1972 Ainslie First Grade Team
There were 7 teams in the Canberra Australian National Football League in 1972, Acton, Ainslie, ANU, Belconnen, Eastlake, Manuka and Queanbeyan.
Ainslie won 13 and lost 5 games in the home and away matches to finish in third place.
In the First Semi-Final Ainslie defeated Belconnen by 70 points.
Final score: Ainslie 24.14-158 def Belconnen 13.10-88
Goal kickers for Ainslie: A Bongetti 13, O Layzell 3, M Smith 2, P Mayne 2, J Davies 2, White 1, Batchelor 1
Best: M Smith, A Bongetti, P Mayne, B Henricksen
In the Preliminary Final Ainslie defeated Manuka by 1 point to go through to the Grand Final against Eastlake.
Final score: Ainslie 17.11-113 def Manuka 16.16-112
Goal kickers for Ainslie: A Bongetti 9, L Laffan 3, O Layzell 1, B Johnston 1, P Mayne 1, R Rendell 1, P Johnson 1
Best: A Bongetti, P Johnson, R Rendell, B Ryan, B Henricksen, B Kershaw
Ainslie were well beaten by Eastlake in the Grand Final to finish in second place.
Final score: Ainslie 9.8-62 def by Eastlake 26.19-175
Goal kickers for Ainslie: A Bongetti 4, M Smith 2, O Layzell 2, J Davies 1
Best: N Gregory, C Smith, M Smith, P Mayne, B Henricksen
The Ainslie Grand Final Team was:
Backs: Kevin Hassett, Charles Smith, Laurie Laffan
Half backs: Bernie Ryan, Barry Henricksen, Geoff McCormick
Centres: Barry Kershaw, Ralph Rendell, Brian Read
Half forwards: Wayne Batchelor, Peter Johnson, Owen Layzell
Forwards: Bruce Johnston, Alan Bongetti, Martin Smith
Rucks: Nigel Gregory, John Davies, Patrick Mayne
19th: Anthony White, 20th: Mick Walsh, Emergency: Paul Shallow
The Ainslie players who represented the ACT in games against Queensland and Essendon were Brian Read, Alan Bongetti, Charles Smith, Peter Johnson and Ralph Rendell.
Alan Bongetti kicked 105 goals in the season.
Three players reached 100 games during the season, Kevin Hassett, Brian Read and Ralph Rendell.
Captain/Coach: John Davies
Ass.Coach: Peter Johnson
Manager: John Bravo
Ainslie Second Grade finished on top of the ladder after the home and away games with 20 wins and 1 loss.
In the Second Semi-Final Ainslie were defeated by Manuka.
Final score: Ainslie 9.13-67 def by Manuka 14.10-94
Ainslie defeated RMC in the Preliminary Final to go through to the Grand Final.
Final score: Ainslie 18.15-123 def RMC 13.11-89
In the Grand Final Ainslie were able to defeat Manuka by 52 points to win the Premiership after being runners up the past two years.
Final score: Ainslie 16.17-113 def Manuka 9.7-61
Graham Read won the Second Grade J McNamara Trophy for the Best and fairest in the League.
Bob Dunkeld played his 100th Second Grade game during the season.
Coach: Peter Johnson
Manager: Tom Moore
The Ainslie Under 19 team was defeated by Queanbeyan in the First Semi-Final to finish in fourth place.
Under 19 players who were selected in the NSW Combined High School side were Tom Talsma, Alan Smith, Manuel Moullakis and Robert Tutt.
Coach: J Williams
Manager: John McGrath, John Bravo
The Monaro team made the top four for the first time.
They were defeated in the First Semi-Final to finish in fourth place.
Ron Edwards won the Monaro Best & fairest Award.
Coach: Ron Edwards
The Ainslie U17 team defeated Manuka in the Preliminary Final.
Final score: Ainslie 18.16-124 def Manuka 5.3-33
Defeated in the Grand Final by Belconnen to finish in second place
Final score: Ainslie 11.6-72 def by Belconnen 15.11-101.
Coach: Neil McCann
Manager: A Belltowers
Best & Fairest: Brian Read
Runner Up B&F: Alan Bongetti
Most Consistent: Pat Mayne
Most Improved: Nigel Gregory
Best & Fairest: Graham Read
Runner Up B&F: John Fusinato
Most Consistent: Kevin Furst
Most Improved: Dave Power
Best & Fairest: Peter Shanley
Runner Up B&F: Geoff Henry
Third: Peter Talsma
Fourth: Michael Cliff
Don Robertson Memorial Trophy: Alan Smith
Best & Fairest: Tony Jamieson
Runner Up B&F: Ian MacDonald
Most Consistent: Ron Edwards
Most Improved: Gil Allen
Best & Fairest: Manual Moullakis
Runner Up B&F: Barry Huntingford
Third: Paul Smith
Fourth: Jamie Belltowers
Manager’s Trophy: Jimmy O’Dea
Coach’s trophy: Jamie Belltowers
President: Alan Ray
Senior Vice President: Brian Palmer
Vice Presidents: F L Cornell, Lionel James, W Smith
Secretary: R Venables
Assistant Secretary: M Ryan, B Ryan
Treasurere: Barry Browning
Committee: John Bravo, G Harwood, Keith Heales, John McGrath, D McIntyre, P Murdoch, Norm Neeson, B Norbury, C Smith, J Spencer, B Read, Tom Talsma
Patrons: R H Lewis, R W Chew