The Gosnells Hawks Football Club quest for WAAFL finals glory ended at the hands of Ballajura Football Club last week when the Hawks reserves lost by 14 points in the Preliminary Final. This result was similar to last year when the team lost by 6 points to Warnbro Swans in the same final. Ballajura started strongly and had 5 goals on the board before Gosnells troubled the scoreboard attendant. Ballajura lead by 31 points at half time but Gosnells started to play exciting football and reduced the margin to only 7 points early into the last quarter. Just when the large contingent of supporters thought Gosnells would go on and win, Ballajura was able to score from a turnover in the middle of the ground and open up a 14 point margin. Despite many chances in the remaining 15 minutes Gosnells was unable to reduce the margin which ended another disappointing season for the team.

Final scores were Ballajura 9.8 (62) Gosnells 7.6 (48). Michael Handgraaf, Mitchell Withers, Ashley Pescod, and Tim Hale all played well for Gosnells.

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The Gosnells Hawks Football Club has one team remaining in the WAAFL C1 Division Finals after the league and thirds were eliminated last Saturday. The reserve team advanced to the Preliminary Final with a victory over Bassendean.

Willetton took control in the first quarter of the league game scoring early goals before the Gosnells players responded and went in at half time only 3 goals down. Willetton took complete control in the third quarter booting six goals and sealed the victory. The Hawks fought back in the last quarter holding Willetton goalless but the game was out of reach. Final scores were Willetton 13.13 (91) Gosnells 9.7 (61). Best for the Hawks were Jayden Woods and Josh Hall. For the second consecutive year Jayden won the association Fairest & Best Award.

The reserve team has found form at the right time with a comprehensive victory in the first semi final and move to the third week of finals. It would appear the main problem facing coach Steve Davis will be selection of his team with several additional players available. Final scores were Gosnells 14.4 (88) Bassendean 6.3 (39).

The thirds were unlucky not to advance to Preliminary Final by going down by 3 points to ECU in an exciting game. The Hawks were in front all day but couldn’t hold on in an exciting finish. Sam and the boys should be happy with the result as this team went winless last year.

This Saturday the reserve team plays Ballajura at Jubilee Reserve, Bassendean at 12.35 pm on the way to the Grand Final..

Good luck to Plugger and his team.

Kevin Wansbrough

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The three teams that the Gosnells Hawks Football Club qualified for the first week of the WAAFL finals will all compete in the second week of finals. The league and thirds were successful in the elimination finals but the reserves lost the qualifying final but will contest the first semi final on Saturday.

The league game was a brilliant spectacle enjoyed by the large crowd at Gosnells Oval. The Hawks seemed in trouble half way through the last quarter trailing Carlisle by 3 goals but goals to Josh Hall (2) after towering marks, Adam White and Tim Hale saw Gosnells lead by 6 points with only a few minutes on the clock. Carlisle came hard in the closing stages needing to score a goal to send the game into extra time. The ball was deep in their forward line when the siren sounded but the Hawks had done enough to record a victory in a fantastic game of Australian Rules Football. Final scores were Gosnells 12.9 (81) Carlisle 11.9 (75).  Best for the Hawks was Adam White who was brilliant at half back with Robert Davis, Levi Gallagher and Eric Mitchell.

The reserves played below expectation and went down by 14 points to Quinns District. Coach Steve Davis is confident his team can bounce back this week. Final scores were Quinns District 10.8 (68) Gosnells 8.6 (54). Best players for the Hawks were Demayne Brown, Ryan Davies, Michael Sewell and Christian Agostino.

The thirds held on to win a close game where only a few points separated the teams all day. Coach Sam Parker was extremely proud of his players on the way they responded to hold off a determined Ellenbrook challenge and win by 7 points. Final scores were Gosnells 8.7 (55) Ellenbrook 7.6 (48).  Best players for the Hawks were Jade Ginn, Heath Goodhew, Jaxon Millsteed and Lam Le.

Club Stalwart Dean Stauborg will play his 150th club game against Willetton on Saturday.

This Saturday the league and reserves play at Burrendah Reserve, Willetton in the first semi finals.  The league takes on Willetton and the reserves play Bassendean. The thirds play ECU in the second elimination final at John Reid Oval, Forrestfield at 12.35 pm.


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The West Australian Amateur Football League home and away fixtures completed last week with the Gosnells Hawks Football club qualifying three teams to compete in the finals which start this Saturday. C1 Division league and reserves teams together with the E3 team were the successful teams.

