There were six teams in the 1954 Canberra League, Ainslie, Eastlake, Manuka, Queanbeyan-Acton, RMC and Turner.

Ainslie finished the home and away games in fourth place.

Ainslie played Manuka in the First Semi-Final. Ainslie were 5 points up at half time but Manuka got on top in the second half to win by 25 points.

  • Final score: Ainslie 8.9-57 def by Manuka 12.10-82
  • Goal kickers for Ainslie: R Bloomfield 4, J Backen 1, B Whatman 1, J Loftus 1, W Hansen 1, C Ratford 1
  • Best: B Whatman, J Backen, D Robertson, W Keough, R Bloomfield

The Ainslie team that played in the Semi-Final was:

D Robertson, J Cleary, J Keough, W Keough, A Ray, O Porter, L James, D Ross, B Browning, P Platt, J Backen, W Hansen, C Ratford, J Loftus, R Bloomfield, B Whatman, F Matthews, A Hawke   Reserves: J Keegan, G Sheehan, Southwell, W Gale

  • Leading goal kicker for season 1954 was P Platt with 20 goals.
  • The Combine team Queanbeyan-Acton defeated Eastlake in the Grand Final to win the 1954 Premiership, 23.15-153 to 6.8-44.
  • Captain/Coach: Bruce Whatman, Vice-Captain: Don Ross
  • Manager: Stan Ray

Second Grade

Ainslie Second Grade finished outside the final four.

  • Coach:  F Marryat, Tom Moore
  • Manager:  Lionel James


Ainslie Junior team finished in third place after losing the Preliminary Final to Manuka.

  • Final score: Ainslie 4.3-27 def by Manuka 5.4-34.
  • Goal kickers for Ainslie: Webb 2, McKellar 2
  • Best: Bird, Hincksman, Webb, Blomfield, Linery
  • Manager: Clive Lowes

Leading goal kicker for the Juniors in season 1954 was John Blomfield with 48 goals.

Sub Juniors

The Ainslie Sub-Juniors played off in the Grand Final and defeated Queanbeyan-Acton by 2 points to win the Premiership.

  • Final score: Ainslie 8.9-57 def Queanbeyan-Acton 8.7-55
  • Goal kickers for Ainslie: Tully 2, Foster 2, Ryan 1, Reid 1, Wallace 1, Webb 1
  • Best: Tully, Reid, Bennett, Wallace, Webb, Ross


The Atoms team played in the Grand Final against Eastlake but were defeated.

  • Final score: Ainslie 0.1-1 def by Eastlake 2.1-13
  • Best: Nurse, Garner, Elvin, Morton Kelsey

Club Awards

First Grade

  • Best & Fairest: Bruce Whatman
  • Most Consistent: Barry Browning
  • Most Improved: W Keogh
  • Best Club Man: Tom Moore

Second Grade

  • Best & Fairest:  N Paterson
  • Most Consistent: G Hamilton
  • Best Club Man: F Marryat


  • Best & Fairest: A Bird
  • Most Consistent: R Hincksman
  • Most Improved: C Sloan


  • Best & Fairest: David Reid
  • Most Consistent: Michael Webb
  • Most Improved: William Gillard
  • Most Reliable: Bruce Donaldson


  • Best & Fairest: John Davies
  • Most Consistent: Victor Elvin
  • Most Improved: Allan Webster


  • Best & Fairest: R Garner
  • Most Consistent: T Elvin
  • Most Improved: P Nurse
  • Team Work: P Kelsey

Club Officials

  • President: Bruce Whatman
  • Senior Vice-President: Stan Ray
  • Secretary: Jock Whatman
  • Ass. Secretaries: J W Cleary, Jim Keegan, H D Kruger
  • Treasurer:  F Marryat
  • Ass. Treasurer: B Birch, V Lake
  • Committee: Bob Bloomfield, A Browning, C Burmester, H Goodall, Lionel James, C Lowes, J Barry McCabe, Tom Moore, P Platt, Don Ross
  • Patron: J C Moore