Prospect Hawks Football Club launched
The Tasmanian State League (TSL) will welcome a new face in season 2016 with the Prospect Hawks Football Club set to take flight.
The new entity, which was formerly known as the Western Storm, will also play a number of its home games at Prospect Park in Launceston’s south-west.
Since South Launceston’s withdrawal from the TSL at the end of the 2013 season, the Western Storm Football Club have been based in Prospect but played its home games at Aurora Stadium.
However, despite initial on-field success in 2014 it became obvious during the 2015 season the club had struggled to capture the support of the local community in south-west Launceston and was facing an uncertain future.
Therefore, the Prospect Senior and Junior Football Clubs – owners of Western Storm – have agreed to work with the current Western Storm Football Club Board to establish a structure and player pathway in line with other TSL clubs.
This move has been made to ensure the future sustainability and competitiveness at the highest level of Tasmanian football with a bedrock community football club as their foundation.
Prospect Hawks is committed to proactively promoting the opportunity for youngsters to commence their football careers at the Prospect Hawks Junior Football Club and work their way through the ranks to play at the highest level in Tasmania.
As well as fielding both Senior and Development League sides in the TSL, the Prospect Hawks Football Club will continue to field senior and reserves teams in the Northern Tasmanian Football Association (NTFA).
This structure will cater for both players striving to compete at the highest level and those seeking to play at the community level.
The Prospect Hawks player pathway will provide opportunities for everyone at any level of the game. And, as is the case with many other clubs in the TSL, it will also provide a straightforward, legitimate pathway from NAB AFL Auskick right through to senior TSL football and the AFL national competition.
In addition, the Prospect Hawks TSL team will adopt the traditional playing strip of the Hawthorn Football Club and, over time, will aim to work closely with the AFL club in their northern Tasmanian heartland.
Prospect Hawks inaugural president Michelle Strickland declared the Prospect Hawks “open for business”.
“This is really positive step for our club in a push to become a respected member of the TSL, one that is sustainable for the long term and has the support of the local community,” Ms Strickland said.
“While there are many challenges to be overcome between now and the start of the 2016 season, the Prospect Hawks Football Club community will do whatever they can to remain a part of Tasmania’s premier football competition next season and beyond.”
In accordance with TSL guidelines, the Prospect Football Club will work closely with the Meander Valley Council and AFL Tasmania to develop Prospect Park into a venue of TSL standard.
“Right now our club is in a similar position to where the Lauderdale Football Club was at when it joined the TSL in 2009.” Ms Strickland said.
“Lauderdale Oval needed some investment and development and their club and the Clarence City Council have worked cooperatively over the past seven years to improve that venue each and every year.
“Prospect Park is our new home and we will immediately begin the process of working with our Council and AFL Tasmania to map out the future venue development needs for our football club.”