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Northern Hawks 2018 Season Launch

Heritage Isle Northern Hawks launched their 2018 State League Season on Monday at the NTNA Netball Centre.

80 sponsors, players, officials and supporters attended the launch to see the teams collect their sponsor tops ready for Round 1 Saturday 7 April in Hobart against Karana.

The evening started with Co-Patron of the club The Honourable Michelle O’Byrne welcoming everyone and introduced 2018 Naming Rights Sponsor Heritage Isle Credit Union with Jim Griffin delivering a message from CEO Annette Griffin. Griffin said, “Heritage Isle Credit Union is pleased to partner with Northern Hawks as naming right Sponsor, supporting the elite pathways of Netball in Tasmania.”

“The Northern Hawks complement our values in supporting the local community, being committed to the game of netball, focused on the players’ futures & I know they are determined to make a difference.”

“This year we will once again take the opportunity to work with schools and clubs in our local community assisted by the Hawks in educating children in the importance of playing a team sport, learning valuable skill & increasing development.”

The 2018 19U Team Captains were announced with Chelsea Filgate leading the players from the front and will be well supported by Olivia Roberts and Gabbi Groves as Vice-Captains. The young 19U Team has already grown in confidence as pre-season progressed and they are capable of big things during 2018. Coach Kellie Tahiri said, “Despite the groups’ average age of 16 years, the players themselves are developing at a steady rate in preparation for the season and for most, their first taste of elite netball competition.”

The 2018 Open Team has been on a strong pathway to success over past seasons with Ashton Whiley continuing in her leadership role alongside Vice-Captain Danni Pickett. Whiley and Pickett are both great role models and accomplished players in the state league which will be of great benefit to the team.

Hawks Open Team is set to have another strong year on court with most of the old guard still playing together. 2017 All Stars Goal Shooter Ashlea Mawer will be mixing it up again in combination with Pickett and Zoe Claridge  giving Hawks flexibility in attack. 

Coach Ruth Tuohy is confident the team is on track for a strong start to the season, with only 16 games to play it is important to get wins on the board early if Hawks are going to make a strong bid for finals in 2018. Karana and Kingston will give Hawks a run for their money in the first and only double header of the year for the Hawks. Round 2 against Kingston will test their ability to maintain consistent performances and intensity on court.

Special guests Welsh Coach Julie Hoornweg, former Netball Tasmania High Performance Manager, and Welsh Assistant Coach Natalie Peperell presented Hawks state representatives Olivia Roberts 17U Team, Hannah Lenthall 19U Team and Jamie Symons 19U team with a Heritage Isle Northern Hawks Scholarship cheque to assist with their nationals travel.

The Netball Australia National Underage Championships are being held Adelaide, April 16-22. Roberts will be in her first National competition while Hannah Lenthall participated in the 2017 15U Pacific School Games. Symons is a training partner with the Tasmanian Magpies and has consistently represented the state in recent years.

Welsh players Amanda Varey and Leila Thomas joined Julie Hoornweg and Natalie Peperell for a question and answer session following the official part of the proceedings.

Varey was asked, what was the biggest issue with overseas travel for the team and the reply was “lack of sleep” and adjusting to the time zone. Varey went on to describe their sleep plan prior to their arrival in Tasmania and that the team was feeling in good shape considering the change of sleep patterns.

Hoornweg adding they were kept busy with a training session when they arrived to keep the team active while they continued to adjust to the time zone.

When asked what the team’s strength was the answer from Leila Thomas was speed.

Hoornweg has only been the interim Welsh Coach for four weeks and is full of praise for the playing group and their passion for the game.

Wales, Northern Ireland, Tasmanian Magpies and Collingwood Magpies SSN Team will be playing in the Tasmanian Netball Invitational Series this week. Tickets are on sale now and Hawks are hoping many Tasmanian's who enjoy sport in general come along and support the game and our home team on their home court.

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