A solid year for young Hawks

Gatton Star - - Hawks Flying High -

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.”

PHO­TOS: TONY COO­NAN

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.

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