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ISSUE No. 7 - 2021



NO FOOTY Saturday June 5 & Sunday June 6

Results — Senior and Community Football

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Full Results

Round 7 Results — Junior Football 

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Full Results

Round 6 - 1st Grade Replays

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First Grade Player Debuts

Congratulations to Jack Dare who debuted in Men's First Grade last weekend. Jack started playing footy in 2015 with our u13s. He has continued to develop year by year and the future is bright with Jack.
Jack was presented his jumper by his Rising star's coach from 2020 Harry Dunstall. Jack is the ninth player to make their debut in Men's 1s this season.
from our friends at
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Read, learn and benefit.

Score in store this month at Hip Pocket!! 

Not only do we have end of financial year sales on all your winter workwear, but we are also giving stuff away!!! Plus, if you need beanies, gloves, jackets, pants, heated products and more, come and see the team at Hindmarsh drive Phillip. 


Luton is excited to maintain its excellent relationship with the AFC, confirming their sponsorship for the 2021 and 2022 Seasons.
Ex-Ainslie stalwart Nick Paine now heads up Luton as the CEO and owner of several of their offices. 
Here are a few Nicks tips that may help
If you own a home – Know its value:
Getting an update is simple and helps in making sound financial decisions around renovating, investing, paying down debt, upgrading or updating insurance.
If you have investments – Make sure they’re managed properly
Investment properties can be a great money maker or a debt pit. Make sure your property is managed by a property manager who looks after your asset.
If you’re looking to get a rental – Come prepared
The rental market is tough at the moment, make sure you have your bond organised plus a the first months rent. Make your application look as attractive as possible for a prospective landlord and fill out all parts of the application.
As part of the Ainslie family, Nick is always happy to have a chat with anyone regarding the sale or leasing of their home. Contact him on 0421794404

Match Reports

Round 6 – Men's 1st Grade

Ainslie vs Eastlake

Our second match up against Eastlake started off with some feeling in it. With such a young team taking the field we were excited to see them take it up against last years grand finalist. Another debutant for the club in Jack Dare who’s form in the second grade caught the eye of the coaching staff and was able to do his job for the team. 

We were able to kick the first goal of the match with Eastlake kicking wayward towards goals. The first quarter was pretty heated as both teams were applying massive tackling pressure. Josh Maynard set the tone around the middle with dominant display of ruck tapping. We went into the quarter time break even 15-15. 

The second quarter we started to get an advantage out of the stoppages with Dan Ledda and Haydn Richardson being clean in close and getting it out to our runners. Unfortunately our ball usage going into forward 50 let us down which is where Eastlake made us pay with precision ball kicking going down the other end to score. We ended up going into the half time break down 20 points. 

The third quarter was pretty even between the two teams, we were happy with our defensive efforts but unfortunately our accuracy at goal let us down kicking 2.4. The belief in the team was high at the break with the ability to come back from the twenty three point deficit. 

The last quarter unfortunately did not go the way we wanted. A few silly errors by us in the way of cheap free kicks and 50m penalties saw Eastlake start running away with the game ending up winning by 35 points. 

We are still a young team learning new things about each other and we show glimpses of way we want to play. I have no doubt the boys will enjoy the week off but also cannot wait to keep improving for our match up against Queanbeyan. 


Nathan Cawley (on behalf on Jordan Doering) 
Jordan Doering
Coach, Men's 1st Grade

Clockwise from top: Mat Ackland spoils, Harry Muir celebrates a goal (with brother Tommy); Josh Maynard in control in the ruck; Joe Bishop focused on the bouncing ball; Jack Dare takes off;Airi Wolff celebrates a fantastic snapped goal.

Round 6 – Women's 1st Grade

Ainslie vs Eastlake

This weekend the Div 1 girls trekked south to Philip Oval to take on Eastlake, still smarting from a tight defeat to them in Round 1.

The team came out strong through some hard work over the ball. Led by some powerful hitouts from Georgie in the middle, the girls put together some cracking forward entries to set up what would be a crucial early lead.

Despite a push from Eastlake in the 3rd quarter, the girls stuck together with their slick plays and strong defence being the difference.

Bog: Georgie Jaques
Players: Georgie Jaques
Coaches: Em Hawke

Britt Tully
Coach, Women's 1st Grade 
Clockwise from top: Ellie Bishop leaps and marks; Britt Tully kicks out of the contest; Meg Magnuson eyes on the ball; Georgie Jaques goes high again; Khiana Smith busts the tackle; coming out of the huddle.

Fight MND

The Ainslie Footy Club, as will many Club's in Canberra, will be donning the Blue SOCKS as part of SOCKITMND as part of the FIGHTMND appeal.

All Senior & Community teams, and our u18s Girls team will be asked to purchase a pair of the socks to wear on June 19. 

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Match Reports

Round 6 – Men's 2nd Grade

Ainslie vs Eastlake

A slow start from us to begin the game made us play catch up footy for the rest of the match. At the quarter time huddle we were able to re compose ourselves and get back to the style of footy we wanted to play. The second quarter we were able to keep Eastlake goalless but unable to convert our chances on the scoreboard kicking one goal from our four shots.

Sauce Phillips put on an unbelievable effort in the ruck throughout the second half taking the majority of the contests making sure Eastlake worked hard for their clearances. Eastlake were able to extend the margin out to sixteen points at the three quarter time break. 

Daring. That was the message the boys got at the final break. I asked them to take the game on and give ourselves a big chance at the comeback. The boys were nothing but daring, unfortunately for us Eastlake were able to flood the backline for the last five minutes of the game denying us the goal to take the win. At the end of the day we took a couple of lessons away in being switched on from the get go and kicking straight when in front of the big sticks. 

