The ACTAFL Competition consisted of 7 teams in 1979, Ainslie, Belconnen, Eastlake, Manuka, Queanbeyan, Sutherland and West Canberra.

Ainslie finished the home and away games on top of the ladder on percentage from Belconnen with both teams having 16 wins and 4 losses.

Ainslie played Belconnen in the Second Semi-Final at Phillip Oval. Belconnen were too good for Ainslie running out winners by 37 points.

  • Final score: Ainslie 10.7-67 def by Belconnen 14.20-104
  • Goal kickers for Ainslie: Brock 3, Davey 3, Grandin 3, McCormick 1
  • Best: Hannam, Charles Smith, Bellchambers, McCormick, Gerrans

Ainslie played Manuka in the Preliminary Final.

  • Final score: Ainslie 15.13-103 def Manuka 12.10-82
  • Goal kickers for Ainslie: Neale 4, Davey 3, Shanley 3, Neeson 1, Charlie Smith 1, Stone 1, Holford 1, A Tutt 1
  • Best: Shanley, Turner, Neale, Gerrans, Neeson

Ainslie met Belconnen again in the Grand Final at Manuka Oval. Ainslie won by 46 points.

  • Final score: Ainslie 17.18-120 def Belconnen 11.8-74
  • Goal kickers for Ainslie: Neale 5, Rafferty 2, Shanley 2, Holford 2, A Tutt 2, Neeson 1, McCormick 1, Stone 1, Craig Smith 1
  • Best: Brock, Charles Smith, M Smith, Stone, Turner, Neale

The team for the Grand Final was:

  • Backs: Ielasi, Gerrans, Charles Smith
  • Half Backs: Turner, Hannam, Miller
  • Centres: Holford, Bellchambers, Phillips
  • Half Forwards: Stone, Davey, Shanley
  • Forwards: Neeson, Neale, A Tutt
  • Rucks: Brock, Rafferty, McCormick
  • Interchange: M Smith, Craig Smith
  • Captain Coach: Kevin Neale
  • Vice Captain: Charles Smith
  • Manager: Les Smith

Ainslie won the Club Championship.

1979-Ainslie Second Grade Premiership Team

The Ainslie Second Grade finished the home and away on top of the ladder with 19 wins and 2 losses.

Ainslie played Belconnen in the Second Semi-Final but were beaten by 26 points.

  • Final score: Ainslie 12.9-81 def by Belconnen 15.17-107
  • Goal kickers for Ainslie: Davidson 4, Ellis 3, O’Loughlin 1, Monaghan 1, Harper 1, Muir 1, Triffett 1
  • Best: Holford, Cliff, O’Donnell. G Read, Anderson

Ainslie defeated Eastlake in the Preliminary Final.

  • Final score: Ainslie 21.15-141 def Eastlake 7.15-57
  • Goal kickers for Ainslie: Grandin 9, Monaghan 3, Harper 2, G Read 1, O’Loughlin 1, Oates 1, Downes 1, Muir 1, Sherd 1, Anderson 1
  • Best: Triffett, R Tutt, Grandin, Rebecca, O’Loughlin

Ainslie played Belconnen in the Grand Final and ran out winners by 21 points.

  • Final score: Ainslie 19.7-121 def Belconnen 14.16-100
  • Goal kickers for Ainslie: Grandin 5, Muir 4, G Read 2, Downes 2, Harper 2, Cliff 1, Monaghan 1, Oates 1, Anderson 1
  • Best: Ellis, Muir, G Read, Harper, Oates, Cliff
  • Captain/Coach: Graham Read
  • Vice Captain: G Oates
  • Managers: Jason Brown, Barry Norbury

1979-Ainslie Under 19 Team

The Ainslie U19 team finished the home and away in second position behind Eastlake.

Ainslie were defeated in the Second Semi-Final by Eastlake.

  • Final score: Ainslie 11.10-76 def by Eastlake 13.10-88
  • Goal kickers for Ainslie: A Hincksman 4, Seymour 3, Baxter 1, Maher 1, Hawke 1, Lawless 1
  • Best: Orr, Birznieks, Kemp, Edwards, Pight

The U19s lost the Preliminary Final to Manuka.

  • Final score: Ainslie 6.14-50 def by Manuka 14.12-96
  • Goal kickers for Ainslie: Stanfield 3, Seymour 2, Hincksman 1
  • Best: Moon, Lawless, Cowie, A Orr, G Kemp
  • Coach: Ralph Rendell
  • Captain: R Hincksman, Vice Captain: G Lawless
  • Managers: Don Cowie, Roy Sargeant

1979-Ainsle Monaro League Team

The Ainslie Monaro League team finished the home and away in fifth place.

Monaro had a top 5 and Ainslie played in the Elimination Final against St Edmunds. Ainslie had a win by 17 points.

  • Final score: Ainslie 10.16-76 def St Edmunds 8.11-59.

Ainslie played Tuggeranong in the minor Semi-Final but were defeated by 19 points to finish in fourth place.

  • Final score: Ainslie 8.12-60 def by Tuggeranong 11.13-79
  • Captain/Coach: Laurie Laffan
  • Vice Captain: S Smith
  • Manager: Graham Bonnett

Club Awards

First Grade

  • Best & Fairest: Jack McCormick
  • Runner-up B&F: Kevin Neale
  • Most Consistent: A Turner
  • Most Improved: Brett Hannam
  • Best Player in the Finals: Charles Smith

Second Grade

  • Best & Fairest: Paul O’Loughlin
  • Runner-up B&F: Haydn Muir
  • Most Consistent: R Anderson
  • Most Improved: Barry Dobson


  • Best & Fairest: Gordon Marshall
  • Runner-up B&F: R Hincksman
  • Most Consistent: Robbie Baxter
  • Most Improved: G Kemp


  • Best & Fairest: S Smith
  • Runner-up B&F: L Milborn
  • Most Consistent: F Chester
  • Most Improved: J Birch
  • Clubman: Robert McCorry

Club Officials

  • President: Keith Heales
  • Senior Vice President: Jack McGrath
  • Vice Presidents: M Smith, Tony White, D Scullin, Peter Tormey
  • Hon Secretary: Arthur Bennett
  • Ass Secretary: G Ryan
  • Treasurer: Alan Ray
  • Committee: Laurie Laffan, Don Andrews, John Bravo, J Brown, R Garrett, Larry Rawson, Roy Hancock, Peter Tormey, Robert McCorry, G Rogers, K Slattery
  • Patrons: Ralph Lewis , Harry Gaylard