Return of shirts and equipment

Thank you to all of you that have made an attempt to return equipment and playing shirts from the 2017 season.

All playing strip and equipment for the 2017 season is OVERDUE for return. All equipment needs to be returned, from the most basic of mesh ball bags, marker cones or training bibs and kit bags to the playing strip that are issued to our players, everything that is not returned to our Club, is a cost to our Club which in turn is eventually passed on to club members.

Karen Kerr, Equipment Officer, will be at Buckle Reserve Club House on Saturday 23 September, 2017 between 1pm and 3pm, for the return of all outstanding playing shirts and equipment. If there are any enquires or if this time is not convenient for you, please contact Karen Kerr at fiveblueeyes@hotmail.com or 0438 648 007 to arrange an alternative time.

Menai Hawks AA1's or AA2's in Season 2018

Any players interested in playing with the Menai Hawks AA1's or AA2's in Season 2018, please e-mail your playing history to info@menaihawks.org.au

We are only interested in players that can commit to both training twice a week and game day. Training will be held both Tues and Thurs from 7:30 to 9 PM.

Our AA1 Coach John Diaz would review all interested players and would invite the suitable candidates to Pre Season training starting Sunday the 21st January 2018.

Menai Hawks 2017 AGM

Please be advised that Menai Hawks will be holding its 2017 Annual General Meeting as follows:-

  • Date Wed 11th October 2017
  • Time 19:30
  • Location Upstairs Meeting Room
    Buckle Reserve Clubhouse
    Buckle Reserve
    Barnes Crescent
    Menai
    NSW 2234

On the Agenda will be:-

  • Reviewing activity from the year past (both on and off the field)
  • Reviewing financials from the year past
  • Appointing Board Members and Executive for the coming year
  • Appointing Auditors for the coming year

This is your opportunity to get involved in your club. All executive positions will be declared vacant, nominations for positions will be received and Executives appointed for the coming year. These positions include:-

  • Club President
  • Equipment Officer
  • Player’s Representative
  • Club Secretary
  • Webmaster
  • Mini Roos Coordinator
  • Senior Vice President
  • Draw Controller
  • Referees Coordinator
  • Junior Vice President
  • Trophies Officer
  • Senior Player Coordinator
  • Treasurer
  • Member Protection Officer
  • Record Keeper
  • Registrar
  • Groundsman
  • Social Secretary
  • Technical Director
  • Mini Hawks Coordinator
  • Photos Coordinator
  • Head Coach

If you are interested in nominating for a position or are able to help out in any way (large or small) with our great club then please contact Club President, Nigel Essex at info@menaihawks.org.au or on 0412 224 224

New people and new ideas are very welcome at our club

Menai Hawks Registration 2018

Always planning ahead the club is reading registrations for 2018 and we NEED HELP!. Due to business commitments our registrar Alan Philips will have very limited time during the busy registration (mid Jan to March) period and we need assistance during that time. Noting that the registration process is all self-complete and online through the ‘My football’ web site there is still back of house administration needed. The role would suit anyone with some basic administration skill and with time to check all is complete with player registration and to request and help sight registration documentation. The current club management will of course have their roles to play in registration but an additional person to fill Alan boots is needed. If you can help please contact Alan Philips our club secretary (yep, he has two hats) on 0408 271 668 or email on info@menaihawks.org.au. At this stage we are only short for 2018 but the club is always looking for long term assistance. This is a most important request and your club would welcome any assistance to ensure we remain the club that offers an easy registration process.

Help Needed

After another successful season the club is already planning ahead for 2018 and we need some help. We need a CANTEEN CO-ORDINATOR to come on board to assist the canteen staff. The role includes ordering and canteen staff scheduling and generally ensuring we run a successful canteen and BBQ on game days. The role would suit anyone a with just a little time and does not required full time attendance at the canteens, its more over ensuring the canteen has the staff and stock and follows our established procedures. So if you want to join ‘team canteen’ in our welcoming club please call Steve Atherton on 0419 015 145 or email info@menaihawks.org.au and we can answer any question you might have.

Grand Finals 2017

A fabulous weekend of grand finals football with 5 x Menai Hawks teams getting their hands on the Premiership trophy:-

Four teams cemented their position as Minor Premiers by stepping up and taking out the Premiership:-

  • U14B
  • W14D
  • W16D
  • U21A

W14D

W16D

Awesome and what a way to finish the season!

