1967 Ainslie First Grade Team
There were six teams in the Canberra League in 1967, Acton, Ainslie, ANU, Eastlake, Manuka and Turner-Queanbeyan.
Ainslie played Manuka in the Second Semi-Final at Ainslie Oval. Manuka were too good winning by 60 points.
Final score: Ainslie: 8.10-58 def by Manuka 16.22-118
Goal kickers for Ainslie: Neeson 3, Hassett 2, O’Toole 1, Ryan 1, Rendell 1
Best: Bloomfield, Tucker, O’Toole, Ryan, Neeson, Edwards, Black
In the Preliminary Final at Ainslie Oval Eastlake defeated Ainslie by 20 points.
Final score: Ainslie 10.13-73 def by Eastlake 14.9-93
Goal kickers for Ainslie: Hassett 4, Cox 2, Neeson 2, Drake 1, Moore 1
Best: O’Toole, Cox, Tucker, Hassett, Drake, Kershaw
The Ainslie First Grade Preliminary Final team was:
Backs: Michael Noonan, Charlie Smith, Bob Dunkeld
Half Backs: Murdoch, Tucker, Edwards
Centres: Ralph Rendell, Ricky Moore, Barry Kershaw
Half Forwards: Bill Drake, Alan Bloomfield, Kevin Hassett
Forwards: Cox, Norm Neeson, Mick Warren
Rucks: O’Toole, Peter Searle, Bernie Ryan
Reserves: John McMillan, Tony Irvine
Manuka defeated Eastlake in the Grand Final 11.15-81 to 6.13-49 to win its first Premiership in 12 years.
Ainslie won the L J Hooker Shield as the pest Performed Club.
Norm Neeson was the leading goal kicker in the League with 60 goals for the season.
Bill Drake was appointed Captain/Coach of the Canberra Representative team. Other Ainslie players who played Representative football in 1967 were Alan Bloomfield, Ric Moore, Laurie O’Toole, Brian Read, Charles Smith and Tony White.
Ainslie defeated Eastlake by a point in the Third Grade Second Semi-Final.
Final score: Ainslie 6.9-45 def Eastlake 6.8-44
Goals for Ainslie: Slattery 2, Muir 1, Harris 1, McCulloch 1, Delaney 1
Best: Bravo, Ryder, Harris, Muir, Slattery
Ainslie met Eastlake again in the Grand Final but Eastlake reversed the result winning by 16 points.
Final score: Ainslie 5.12-42 def by Eastlake 8.10-58
Goal kickers for Ainslie: McCulloch 2, Harris 1, Brokken 1, Quinn 1
Best: McDonald, Ryder, McCullouch, Muir, Brokken
Coach: Tom Moore, Captain: Peter McDonald, Vice Captain: John Bravo
The Ainslie Colts team were defeated in the Second Semi-Final by Manuka.
Final score: Ainslie 2.7-19 def by Manuka 3.11-29
Goal kickers for Ainslie: Lancaster, Organ
Best: C Smith, P Tormey, Mathews, Martin
The Colts lost the Preliminary Final against Eastlake to finish in third place.
Final score: Ainslie 9.6-60 def by Eastlake 9.12-66
Goal kickers for Ainslie: Lancaster 5, Tormey 1, Short 1, Bloomfield 1, O’Rourke 1
Coach: Les Durkin
Captain: Charles Smith, Vice-Captain: Graham Read
The Ainslie U17 Intermediate grade team defeated Manuka 2 team in the First Semi-Final.
Final score: Ainslie 20.36-156 def Manuka 2 0.1-1
Goal kickers for Ainslie: Parker 5, Wark 4, Cliff 4, Jones 3, Laird 2, Burmeister 1, Carter 1
Best: Wark, Cliff, Burmeister, Laird
In the Preliminary Final Ainslie were defeated by Eastlake to finish third.
Final score: Ainslie 3.8-26 def by Eastlake 6.5-41
Goal kickers for Ainslie: Jones 1, Cliff 1, Laird 1
Best: Wark, Harris, Laird, West
Coach: Bob Hincksman
Best & Fairest: P Tucker
Runner Up B&F: G Cox
Most Consistent: B Ryan
Most Improved: P Murdoch
Best & Fairest: Owen Layzell
Runner Up B&F: K Price
Most Consistent: Keith Heales
Most Improved: Bob Dunkeld
Best & Fairest: Peter McDonald
Runner Up B&F: D Ryder
Most Consistent: B Coombe
Most Improved: J Regent
Best & Fairest: J Smith
Runner Up B&F: M Martin
Most Consistent: P Tormey
Most Improved: Graham Read
Coach’s Trophy: C Smith
Best & Fairest: D Laird
Runner Up B&F: K Wark
Most Consistent: P Harris
Most Improved: M Smith
President: Harry Gaylard
Senior Vice President: J Rowe
Vice Presidents: C Burmester, P Clynes, M Denley, A Hawke, J Humphreys-Reid, H E Kruger, J B McCabe, H McCulloch, B Martin, Norm Neeson, Stan Ray, R Read, A Rendell, M Taafe
Treasurer: Barry Browning
Secretary: Alan Ray
Ass. Secretary: J Spencer
The Ainslie Second Grade played Eastlake in the Second Semi-Final and had a win by 5 points.
Final score: Ainslie 6.5-41 def Eastlake 5.6-36
Goal kickers for Ainslie: Gowing 2, Read 2, Sanderson 1, Rowe 1
Best: Dunkeld, Noonan, Read, Heales, Metha, Ryder
Ainslie won its First Second Grade Premiership for 21 years when they defeated Eastlake in the Grand Final at Manuka Oval. Ainslie Captain Keith Heales kicked 7.7 in a best on ground performance.
Final score: Ainslie 16.11-107 def Eastlake 4.11-35
Goal kickers for Ainslie: Heales 7, W Blomfield 3, Dunkeld 2, Sanderson 1, Rowe 1, Gowing 1, Irvine 1
Best: Heales, Layzell, Irvine, Blomfield, Metha, Dunkeld, Price, Sanderson, Stankevicious
The Ainslie Second Grade Grand Final team was:
Dunkeld, Murphy, Noonan, Lalor, Metha, Cross, Price, Layzell, Read, McCulloch, Gowing, Sanderson, Laffin, Rowe, Heales, Irvine, Stankevicious, Blomfield, Ryder, Harris
Captain: Keith Heales, Vice-Captain: R Gowing