Decades of skill to lead team

Hawks gain mo­men­tum

Gatton Star - - SPORT - Meg Bolton [email protected]­ton­star.com.au

RUGBY LEAGUE: Gat­ton’s most se­nior Hawks are ready for the team to fly to the top spot in 2019.

With only three new play­ers in this year’s top side, the A-grade team have been able to re­fine their form in the lead up to the sea­son and are ready to win from the first whis­tle.

Gat­ton Hawks A-grade cap­tain Michael Frohloff said if ca­ma­raderie and at­mos­phere were any­thing to go by, the team were destined for suc­cess.

“I think we are not go­ing to be far off be­ing the num­ber one side,” Frohloff said.

“The boys have all come to­gether ear­lier this year, we’ve gelled a lot bet­ter as a team from the word go.

“The mate­ship is the best it’s been in the past five years here, I think you’ll see that on the field.”

This year will be Frohloff’s fifth year for the Hawks.

He said their late sea­son wins in 2018 left the top team with a hunger to im­prove this sea­son.

“We didn’t click un­til late in the year, but once we clicked we ended up beat­ing the even­tual pre­miers,” he said.

“We lost to the other side in the grand fi­nal by one point. We were very com­pet­i­tive late in the year.

“If we can go from the word go this year, with pretty much the same player base, we will be a force to be reck­oned with.”

As skip­per, Frohloff planned to pri­ori­tise the team’s cul­ture by lead­ing with en­cour­age­ment.

“Mak­ing it a good pos­i­tive feel out there (on the field) is al­ways the key,” Frohloff said.

“We will be play­ing for each other and I think it will be a really strong year for us this year.”

While Frohloff is yet to ex­pe­ri­ence a Gat­ton Hawks premier­ship win, Dom Haak, Mark Swan and Scott Cu­bit could re­mem­ber the win­ning feel­ing.

With 49 years of ex­pe­ri­ence for the Hawks be­tween them, the trio played a role in the 2013 premier­ship win­ning team.

Haak said the side are gain­ing mo­men­tum ahead of their first pre-sea­son match.

“It’s look­ing good, we’ve got good num­bers and the new guys that are com­ing in are fit­ting in well,” Haak said.

This sea­son will be Haak’s 23rd year for the Hawks af­ter join­ing the club in the U7s.

Haak said the mate­ship he had de­vel­oped at the club was what kept him com­ing back, along with his ex­ten­sive fam­ily in­volve­ment which spanned three decades.

He said the club had the best sup­porter base in the com­pe­ti­tion.

“There’s noth­ing bet­ter than play­ing here on a Satur­day night,” Haak said.

Swan had been part of Gat­ton’s top team for the past 13 years.

While cul­ture and brother­hood had al­ways been in con­stant in the club, he said this year’s pre-sea­son had a dif­fer­ent feel about it.

“The build-up’s pretty hard, we are train­ing the house down, so we can go one fur­ther than last year,” Swan said.

Gat­ton’s top side are set to play their first trial game on Fe­bru­ary 23.

PHOTO: MEG BOLTON

TOP TEAM: Gat­ton’s most se­nior Hawks Scott Cu­bit, Michael Frohloff, Dom Haak and Mark Swan are ready for the new sea­son.

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