The 1986 ACTAFL Competition consisted of six teams, Ainslie, Belconnen, Eastlake, Manuka Weston, Queanbeyan and Tuggeranong.

Ainslie First Grade won 8 games and lost 9 fishing in third place after the home and away games. Ainslie played Eastlake in the First Semi-Final at Football Park, Phillip and had not beaten them during the season in four games. A more aggressive Ainslie opened up a 16 point lead at half time going on to win by 36 points.

  • Final score: Ainslie 12.16-88 def Eastlake 7.10-52
  • Goal kickers for Ainslie: M Killer 5, Smith 2, Ielasi 1, Cook 1, McCormick 1, Hensell 1, Monaghan 1
  • Best: M Richardson, Cook, Killer, Ielasi, Hamilton, Rogers,

In the Preliminary Final Ainslie lost to Tuggeranong.

  • Final score: Ainslie 9.13-67 def by Tuggeranong 17.15-117
  • Goal kickers for Ainslie: Rogers 2, Miller 2, Killer 1, Smith 1, Tutt 1, A Bishop 1, Endal 1
  • Best: Cook, A Bishop, Hamilton, Rogers, Smith, Richardson

Tuggeranong defeated Queanbeyan in the Grand Final, 8.11-59 to 8.10-58, to win their first Premiership.

Peter Hamilton

  • Peter Hamilton won the 1986 League Best & Fairest Award, the Mulrooney Medal, finishing 11 votes ahead of second place.
  • Craig Smith played his 100th First Grade game in 1986.
  • G Miller was the leading goal kicker for the Club with 41 goals.
  • Ainslie won the Sterling Club Championship for the Best Performed Club.
  • Ainslie players that represented the ACT in 1986 were: Andrew Bishop, Peter Hamilton, Mark Killer, G Miller, Wayne Rogers, Shaun Smith and Alan Tutt.
  • Captain/Coach: Brian Cook

1986-Ainslie Second Grade Team

Ainslie Second Grade finished the home and away games in third place with 12 wins and 7 losses.

Ainslie Second Grade were defeated by Belconnen in the First Semi-Final to finish in fourth place.

  • Final score: Ainslie 13.13-91 def by Belconnen 18.9-117
  • Goal kickers for Ainslie: Kelty 4, Wilkes 3, Wilson 2, Tutt 2, Porta 1, Lond 1

Patrick Palmer played his 150th Second Grade game.

1986-Ainslie Under 19 Team

Ainslie Under 19s finished as Minor Premiers winning 17 games and losing only 1 but did not win a final to finish in third place.

In the Second Semi-Final Ainslie were defeated by Manuka-Weston.

  • Final score: Ainslie 10.9-69 def by Manuka-Weston 15.13-103
  • Goal kickers for Ainslie: Sinclair 2, Kelly 2, Gibson 2, Birzenieks 2, Corkill 1, Dollimore 1
  • Best: Duffy, Kelly, Gibson, Delorenzo, Conway, Warnes

In the Preliminary Final Ainslie were defeated by Belconnen by 4 points.

  • Goal Kickers for Ainslie: Corkill 2, Simpson 2, Kelly 1, Conway 1
  • Best: Sinclair, Wilton, Warnes, Brekalo, Simsons

Salvo Delorenzo was Runner up in the Leagues’ Under 19 Grade Best & Fairest, the T A Wharton Trophy.

  • Coach: Ralph Rendell

1986-Ainslie Monaro Team

The Monaro team played in the First Division and finished the home and away games in fourth place. They played CCAE in the First Semi-Final but went down by 22 points.

Club Awards

First Grade

  • Best & Fairest: Peter Hamilton
  • Runner Up B&F: Brian Cook
  • Most Consistent: Shaun Smith
  • Most Improved: Michael Richardson

Second Grade

  • Best & Fairest: Peter Brown
  • Runner Up B&F: Ross Hincksman
  • Most Consistent: Trevor Lond
  • Most Improved: Andrew Jolliffe

Under 19

  • Best & Fairest: Michael Conway
  • Runner Up B&F: Greg Simsons
  • Most Consistent: Salvo Delorenzo
  • Most Improved: Robert Kelly

Under 17

  • Best & Fairest: Gerard Zochling
  • Runner Up B&F: Scott Gibson
  • Most Consistent: Jeff Mohrwinkel
  • Most Improved: Michael White


  • Best & Fairest: Phil Hargraves
  • Runner Up B&F: Mark Scholes
  • Most Consistent: Stephen Vickers
  • Most Improved: Mark Jeffcott
  • Most Prominent Clubman: Martin Smith
  • Les Smith Award: Scott Gibson
  • Jaws Award: Clare Palmer
  • Richard Fleming Memorial Award: Neville Hensel
  • Baitz Liquors Award: Greg Bishop

Club Officials

  • President: Keith Heales
  • Senior Vice-President: David Lalor
  • Vice Presidents: Brian Palmer, Kevin Grace, W Harvey
  • Secretary: Noel McCormack
  • Ass.Secretary: Brett Muir
  • Treasurer: Karl Blundell
  • Committee: G Allen, R Bink, Ian Kirkpatrick, Andrew McGrath, R Heidke, John Rebecca, S Richardson, Lionel James, Jack McGrath, R Smith, R Watkins, Les Smith
  • Patrons: Harry Gaylard, Senator D Jessop, Senator M Townley