1961 Ainslie First Grade Premiership Team

There were seven teams in the Canberra League in 1961, Acton, Ainslie, Eastlake, Manuka, Queanbeyan, RMC and Turner.


Ainslie finished the home and away games in second position behind leader Eastlake.


Ainslie defeated Eastlake in the Second Semi-Final by 15 points at Ainslie Oval to advance through to the Grand Final.

Final score: Ainslie 8.7-55 def Eastlake 5.10-40

Goal kickers for Ainslie: Durkin 2, Neeson 2, Cawson 2, Williams 1, Heales 1


Ainslie won the 1961 Premiership by defeating Queanbeyan by 8 points in the Grand Final. The game was played before a record crowd at Manuka Oval of 6,000.
Final score: Ainslie 9.12-66 def Queanbeyan 9.4-58
Goals: Durkin 2, Lyon 2, Cawson 1, Heales 1, Neeson 1, Kershaw 1, Robbie 1
Best: A Ray, Neeson, Ross, Browning, Kershaw, Gale, Irvine, Cawson


The Ainslie Grand Final team was:

Backs: Spencer, Carnegie, Ray

Half Backs: Palmer, Hincksman, Gale

Centres: Kershaw, Browning, Ross

Half Forwards: Williams, Neeson, Durkin

Forwards: Cawson, Lyon, Farrelley

Rucks: Irvine, Robbie, Heales

19th: Monaghan, 20th: Murphy

Reserves: Blomfield, Neave, Elliot, Cross


Coach First Grade: Norm Neeson


Second Grade


Ainslie Second Grade were defeated in the First Semi-Final by Turner to finish in fourth place.

Final score: Ainslie 2.6-18 def by Turner 6.8-44

Best: Anderson, Murphy, Neave


The Ainslie Second Grade team that played in the Semi-Final was:

Storkie, Dart, Pridham, Cross, Murphy, Porter, Scholes, Cartledge, Tonks, Farrelley, McGeachie, Brown, Voltz, Speering, Taylor, Kruger, Neave, Elliott, 19th: Emery, 20th: Anderson, Reserves: Calear, Bright, K Moore, Collis

Club Awards


First Grade

Best & Fairest: Alan Ray

Most Consistent: Keith Heales

Most Improved: Jim Robbie

Best Clubman: Peter Murphy


Second Grade

Best & Fairest: F Burke

Most Consistent: B Neave

Most Improved: E Kruger



Best & Fairest: P Murphy

Most Consistent: K Moore

Best Utility: J Williams

Most Improved: Laurie Laffan

1961 Office Bearers


President: H.J. Gaylard

Senior Vice-President: Stan J.L. Ray

Treasurer: R.J.R. Glynn

Secretary: Alan L. Ray

Committee: R Alder, A Bright, R Donnellan, L James, T Graham, J Rowe, J Robbie, H McCulloch, E Clifford, A Bennett


Patrons: Ralph Lewis, R.W. Chew


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