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ISSUE No. 9 - 2021
There is NO football this weekend for any of our teams. ACT Govt ground closures have resulted in all AFL Canberra games being CANCELLED.
This impacts
  • Senior Football
  • Community Football
  • Junior Football
Enjoy the weekend off!

Results — Senior and Community Football

Mens 2nd Grade and Womens 1st Grade led from the front with wins over tough Queanbeyan outfits, while our 2nd Grade Womens side dominated ADFA.
Click below for full results on the AFL Canberra website
Full Results

Season Results — Junior Football 

Click below for full results on the AFL Canberra website
Full Results

Men's 1st Grade - Match Report

Our latest game saw us at home taking on the Queanbeyan Tigers. With still a young group the energy of the team was really high and they were ready to go.

The first quarter started off perfectly for us with our tackling pressure being up and giving our forwards plenty of opportunities with inside 50s. The forwards were able to capitalise on this kicking the first three goals of the match. Unfortunately the quarter ended with ruckman Josh Maynard suffering an injury to the face forcing him out for the rest of the game. We went into the quarter time break up by 12 points.

The second quarter Queanbeyan started to capitalise on our mistakes and also our undisciplined actions. The Tigers were able to start getting on top around the stoppages with the taps although both Revet and Dare competed hard all day. At the half time break we went in down by 14 points.

After a discussion with the coach at the big break the boys were still up and about ready to get back into the game. Throughout the game both Harry and Tommy Muir showed their defensive skills with great 1-on-1 wins with their direct opponents. Towards the back end of the quarter our players weren’t able to get the ball into our attacking half for our forwards to get to work. Queanbeyan were able to extend their lead at the final break going in 21 points up.

The last quarter the message was for the boys to take it on. Unfortunately for us this meant taking high risks to be able to get the game closer. Queanbeyan’s older experienced players were able to adapt and handle this very well and made us pay for our skill errors. We ended up going down by 8 goals. 

We are a hard working group and I have no doubt the boys will analyse this game and learn from it to take into our next match. 

Nathan Cawley (on behalf of Jordan Doering)

Jordan Doering
Mens 1st Grade

Clockwise from top: Jakob Wiles spoils; Tom Roughton surveys his options downfield; Luke Crocker grasps the ball with Harry Muir looking on; Will Spencer lays a strong, hard diving tackle; Tommy Muir shovels out a long handball; Jason Tutt takes a safe two-handed mark.
Congratulations to Sam Jensen from the Queanbeyan Tigers for taking home the Muir Medal on Saturday. 

Thanks to Ian and Alison for presenting the medal on Saturday. 

Women's 1st Grade - Match Report

This weekend saw the women take on their old rivals for the second time this season at home. It was a cold and windy day where the elements would come into the play significantly. By giving one end of the ground a substantial advantage kicking with the wind. 

The first half saw the girls not hit the scoreboard with any majors although having most of the play up their end. In the third quarter the backline stood strong to only let one goal through against the wind, which also saw Rach Friend put her first goal on the board. 

Going with the wind was going to give a massive advantage in the 4th quarter and the Ainslie girls sure did take that! Coming back from 4 goals down after the 5th minute QBN did not know how to stop the flurry of goals.
Led by Georgie Jaques and Tess Cattle in the middle, the forwards were able to get good delivery which in the end Rachel Friend took advantage of, to put 3 more through the goals. The backline stood strong once again and QBN were unable to counter.  
A very gallant and determined effort by the girls just shows how good this team is! And how far we have come, and how far we have to go! 
Best on ground: Rachel Friend 
Players Player: Rachel Friend 
Coaches: Bianca Kaden 

Britt Tully
Women's 1st Grade
Clockwise from top: Britt Tully boots it long under pressure; Tess Cattle about to kick, Renee Friend marks; Georgie Jaques in ruck; Sophie Travis dishes off handball; Emily Warwick on the chase.

Our Sponsor Salute this week is the wonderful work of Ronald McDonald House.

