Wollongong Hawks

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Wollongong Hawks
2013–14 Wollongong Hawks season
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Leagues NBL
Founded 1979 as Illawarra Hawks
Arena The Sandpit
WIN Entertainment Centre
Arena Capacity 5,673
Location Wollongong, New South Wales
Team colors Red and White
Main sponsor Gujarat NRE
CEO Australia Bill Dowson
President Australia Peter Bahlmann
General manager Australia Greg Binskin
Head coach Australia Gordie McLeod
Ownership Australia James Spenceley
Championships 1 (2001)
Website hawks.com.au
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Team colours
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Away jersey
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Team colours
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The Wollongong Hawks are an Australian men's professional basketball team competing in the Australian National Basketball League (NBL). The team is based in Wollongong, New South Wales. They won the NBL championship in 2001 and finished as runners-up in 2005 and 2010. The team's home venue is the WIN Entertainment Centre (WEC), known as "The Sandpit" within the NBL.[1]

History[edit]

The Hawks are the only remaining NBL club to have competed in every season since the league's inception in 1979 without relocating to another city. The club was originally known as the Illawarra Hawks, the name referring to the Illawarra region rather than specifically its major urban centre Wollongong. The name change took place after the 1998 season; the team also adopted a new logo and moved to the new, 6,000 capacity WIN Entertainment Centre.

Prior to 1998 the Hawks played out of the Beaton Park Stadium, commonly known as "The Snakepit", located in Gwynneville, a suburb of Wollongong close to the city centre. The Snakepit had a reputation among players and coaches as one of the most feared venues in the league. Despite being only small (capacity 1,800), the fans were packed in close to the action making for an awesome atmosphere. Local supporters were known to lean over from the bar at the southern end of the court and shake the ring and even sometimes throw beer on opposition players as they entered the change room, while NBL folklore had the Illawarra Steelers rugby league team often sitting behind the opposition bench as an intimidation tactic. The Snakepit is still in use by the Hawks as a training venue and for pre-season matches.

During the 2007/2008 season, the Hawks experienced significant financial difficulty and as a result the team nearly was forced to withdraw prior to the completion of the season. A community ownership plan was developed, the Friends of the Hawks, along the lines of the Green Bay Packers of the American NFL.

In February 2009, Hawks Captain Mat Campbell started the "Save the Hawks" Campaign to make sure the last remaining foundation club would still exist in the National Basketball League. Mat and his small team reached their goal, thanks to the commitment of the Illawarra community, naming rights sponsor ahm Australian Health Management and a bank guarantee provided by Indian mining magnate Mr. Arun Jagatramka from Gujarat NRE.

Season by Season[edit]

Season Results Finals Coach Captain
1979
8th (5-3)
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Joe Farrugia
Bob Kubbinga
1980 6th (13-9) - Adrian Hurley
Gordie McLeod
1981 8th (9-13) - Joe Farrugia
1982 9th (11-15) - Tom Pottenger
1983 7th (4-18) -
Charlie Ammit
Mike Jones
1984 4th (13-11) Elimination Finalist
Gordie McLeod
1985 5th (10-16) - Ted Weston
1986 5th (15-11) Semi Finalist
Dave Lindstrom
1987 3rd (20-6) Semi Finalist
1988 7th (11-13) -
1989 11th (7-11) -
Chuck Harmison
1990 8th (13-13) -
1991 13th (6-20) -
1992 5th (13-11) Quarter Finalists
1993 6th (15-11) Quarter Finalists
Alan Black
1994 8th (13-13) Quarter Finalists
1995 7th (14-12) Quarter Finalists
1996 10th (9-17) -
Brendan Joyce
1997 11th (7-23) - Matt Zauner
1998 6th (14-16) Elimination Finalists
Clayton Ritter
1998/99 3rd (16-10) Semi Finalists
1999/00 8th (11-17) - Eric Cooks
2000/01 4th (21-7) Champions
Mat Campbell &
Glen Saville
2001/02 4th (16-14) First Round
2002/03 4th (18-12) Semi Finalists
2003/04 2nd (28-8) Semi Finalists
Mat Campbell
2004/05 2nd (20-12) Grand Finalists
2005/06 3rd (19-13) Quarter Finalists Rotating Captaincy
2006/07 10th (11-12) -
Brendan Joyce, Eric Cooks
Glen Saville
2007/08 11th (9-21) -
Eric Cooks
Mat Campbell
2008/09 7th (9-19) -
2009/10 2nd (16-12) Grand Finalists
Gordie McLeod
2010/11 5th (15-13) -
2011/12 8th (9-19) -
2012/13 3rd (13-15) Semi Finalists
Oscar Forman
2013/14 4th (13-15) Semi Finalists

