Hawks celebrate 50th anniversary
THERE will be a strong sense of history, tradition and legacy when the Gin Gin Hawks club celebrates its 50th anniversary at the weekend.
Hawks president Michael McCotter said it would be a magnificent weekend, hopefully topped off with a win against Agnes Water on Sunday in the Northern Districts Rugby League.
“On Saturday night we have a reunion at the Highway Hotel,” he said.
“A lot of past players are travelling down from Townsville and up from Brisbane.”
McCotter said there would be a presentation to the 2009 premiership-winning Gin Gin team with coach Nigel Shield.
“A lot of original members of the club from 1965 will be there, too,” he said.
McCotter said while there were a lot of high and low points peppered throughout the club’s history, he could not forget the club’s resilience after the 2013 floods.
“We had 2m of floodwater in our dressing shed and canteens.
“The football field had six inches of mud on the field.”
McCotter said through great community effort, including past and present players, the club built it back up again.
“Now it’s one of the best fields in the Northern Districts Rugby League,” he said.
McCotter said coach Shane Blair and the side would hopefully put on a show in front of the parochial crowd.
“We’re expecting Matthew Card to have a great game,” he said.
“He has moved from back row to hooker and has been playing very well for the past couple of weeks.
“Matthew Pape is new to the club and started out on the wing but moved to fullback and is hitting some fine form.”
The game starts at 3pm at Gin Gin.
Other games in this round include South Kolan v Miriam Vale at noon and Avondale v Burnett Heads at 1.30pm.
IN FINE FORM: Gin Gin’s Matthew Card has relished the switch to hooker.