AJAX gun midfielder Josh Ludski has taken out his maiden Michael Ritterman best and fairest award, as the club honoured its top players and officials at its presentation night last week.
In his fourth year at the club, Ludski polled a whopping 133 votes from 18 games to finish ahead of runner-up Eugene Routman (105) and skipper Marcus Jankie (91).
“Playing in a very strong AJAX team, it’s a very proud moment to win the award,” Ludski told The AJN.
“It was my most consistent year, probably because I was given more of an opportunity to play in the middle of the ground.”
The 21-year-old star is not resting on his laurels, hoping for a bigger and better season next year in the club’s hunt for a spot in A-Grade.
“For me, it’s not about the individual recognition,” Ludski said.
“I reckon the team will have a big year next year, with the young guys coming through, it looks like it could be the perfect storm for us.”
Nadav Harel took out the Reserves’ top gong, while young gun Adam Lerner was named the Under-19s’ best player.
Meanwhile, gun forward David Fayman took out two awards on the night – his fourth consecutive John Brustman Golden Boot to honour his 60-goal season and the Maccabi Sportsman of the Year award to recognise his efforts on both the football and cricket fields.
All the winners:
AJN & Pratt Family Trophy for Supporters Best: Josh Ludski
Lionel Rosenberg Senior Coach’s Award: Michael Shafar
Seniors Best First Year Player: Nick Lewis
David Merkel Seniors Most Determined: Jarrod White
Daryl Cohen Seniors Most Courageous: Nick Marks
Seniors Most Improved: Jarryd Ludski
Reserves 2nd Best & Fairest: Dean Steinberg
Reserves 3rd Best & Fairest: Ari Wytwornik
Under-19 2nd Best & Fairest: Jordan Bade-Boon
Under-19 3rd Best & Fairest: Michael Rechtman
Under-19 Coach’s Award: Steven Lustig
Under-19 Player of Finals: Jayden Yarrow
Under-19 Ben Bloom Most Courageous Award: Dylan Rothschild
Thirds Best and Fairest: Zev Aron
Thirds 2nd Best and Fairest: Jeremy Herz
Thirds Coach’s Award: Benji Jones
Photo: Peter Haskin