I would like to thank the boys for the support and the trust they put in me as it was my first game as coach. It was an experience I truely loved and cannot wait to give it another go. 


Nathan Cawley 
Asst Coach, Men's 2nd Grade

Clockwise from top: Slight change on focus this week.
A terrific opportunity to spotlight one bloke who made his coaching debut last weekend. Nathan Cawley a bloke who demonstrates day-in day-out

- what can I do for you?
- I am who I am
- challenges are to be overcome

Thanks Cawls!!

Round 4 – Men's Rising Stars 

Rising Stars – Round 6 vs Eastlake

A late withdrawal of our No.1 ruckman led to a last minute reshuffle of the forward line and a smaller bench. This meant we were again going to be stretched against an Eastlake team that has been building momentum as the season has progressed.

Final score of 14.13-97 to 1.5-11 was again not flattering but also doesn’t indicate the little steps of improvement in many players and also that we again matched it against a very good football side for one full quarter. We will be dangerous when we finally string 4 full quarters together.

After the bye many players should return from injury, meaning there will be selection pressure with competition for spots. Hopefully this leads to greater numbers at training that will have the domino effect of improved fitness & skills.

This week we are expecting a polar blast from the south so training will be interesting. Wednesday night is a 3 k time trial and also a pie night with the 17’s. Thankyou to Ian & the McCormack’s for organising the evening.

Once again thankyou for the players doubling up to play 18’s and then 17’s. This is a tough ask, as all players finish each game tired and with a few bruises.

Mark Ackland
Coach, Men's Rising Stars

Round 8 – Women's 2nd Grade

Ainslie v Gungahlin

The team was coming off their first win of the season against Tuggeranong Valley Football Club (after close matches), ready to take on a new opponent the Gungahlin Jets. 2021 is the inaugural season for the Jets second grade team welcome to the competition!
Pre-game speech was all about consistency. It was round 8, to get better we needed to have some consistency in our game trying to play a full 80 minutes of football not a quarter or a half. Coach Bish made a good point "it's mental" and needing to stay in the game mentally for the 80 minutes.
Despite the Jets being winless we knew that they would as desperate as we were to get a win on the board and knew that we had to be on our game.
Instead of going through the game highlights including the quarters, I want to really say this is the first time all season that the team played selfless football. As a team we looked for the best options willing to sacrifice touches to make sure that we capitalised with our opportunities.
We also held our structures which allowed the forwards to be able to move freely supported by the Mids building the wall.
Notable mentions Alana bagging 7 goals, Lucy 3 (could have been 20 if she kicked straight) VB in the first 30 seconds of being in the forward line kicking a goal snagging 2 all up, Sols, Bella chipping in with 1 each. Also a mention to Kelsey who was playing down back for us, moved into the forward line and had an instant impact with a number of goal assists.
Best on Ground: Alana Dalgleish
Players Player: Frizz (Nat Frizzell) and Greeny (Aimee Green) a draw
Coaches: Kelsey Savage

Fiona Van de Made Schroder
Coach, Women's 2nd Grade 
Clockwise from top: Bron and Alana show their shepherding skills to allow Bella clear access to the ball; Nat Fzizzell takes contested mark; Claire Hanscombe and Hannah Solly; Sid Loewe kicks; Lucy Rowland dominates coming back from injury.

Round 8 – Men's 4th Grade

Ainslie v Goulburn

Fourth Grade versus Goulburn on the weekend. This was a match we believed we could win.
The selectors had a unique problem this week. For the first time in the season we actually had too many players. There was no third grade game on Saturday and this meant all of the fourth grade guns were available. We also had a couple of guys returning from injury and a few heroes of yesteryear willing to pull on the boots. Some difficult decisions had to be made at the selection table.
The first half of the match was an even affair. Whilst Ainslie led at the main break, we were fortunate that Goulburn wasted their turn with the wind and only managed 2 goals 5 behinds for the second quarter. The second half however was a completely different affair. We outscored our opponents 8 goals to 2 and managed to win the game by 49 points! It was cold on the sidelines but the Ainslie boys were RED HOT on the field.
Our first win for the season resulted in a lot of smiles, high fives, cheers and back slapping. It also led to a rousing version of the team song (I had almost forgotten the words!). There were almost as many players inside the circle as were outside! 
There were a number of highlights on the day, but the one that stood out for me was not on the field. It was fantastic to see the guys that missed out on selection attending the match to cheer on their mates. There was also a sizable contingent of third graders on the sideline as well. Whilst the win was important for the team, the club spirit and culture we are striving for was evident in these scenes. This was a great day for Ainslie community footy.
Well done Fourthies!   

Well done Fourthies!

Murray Schroder
Coach, Men's 4th Grade 
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Back in the Day ...

Manuka Oval looking a treat back in 1952 when this shot was taken.
Let us know if you had a run on the ground that year.

Test your footy trivia...

1) Which barnyard animal, wearing Number 4, was thrown onto the SCG at a Sydney v St Kilda match in 1994?
2) The first official AFL game played at Manuka Oval in Canberra, was played between Port Adeilede and North Melbourne. What was memorable about this game?

3) Who was the host of "The Footy Show" on Thursday nights in the early 2000s?

4) How many games had Essendon lost at the end of the home and away season in 2000?

See below for answers

Grab your copy!

Limited edition, 165-page book about the Ainslie Football Club and one of it's legends. $40 (plus postage. For further details, contact the AFC Office.

Looking for help...

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Footy trivia answers...

(1) A Pig  (2) Winston Abraham took mark of the year (3) Eddie McGuire  (4) Only one, they lost to the bulldogs by 11 points.

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