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Kieron Turner  February 20, 2017 1:55 PM

JLT1: Ainsworth Post-Match GC SUNS draftee Ben Ainsworth speaks with SUNS TV after the win over Brisbane Lions in JLT1
I was itching all bloody game to get a touch, even a goal, it was good to get the score on the board.

The Gold Coast SUNS’ first pick in the 2016 National Draft was unveiled in week one of the JLT Community Series against Brisbane on Sunday, with young gun Ben Ainsworth looking lively up forward.

In a post-game interview with SUNS TV, Ainsworth admitted the intensity of the game caught him by surprise but he adapted well as the game wore on.

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“It was pretty intense the first half and then it gradually slowed down after that but just pleased to get one game out and look forward to the future now,” Ainsworth said after the 24-point win over the Lions.

“The intensity in the first quarter was ridiculous so compared to junior football it’s a big turning curve.”

The Gippsland Power product showcased his potential at the end of the third quarter with a brilliant roving goal, with SUNS fans hoping it will be the first of many in the red and gold.

After the ball spilled from a marking contest in the forward pocket, Ainsworth swooped, attacking the ball with speed to collect the ball near the point post.

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The 19-year-old calmly dribbled the ball through the goals to look right at home at the elite level and was delighted to hit the scoreboard and make a contribution.

“I was itching all bloody game to get a touch, even a goal, it was good to get the score on the board. First goal in the colours so I was happy with it,” he said.

 

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