he 1989 ACTAFL Competition consisted of six teams, Ainslie, Belconnen, Eastlake, Manuka Weston, Queanbeyan and Tuggeranong.
Coach Russel Durnan resigned from the position one week before the competition was due to begin. Ainslie appointed Brett Hannam as Captain/Coach with Maurice Wingate his assistant one day before the opening night game against Queanbeyan. The team overcame the difficulties to win the game.
At the completion of the home and away games Ainslie were in second place behind Queanbeyan with 13 wins and 2 losses.
Ainslie First Grade were defeated in the Second Semi-Final by Queanbeyan. The Lead changed 10 times during the game and Ainslie held a 22 point lead 10 minutes into the last quarter but with the wind behind them Queanbeyan stormed home.
- Final score: Ainslie 13.9-87 def by Queanbeyan 14.21-105
- Goal kickers for Ainslie: Killer 4, Trebilcoock 3, Gills 3, Wingate 2, McTaggart 1
- Best: Muir, Wingate, Hannam, Gills, Rogers, Ireland
Ainslie were defeated in the Preliminary Final by Manuka-Weston to finish in third place. Manuka-Weston dominated the first quarter setting up a 3 goal lead which Ainslie couldn’t peg back. It was their first win over Ainslie for the season.
- Final score: Ainslie 7.10-52 def by Manuka-Weston 11.13-79
- Goal kickers for Ainslie: Gills 2, Crisp 1, Zochling 1, Wingate 1, Hannam 1, Killer 1
- Best: Hannam, Smith, Ireland, Richardson, Muir, Gills
The Ainslie First Grade Team for the Preliminary Final was:
- Backs: Shane Stockwell. Peter Brown, Ian Muir
- Half Backs: Wayne Rogers, Brett Hannam, Mathew Conway
- Centres: Robert McTaggart, Maurice Wingate, Shaun Wornes
- Half Forwards: Craig Smith, Shane Trebilcock, Peter Ireland
- Forwards: Andrew Bishop, Mark Killer, Matthew Crisp
- Rucks: Richardson, Gerard Zochling, Dean Gills
- Interchange: Finkelde, Van Dijk
- Emergencies: Dale Saymour, Greg Bishop
Queanbeyan defeated Manuka-Weston in the Grand Final, 12.15-87 to 9.13-67, to win the 1989 Premiership.
Dean Gills was the Club’s leading goal kicker in First Grade with 39 goals.
Ainslie players who represented the ACT against Tasmania were Michael Richardson, Gerard Zochling, Craig Smith, Mark Killer, Dean Gills, Peter Ireland and Matthew Crisp.
- Coach: Brett Hannam
- Manager: John Rebecca