Key Hawks on board for 2016

LOCKED IN: There was a good turnout at the Harden Hawks Rugby League Club AGM. Picture: John McLaurin.After coming quiteclose to winning their respective George Tooke Shield competition campaignsin the past couple of seasons, the Harden Hawks Rugby League Club believe that they will be around the mark again in 2016 and they are looking forward to taking it up to the opposition teams once again.

The Hawks met up on Saturday evening to select and announce their office bearers for the year ahead. At the meetingJason Pollard was re-elected as President of the club and he was also reappointed asLeague Tag coach.Maryanne Fitzgerald remains in the Secretary post, while Robert head stayedin theTreasurer role and Shane McKellar jumped into the Vice President role and Andrew Jones was named as the Junior Vice President.

In further exciting news for the club, it appears as though the Hawks are on track to field an under 18 team for the first time in a few seasons with senior coach Michael Quinn taking the reinsof the youth side also.Quinn, a former star player in the club’s group nine days, was reinstated as the Hawksmain man in October, after guiding the first grade side to third position earlier in the year and he is looking forward to working with club’s up and comers.

He announced that pre-season will most likely commence in late January and that tentative dates for practice matches were in the pipeline with the club due to faceGrenfellat Henry Lawson Oval in Grenfell on March 19 and there will also be ahome game againstGunning at McLean Oval, Harden on April 2.

Also discussed at the meeting was the talk about a couple of new additions to the George Tooke Shield. At this stage Gunning Roos and Canberra Bears have been declared certain startersand a final call on the other potential sides is expected over the next few weeks.

The beefed up competitionwill be welcome news to everyone supporting the pride of the twin towns effectively making a stronger competition especially after a disappointing end to last season where the Hawks had very little match practice going into the finals series, due to a few sides forfeiting games in the last few rounds.

A number of Hawks and Hawkettes players as well as a large contingent of youth in the twin towns have been busy finding some touch andkeeping fit over the off season, playing in the ever popular Harden Touch Association.

In other news, the long awaitedwomen’s change shed at McLean Park is progressing well and is expected to be completed before April.

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