Source:[1]

Retired jerseys[edit]

Source: Retired Numbers

Honour Roll[edit]

NBL Championships: 1 (2001)
NBL Finals Appearances: 18 (1984, 1986–87, 1992–95, 1998–99, 2001–06, 2010, 2013, 2014)
NBL Grand Final appearances: 3 (2001, 2005, 2010)
NBL Most Valuable Players: Mike Jones (1981), Gary Ervin (2011), Rotnei Clarke (2014)
NBL Grand Final MVPs: Glen Saville (2001)
All-NBL First Team: Doug Overton (1992), Melvin Thomas (1993), Darnell Mee (2005), Cortez Groves (2006), Tywain McKee (2010), Gary Ervin (2011), Rotnei Clarke (2014)
NBL Coach of the Year: David Lindstrom (1987), Alan Black (1993,'95), Brendan Joyce (1999, 2001), Gordie McLeod (2010, 2014)
NBL Rookie of the Year: Greg Hubbard (1987), Justin Withers (1989), Axel Dench (2001)
NBL Most Improved Player: C.J. Bruton (2001), Cameron Tragardh (2008), Oscar Forman (2011)
NBL Best Defensive Player: Glen Saville (2003), Darnell Mee (2005)
NBL Best Sixth Man: Adris Deleon (2013), Kevin Tiggs (2014)

Source: NBL AWARD WINNERS

Club MVP[edit]

  • 1989 Norman Taylor
  • 1990 Norman Taylor
  • 1991 Norman Taylor
  • 1992 Doug Overton
  • 1993 Melvin Thomas
  • 1994 Melvin Thomas
  • 1995 Melvin Thomas
  • 1996 Terry Johnson
  • 1997 Clayton Ritter
  • 1998 Clayton Ritter
  • 1999 CJ Bruton
  • 2000 Glen Saville & Melvin Thomas
  • 2001 Glen Saville
  • 2002 Melvin Thomas
  • 2003 Glen Saville
  • 2004 Glen Saville
  • 2005 Glen Saville
  • 2006 Cortez Groves
  • 2007 Adam Ballinger
  • 2008 Kavossy Franklin
  • 2009
  • 2010 Larry Davidson
  • 2011 Gary Ervin
  • 2012
  • 2013
  • 2014 Rotnei Clarke

Current roster[edit]

Wollongong Hawks roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt.
PF 7 Australia Forman, Oscar (C) 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 98 kg (216 lb)
F/C 10 Australia Davidson, Larry 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 100 kg (220 lb)
G/F 22 Australia Coenraad, Tim 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 100 kg (220 lb)
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • United States Eric Cooks
  • Australia Matt Flinn
  • Australia David Boyle (Strength & Conditioning)
General manager
  • Australia Greg Binskin

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Development player
  • (I) Import player
  • Injured Injured

Roster
Updated: 4 July 2014

Depth Chart[edit]

Pos. Starter Bench Bench Reserve
C Larry Davidson
PF Oscar Forman
SF Tim Coenraad
SG
PG

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Season by Season". HawksHistory.com.au. Retrieved 19 December 2013. 

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