Cup battle gives Hawks chance to show its force
IT IS not the end of the journey, but Saturday's Barber and Pegg Cup fixtures at Springfield Lakes mark a significant step along the way.
The journey is the Springfield Hawks' emergence as a rugby force.
Just five years ago the Hawks took their first steps in the Brisbane Subdistricts Rugby Union, with the future far from assured.
Now they are competing for the President's Cup in the top two grades against Wynnum, vying for bragging rights as the strongest club in Subdistricts.
"Everyone looks keen, so that's a good thing," Hawks Barber Cup coach Jeremy Clark said.
"There's going to be no excuses."
Springfield went down by two points to premiers Wynnum last time they met, at Wynnum's home ground.
On his home turf, Clark will welcome the Bugs' attempts to run his team around.
"They haven't worked out that we're a lot fitter and have a powerful bench," he said. "This is the fittest I've ever seen our side."
Despite their fitness levels Clark knows that the set piece will be crucial to determining the winner.
"We need front foot ball," he said. "We've got some good, lethal backs who should be able to finish off plays. But we've got to win the contact and ruck areas."
Clark was there in the beginning, as a player, before taking on the roles as club coach and president.
He has been instrumental in guiding the club to its current position of strength.
But before the club has any thoughts about moving out of the Subdistricts and into premier rugby, they would have to prove they could continue on their success without Clark.
"We've stuck it out all these years and are reaping the rewards," he said.
"There's been a lot of ups and downs. The future depends on the people still involved.
"If this side stayed together they could all go a long way."
The club has under seven, under nine and under 11 teams, the last of which is undefeated.
And with Springfield's growth, the area should one day support a premier side. But the infrastructure is not there to support it yet and the junior base needs to grow significantly.
The likes of 19-year-old fullback John-Paul Reville are proof the talent is there.
"He'll be able to go to premier rugby next year easy," Clarke said.