Sponsor pay Hawks players' rego
IN just their second season of existence, the Springfield Lakes Hawks have achieved something few rivals can match.
Hawks players will not have to pay a cent in registration fees thanks to the club’s sponsors.
The Hawks have also added former Goodna coach David Hall to their staff as assistant to head coach Heta Pamatatau and will unveil new strips for juniors and seniors this season.
“With our struggles last year it was a massive ask,” club president Brett Bourke said.
A massive ask maybe but the Hawks managed to upset some more well established rivals to finish fifth, one spot out of the finals, in the Barber Cup, which was won by Ipswich Rangers.
“We want a really good second year so we’re going to focus on one team unless the community demands two.”
On Tuesday night about 20 players turned up for training with the senior squad but once word gets out about no rego fees the Hawks may have no choice but to field two teams.
Getting such corporate backing is a remarkable achievement for a new club in a tough market.
“There is a lot of interest in the community,” Bourke said.
“We’ve got a couple of guys involved. One from last year and another who came on this year.
“They were keen to take that sort of ownership and responsibility.
“Having no registration fees was a goal I set as president.
“We were in a really good position prior to the flood but then one sponsor went into liquidation.”
At the end of last season Pamatatau voiced his concern over the club’s commitment to the senior team and indicated he might not be there this season.
That he is proves the club is heading in the right direction, even if the playing squad is behind the eight ball.
Training so far has consisted of little more than touch football but Pamatatau remains enthusiastic, though he is unable to compare this year’s squad to last year’s just yet.
“I’m pretty happy with the team,” he said. “We’ve had some new boys come over.”
They include former Goodna forward Dane Lautaimi and a number of players from Logan.
“We’ve only been together for two-and-a-half weeks now,” Pamatatau said.
“Just seeing the new faces surprised me.”
The Hawks were due to trial against Ipswich Rangers on Friday evening but that has been hopefully postponed for a week as Pamatatau has to go to Melbourne for personal reasons this weekend.