Ainsworth the latest from Esperance
Wednesday, 12 April 2017
Subiaco have had a fantastic success rate with footballers from Esperance and colts young gun Brayden Ainsworth appears to be the next one up.
In order for Ainsworth to realise his dream of playing football at the highest level, he took the plunge and left his home-town of Esperance for Perth, 700 kilometres away.
“It’s alright [living in Perth], you miss the family and friends a fair bit, but the footy club has helped me out, but it’s a bit of a jump. It’s a lot different to the country but we’re getting there slowly,” Ainsworth says.
He credits the senior group, especially Clancy Wheeler, Shannon Nelson and Jak Cary with his transition from Esperance to Perth.
“Clancy Wheeler, he’s an Esperance boy, so he’s helped me out a lot with the transition,
Shannon Nelson and Jak Cary have also been really good and they’re Esperance boys as well. They’ve got the experience of moving to Perth so that makes it a lot easier to relate. The coaches have been really good and the senior boys just get around you. The first training I went to, the Subiaco boys really got around me and made me feel welcome.” said Ainsworth
Back home, Ainsworth had the reputation for being regarded as a big game player. This was especially evident last year when he was named best-on-ground when Ports were able to overcome Esperance in the EDFA Colts Grand Final.
“Winning the Colts Premiership as a team was probably the best because Esperance, the team we were against had been probably the benchmark through my juniors and then last year, there were a core of five of us that hadn’t won one for a while. It was just a real good feeling to actually win that as a group.” added Ainsworth
He also won a host of individual accolades including two McArthur Medals (the Esperance District Football Association’s fairest & best for their Colts competition), the Ports’ Colts’ Fairest and Best, and the Ports Rookie of the Year.
An exciting factor about Ainsworth is that he’s already played senior football at a young age. In the last two years, he's played 25 games and kicked 17 goals for the Ports’ League team.
“It was massive because you’re playing with more experienced footballers, so they’re showing their knowledge to you and then you’re learning from them and they have better skills so then you pick up their game.” said Ainsworth
In 25 games for the Ports’ League team, he kicked 17 goals in 25 games, showing his the ability to match it with the bigger bodies.
Since arriving at Subiaco, Ainsworth has impressed his coaches and team-mates with his work ethic and determination to succeed.
Beau Wardman, the Colts Coach was full of praise for his leadership, work-rate and application.
“I think his work-rate and application has been really strong,” Wardman says before adding, “He’s brought a lot of leadership. He’s done the seniors’ pre-season this year, which will help him moving up,
Obviously some leadership and some knowledge of the game plan which has been strong but he’s set a benchmark with his work ethic, both on the field and at training is of a high standard.” said Wardman
Wardman has coached a host of great junior talent including 2015 Gold Coast draftee Josh Schoenfield, last year’s Jack Clarke Medallist Michael Humble, and former AFL Academy member Noah Hura and believes that Ainsworth is also a special talent.
“He’s not afraid to win his own ball which makes him a tough inside midfield player which is what he is trying to achieve but his leg speed on the outside has been pretty strong. He’s got a really good appetite for the contest and a good knowledge of the game,” Wardman says
We look forward to seeing how Ainsworth and the 2-2 colts progress over the year.