Sport

Women set to soar in Hawks senior team

Skye Lubke, Amy Evans and Kellie Hume are on the new women's division 2 team at Sandgate Hawks, giving local women an opportunity to play AFL after U17s.
Skye Lubke, Amy Evans and Kellie Hume are on the new women's division 2 team at Sandgate Hawks, giving local women an opportunity to play AFL after U17s. Jacqueline Henry

SANDGATE Hawks' new senior women's team is a pathway for U17 players to continue playing the sport they love.

Women's head coach Jack Mitchell said the club was excited to have a senior women's team for the first time.

"The team plays in the Brisbane Division 2 competition,” Mr Mitchell said.

"It creates a pathway for Hawks U11 to U17 girls' teams; they can now stay at Hawks and move into senior.

"It's a great opportunity for the club and for me. To be part of this is a real honour.

"It's different to men's footy, it's more fun. We're still looking for players, so if any women are interested in a great sport to keep fit and have fun, come down for a run,” he said.

Amy Evans is looking forward to being part of the first Hawks' senior women's team.

"I played for Aspley last year,” she said.

"My son plays for Hawks so I'm glad to be able to play here too.

"Football is marketed as a male-dominated sport. I'm all about getting girls out there having fun and having a go.

"It used to be the end for women in footy after U17s but this means women can keep playing at their local club.”

U15 girls' coach and women's senior player Kellie Hume said there were a lot more opportunities for women in AFL these days.

"I've played AFL all my life and love the sport so it's great to see the sport evolve to include women and give them a chance to play at senior level,” Ms Hume said.

"Hawks started a girls team two years ago; last year we had six girls teams and this year we have a senior women's team as well. It's exciting to be a part of it.”

Senior women's co-ordinator Skye Lubke said her husband and son played for the Hawks and she wanted to get involved.

"It's a family affair for us,” Ms Lubke said.

"It's a great club and so I decided to join the women's team and come on board as co-ordinator.

"The team began training with an eight-week fitness program before Christmas and is looking forward to the start of the season in late April.

"We're still welcoming new players for any women who are keen to join.”

Hawks director of football Chris Ferguson said the girls brought success to the club after only two years.

"Last year our U15 girls team won the Division 2 premiership and even more impressive is most of the girls were new to the sport or had only played for one year,” Mr Ferguson said.

"We're so happy to now have a senior women's team in Division 2. It's a great participation division.

"It's great for women who have played other sports and want to try AFL as well as women who have never played a sport.

"It's a fantastic way to keep fit and no experience is necessary,” he said.

The women's seniors team trains every Monday and Wednesday from 5.30pm; any women interested in joining are encouraged to go along and have a run or just check it out.

Sandgate Hawks is located at 120 Lemke Road, Taigum.

For more information phone Skye Lubke on 0425403373 or Chris Ferguson on 0412134139.

Topics:  afl brisbane division 2 competition football sandgate hawks senior women's team


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Police seek information on white Chrysler

Police are seeking information on a white Chrysler 300 in relation to an investigation into missing man Samuel Thompson. Photo: contributed

Detectives release images of vehicle of interest

Olive celebrates 100th birthday

Olive Clem turned 100 on March 17. Photo: contributed

Olive Clem turns 100

Boondall brothers make boxing debut in Brighton

Boondall boxing brothers Curtis and Leeroy Cobbo-Riley headline a fight in Brighton this weekend. Photo: contributed

Curtis and Leeroy headline fight in Brighton

Local Partners

FLASHBACK: 'New look' foreshore upgrade

It has been 10 years since a $12 million foreshore upgrade was completed in Sandgate and Shorncliffe.

CMC Rocks is just the ticket for Eric Paslay

HAPPY TO BE HERE: American country singer Eric Paslay will play CMC Rocks 2017.

Country music singer is touring overseas for the first time.

Daredevils of Nitro Circus to thrill Lismore

Oakes Oval in Lismore will host the sell-out, worldwide phenomenon that is Nitro Circus Live during its 15-city Australian tour in April.

The (in)famous 55-foot high Nitro Giganta ramp is the centrepiece

CHOOSING LIFE: Emu Park veteran leads way out of PTSD

WINNING THE FIGHT: Andrea Josephs with her daughter Kyla (10) at the Emu Park Anzac Memorial ahead of her official Matilda Poppy launch this weekend.

Andrea Josephs will officially launch Matilda Poppy in new hometown

'Get your leg lizard out': Kyle's bizarre tip to Hughesy

Kyle then brought up an embarrassing incident from Jackie O’s past that took place on Bondi Beach.

Wally Lewis may be in trouble after distasteful joke

Erin Molan reacts to Wally Lewis's distasteful joke.

Rugby league legend Wally Lewis may yet find himself in hot water

Travis Collins, Keith Urban win big at CMC Music Awards

Country music singer Travis Collins.

LEE Kernaghan also inducted into CMC Hall of Fame.

Morgan Evans opens up about his CMC love story

Morgan Evans hosts the 2017 CMC Music Awards, being held for the first time on the Gold Coast.

SINGER returns from Nashville to host tonight's CMC Music Awards.

What's on the big screen this week

OLD TALE: Emma Watson brings to life the character of Belle in Beauty and the Beast.

DISNEY'S remake of Beauty and the Beast opens to rave reviews.

MKR recap: Josh and Amy figure out how to get along

Josh and Amy have figured out how to get along and cook well. Stay away from each other.

THEY’RE the couple we love to hate, but something changed tonight.

Mariah’s making a movie we probably don’t need

Mariah Carey and her dog Jack are prepping for a Christmas movie.

Mariah Carey is making animated movie ready for Christmas.