Ainsworth gets ‘best on field’ ac­co­lade

Sunshine Coast Daily - - LOCAL SPORT | AUSTRALIAN RULES - — Tom Thread­ing­ham

AUSSIE RULES: The hall­marks behind Maroochydore Roos’ mile­stone grand fi­nal vic­tory could be found within the mid­field ranks.

Cap­tain Daniel Dzufer de­scribed the sec­tion as hav­ing a “blinder” and in­te­gral to get­ting the Roos “on the front foot” against Noosa.

A workhorse in the Roos mid­field was Ja­son Ainsworth, who re­ceived the ‘best on ground’ ac­co­lade post-match.

Ainsworth said he was pretty stoked to get the gong but put his suc­cess down to ruck­man Ja­cob Simp­son.

“I played al­right,” he said.

❝ Simmo the ruck­man tapped it to me pretty much ev­ery time, so it makes it easy I guess.

— Ja­son Ainsworth

“Simmo the ruck­man tapped it to me pretty much ev­ery time, so it makes it easy I guess.”

Ainsworth played for the Roos in the 2015 sea­son but hit the field for an­other club last year.

He re­turned this sea­son and was pleased to see the club’s ef­forts pay off.

But, he said, it wasn’t easy with Noosa’s de­ter­mi­na­tion mak­ing for a hard-fought game.

“It’s big (to win) and I’m pretty stoked,” he said.

“We’ve been work­ing for it all year.

“Ob­vi­ously we lost to them by 40 points last week so we had to change a few things which we went out and did, so that’s good.”

Ainsworth’s hard work in the mid­dle paid off be­tween the posts too, as he kicked the Roos’ fi­nal goal of the match in the 23rd minute.

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