Back to Ainslie Day - Sunday 4th June
MESSAGE from AFC President – Lee Philips
Dear Ainslie Family,
On Sunday 4th June at Alan Ray Oval we are holding our Annual “Back to Ainslie” Day. It’s a day when we choose one marque game a year to invite all those who are associated with the club whether it be formers players, board, staff, supporter’s juniors and sponsors to come along to the football for the day. We are playing our great arch rivals from across the border, Queanbeyan Tigers, and the team we beat in last year’s Grand Final, so we want our biggest home crowd for the year to get behind our boys in an expected tightly fought contest.
This year we also have some other great events happening throughout the day.
We will be unveiling our 2016 Premiership flags for our 1st, 2nd and Rising Star teams. We will celebrate this amazing achievement preceding the 1st grade game.
AFC Past Players, Officials and Supporters gathering for premiership reunions from 1967//77/87/97 era’s
We will be officially opening our new AFC Memorabilia Rooms at half time in the 1st grade game.
We will be celebrating Chris Rourke’s 200th game as coach of our great club - our longest serving coach.
All juniors wearing an Ainslie jumper or apparel will receive a ticket to get a free sausage sandwich and drink as they enter the ground.
Presentation of the annual Muir Medal - a medal awarded to the best on ground in the 1st grade game. The Medal recognises the significant contribution of Alan to the Queanbeyan Tigers Club and his son Ian, and former President, to the Ainslie Football Club. They are recognised as the only father/son combination to have played 200 First Grade games, albeit for different clubs.
As well our charity partner, St Vincent De Paul, will be present on the day focussing on raising funds for Mental Health. The majority of the work Vinnies does with health is with people living with a mental illness. Vinnies actively works to achieve greater acceptance for these people by challenging community attitudes that stigmatise and ostracise people through ignorance and fear.
So, if you haven’t seen an old football friend or colleague for some time pick up the phone ask them how they are and bring them along to the footy for the day.
We are building on our “Back to Ainslie” day each year to be a big day for the club. A day we celebrate being part of a great club with a rich history. A club that has played a pivotal role in the Canberra community since 1927. A day to catch up with old friends and enjoy each other’s company.
I look forward to seeing many of you on the 4th June.