Hawks Start 2024 Campaign Next Weekend!

From reigning premiers to missing finals, Augusta Margaret River will be hoping to rejoin the top five in 2024, when they start their season next Sunday against Donnybrook.

Augusta Margaret River missed playing finals after winning the flag in 2022, with last season being a year of severe injuries and unavailability.  Last year was just the second time in the last seven seasons that the Hawks haven’t made finals after consecutive Premierships in 2022 and 2023.

The Hawks will be looking to regroup in 2024 under new coach Garry Moss who replaces long time coach Matt Jamieson who is now the coach of Busselton, but a massive hole will need to be filled with the departure of two times Hayward Medallist Simon Moore, who has moved up the road to Dunsborough.

Augusta Margaret River have been relatively quiet in the lead up to the season, with Kieran Yakas from Moonta Yorke Peninsula, Matthew Tilbe from Dandaragan and Max Spyvee from Claremont where he played 26 League games amongst their recruits for 2024.

Once a fortress, Gloucester Park was once a place where teams rejoiced at a rare victory away from home, but last year, the Hawks lost more than they won at the Leagues most Southern venue, something the Hawks will be keen to rectify this year.

The Hawks start with two tough matches, with a home game against Donnybrook who finished fourth last season, before traveling to Hands Oval to take on South Bunbury who finished third.  Including a bye, the following five weeks will see the Hawks play Eaton, Dunsborough, Collie Eagles and Harvey Bulls who all finished in the bottom half of the table in 2023, all matches the Hawks would be hoping to win.  The Hawks start and finish at home, with a tricky finish against Busselton and Bunbury to complete the home and away season.  With a twenty round season, the Hawks are only scheduled to play Carey Park and Harvey Brunswick Leschenault once in rounds ten and eleven respectively.

Henry Shawcross and Grant Garstone will also debut as coaches this season in the Reserves and Colts respectively, with some promising youngsters coming through, with Kaspa Donovan winning the Fairest & Best Medal in the Colts, while Jarad Cook won the Player of the Year Award.