There were 8 teams in the 1974 ACTAFL Competition, Ainslie, ANU, Belconnen, Eastlake, Manuka, Queanbeyan, RMC and West Canberra.

Ainslie finished in third place after the home and away games behind Manuka and Eastlake with 10 wins, 5 losses and a draw. Due to the final five Ainslie played Eastlake in the qualifying final.

Ainslie were defeated by Eastlake in the Qualifying Final.

  • Final score: Ainslie 8.6-54 def by Eastlake 16.16-112
  • Goal kickers for Ainslie: Harrold 3, Cox 2, Rendell 1, O’Neill 1, Sheedy 1
  • Best O’Neill, Whiteway, Fort, Hassett

Ainslie were defeated by ANU in the First Semi-Final to finish in fourth place.

  • Final score: Ainslie 11.14-80 def by ANU 17.9-111
  • Goal kickers for Ainslie: Sheedy 3, M Smith 3, Johnson 2, Shanley 2, Whyte 1
  • Best: Hassett, Johnson, C Smith, Fort, O’Neill

Manuka won the Premiership by defeating Eastlake by 34 points.

Garry Cox was third in the Mulrooney Medal count.

Kevin Hassett played his 150th game, Laurie Laffan, Bernie Ryan and Graham Gardiner played their 100th games during the season.

Ainslie players who represented the ACT in 1974 were J Jillard, R Rendell, C Smith, G Cox, B Read and N Gregory.

  • Coach: John Jillard
  • Ass.Coach: Garry Cox
  • Managers: John Bravo, John McGrath

1974-Ainslie Second Grade Team

Ainslie finished in second place on the Second Grade table after the home and away games with 12 wins and 4 losses.

Ainslie Second Grade were defeated by Manuka in the Qualifying Final.

  • Final score: Ainslie 12.11-83 def by Manuka 20.12-132
  • Goal kickers for Ainslie: Outhwaite 3, Moullakis 3, Wark 2, Hardy 1, Lancaster 1, McConville 1, Saunders 1
  • Best: Outhwaite, Fusinato, Gardiner, Batchelor

Ainslie were eliminated in the First Semi-Final against Eastlake to finish in fourth place.

  • Final score: Ainslie 5.21-51 def by Eastlake 10.9-69
  • Goal kickers for Ainslie: Outhwaite 2, Tormey 2, Laffan 1
  • Best: Brown, Ryan, Outhwaite, Fusinato, Laffan

Ian McDonald won the J McNamara Medal for the Best & Fairest in the Second Grade.

  • Coach: R Gowing
  • Manager: G Adcock


The Ainslie Monaro team finished in second place after the home and away games.

Ainslie played South Woden in the Second Semi-Final but were defeated by 33 points.

  • Final score: Ainslie 9.8-62 def by South Woden 14.11-95

Ainslie were defeated in the Preliminary Final by CCAE to finish in third place.

  • Final score: Ainslie 15.7-97 def by CCAE 18.21-129
  • Best: Talikka, Wilson, Stewart, McCormack, O’Rourke
  • Coach: J Truesdale
  • Manager: T Moore, G Truesdale

Under Age

The Under 17 team played in the Grand Final against St Edmonds but were defeated.

  • Final score: Ainslie 9.8-62 def by St Edmonds 14.9-103

Club Awards

First Grade

  • Best & Fairest: Barry Fort
  • Runner Up B&F: Garry Cox
  • Most Consistent: Rod Whiteway
  • Most Improved: Noel O’Neill

Second Grade

  • Best & Fairest: John Outhwaite
  • Runner Up B&F: Geoff Henry
  • Most Consistent: D McKellar
  • Most Improved: Ian McDonald


  • Best & Fairest: J Talikka
  • Runner Up B&F: G McCormack
  • Most Consistent: P Talintyre
  • Best First Year Player: J Spotswood

Under 19

  • Best & Fairest: L Forsyth
  • Runner Up B&F: P Smith
  • Third: S Winbourne
  • Fourth: B Huntingford
  • Don Robertson Memorial Trophy: L Forsyth

Under 17

  • Best & Fairest: P Neeson
  • Runner Up B&F: D Portway
  • Most Consistent: A Tutt
  • Most Versatile: A Ross

Club Officials

  • President: Alan Ray
  • Senior Vice President: W Smith
  • Vice Presidents: Lionel James, Keith Heales, Norm Neeson
  • Secretary: R Venables
  • Ass. Secretary: B Ryan
  • Treasurer: Barry Browning
  • Committee: John Bravo, P Clynes, J Cusack, G Harwood, Bruce Glossop, R Gowing, Jack McGrath, B Norbury, A Rendell, P Searle, B Thorneycroft, E Turner
  • Patrons: Ralph Lewis, R W Chew