How great was it to see the kids back playing footy this season! We didn’t get through the whole season but after not playing at all last year I think 12 out of the 14 games is a good result.
The club was very concerned about getting kids back into sport after 2020 and looked at options to bring back as many players as possible. We were lucky enough to have some amazing sponsors in Fletchers Real Estate Mooroolbark and The Hawks Nest Coterie Group who sponsored our juniors and enabled us to offer free fees for the season. We really appreciate the support of these sponsors and would like to thank them. A second initiative was a preseason event called “Sound the Siren” with an aim to reconnect our community and offer the juniors a fun, social day to meet up with team mates after a long absence. With Candyce and Stacey taking the reins, the event was a huge success. The players got out and played a scratch match and plenty of merchandise was sold.
Although some players didn’t return, we still had over 60 new players registered with an overall increase from last season of 33 players. Amazing results after a year off. We ended up fielding 9 Junior teams in Mixed U8, U9, U10, U12, U13, Girls U12, U14, Boys U14, and U15.
To our board Scott, Tanya, Dave, Karen, Wayne, Greg, Kat & Ash and senior committee thank you for your support of the last 2 years. We are so lucky to have such great people outside of the junior committee willing to help our junior program. To the junior committee, Lauren, Sam, Danny, Stacey, Candyce, Mike, Victoria and Carolyn.
To our volunteers, coaches, team managers, trainers, runners, goals umpires and time keepers – the games wouldn’t run without you giving up your time. Thanks to Ellen in the canteen, Billy marking the grounds and running the bar at awards nights and Jason who helped with anything we needed help with.
Bring on season 2022. Go Hawka!
Kristan Wood, Junior President