The league team had a comfortable victory over Bullcreek Leeming last week to consolidate fourth spot and secure a home final. The competition is extremely even and it would not surprise to see any of the finalists make it to the grand final. Final scores were Gosnells 15.13 (103) Bullcreek Lemming 9.11 (65).  Best players for the Hawks were Marlon Johns, Levi Gallagher, Kade Pescod and Jayden Woods.

The reserves finished second on the ladder and look to have the best chance in several decades to take out the elusive premiership. The last time the reserves were premiers was back in 1965 in the SSMNFL. Coach Steve Davis has several omissions through injury and work commitments but is confident of success this year. Final scores were Gosnells 18.21 (129) Bullcreek Leeming 2.1 (13). Lindsay Williams, Michael Handgraaf, Wayne Ninyette (8 goals) and Dmayne Brown played well for Gosnells..

The thirds completed the season with a 37 point loss to Ballajura last week but coach Sam Parker is confident his team will improve this week. Final scores were Ballajura 12.12 (84) Gosnells 7.5 (47). Best players were Paul White, Michael Vidich, Russell Fuller and Tom Stevens.

The colts finished with only two wins for the season but it is a credit to the lads, Paul, Jeff, Karen, Joanne and support staff that they completed the season in a positive fashion with good numbers and good prospects for season 2019. Final scores were Bullcreek Leeming 10.17 (77) Gosnells 4.3 (27). Best were Jack Phillis, Dalray Jones, LLeyton Bagovits and Byron Hanson.

Gosnells Hawks league team play Carlisle in the Elimination Final at Gosnells Oval at 2.30 pm, the reserves play Quinns District in the Qualifying Final at Burrendah Reserve at 12.35 pm and the thirds play Ellenbrook in the Elimination Final at Arena Joondalup at 12.35 pm.

The Metro Boys play Kelmscott at John Dunn Memorial Oval, Kelmscott at 3 pm on Sunday.

Kevin Wansbrough

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Result Week 17

The Gosnells Hawks Football Club’s league team moved back into the top five due to a convincing victory over Stirling and unexpected losses to Melville and Carlisle. The Hawks need to win against Bullcreek Leeming this week in the last qualifying fixture to secure fourth spot and a home final. Final scores were Gosnells 18.18 (126) Stirling 4.6 (30). Best players were Jayden Woods, Robert Davis, Ryan Thompson and Marlon Johns.

The reserves had little trouble with Stirling recording a 150 point victory. Final scores were Gosnells 24.13 (157) Stirling 1.1 (7). Dean Stauborg, Wayne Ninyette (8 goals), Lindsay Williams and Nathan Hansen all performed well.

The thirds went down for only the second time this season to ECU. Final scores were ECU 11.9 (75) Gosnells 5.4 (34). Best for the Hawks were Ruben Barham, Richard Marsden, Corey Ridley and Jaxon Millsteed.

The colts again gave 100% effort against older and stronger opponents. Final scores were Canning Vale 16.6 (102) Gosnells 3.5 (23). Best were Trenayne Hodder, Raymond Shaw, Jack Phillis and Cailem Narkle.

The Hawks women’s team completed its inaugural season with a close game against Hills Rangers. Final scores were Hills Rangers 3.4 (22) Gosnells 2.4 (16). Michelle Watson, Maddison Briggs, Teisha Steenson and Sarah Patterson were best for the Hawks.

The Metro team struggled for numbers against a classy unit in Baldivis. Final scores were Baldivis 25.13 (163) Gosnells 4.6 (30). Ryan Leach, Marley Nelson, Craig Winmar and Vijay Haran were best for Gosnells.

This week the league, reserves and colts are home at Gosnells Oval, the thirds travel to Kingfisher Oval to play Ballajura and the Metro boys have a bye.

The Hawks Ladies Committee is hosting a “Ladies Day Luau” this Saturday for members. Entrance is $30 with part proceeds to charity partner White Ribbon.

Kevin Wansbrough

Photo of Gosnells Hawks Women's player Elisha Bettany taking possession of the football with Sabrina Johnson and Maddison Briggs backing up. Photo by Gnangarra

Photo of Gosnells Hawks Women’s player Elisha Bettany taking possession of the football with Sabrina Johnson and Maddison Briggs backing up.

