NEW head coach of the Murwillumbah Hawks David Tonks and assistant Alistair Coleman.
NEW head coach of the Murwillumbah Hawks David Tonks and assistant Alistair Coleman.

New Hawks coaches aim for sky



MURWILLUMBAH Hawks will launch their 2005 season on Tuesday night when they officially return to training.

The Hawks returned to the Summerland Australian Football League last season after a four year absence and made it through to the semifinals.

However new co-coaches David Tonks and Alistair Coleman hope they can do even better this year. The pair, who have both played with the club, take over from Paul McCullough, the Summerland Player of the Year who had a one-year tenure as coach of the Hawks.

"Chainsaw (McCullough) did a great job and we are really trying to build on that and hone our skills," Tonks said.

Tonks played with the club in 1999 and came back last year early in the campaign before deciding to play out his last season on the field with Ballina Bombers.

"I have been a life-long Essendon supporter," he said of the move, adding that he wanted to play in the Bombers col- ours once before he stopped playing. Tonks will now coach from the side-line while Coleman, a key Hawk last season, will mix his coaching role with playing. The club has its official player sign-on on February 19 with its first game on April 9 against Lismore in Lismore. A trial game has been mooted with the Robina Roos.

"We have got most of last year's list back and will be concentrating on fitness and skills," he said.

Training starts at 6.30pm at Murwillumbah Showground.



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