2016 Ainslie First Grade Premiership Team
Ainslie Football Club withdrew from the NEAFL competition and returned to the Canberra Community competition. This left Eastlake as the only remaining ACT NEAFL team and they changed their named to the Canberra Demons.
Ainslie had teams in all possible Grades, being the only Club to do so, supporting six teams. The AFL Canberra First Grade competition consisted of six Clubs, Ainslie, Belconnen, Eastlake, Gungahlin, Queanbeyan and Tuggeranong.
At the end of the home and away games Ainslie First Grade finished on top of the ladder with 14 wins and 1 loss.
Ainslie played Belconnen in the Semi-Final at Ainslie Oval. Ainslie jumped Belconnen to score 6 goals to nil in the first quarter and continued on to have 10 goals to 1 at half time. Ainslie increased their lead in each quarter to run out winners by 91 points and go through to the Grand Final.
Final score: Ainslie 18.19-127 def Belconnen 5.6-36
Goal Kickers for Ainslie: N. Salter 7, N. Paine 3, S. Curtis, M. Lawless, J. Rice, H. Delves, A. Wiles, N. Foley, I. Lawless, H. Armstrong
Best Players: H. Delves, N. Salter, J. Cuzner, B. Maiden, N. Foley, A. Wiles
In the Grand Final Ainslie played Queanbeyan after their 2 point win over Belconnen in the Preliminary Final.
Ainslie opened up a good lead of 19 points at quarter time thanks to an explosive quarter by Nick Paine kicking 5 goals. The lead was extended to 31 at half time. Queanbeyan closed the game down in the second half making scoring difficult but Ainslie ran out winners by 29 points to win their 25th Premiership.
Final score: Ainslie 13.14-92 def Queanbeyan 9.9-63
Goal Kickers for Ainslie: N. Paine 6, M. Lawless 3, S. Sienkiewicz, R. Haupt, N. Foley, A. Wiles
Best Players: N. Paine, J. Hirst, S. Sienkiewicz, D. Bowles, J. Cuzner, J. Maynard
Nick Paine was awarded the Alex Jesaulenko Medal for Best Player on the Ground.
Hayden Armstrong, Damien Bowles, Simon Curtis, Ash Harris (Capt.), Jeremy Hirst, Max Richardson and Nick Salter were selected in the AFL Canberra Team of the Year. Chris Rourke was selected as the Coach of the Year.
Selected in the AFL Canberra Representative Team against Sydney AFL were: Ash Harris (Capt.), Shaun Allan, Damien Bowles, Simon Curtis, Henry Delves, Ian Lawless, Ben Maiden, Max Richardson, Aaron Wiles
Simon Curtis and Aaron Wiles polled 12 votes to be equal third in the Mulrooney Medal.
Nick Salter topped the League goal kicking to win the Kevin Neale Goal Kicking Award with 85 goals.
Coach: Chris Rourke
Captain Ash Harris
Manager: Glenn Brown
2016 Ainslie Second Grade Premiership Team
At the end of the home and away games the Ainslie Second Grade were undefeated on top of the ladder with 14 wins.
Ainslie defeated Belconnen in the Semi-Final with an easy win by 88 points.
Final score: Ainslie 18.9-117 def Belconnen 4.5-29
Goal Kickers for Ainslie: C. Baxter 5, T. Powell 2, B. Renet 2, H. Kellett 2, R. Haupt 2, W. Muir, M. Renet, M. Sheldon, A. Vickers, N. Beaumont
Best Players: J. Hedington, A. Mitchell, R. Haupt, T. Ford, J. Taylor, M. Sheldon
Ainslie met a much stronger Belconnen team in the Grand Final. Ainslie struggled to get their game going and after trailing at quarter time fought back to lead by 8 at three quarter time. In a tight struggle in the last quarter Ainslie were able to win by 19 points to win the Club’s 24th Second Grade Premiership.
Final score: Ainslie 10.14-74 def Belconnen 8.7-55
Goal Kickers: M. Thompson 2, H. Kellett 2, B. Renet, C. Boyton, C. Baxter, H. Phillips, A. Mitchell, N. Beaumont
Best Players: A. Thompson, L. Carter, C. Baxter, B. Renet, S. Allan, M. Sheldon
Best on Ground Award: Matthew Sheldon
Coach: Miles Davis
Ass. Coach: Brett Hannam.
Captain: Lachlan Carter
Managers: John O’Loughlin, Lyndon Hirst
2016 Ainslie Rising Stars Premiership Team
The Ainslie Rising Stars went through the home and away season undefeated with 14 wins.
Ainslie played Queanbeyan in the Semi Final in a very tight match. Ainslie trailed for the first time during the season at three quarter time by 2 goals. They rallied in the last quarter kicking 4 goals to 1 to win by 5 points.
Ainslie 6.6.42 def Queanbeyan 5.7-37
Goal Kickers: M. Ackland 3, H. Muir, A. White, G. Richardson
Best Players: T. Roughton, H. Richardson, Z. Lindsay, G. Richardson, M. Ackland, F. Dwyer
Ainslie played Queanbeyan again in the Grand Final. This time Ainslie held control of the game and led by 38 points at three quarter time before a late comeback by Queanbeyan reduced the margin to 20 points at the final siren.