The House
Ronald McDonald House Canberra gives seriously ill children the best gift of all – their families. Our warm and supportive home-away-from-home provides the whole family with a comfortable place to stay and peace of mind, knowing they can stay together in the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children.
It cost $550,000 per year to open our doors at Ronald McDonald House Canberra. Of this we need to fundraise $430,000 per year though events, partnerships, and donations.
Ronald McDonald House understands that being away from home for long periods of time can put families under financial pressure. That is why our accommodation is free for eligible families of seriously ill children.
The Family Room
Our Family Room is a haven for you and your family while visiting or staying with a child or newborn infant in the hospital.
Step away from the ward and into our inviting Family Room where you can take time out with free beverages and refreshments, TV, lounge, a quiet space for reading and relaxing and a bathroom with a shower. Our Family Room provides convenient on-site laundry facilities, as well as a library of children’s games and activities We want to make sure families have a home-away-from-home inside the Hospital, away from the clinical environment of the ward.  That is why our Family Room is free and open to all families whose children are undergoing inpatient or outpatient treatment at The Centenary Hospital for Women and Children.
The Family Retreat
Our Family Retreat is in the beautiful seaside town of Batemans Bay.  Our Retreat consists of two fully self-contained three-bedroom units, providing the perfect retreat for families with seriously ill children.  We are committed to ensuring our retreat remains a special place where families can spend precious time together in a beautiful setting.
The Learning Program
The Ronald McDonald Learning Program assists school-aged children with serious illnesses and injuries to catch up on missed education following treatment and recovery. Providing a suite of educational support services, including therapy sessions and one-on-one tutorials with experienced teachers, our Ronald McDonald Learning Program is tailored to students’ individual needs. We aim to build each child’s confidence and self-esteem in preparation for their return to the classroom. All services are free to families thanks to funding from our generous RMHC supporters.
With support from you, along with our volunteers and the community ensured we were able to continue to deliver our mission of supporting the ever-changing needs of seriously ill children and their families.
Please see below an overview of the ways we helped families with seriously ill children in 2020.  Due to COVID these numbers are a little low from previous years as we had to close some of our programs and our Family Retreat was closed for a longer period due to COVID and the bush fires.
The support from you all, along with our volunteers and the community ensured we were able to continue to deliver our mission of supporting the ever-changing needs of seriously ill children and their families.
Men's 2nd Grade - Match Report

With a few boys coming back from injury and Queanbeyan able to field the full 22 players consisting of quality ex players, Queanbeyan put up a good fight, with our slow start kicking with the wind in the first quarter. The wind proved to be difficult to navigate during the first quarter after an inspiring win of the Toss by our courageous skipper for the day Aaron Wiles (first 2's game with the club). 

During the quarter break, we spoke about a few parts of our game we wished to tighten up around the ground. To the credit of the mostly young team, we came out strong and kept the lead coming to half time, with a big performance by the Midfield, led by Luke Morfoot. 

The third quarter we continued on from our second quarter however, the injuries started to take a toll with only 1 left on the bench and with Aaron Wiles courageously playing on for the 3rd quarter (only was going to play until half-time). The boys fought through to come out with a good lead at 3 quarter time. 

The fourth quarter we were kicking into the wind and had none on the bench. With the game turning into a contested ball to try and slow the game for our group, thankfully coming out with the win, it was a pleasing win considering the injuries we had throughout the game and the quality of the players on the Queanbeyan team.

Throughout the day the stand out performers for the game were Morfoot, Jarrod (SAUCE) Phillips and Isaac Bishop. But overall it was an whole team effort for who was left standing at the end of the day. Our focus now shifts to Tuggeranong who came out fighting last time we played. 

Jed Costigan
Mens 2nd Grade

Men's Rising Stars - Match Report

Our lead up to this game proved to be costly, a public holiday without training (only 12 players attended training the previous public holiday) and then a storm on Wednesday evening forcing the closure of Alan Ray Oval lead to no running or even ball skills for some players for almost 2 weeks. And this showed. We were second to the ball and then fumbling when we did have first use. 

The first quarter we were kicking with a pretty strong breeze, but despite this we headed into quarter time 4 points down and all the work to do in front of us. The message at quarter time was simple, we must want the ball as much as our opponents, we can’t sit back and be content to tackle and hope for a free kick, we must get in, head over the ball, align the body with the ball and share the work load. Don’t leave the heavy work to only a few. Without the intent to get the all, win first possession then all other intentions are null & void. We must compete. This remained the focus for the rest of the game.

The rest of the game was indeed more contested with Queanbeyan running out 15 point winners, 6.10-46 to 4.7-31. The first quarter slow start did indeed prove costly. Queanbeyan played with intent for a loss would see them out of contention for the vital 4th spot on the ladder.  Next time we play the reward might be a finals opportunity.

This squad is yet to reach its full potential and with training this can come. It really is up to getting on the training track, getting some run in the legs and plenty touches and taking it SERIOUSLY.

