The Gosnells Hawks league team took control early in their game against Canning SP and went on to record an easy victory. Canning SP is a traditional rival from the now defunct Sunday Football League, long time club statistician George Leathley said it was unusual for Gosnells to record such an easy victory over that club. Final scores in the league game were Gosnells 24-15 (159) Canning SP 3-7 (25). Best in an even team effort were Caleb Goodhew, Mitch Barbet (5 goals), Mal Yarran and Dean Stauborg. Coach Corey Bertram put the win down to fitness and a good preseason by the players.
The reserve team put last year’s disqualification behind them and recorded a comfortable win over Canning SP. Coach Steve Davis is determined to take the team to its first flag since 1965 and his player’s responded accordingly. Final scores were Gosnells 12-7 (79) Canning SP 8-8 (56). Best for the Hawks were Paul White, Taylor Millsteed and Arron Gould.
The Thirds now competing in E2 Grade lost whatever chance they had of victory by inaccurate kicking at goal. Coach Stuart Bates was pleased with his team’s performance however and expected an improved effort next game. Final scores were Quinns District 12-7 (79) Gosnells 5-22 (52). Best players were Chris Kessell, Jade Ginn and Sam Carlino.
The colt’s team included 13 new boys who pulled on the Gosnells Jumper for the first time and they all acquitted themselves well. With several others awaiting clearances and registration, coach Paul Clements will have a formidable team at his disposal this year. Gosnells was desperately unlucky to go down by 2 points to Belmont Districts. Several shots on goal late in the game by Gosnells recorded behinds. Final scores were Belmont Districts 11-7 (73) Gosnells 11-5 (71).Best for Gosnells were Kyle Dougan, Dmayne Brown, Corrie Thomson and Kyle Warner.
Next Saturday is a competition bye but the following week the 22 April all teams are at home at Gosnells Oval. This will not happen many times this year so it is a rare opportunity for members and supporters to get to Gosnells for a day of Australian Rules Football and see all teams in action.
The games will be dedicated to the Anzac Tradition. Members of the public are invited attend and to take part in the ceremonies.
A medal for the Fairest & Best Gosnells player in the league game has been named in memory of Terence Barratt and William Paul Hansen, father of club stalwart and club captain Nathan Hansen. Both Terence and Paul served in the Australian Army and in Vietnam. Terence played for Gosnells and William for Kelmscott in the Sunday Football League.