Hawks cel­e­brate 50th an­niver­sary

Isis Town and Country - - Kolan News -

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.

PHOTO: MAX FLEET

IN FINE FORM: Gin Gin’s Matthew Card has rel­ished the switch to hooker.

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