2015 Ainslie NEAFL and First Grade Squad
The NEAFL competition consisted of eleven teams, Ainslie, Aspley, Brisbane Lions, Eastlake, Gold Coast Suns, NT Thunder, Redland, Southport, Sydney Swans, Sydney University and UWS Giants. Canberra teams Belconnen and Queanbeyan withdrew from the NEAFL at the end of 2014 along with the Sydney Hills Eagles.
Ainslie finished the home and away games in ninth place with 5 wins, 12 losses and a draw missing out on the finals for the first time since joining the NEAFL in 2011.
Nick Salter was selected in the NEAFL Team of the Year.
Josh Bennett and Jordan Harper were selected to play in the NEAFL Representative team.
Josh Bennett was the Club’s leading goal kicker with 51 goals.
Former player and President Keith Heales was inducted into the AFL Canberra Hall of Fame.
Chris Rourke was Club Coach for the ninth season.
Manager: John O’Loughlin
Captain: Robert Tuohey
The Seconds played in the AFL Canberra First Grade competition which consisted of six teams, Ainslie, Belconnen, Eastlake, Gungahlin, Queanbeyan and Tuggeranong.
Ainslie First Grade finished the home and away games in fourth place with 5 wins and 10 losses.
In the First Semi-Final Ainslie played Queanbeyan at Queanbeyan. Queanbeyan dominated the first quarter kicking 7 goals to 1 and Ainslie never recovered losing by 61 points.
Final score: Ainslie 5.8-38 def by Queanbeyan 14.15-99
Goal kickers for Ainslie: T Powell, F Hawkins, C Haining, C Boyton, B Tomkins
Best: D Ledda, M Richardson, F Hawkins, T Powell, P Schroder, J Costigan
Queanbeyan defeated a previously undefeated Belconnen to win the First Grade Premiership 15.5-95 to 10.11-71.
Coach: James Rice
Manager: Bill Matthews
2015 Ainslie Rising Stars (U18) Team
Rising Stars (U18)
The Rising Stars were in second place after the home and away games with 10 wins and 5 losses.
Ainslie defeated the top side Eastlake in the Second Semi-Final to go straight through to the Grand Final.
Final score: Ainslie 7.13-55 def Eastlake 6.3-39
Goal kickers for Ainslie: A Smith 2, J O’Connor 1, J Hedington 1, Z Lindsay 1, T Powell 1, N Foley 1
Best: W Beaumont, J Powell, H Richardson, M Ackland, T Ford, J O’Connor
In the Grand Final Ainslie played Marist with Marist winning the Premiership by 27 points. Marist kicked 5 goals to 1 in the second quarter and Ainslie couldn’t close the gap in the second half.
Final score: Ainslie 6.7-43 def by Marist 11.4-70
Goal kickers for Ainslie: N Foley 2, T Ford 1, M Pilbrow 1, N Beaumont 1, J Powell 1
Best: M Ackland, T Roughton, W Folkard, H Richardson, P Foley
Coach: Justin Foley
Ass.Coach: Richard Fisher
Manager: Andrew Powell
2015 Ainslie Second Grade Team
Second Grade (Thirds)
The Ainslie Second Grade team finished the home and away games in third place with 10 wins and 5 losses.
Ainslie played Queanbeyan at Queanbeyan in the First Semi-Final. Ainslie were able to defeat Queanbeyan by 65 points to move through to the Preliminary Final.
Final score: Ainslie 19.17-131 def Queanbeyan 10.6-66
Goal kickers for Ainslie: M Davis 5, D Mues 4, D Stewart 2, W Oldfield 2, D Paine 2, R Perry 2, T Moore 1, T Zouch 1
Best: D Paine, D Alsford, T Moore, A Thompson, M Jillard, T Zouch
Ainslie second Grade were defeated in the Preliminary Final by Belconnen to finish third.
Final score: Ainslie 3.7-35 def by Belconnen 9.9-63
Goal kickers for Ainslie: R Perry 3
Best: D Alsford, R Perry, B Rivers, T Zouch, G Tranter, A Mitchell
2015 Ainslie Regional Grade (Fourths) Team
Regional Grade (Fourths)
The Ainslie Regional team finished the home and away games in fifth place with 5 wins and 10 losses missing out on the finals.
2015 Ainslie Women's Team
The Ainslie Womens Team finished in second place in the Division 2 grade after the home and away with 5 wins and 8 losses.
Ainslie played Queanbeyan in the Second Semi-Final of Division 2 but were defeated.
Final score: Ainslie 1.2-8 def by Queanbeyan 10.9-69
Goal kicker for Ainslie: E Goodwin
Best: D Curcio, M Wells, E Anderson, J George, B Sandley, M Simmons
In the Preliminary Final Ainslie were defeated by Molonglo to finish third.
Final score: Ainslie 2.1-13 def by Molonglo 6.9-45
Goal kickers for Ainslie: A Jenkns 1, S Nelson 1
Best: R Friend, E Anderson, B Sandley, M Wells, J George, M Simmons
Meredith Wells played her 150th game for Ainslie.
Dani Curcio and Marley Simmons were selected in the AFL Canberra Women’s Team of the Year.
Marley Simmons, Rachel Friend, Teigan Hawke, Amber Allen, Zoe Allen and Emylee Hawke were selected for the ACT Women’s Representative team.
Coach: Brian James
Manager: Claire Galliford
Best & Fairest: Nick Salter
Runner Up B&F: Nick Heyne
Third B&F: Sean Ellis
Coach’s Award: Jordan Harper
Rising Star: Liam Griffiths
Richard Fleming Memorial Award: Damien Bowles
First Grade (Reserves)
Best & Fairest: Lachlan Harper
Runner Up B&F: Hugh Phillips
Best Clubman: Josh Maynard
Coach’s Award: Max Richardson
Best & Fairest: Mathew Ackland
Runner Up B&F: Nick Beaumont
Best Clubman: Harry Palmer
Most Promising Player: Jack Powell
Coach’s Award: Hamish Smith
Bev Trebilcock Award: Todd Ford
Second Grade (Thirds)
Best & Fairest: Darcy Paine
Runner Up B&F: Heath Wells, Mark Jillard
Best Clubman: Giles Tranter
Coach’s Award: Zach Madden
Most Improved: Ryan Johnson
Regional Grade (Fourths)
Best & Fairest: Rene Chawstowski
Runner Up B&F: Leigh Merrington
Best Clubman: George Craig
Best Team Man: Mitch Ahrens
Best First Year Player: Matthew Brown
Best & Fairest: Dani Curcio
Runner Up B&F: Marley Simmons
Coach’s Award: Breeana Sandley
Most Improved: Jessica George
Player’s Player: Emma Anderson
Most Prominent Clubman: Brian James
President: Ian Muir
Senior Vice President/ Secretary: Lee Phillips
Treasurer: John O’Loughlin
Committee: Ian Muir, Lee Phillips, John O’Loughlin. Brett Hannam, Troy Klep, Matthew Jamieson, Simon Holt, Gary Paine, James Barrett
Manager Football Operations: Craig Wallace
Patron: Barbara Marshall