten goals to one.
Fayman who was doubtful on the Thursday night due to a temperature, dusted himself off and was close to tears before the first bounce when vice-captain Corey Jankie gave the customary pre-game speech about a player achieving a milestone.
With his own personal fan club cheering him on from behind the goals and his teammates hitting him up lace out, the man affectionately known as “Hollywood” went to town on the Hampton defence, putting on a show for young and old, kicking set shots from 50, taking contested grabs and snapping truly from the pocket.
After half-time, Hampton attempted to blanket Fayman’s influence and it worked for a short time, winning the third term four goals to three.
Fayman was relieved of the goal-kicking duties that quarter with Dean Roternberg kicking two of his own.
Jarryd Ludski was another playing a milestone match, game 100, and he offered plenty of grunt and drive off half-back.
The three quarter time margin was brought back to 47 points after an improved Rovers effort.
The game petered out, failing to continue on from the excitement of the first half as AJAX claimed the important four points 17.13 (115) – Hampton 8.15 (63).
Fayman’s nine was well supported by four from Rotenberg, while skipper Nick Marks and key defender Ben Kalmus won their respective battles.
The win places the Jackas in 6th, one game and 6.5% off this week’s opponent Monash Blues who are 4th.
Earlier, the reserves announced themselves as a genuine finals contender, moving into 4th spot with a thumping 108-point win over Hampton.
Victory was made sweeter by the return of co-captain Ryan White from an elbow injury that has kept him sidelined since round four.
White, a dedicated clubman and favourite led the team out in his 100th game and also managed two goals.
The Jackas kept the home side scoreless in the first quarter and goalless in the third.
Noah Rischin reclaimed the 'clearance king' tag producing a complete game from the midfield, also floating forward to kick three goals.
Wingers Jordan Cohen and Jordan Rubinstein were instrumental forward of centre, while another three-goal effort from Jeremy Forbes sees him in the top five on the Premier B Reserves goal-kicking table with 22.
Promising youngster Adam Klein provided plenty of drive from the back half while defender turned goal-sneak Jordan Bade-Boon relished his time in front of goals, kicking two.
The under 19s finally broke their losing streak, easily accounting for Uhs Vu Fc by 81 points at Brens Oval on Saturday morning.
The Jackas kept their opponents goalless in the first half and if not for inaccurate kicking, could have blown the final margin out past triple figures.
Ben de Winter (four), Reece Israel, Toby Fisher (three) and Jack Stock two were the multiple goal-kickers while Joel Burston and Adam Kahlberg were also instrumental in the big win.
The unders now sit in outright second spot, two games behind first and a game clear of third.
Photo: Hersh Burston
On Sunday the thirds solidified their spot in the top two with a fighting win in tough conditions against Monash Blues.
Against the wind the Jackas trailed at quarter time, but with it gained control of the game to lead comfortably at the main break.
They continued their dominance around the ball in the second half to eventually prevail 7.11 (53) – Monash 3.4 (22).
Skipper Zev Aron kicked 3 goals and extended his lead at the top of the Premier B Thirds goal-kicking table.
Ruckman Josh Jones was enormous at the stoppages while Shimon New excelled as the general in defence.
Later in the day the Jackettes trailed at every change against Brunswick but managed to snatch victory after the siren thanks to a downfield free kick to Rebecca Bennett, who calmly slotted the match-winner.
The girls are now guaranteed a finals spot, sitting in second place two games inside the top four.
Toni Hamilton was her team’s only multiple goal-kicker while Mikayla Grek and Maya Glikfeld stood tall in defence.
Next round the club hosts Monash Blues at Gary Smorgon Oval in a must win encounter. The reserves kick-off at 11.40am followed by the seniors at 2pm. The under 19s also play the Blues over the road on Lindsay Hassett Oval at 1pm.
The thirds are scheduled to play Beaumaris on Thursday night at 7.15pm at Sportscover Arena. On Sunday the Jackettes face Melbourne Uni at home at 10.30am (TBC).
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