Ainslie appointed Ray Donnellan as the coach for season 1957.

From the 1957 Annual Report: “Ray installed new life into the Club in many ways and was responsible for a return of some of the Ainslie fire and determination which had been so noticeable lacking in the last couple of years.”

First Grade started the year slowly but built into a good combination that was a real threat for the finals.

Ainslie were in 4th place going into the last round against 5th placed Acton. However Acton defeated Ainslie causing Ainslie to miss out on Finals action.

First Grade Awards were:

  • Best & Fairest: Barry Browning
  • Most Consistent: Alan Ray
  • Best First Year Player: Bob Hincksman

The Ainslie Second Grade finished the home and away season in 4th place. They defeated Queanbeyan in the First Semi Final but lost the Preliminary Final to Manuka.

Second Grade Awards were:

  • Best & Fairest: Neville Girvan
  • Most Consistent: Frank Marryatt and John Webb

The Ainslie committee for 1957 were:

  • President: Harry Gaylard
  • Senior Vice President: Stan Ray
  • Treasurer: Roy Glynn
  • Hon. Secretary W A Armstrong
  • Ass. Secretary: J Barry McCabe, W Baker, G Arthur Bennett, Tom Moore, Ray Donnellan, C Moore, H Perryman, Neville Scholes, T Cross, Don Ross

Ainslie Football club Licensed Premises

In August 1957 Ainslie gained a  licence to build the Ainslie Football and Social Club on a site next to Ainslie Oval.

The Club was officially opened early December 1957 by Ralph Lewis.

See the reprints from the Canberra Times for more details.

Canberra Times, 23rd August 1957

Canberra Times, 9th December 1957