Mark Ackland
Men's Rising Stars

Test your footy trivia...

1) Who was the number 16 player for Port Adelaide in 2003?
2) Which team won their third premiership in a row in 2003?

3) Behind Melbourne, what club is the second oldest football club in the world?

4) How many clubs were part of the VFL competition during the 1924 season?

See below for answers
Women's 2nd Grade - Match Report

It was definitely not a cracking day or football, being placed on the most bottom oval of ADFA/RMC the wind was blowing a gale and an oval that looked like a pitching mound. Despite all the rain the oval was in a lot better condition than anticipated given the rain that had fallen over the previous week.

The team came off a loss after back to back wins against Tuggers and Jets from last year premiers Juggs.

ADFA had come off a mid-week loss to the Tigers and knew they would want to come out firing so we talked about needing a strong start to put pressure on the scoreboard and he conditions.

We won the toss and opted to kick into the wind. The ball was dropping short with every kick which made it tough to be able to read where the ball was going to drop. After getting some consistency with the conditions we were able to get pressure on the scoreboard kicking 3 straight to 2 points.

With the wind behind us we were able to dominate the scoreboard with 5 majors. The ball was still unpredictable where someone could kick 30 metres the ball travelled 40 to 45 metres.

Third quarter no teams scored with the ball being played in one third of the oval.

Last quarter we wanted to finish off strong. To the credit of ADFA they made us work for the ball with us still able to put 3 on the board with us hoping to get another 5 goal haul as per the second quarter.

It was tough conditions for both teams with the wind and the cold.

Fiona Van De Made
Womens 2nd Grade

Men's 3rd Grade - Match Report

Tough, tough day at the office.

Despite conditions being extreme the boys came out determined and fought hard for the first half of the first quarter.
Unfortunately the toll of adfa having the wind advantage started to take effect. Kicking 4 goals to dampen our efforts.

Adfa then came out firing in the second quarter putting on 6 more goals.

At this stage all seemed to be lost going down 11 goals in the first half to not even a score..

Coming out in the 2nd half I had asked the boys to do one thing. And that was apply pressure and stick our tackles and to never give up!

The very first minute of the third quarter
Nathan James (Rowey) landed a crunching tackling that gave us a free kick. Perfect start. From then on we did not miss a single tackle, unfortunately Adfa’s skills and fitness could not be faulted as they ran away with the game.

Even though ainslie did not score, we fought hard all day and the attitude in the locker room was positive, talking about how we can build from this, how Rome wasn’t built in a day.

I have no doubt the boys will come out firing against Woden and seeking to grab the fourth win of the year.. finals are in our eyes, it’s a long season but we will pull through!

Sean Vanholland
Mens 3rd Grade
Men's 4th Grade - Match Report

On the weekend Ainslie played ADFA on a windswept oval at Duntroon. There was a 5 goal wind blowing straight down the ground and it was going to be some of the toughest conditions we had ever seen.
The opposition had their two turns with the wind and only managed 8 goals. It had been an incredible effort by Ainslie to stay this close to one of the top teams. Unfortunately though we eventually just ran out of players. We started the game with 19 fit guys but lost one at the 10 minute mark. By three quarter time, injuries had reduced us to 16. Two more hobbled off in the last quarter and the remainder were absolutely cooked. Guts effort boys. With a full team we may have given them a real scare in the last quarter 
It was freezing cold on the sideline, but some hot footy was played by Butch, Dom, Fitzy, Ren, Jules and Little Will. The highlight though was first gamer Sam Merson. Apparently Sam had only played a few games in England before this, but he went out on Saturday and rucked like a pro! For the first time in living memory, Ainslie have 2 blokes nearly 7 feet tall!! I can’t wait to get them both on the field together.
Once again, thanks to Pabs and company for chasing down 3 more ex players. Without these “golden oldies” turning up we wouldn’t have been able to field a side on Saturday (although I’m sure their sore bodies regretted it by Sunday!).
Go Fourthies!

Murray Schroder
Mens 4th Grade

Fight MND

All Senior & Community teams and our u18s Girls team wore the blue socks on the weekend in their games to raise awareness and support the Fight MND cause. 

Thanks to the player contributions we were able to raise $3,000 through the purchasing of SockItMND socks for MND research.

To DONATE Click Here

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.

A WEEK AHEAD          
Saturday July 3 
Footy Fixtures

Footy trivia answers...

(1) Warren Tredrea  (2) Brisbane Lions (3) Geelong (4) Nine
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