August 18, 2015

Club History

The club was formed in 1981 by Graham Mumme and accepted into the MAFL 2nd division competition of the 1982 season. At a meeting of interested players in January 1982, Vince O’Donnell, a former Ainslie 1st grade player was appointed captain/coach, and Paul Gillam his assistant. Graham Bonnett, an experienced football administrator was appointed Team Manager.

The club payed its first game on 1 April 1982 and was soundly beaten by St Edmunds. Only 3 further losses for the season saw the JETS finish third on the ladder behind RMC and ANU. Despite being under-dogs, the JETS flew through the Finals series to win the Grand Final over RMC by 13 points.

FAST FORWARD.

In 2008 the club the senior club started the womens team and taking the jets to a new frontier. To attract a side rego for the ladies was just $20 to cover the cost of shorts and socks. As all new teams to any competition the Jetettes had a tough but rewarding season. Making the grand finals in the plate and narrowly losing the grand final.

2009 was a time for progression, both the senior and junior clubs realised they were competing for sponsors in the same market of Gungahlin. On the field it was an end of a era for the seniors as the “glory days” of 06 07 and 08 appeared over. While the juniors had started to grow large enough to start to have older age group teams, however continued to lose players to other clubs who has senior pathways into top divisions in the ACT. As a result the two clubs merged and the board was formed.

In 2010 the club moved up to Division 2 in Canberra AFL and attempted to form a Rising Stars (u18s). Recruitment was key and club appointed Ainslie games record holder Todd Pulford as senior coach. The inaugural year at the higher level was challenging but successful as the jets managed 4 wins and looked to the future.