Ainslie 1977 First Grade Team
Ainslie 1977 Second Grade Team
There were 7 teams in the 1977 ACTAFL Competition, Ainslie, ANU, Belconnen, Eastlake, Manuka, Queanbeyan and West Canberra.
Ainslie First Grade finished in fifth position on percentage from Belconnen after the home and away games so missed out on the finals. This was the first time since 1957 that Ainslie First Grade failed to make the Finals.
Charles Smith, Alan Smith and David Bellchambers played ACT Representative Football in 1977.
Coach: Brian Read
Captains: Charles Smith, Garry Cox
Manager: Les Smith
Ainslie Second Grade finished the home and away games in third place with 12 wins and 9 losses.
Ainslie played in the First Semi-Final against Eastlake and had a good win by 77 points.
Final score: Ainslie 22.13-145 def Eastlake 10.8-68
Goal kickers for Ainslie: A Tutt 4, R Tutt 3, G Read 3, O’Loughlin 2, MacDonald 2, Smith 2, Matheson 1, Outhwaite 1, Downes 1, Lancaster 1
Best: Ryan, S Smith, Wark, Hardy, A Tutt
Ainslie defeated Belconnen in the Preliminary Final to go through to the Grand Final.
Final score: Ainslie 20.17-137 def Belconnen 16.14-110
Goal kickers for Ainslie: MacDonald 4, Downes 3, A Tutt 3, Matheson 2, Batchelor 2, O’Loughlin 2, Lancaster 2, S Smith 1, Outhwaite 1
Best: Wark, Outhwaite, Matheson, MacDonald, G Read
The Ainslie Second Grade won the Grand Final by defeating Manuka by 40 points.
Final score: Ainslie 20.9-129 def Manuka 12.17-89
Goal kickers for Ainslie: A Tutt 4, P O’Loughlin 4, G Read 2, R Tutt 2, J Outhwaite 1, I MacDonald 1, I Downes 1, S Smith 1, W Batchelor 1, S Triffett 1, R Sherd 1, J O’Neill 1
The Second Grade Premiership was Ainslie’s third in a row and eighth in the last 11 years winning in 1967 to 1969, 1971, 1973 and 1975. They were Runners-up in 1970 and 1976.
Coach: Laurie Laffan
Captain: Wayne Batchelor
Managers: G Carey, J Brown
The U19 team finished on top of the table after the home and away games with 9 wins and 6 losses.
The Under 19 team played Eastlake in the Second Semi-Final and won by 27 points to go through to the Grand Final.
Final score: Ainslie 9.7-61 def Eastlake 3.16-34
Goal kickers for Ainslie: Witenhuysen 3, James 2, Hannam 2, Gerrans 2
Best: Witenhuysen, Thorneycroft, Neeson, Ielasi, M Smith, P Neeson
Ainslie Under 19s defeated Manuka in the Grand Final to win the Premiership.
Final score: Ainslie 16.19-115 def Manuka 8.6-54
Goal kickers for Ainslie: M Smith 4, P Gerrans 3, R Rawson 2, B James 2, Brett Hannam 2, F Witenhuysen 1, R Sherd 1, M Thorneycroft 1
Best: Team effort
Brett Hannam was joint winner of the T A Wharton Medal, Best & Fairest for the League’s Under 19 Grade
Coach: Bob McCorry
Captain: Tony Ielasi
Manager: Larry Rawson
A difficult year due to lack of players and finished in fifth place.
Captain/Coach: Ray Green
Manager: Graham Bonnett
Garry Lawless won the League’s Under 17 Best & Fairest and John Harper won the League’s Under 15 Best & Fairest.
Best & Fairest: David Bellchambers
Runner Up B&F: Brendan Shanley
Most Consistent: Garry Cox
Most Improved: Brett Hannam
Special Award for Outstanding Service: Wayne Batchelor
Best & Fairest: Stewart Smith
Runner Up B&F: Ross Sherd
Most Consistent: S Triffett
Most Improved: Alan Tutt
Best in Final Series: Ken Wark
Best & Fairest: Mark Smith
Runner Up B&F: Michael Thorneycroft
Most Consistent: Tony Ielasi
Most Improved: B Tannahill
Best & Fairest: G Weir
Runner Up B&F: R O’Rourke
Most Consistent: E Stachou
Most Determined: J O’Dea
Best Clubman: Bob Bloomfield
President: Keith Heales
Senior Vice President: Bruce Glossop
Vice Presidents: Jack McGrath, Alan Ray, Peter Tormey
Secretary: Don Andrews
Ass.Secretary: T Stewart
Treasurer: J Shanley
Committee: G Adcock, Wayne Batchelor, John Bravo, J Brown, G Carey, R Hancock, Larry Rawson, K Redmond, B Ryan, G Ryan, D Scullin, Les Smith, M Smith
Patrons: Ralph Lewis, Harry Gaylard