Hawks eye return to top of the perch

Jackson Lavell-LeeBusselton Dunsborough Times
Margaret River Hawks Fottball and Netball head coach Matthew Jamieson congratulates new Co-President Pete Bahen at Gloucester Park
Camera IconMargaret River Hawks Fottball and Netball head coach Matthew Jamieson congratulates new Co-President Pete Bahen at Gloucester Park Credit: Jackson Lavell-Lee/Jackson Lavell-Lee

The Augusta Margaret River Hawks have announced a new co-president and launched pre-season training this week with a focus on returning to the top of the South West Football League.

Newly appointed co-president Peter Bahen said the club wanted to be known as a Cape-to-Cape family club that welcomed everyone.

“The club has a huge history, you go through lots of ups and downs in sport but one thing that is constant is we are a family club,” he said.

“We are a football and netball club and we care about our players’ abilities, but also we welcome everyone who wants to be involv-ed.

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“We have a lot of players that come from Dunsborough as well.”

The Hawks are searching for volunteers, including medical staff and hospitality professionals serving food and drinks for patrons attending club events.

“We have the benefit of being one of the only clubs in the South West that has a ground in the middle of town,” Mr Bahen said.

“We host a meal and drink after training on Thursday and Friday nights and after games on Saturday.”

The Hawks missed out on a place in the South West Football League grand final last year by just three points, with a mark taken within scoring range seconds after the final siren.

Head coach Matthew Jamieson said there was a buzz around the club and he was looking forward to 2019.

“I think it puts us in good stead for this year,” he said.

“At the end of the football and netball season we would like to have our players satisfied with their season.

“The best way for that to happen is by getting down to pre-season and working hard,” he said.

The Hawks are expecting a good turnout at pre-season training and are in search of another finals berth.

“The aim from a footy perspective is hopefully finishing top-three and hopefully going a few steps further,” Jamieson said.

The club has repainted its scoreboard and is looking to do something similar in the home change rooms, with local artists asked to submit an idea for a Hawk mural.

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