Photo by Gnangarra

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Results Week 16

The Gosnells Hawks Football Club’s league team kept its finals hopes alive with a six point victory over top team Ballajura last Saturday. The Hawks need to win both remaining games over lower ranked teams and rely on either Carlisle or Melville to lose to higher ranked teams on the ladder. Coach Corey Bertram was able to improve team structure with the addition of several senior players and as a result the team played its best football of the season and delighted the large crowd by holding on to record a narrow win. Final scores were Gosnells 8.17 (65) Ballajura 8.11 (59). Best were Caleb Goodhew, Marlon Johns, Cam Hayden and Kyle Dougan. Club stalwart Levi Gallagher played his 100th club game.

The reserves lost no friends by going down by four points to top team Ballajura and hold second place on the premiership ladder with two games left to play. Coach Steve Davis has several players to return in the coming weeks and expects further improvement from his team at the business end of the season. Final Scores were Ballajura 10.7 (67) Gosnells 10.3 (63). Best for the Hawks were Wade Gallagher, Ashley Pescod, Ryan Davies and Lindsay Williams.

The thirds were far too good for Piara Waters. Final scores were Gosnells 32.16 (208) Piara Waters 2.2 (14). Best were Ruben Barham, Kyle Wood (13 goals), Cameron Pate and Thomas Stevens.

The colts continue to give their best against older opponents. Final scores were Ballajura 18.9 (117) Gosnells 4.6 (30). Raymond Shaw, Thomas Stevens, Jack Phillis and Ben Lamb were best for the Hawks.

The women’s Hawks team tried hard but Cottesloe gained the upper hand in the last quarter and went on to win by ten points. Final scores were Cottesloe 3.10 (28) Gosnells 3.0 (18). Shanyn Morrison, Megan Brooks, Ashleigh Rickard and Anita Johns played well.

This week club resources are stretched with all teams at different grounds on Saturday. The league and reserves play Stirling at Richard Guelfi Reserve Balcatta, the colts play Canning Vale at Clifton Park, Canning Vale at 10.40 am, the thirds play ECU at Gosnells Oval at 2.30 pm and the women play Hills Rangers at Mundaring Recreational Ground at 2 pm. The Metro league plays Baldivis at Gosnells Oval Sunday at 2.30 pm.

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Result Week 15

The Gosnells Hawks Football Club league team missed an opportunity to move back into the top five with a loss to Kenwick last Saturday. A win over top club Ballajura this week would appear the last chance for the league team to qualify for the finals. Kenwick handled the wet conditions better to record a 6 point victory. Final scores were Kenwick 7.10 (52) Gosnells 6.10 (46). Best for the Hawks were Chris Watterston, Luke Chapman, Josh Hall and Christian Agostino.

The reserves consolidated second place on the ladder and will move to top if they defeat leader Ballajura this week. Final scores were Gosnells 13.11 (89) Kenwick 1.1 (7). Best for the Hawks were Dean Stauborg, Ashley Pescod, Lindsay Williams and Brayden Watkins.

The thirds continue to impress under coach Sam Parker and recorded another impressive victory. Final scores were Gosnells 8.11 (74) Ballajura 2.1 (13). Best for Gosnells were Reuben Barham, Dennis Luffman, Jack Phillis and Justin Abernathy.
The colts bounced back to record an exciting victory. Final scores were Gosnells 13.14 (92) Kenwick 4.9 (33). Coree Thomson, Raymond Shaw, Cailem Narkle and Stefan Little were best players.

The Metro League team played well but found Midland too good on the day. Final scores were Midland 16.11 (92) Gosnells 6.4 (40). Best for the Hawks were Devon Coyne, Daniel Grigg, Michael Chaplin and Leroy Narkle.
Last Saturday saw two of the club favourite sons play milestone games. Richard Mardsen played his 250th and Matthew Hopewell his 200th club game.

This week the league, reserves and colts are home to Ballajura at Gosnells Oval, the thirds play Piara Waters at Piara Waters Sporting Pavilion at 4.45 pm and the Metro team play Wanneroo at Wanneroo Showgrounds at 4.45 pm all games on Saturday. The women’s Hawks team play Cottesloe at Gosnells at 12.30 pm Sunday.

Kevin Wansbrough

Richard “dicko” Marsden being carried off after 250th  club game

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Result Week 14

The Gosnells Hawks Football Club league dropped out of the top five for the first time this year after a 5 point loss to Bassendean. Gosnells down by 7 goals early came home strongly in the last quarter and appeared a good chance to snatch victory until torrential rain and gale force winds hit Bassendean Oval about 10 minutes from full time. Players were in almost impossible to distinguish and umpires endeavoured to umpire the game only meters from the contests because of the poor visibility. Final scores were Bassendean 10.7 (67) Gosnells 8.14 (62). Best for the Hawks were Josh Hall, Scott Lewis, Caleb Goodhew and Adam White.

