A solid year for young Hawks
THE future stars of the game hit the fields to battle out what was a tough season in the Hutchinson Builders under-18 competition for 2013.
A side packed full of talent, the U18 Gatton Hawks were unable to make a major mark in the 2013 season, but nonetheless they put in the hard yards each week in search of success, and their efforts certainly will pay off in the future.
Despite a slow start to the Gatton Hawks presentation night last week.
Shannon Hicks, 17, was the standout among an extremely talented squad, and earned not one, but two of the highest accolades that can be achieved, receiving the U18 Player of the Year and the Haak Family Most Outstanding Prospect for 2013.
Hicks said he was shocked when his name was read out on the night, but was honoured to accept both awards. “It felt great,” Hicks said. “I didn’t think I was going to get an award, because I’d been suspended for a while.
“And there are so many good players in our team. It’s great.”
Hicks said he had played for the Hawks his whole life and enjoyed the season despite the disappointing result.
“We started off pretty bad, but towards the end of the year we started getting better, but it was too late,” he said.
“I’ve been playing with the Gatton Hawks since I was eight years old. Each year I get a new coach and they teach me new things, so I’m learning each year.
“I enjoy just playing every year with the same guys and growing up playing footy with them.”
OUTSTANDING: Gatton Hawks U18 coach Andrew Schmidt with the major award winners from the team.
Gatton Hawks life membership recipient Glen Lerch with John O'Brien.
Gatton Hawks U18 player Shannon Hicks was awarded the Haak Family Most Outstanding Prospect for 2013.