One team came from third on the ladder and in a high quality, very close game pipped an excellent Kirrawee team 1-0 and took out the premiership:-

  • AL5/1

Three teams flew the Menai Hawks flag high but came up just short on Grand Final day:-

  • W12C
  • U14D
  • U16B

Fabulous seasons guys, hold your heads high, you did yourselves and the club proud!

Grand Finals 2017

Congratulations to the following 8 x Menai Hawks teams who have all made it through to the Grand Final 2017:-

W12C Sat 26th Aug 09:00  Forest Road Vs Caringbah Redbacks
U14B Sat 26th Aug 12:00 Bundeena Vs Lilli Pilli 1
U14D Sat 26th Aug 12:00  Seymour Shaw 2 Vs St Patricks
W14D Sat 26th Aug 09:00 Kareela 2 Vs Lilli Pilli
U16B Sat 26th Aug 11:00 Lakewood City Vs Como Jannali
W16D Sat 26th Aug 12:00 Kareela 4 Vs Cronulla Seagulls 2
U21A Sat 26th Aug 10:00 Seymour Shaw 1 Vs Gymea United
AL5/1 Sun 27th Aug 12:00 Seymour Shaw 2 Vs Kirrawee 1

Please get along and show your support. The teams will certainly appreciate it.

Up the Hawks!

Finals Update

A fabulous 8 x Menai Hawks teams have made it through to this year’s Grand Final:- W12C, U14B, U14D, W14D, U16B, W16D, U21A, AL5/1

Fantastic seasons were had by the following teams who depart the competition at the Finals stage:- U15B, AL13, O35E, WSE

Watch this space for details of the grand final draw in the next few days

Finals Update

Congratulations to the following Menai Hawks teams who all had BIG semi-final wins on the weekend and progress straight to the 2017 Grand Final:- W12C, W14D, W16D, U21A

Congratulations too to the following teams who have all made it through to the 2017 Preliminary Final with game times/locations as indicated.

Sat 19th Aug
U16B v Cronulla Seagulls 11:00 Lakewood City 1
U14B v Bangor 12:00 Bundeena 1
U14D v Barden Ridgebacks 12:00 Seymour Shaw 2
U15B v Cronulla RSL 1 13:30 Bundeena 1
Sun 20th Aug:-
AL5/1 v Loftus Yarrawarrah 8:30 Seymour Shaw 1
O35E v Bosco 10:30 Lakewood City 1
AL13 v North Sutherland 2 14:30 Lakewood City 1
WSE v Kirrawee 14:30 Forest Road

Please get along and give these teams your support. They will certainly appreciate it.

Great seasons were had by the following teams who bowed out at the semi-final stage U13A, U21B, O35D, AL4/2, AL5/2

Go the Hawkies!

Semi-Final Bound!

17 Menai Hawks teams have made the semi finals:-

Congratulations to the following teams who all topped their competition ladder as minor premiers
U14B, W14D, W16D, U21A

Congratulations also to the following teams who have all qualified for the semi-finals:-
W12C, U13A, U14D, U15B, U16B, U21B, AL4/2, AL5/1, AL5/2, AL13, O35D, O35E, WSE

A special mention to the following teams who came in fifth on the ladder and just missed out on the semis. Great season guys!:-
U13E, U18B, W21A, AL6, O45C

Outstanding!

Junior Presentations (U12-U16)

To celebrate the season, there will be a trophy presentation evening for all players in the U12 - U16 age groups for both boys and girls teams as follows:-

Teams U12A, U12D, W12C, U13A, U13B, U13E, U14B, U14D

  • When Tuesday 12th September 2017
  • Where Upstairs meeting room at Buckle Reserve
  • Time 19:00

Teams W14B, W14D, U15B, U16B, U16C, W16B, W16D

  • When Wednesday 13th September 2017
  • Where Upstairs meeting room at Buckle Reserve
  • Time 19:00

Make sure you have the date in the diary and see you there

Summer Soccer Registrations

Menai Hawks - 21A's Three in a row

Finally the day arrived, 16th July 2017 FNSW Robertson Cup Final and a chance to achieve something that no one had done before, win 3 consecutive Robertson Cups. The week of the Final, during our normal training sessions, you could see that there was a big game ahead, having the pleasure to have coached this group of players for 7 years, I can always tell when there is a big game just around the corner. The usual banter lessens and the intensity in every drill and contest rises, the preparation was great, even with 4 boys in the snow, we organised an extra session on Saturday to give those boys a run prior to the Final.