Final score: Ainslie 9.8-62 def Queanbeyan 6.6-42
Goal Kickers: L. Jamieson 2, Z. Lindsay, H. Richardson, M. Ackland, J. Wiley, H. Muir, B. Ackland, F. Dwyer
Best Players: H. Richardson
Best on Ground Award: Haydn Richardson
Coach: Mark Ackland
Ass. Coach: Michael Richardson
Manager: Jake Lindsay
2016 Ainslie Third Grade
Ainslie Third Grade finished in Third place after the home and away games with 10 wins and 4 losses.
Ainslie played sixth placed team Batemans Bay in an Elimination Final. After a tight first quarter Ainslie led by a point but then opened up a good lead of 31 points at half time before running out winners by 26 points.
Final score: Ainslie 7.15-57 def Batemans Bay 4.7-31
Goal Kickers: A. Nolan 3, A. Luchetti, M. Davis, P. Schroder, J. Paine
Best Players: F. McFarlane, J. Paine, D. Paine, W. Oldfield, T. Zouch, A. Nolan
In the Preliminary Final Ainslie came up against a tall, skilful team in ANU. The First half was hard fought and only 3 points separated the teams at half time. ANU turned on the pressure after half time to kick 6 goals to Ainslie’s 3 leaving Ainslie in Third place..
Final score: Ainslie 9.2-56 def by ANU 12.16-88
Goal Kickers for Ainslie: A. Nolan 3, M. Davis 2, A. Luchetti, B. Hackett, D. Alsford
Best Players: L. Toohey, C. Haining, D. Paine, D. Alsford, B. Hackett, B. Rivers
Coach: Tom Lemmon
2016 Ainslie Fourth Grade
Ainslie Fourth Grade finished the home and away season in second position with 14 wins and 2 losses.
Ainslie had the first week off in the Finals and met ANU in the Preliminary Final. ANU controlled the game and Ainslie couldn’t close the gap set up in the second quarter to lose by 14 points.
Final score: Ainslie 5.11-41 def by ANU 8.7-55
Goal Kickers for Ainslie: O. Waring, A. Gore, J. Butcher, R. Broadhurst, D. Stewart
Best Players: D. Stewart, F. Stuart, D. Hulm, J. Butcher, J. Bunday, A. Gore
Coach: Brent Ford
2016 Ainslie Women's Grade
The Ainslie Women’s team finished in eight place after the home and away with 4 wins and 9 losses. They played in the Division 2 Finals.
They played in the Div 2 Semi-Final against Molonglo but were defeated by 37 points.
Final score: Ainslie 2.7-19 def by Molonglo 8.8-56
Goal Kickers for Ainslie: J. Stramandinoli, A. Rose
Best Players: Z. Skyrianos, A. McKeough, D. Peel, R. Piesse, J. Stramandinoli, A. Rose
Coach: Mathew Jamieson
Ass. Coach: Brian James
Best and Fairest Nick Salter
Runner-up Best and Fairest Simon Curtis
3rd Best and Fairest Jeremy Hirst
Coach’s Award Matthew Teasdale
Rising Star Henry Delves
Richard Fleming Memorial Aaron Wiles
Best and Fairest Matthew Thompson
Runner-up Best and Fairest Corey Baxter
Best Clubman (2nd Grade)
(Brett Muir Trophy) Alex Mitchell
Coach’s Award Charlie Boyton
Best and Fairest Haydn Richardson
Runner-up Best and Fairest Guy Richardson
Best Club Person Mitch Terpstra
(Ian Kirkpatrick Award)
Most Promising Player Guy Richardson
(Ted Dhu Award)
Coach’s Award Lachlan Jamieson
Bev Trebilcock Award Tom Roughton
Best and Fairest Liam Toohey
(Tom Moore Perpetual Trophy)
Runner-up Best and Fairest Darcy Paine
Best Clubman Tom Zouch
Coach’s Award Joel Paine
Best New Player Dylan Vandenbrink
Best and Fairest Josh Butcher
Runner-up Best and Fairest Dave Stewart
Coach’s Award George Craig
Best Clubman Andrew Ferrell
Most Consistent Alfie Gore
Best and Fairest Zoe Skyrianos
Runner-up Best and Fairest Kate Russell
Most Improved Catherine Wells
Coach’s Award Danielle Peel
Women Player’s Player Meredith Wells
Most Prominent Clubman Andrew Toy
(Moore Trophy) Michael Richardson
President: Ian Muir
Senior Vice President: Lee Phillips
Treasurer: John O’Loughlin
Directors: Ian Muir, Lee Phillips, John O’Loughlin, Brett Hannam, Troy Klep, Matthew Jamieson, Simon Holt, James Barrett, Len Hatch
Manager Football Operations: Craig Wallace
Patron: Barbara Marshall