The reserves came from behind to record an impressive victory and advance to a clear second on the premiership ladder. Final scores were Gosnells 8.10 (58) Bassendean 6.10 (46). Brayden Watkins, Nathan Hansen, Ryan Davies and Daniel Fitzgerald played well.

The colts tried hard and it is credit to coach Paul Clements, assistant coach Jeff Stephens and manager Karen Sansom and the lads to turn up in good numbers to enjoy a game of Australian Rules Football. Final scores were Bassendean 22.18 Gosnells 2.4 (16). Best for the Hawks were Raymond Shaw, Bryce Ugle, Jack Phillis and Aiden Gray.

The thirds had a comfortable win over Jandakot. Final scores were Gosnells18.14 (62) Jandakot 2.2 (14). Better players were Dennis Luffman, Alex Goddard, Kyle Woods and Jack Phillis.

The women’s Hawks team recorded its third win of the season with an 18 point win over University. Final scores were Gosnells 5.4 (34) University 2.4 (16). Best for the Hawks were Kathleen Kelly, Shanyn Morrison, Ashleigh Rickard and Richelle McKenzie.

The Metro team found Warwick/Greenwood too good on the day. Max Websdale, Dennis Luffman, Clayton Narkle and Carl Morrison were better players for Gosnells.

This week the league, reserves and colts play Kenwick at Mills Park, the thirds are at Gosnells Oval at 2.30 pm all on Saturday. The Metro team play Midland at North Swan Oval at 2.30pm on Sunday. The women have a bye.

Kevin Wansbrough

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Last weekend the West Australian Amateur Football League held its NAIDOC round which is an annual celebration in recognition of the contribution that indigenous footballers have made to the sport.

The Gosnells Football Club commissioned talented local artist Tamara Hayden to design an indigenous themed jumper for players to wear during games played by the Hawks for last weekend’s fixtures.

The club’s committee decided that all six teams will wear the jumper in games this year. Last Saturday the league team wore the jumper in a victory over Quinns District and on Sunday the Hawks women’s team (pictured) were successful in their game against Forrestdale.

It is appropriate that the women wore the jumper because NAIDOC 2018 theme is “because of Her We Can” which recognises the significant role, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have played and continue to play in the community at local, state and national levels.

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Results Week 13

The Gosnells Hawks Football Club league bounced back to the winners list with a narrow victory last week in the WAAFL NAIDOC round after three straight losses. The team wore specially designed indigenous themed jumpers created by talented local artist Tamara Hayden.

The team sits equal second on points on the ladder but fourth on percentage. A win this week over third placed Bassendean is essential if the Hawks are to qualify for a home and a qualifying final. Final scores were Gosnells 13.8 (86) Quinns District 11.17 (83). Best for the Hawks were Tristan Edgill, Ethan Strahan, Jayden Woods and Kade Pescod.

It’s back to the drawing board for coach Steve Davis and his boys after a comprehensive defeat by rival Quinns District. The reserves struggled all day after seven straight wins to go down by 29 points. Final scores were Quinns District 8.12 (60) Gosnells 4.7 (31). Better players were Wade Gallagher (celebrating 150 club games), Brett Endersby, Wade Goodhew and Aiden Gray.

It wasn’t good news for the thirds either as the team suffered its first defeat of the year losing to Forrestfield by 37 points. Final scores were Forrestfield 12.7 (79) Gosnells 6.6 (42). Ethan Barry, Dave McBride, Dennis Luffman and Alex Goddard all played well.

The colts continue to struggle against classy opposition and lost to Quinns District. Raymond Shaw, Les Curley, Leighton Bagovits and Tom Stevens all played well.

The women’s Hawks team continue to improve and recorded their second victory of the season with a 13 point win over Forrestdale. Best were Michelle Watson, Siobhan Roche, Elisha Bettenay and Kinisha Penny.

This week the league, reserves and colts travel to Jubilee Park to take on Bassendean and the thirds play Jandakot at Atwell Oval all on Saturday. The women play University at UWA Sports Park, Mt Claremont at 12.30 pm and the Metro league team play Warwick/Greenwood at Percy Doyle Reserve at 2.30 pm both on Sunday.

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