The commencement of tomorrow’s 2021 VFLW season will hold extra significance at Albert Park and within the surrounding suburbs of Caulfield.
The Melbourne Jewish community will have not one but two representatives playing in the premier second-tier women’s football competition in 2021. An achievement that is not being taken lightly down at the Ajax Football Club.
Former players and inaugural Jackettes Chelsea Fisher and Ally Bild will represent Williamstown and Carlton respectively this season.
Fisher will link up with former Caulfield Grammarians coach Penny Cula-Reid at the Seagulls while Bild, following a previous stint at Collingwood, will join Carlton, assuming the role of captain of the Blues.
Ajax president Ronnie Lewis said he couldn’t be prouder to see both Bild and Fisher playing at such a high level.
“As a club were rapt to see both Chelsea and Ally get a chance to play in such a great competition,” Lewis told The Inner Sanctum.
“To see someone like Chelsea get her chance to play at that level, someone who really instigated and drove the inception of the women’s footy program here at Ajax were rapt to see her get signed”.
Ajax has competed in Victoria’s Amateur Football League since 1957 across all different grades and divisions.
It was only six years ago when Fisher pooled together a group of girls in a Facebook group, intending to start a womens football team at Ajax. In 2015, Fisher led the Jackettes to the Grand Final in Premier C in their inaugural year.
Both Bild and Fisher have since moved on from Ajax to play for Caulfield Grammarians in VAFA Women’s Premier B in recent seasons, but both still have their roots deeply embedded within the Jewish club.
While the Jewish club has had representatives compete in the VFLW before, never have there been more products of the Albert Park-based club on VFLW lists at the same time.
Lewis said their legacy will live on at the club.
“While their departures have certainly left holes to fill, their roles have been pivotal in ensuring we have a thriving Jackettes team today as we count down to a new season.”
Ally Bild will run out as captain for Carlton this weekend when they take on The Casey Demons at Ikon Park on Saturday afternoon.
The new Blue is hoping to use her skills and experience across half-back, and Lewis believes the new Carlton skipper will be a player to follow as her career progresses.
“Rapt to see Ally get the chance to lead such a great club. She has a bright future ahead of her.”