The day of the Final, we kept it as normal as possible, there wasn’t any buses or stretch hummers hired, the boys as always made their own way to Valentine Park, getting there an hour prior to the game.

2:45 PM, time to get in the dressing sheds, again, normal preparation for the game, I told the boys “10 minutes everyone ready”

2:55 PM, In big games, I like to give the boys a pep talk , and reinforce some points about the way I wanted them to play the game. We didn’t know much about the Mounties Boys, besides the fact that they were leading their Comp and that any team that makes a SC Final had to be quality.

3:05 PM, time for the warmup , this for me, is the most important part of game day, you can see how switched on the boys are, normally if the boys are very quiet and focus on the task ahead I get a warm and fuzzy feeling. After seeing the level of concentration on the boys faces, I know, that is going to take a hell of a team to beat us.

4:15 PM, KO time , there has been a 45’ delay due to the previous game going into sudden death extra time and penalties but we are ready go.

Halftime – We are up 3-1 on the scoreboard and we are playing some great football, only a couple of things to sort out during the break.

Fulltime – Final score 6-1 , the boys have done it!!! Playing some of the best attacking football that I have seen from them in the last 7 years.

Presentation – Miss Robertson, the granddaughter of the man that made the Robertson Cup possible, says some very nice words about the teams achievement and medals are given to all to commemorate this huge achievement.

Game is over and is now time to celebrate, not every day you make History and winning 3 SC’s in a row was just that. Everyone heads down to the Tav for a few drinks, the younger ones kick on , the older ones go home!!

Big thank you, not just to this boys that make this football crazy person so happy to still be involved in the game he loves but also to all the other boys and people that have been part of this ride from U14’s in 2011 to where we are now.

Much more than just a team!!

Menai Hawks - Arsenal v SFC field Walk

On Thursday 13 July 2017, 18 players from Menai Hawks U6, U7 and U8 teams in their playing kit participated along another 1500 mini roo players from clubs all over NSW in a pre game on field walk past at the Arsenal vs. Sydney FC match at ANZ stadium. About an hour before kickoff, the 1500 players all lined up in the tunnels under the stadium, then with all teams arranged in alphabetical order, marched on the field and completed a lap before taking their complimentary seats with their parents. While the stadium was not yet full, plenty of supporters were cheering the players and every Hawk had wide eyes and big smiles. A couple of boys were overheard saying that they intend to play for Arsenal in a few years time in front the home crowd. We all watched some exciting saves by the SFC goal keeper who was kept busy and some amazing foot skills and passing by the Arsenal players - A great night was had by all. A big thank you to the NSW Football Association for the opportunity and to all the Hawks who participated - you were great ambassadors for the Menai Hawks Football Club.

Menai Hawks U21’s going for the three-peat

Menai Hawks Under 21s side are on the verge of creating club history should they defeat Southern Districts Football Association’s Mt Pritchard in next Sunday’s Deploy State Cup Finals to be held at Valentine Sports Park.

Playing for the coveted Under 21’s Robertson Cup, legendary coach Johnny Diaz, assistant Ben Towell and team manager Stephen Samios will be hoping the boys can achieve the status of a three-peat after taking out the last two successive titles.

The coaching staff have led the same core group of players which is an amazing statistic within itself, with a hopeful victory next Sunday to be the icing on the cake for the high-flying Hawks.

Whilst it is always a major achievement to win the Robertson Under 21 State Cup once, a few very special teams have won it twice in back to back seasons from the Shire with the likes of the Engadine Eagles (89-90), Bankstown Sports (92-93) and the Menai Hawks (95-96) all doing the business.

Given that the Under 21’s is a three-year age banding, no club has ever won it in three successive seasons so the Hawks may well create that history come game day against a strong Mt Pritchard outfit.

Match Details

Sunday 16th July

Under 21’s Robertson Cup Final

Menai Hawks v Mt Pritchard

VSP 3 - 3:30pm

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