ADAM Hawke says he ends his coaching tenure at Westerns with one regret — that the Kangaroos couldn’t cap off a charmed 2012 season with a flag.
Hawke has stepped down from the helm after three seasons coaching the Portland-based club in the South West District league.
Westerns lost the first semi-final to Dartmoor by 31 points, kicking a wayward 8.17 (65) to 14.12 (96) at Coleraine’s Silvester Oval on Sunday.
Their score included 1.8 in the third term, which allowed the Swans to take a four-point lead into the last break and run away with the match.
The result meant the Kangaroos have finished fourth, second and fourth under Hawke, who yesterday rued the 2012 grand final defeat to Heywood as a lost opportunity.
“You do look back on last year, when you get runners-up you always think we’ve got so close, it would’ve been good to win it,” he said.
“From where we came from in 2011 to the difference in 2012, no one expected us to go as good as we did, that was a positive.
“But you always have that regret that you didn’t win a premiership.
“We were 13 points up halfway through the second quarter. “If we’d been able to hold that or get one or two goals before half-time, they seemed to be struggling a bit, we could’ve put them under a lot more pressure.
“But they got those last couple of goals and kicked four in the third quarter that got them going.”
Hawke, 39, spending three years coaching Westerns brings his football journey full circle.
His father Allan was coach and president of the club during the 1980s, with Adam recalling days spent running the boundary or operating the scoreboard.
He crossed to Portland, then in the Western Border league, after emerging from juniors and spent 10 years at the Tigers.
A three-year stint at Westerns, from 1998 to 2000, followed before he coached Tyrendarra to three flags from 2003 to 2007.
Hawke then opted to experience football from a different perspective, taking on the SWDFNL presidency in 2008.
Westerns offered him a chance to again coach in 2011, where he has been since.
“As I said after the game, I’ll stay around and help out anything they need,” Hawke said.
“It’s now about taking time out to think about what I want to do and go from there with it.
“The wife and the family love being around the club.
“If there are any roles they need me to fill, I’m happy to help out in any way I can.”
Hawke is one of two SWDFNL seniors coaches to step down this season. Cavendish is also on the hunt for a new mentor to replace Simon Hatherall.
Dartmoor will play Coleraine in the SWDFNL preliminary final at Cavendish on Saturday.
The winner of that match will take on Heywood in the grand final.