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ISSUE No. 29 - 2021
This is our last newsletter for 2021.

We have commenced Pre Season Training and we are all looking forward to the 2022 Season.

Our Senior teams will commence the 2022 Season on Saturday 2nd April.

We welcome Matthew Diglio, who commenced as Ainslie's new General Manager on Monday November 29.

We wish Matthew every success in the role.


Please note that there will be no more Veteran's Lunches held in 2021.
The next Veteran's Lunch will be held Thursday February 3, 2022.

Forget the stress of cooking at home and spend more time with family & friends this Christmas Day. Sit back, relax, and enjoy a delectable 3 course set menu as well as a complimentary glass of sparkling or soft drink on arrival.

A children’s menu for those 12 and under will also be available, as well as vegetarian and vegan options.

There are 4 seating sessions available: 11:30AM | 12:00PM | 12:30PM | 1:00PM

Bookings are essential!

Please visit the venue or call 02 6248 8422 to enquire.

Member: $90 | Non-Member: $100 | Kids: $25

For all dietary requirements, joint bookings, or any other enquiries please or call reception on 02 6248 8422.

Conditions apply. It is an offence to supply alcohol to a person under 18 years of age. Penalties apply.

Unfortunately, venue vouchers cannot be used as a form of payment for special events.

Cancellation Policy applies to all bookings:Cancellations with full refund (minus booking fees) can be made up to 1 week prior to event date. Cancellations made less than 1 week prior to event date are non-refundable.

Click here for information and bookings
Pre-season has commenced - see below for details
They will be held in groups across various days.

WOMEN & GIRLS - (u14s & older)
Wednesday sessions are open to u14s & older.
Saturday sessions open to u18s & older.

Sessions  at ARO as follows:
~ Saturdays Nov 20 to Dec 18 - 8 - 9.30am.
~ Wednesdays Nov 24 to Dec 15 6 - 7.30pm.
~ Tues Dec 21 (Final session).  This is a shortened and combined session with other groups, ending with BBQ & drinks - starts 5.30pm.

MEN'S SENIOR FOOTBALL (1st, 2nd Grade & u18s)
Commenced Tuesday Nov 23, and held at ARO.
Times are 5.30-7pm on Tuesdays & Thursdays until Dec 21.
Tues Dec 21 (Final session) - is a shortened and combined session with other groups, ending with BBQ & drinks - starts 5.30pm.

Commenced Wednesday Nov 24, and held at Reid Oval.
Times are 6.00 - 7.30pm until Dec 15.
Tues Dec 21 (Final session) - is a shortened and combined session with other groups, ending with BBQ & drinks - starts 5.30pm.

Commenced Monday Nov 22, and held at Alan Ray Oval.
Times are 5.00-6.00pm until Dec 13.
Work on your skills with Ainslie Junior coaches and Ainslie Senior players.
Some photos from our Men's Senior Pre- season training
Supporting Women in Sport
At SportsCare, we respect the differences between male and female bodies in physiotherapy, exercise physiology, hand therapy, and more. Our staff’s specialist knowledge and skills are greatly complemented with hands-on experience in elite competitions.

This month we delve into the physiological differences between men and women, empowering women and girls with the information they need to perform, and we explore how our clinics have demonstrated their track record for supporting women playing elite sport
Read our blog on supporting women in sport
Ainslie Football's Senior Women will be taking part in the 2022 AFLW Queanbeyan Cup, which will be held and Aulich Park from Friday 25th to Sunday 27th February.

Keep an eye on our Facebook page for more information.
Junior Age Groups
Effective from season 2022
As per a memo from AFL Canberra....
AFL Canberra has introduced an U16’s competition for season 2022 and removed the U17’s competition. These have been done to remove the double to single age progression. This transition means the competitions will now align with school ages at all levels, which is inline with the National Junior Match Policy. This alignment can allow for a streamlined process into senior football through Rising Stars football.

The below table indicates the new Competition structure for AFL Canberra Juniors in 2022 and beyond.

Mixed/Boys                                     Youth Girls
U9 – Auskick Pro                                U10 – Girls
U10 – Mixed                                        U12 – Girls
U11 – Mixed                                         U14 – Girls
U12 – Mixed                                        U16 – Girls
U13 – Mixed                                        Rising Stars Women / U18 Girls
U14 – Mixed
U15 – Boys
U16 – Boys
Rising Stars Men’s / U18 Boys

These changes have been done to align with the National Junior Match Policy and to create consistency across all competitions in NSW/ACT and Australia more broadly.
Changes to u11s through to u16s teams (mixed, boys & girls) to maximise player numbers to 16-a-side will be introduced in season 2023.



Congratulations to our coaches for season 2022.

Men's First Grade                      Jordan Doering
Women's First Grade                Britt Tully
Men's 2nd Grade                       Nathan Cawley (new appt)
Women's 2nd Grade                 Fiona Van de Made
Men's Rising Stars                    Harry Dunstall (back from a break)
Women's Rising Stars              TBC
Men's Community A Grade     Angus Nolan (new appt)
Men's Community B Grade     Edison Marshall (new appt)


We are really pleased to be able to explore some new playing gear & merchandise options in 2022 with our friends at New Balance.

Orders will be available online in early 2022. Keep an eye on our Facebook page.

We have a large supply of on-line clothing orders that have been delivered to the office. If you haven't received yours, contact Matt Teasdale on 0455 455 063 or

We continue this week with:

~ Episode 24 - Conversation 3 with Lynnet Bridgfoot
the third part in our 6 part series - "Harrison School ,Giants"

~ Episode 25 - Conversation 4 with Lynnet Bridgfoot
the forth part in our 6 part series - "Ainslie"

Checkout Facebook or past newsletters for episodes 1-23
We thanks our contributors for their willingness to share there journey to reveal WHO ARE WE!
Check out our Facebook page to watch Lynnet's next videos.
Click Here for Interview 24 (conversation 3 with Lynnet Bridgfoot)
Click Here for Interview 25 (conversation 4 with Lynnet Bridgfoot)
AFL Summer Twilight Clinics
Adam Treloar, Western Bulldogs AFL player, comes to Alan Ray Oval with Active Attitudes Sports & Wellness Clinics.

AFL Summer Twilight Clinics for 5-12 year olds run on Tuesdays 30 Nov & 7 Dec. Register at

(Ainslie Juniors get a 20% discount using the code -LOCALJNR20.)
AFL Summer Elite Clinics
Active Attitudes Sports & Wellness Clinics are running an intensive development camp for players aged 12-16+ with AFL player Adam Treloar and former AFL player Jordan Doering, together with physio/strength and conditioning advise from Sportscare & Physiotherapy.
These Summer Elite Clinics will run on Thursdays 2 & 9 Dec at Alan Ray Oval.
Register at

(Ainslie Juniors get a 20% discount using the code -LOCALJNR20.)

For those attending The Resilience Project with the Ainslie Footy Club, please note it has been rescheduled due to the ongoing uncertainty and disruptions created by COVID-19.

The amended performance date and time
is Tuesday, 7 December 2021 at 7:00pm in The Playhouse.

No longer able to make it?
Please email Ian Muir at

Please check out our new look website (
It's easy to navigate around, has Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and has a live Facebook feed for those who don't do social media.
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