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

Club Awards


First Grade

Best and Fairest                        Nick Salter

(Hibberson Cup)

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



Second Grade

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



Rising Stars

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


Third Grade

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


Fourth Grade

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

                                              Bree Sandley


Club Award

Most Prominent Clubman         Andrew Toy

(Moore Trophy)                       Michael Richardson

Club Officials


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


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