Jackas score vital upset win
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Jackas score vital upset win

A DETERMINED effort from a young AJAX men's footy team in an important Premier C round 12 fixture at Gary Smorgon Oval last Saturday was rewarded when they upset third-placed Old Mentonians 12.9 (81) to 9.6 (60), who had trounced them in round 4.

Jeremy Forbes celebrates his 100th
match with teammates last Saturday
Jeremy Forbes celebrates his 100th match with teammates last Saturday

A DETERMINED effort from a young AJAX men’s footy team in an important Premier C round 12 fixture at Gary Smorgon Oval last Saturday was rewarded when they upset third-placed Old Mentonians 12.9 (81) to 9.6 (60), who had trounced them in round 4.

In windy conditions, the Jackas restricted their opponents to an eight-point lead at quarter time with eager defence, led by captain Nick Lewis who made seven tackles.

Jake Lew kicked AJAX’s first two goals, Jeremy Forbes – playing his 100th game – was resolute in defence, and Richie Simon controlled things nicely at the back, taking 11 marks for the day.

A second quarter AJAX recovery was kickstarted by a brilliant run-down tackle by Daniel Janover-Rocha that saved a certain goal. While some attacking opportunities were wasted, Lew kicked his third to give the Jackas a 30-28 half-time lead. 

Another big tackle, this time by Asher Burstin, inspired AJAX in the third quarter. Charlie Hamilton got hold of a Cameron Nankin kick, and slotted the first of his two goals, while Lew took a brilliant diving mark to kick his fourth.

AJAX led by nine going into the final term, and while several goals were then scored by each team – including a fifth by Lew – any hint of an Old Mentonians comeback at the death was halted when Daniel Goodman marked on the 50-metre line and passed to Brandon Joel, who duly converted. The 21-point win lifted the Jackas to equal-sixth place with Marcellin. They will take on cellar-dwellers PEGS at 2pm this Saturday at Gary Smorgon Oval in Albert Park.

In women’s division 4 footy, AJAX remain in fourth position, despite losing a very low-scoring match last Saturday to De La Salle by 0.3 (3) to 1.3 (9).

With the women’s finals series fast approaching, the Jackettes need a win this Saturday against Parkdale to guarantee them a spot.

AJN STAFF

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