Noranda Hawks Junior Football Club to celebrate 40th year anniversary in 2019

BACK L-R: Robert Credaro (Treasurer), Mark Micallef (President), Tegan Austic (Secretary) and Ken Perks (Inaugural Vice President).  FRONT L-R: Tayhla Austic (10), Riley Austic (9), Tegan Kennett (17) and Cody Kennett (9).  Noranda Hawks Football Club is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2019. The club will be holding many events throughout 2019 to commemorate and celebrate the milestone. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au
BACK L-R: Robert Credaro (Treasurer), Mark Micallef (President), Tegan Austic (Secretary) and Ken Perks (Inaugural Vice President). FRONT L-R: Tayhla Austic (10), Riley Austic (9), Tegan Kennett (17) and Cody Kennett (9). Noranda Hawks Football Club is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2019. The club will be holding many events throughout 2019 to commemorate and celebrate the milestone. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au

NORANDA Hawks Junior Football Club is aiming to reconnect with past players as part of its 40-year milestone celebrations in 2019.

The club was formed by inaugural president Alan East and vice-president Ken Perks on Sunday, March 4, 1979 at Morley Senior High School’s oval.

Noranda was on the border of East Perth, Swan Districts and West Perth zones, but were only welcomed to join the East Perth district.

The inaugural committee opted to select Hawthorn’s brown-and-gold strip, mainly because of its contrast to other East Perth-zoned clubs.

The club has 18 flags, with the most recent being the Year 7s winning the 2018 premiership.

Two-time best and fairest winner Michael Prior stands as Noranda’s most successful senior footballer after playing in four premiership sides before being recruited to East Perth and later Essendon.

L-R: Mark Micallef (President), Tegan Austic (Secretary), Ken Perks (Inaugural Vice President) and Robert Credaro (Treasurer). FRONT L-R: Tayhla Austic (10), Riley Austic (9), Tegan Kennett (17) and Cody Kennett (9). Noranda Hawks Football Club is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2019. The club will be holding many events throughout 2019 to commemorate and celebrate the milestone. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au

Other WAFL recruits included Noranda’s first league player Steven Wasley who played for East and West Perth, Trent Cooper (Peel Thunder and Swan Districts) and Joe Proctor (West Perth and Perth).

The club is now based at Lightning Park in Noranda after moving from Robert Thompson Reserve in 2008.

Looking back at the changes to the club over the past four decades, Perks said when the club started at Morley, it had no change rooms and used portable goal posts.

President Mark Micallef has been involved at the club for 11 years and said they were planning several functions and events in 2019.

“We will hopefully get some of the old boys to reconnect with us,” he said.

“It will be a celebration – we are inviting all our past members, players and committee members.”

Micallef said the goals for the next few years were to build the football community in the surrounding area and increase the number of girls teams.

“There is a big gap between Year 10 or 11 and colts – they normally leave the sport all together because East Perth can’t accommodate them all,” he said.

“Our intention is to build that pathway to keep them in Aussie Rules football, keep them away from their PlayStations and just give them some light at the end of the tunnel.”

He thanked the support from the City of Bayswater and East Perth over the years.

For information, visit www.norandahawks.asn.au