New Dunolly coach and president keen to see fortunes turn around

The Dunolly Football Netball Club will experience a big shake-up in season 2018 with a line up of new coaching talent set to breath new life into the club.

New club president and senior coach Phil Hawkes has big plans to revitalise the club after a rocky year for the Eagles, who finished last on the ladder and had former president Steve Riley resign halfway through the year.

Hawkes is no stranger to Dunolly, after a brief stint as the club’s vice president in 2011-2012, and he now comes back with over 20 years of experience.

Having previously played in the Maryborough Castlemaine District Football Netball League, Hawkes has been an Auskick coordinator and coached junior and senior sides around Victoria.

He was on the Australian Football Coaches Association executive committee for eight years, was the Director of Sponsorship in the Victorian Women’s Football League and was senior coach for the Sunbury Lions women’s side.

Knowing Dunolly was struggling was one of the major reasons Hawkes decided to take on the leadership roles.

“The club’s been struggling a bit, and I tend to go to clubs that need a bit of assistance and a bit of help. I’ve done it at a couple of other clubs and had success,” he said.

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