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Hawks Flying High Again

Story: Brooke Jacobson  | Photo: Bruce Redman
Published On : Apr 23, 2021
Hawks Flying High Again
The Sandgate Hawks AFL Club is flying high once again with the return of senior men’s football. Hawks president Chad Polinski said the club’s senior men’s team had folded at the end of 2019.

“Our senior teams battled hard but didn’t have a lot of success the past few years, but now to see senior footy back, it’s very exciting,” Chad said.

“We’re very excited to announce that senior men’s footy is back on Saturdays.

“We’re fielding senior men’s, senior women’s, and mens Colts and Reserves on Saturdays, and it’s great to have a full program of senior footy back at the club.”

Chad added that although COVID had impacted the club, junior numbers had continued to climb, even throughout the pandemic.

“Our juniors are still the strongest on the northside, and that kept growing even during COVID,” he said.

“The girls teams have had massive growth and it was great to see our U15s girls take the flag last year, and our U12s boys as well.

“It’s great to see the girls’ taking ownership and pride in the game and the club,” Chad said. “We have big plans to get into a higher division with our girls’ teams. There’s a lot of talent coming through there.”

He said the Hawks were also delighted to have signed a big name for the senior men’s team for 2021 – Josh Wagner.

“The Wagner family is a familiar name in the Sandgate area, and Josh has just come out of the AFL system; he was playing with the Demons,” Chad said.

“Now he’s come home and back playing with his family club, and there’s such a buzz around that.

“We’re getting a lot of interest from new sponsors, and we’re seeing growth not just on the field, but in the culture of the club and where we’re setting ourselves up to be in the next few years.”

Chad encouraged everyone in the 4017 to start spending their Saturday afternoons at the Hawks home ground on Lemke Road, Taigum.

“It’s the best community ground in Brisbane to come and watch footy,” he said.

“You can still park your car around the oval, come and sit on the hill under the big fig tree  – it doesn’t get any better.”

The Hawks senior men’s home games will be played on Saturdays at 2pm, with the senior women’s playing at 4.45pm. Colts and Reserves will play earlier in the day.

Check the club website for all the details: sandgatehawks.com

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