Eagles celebrate past

PROUD: President, Des Cameron, ahead of Hawkesdale Macarthur's amalgamation reunion. Picture: Morgan Hancock

PROUD: President, Des Cameron, ahead of Hawkesdale Macarthur's amalgamation reunion. Picture: Morgan Hancock

HAWKESDALE-Macarthur’s pursuit of a maiden senior premiership remains the ultimate goal on the eve of its two-decade amalgamation reunion.

The club, which is the result of a merger between the Hawkesdale Eagles and Macarthur Demons in 1997, is set to welcome a host of prior players and supporters to celebrate its 20-year amalgamation milestone on Saturday night.

President Des Cameron said while the club was yet to secure an elusive senior netball or football premiership, it had laid the foundations through progressive off-field management.

He said the club was committed to servicing both the Hawkesdale and Macarthur communities and continued to play home games in both towns.

“We’re proud of the facilities we’ve been able to build for the club and for the communities – I think we’ve spent about $900,000 on that with grant assistance,” Cameron said.

“We’ve won a few flags here and there in lower and junior grades for football and netball but winning the senior flags is something we want to tick off.

“The merger has certainly been a success. It’s a funny question to answer, if we’d still be a club had it not have happened. I think we knew it was the right decision.”

Cameron said the club’s greatest strength was it’s strong reputation.

He pointed to the appointment of several high-calibre coaches as highlights of the Eagles’ football journey.

“We’re lucky in the way that when we go to interview people, we have a good record of enticing good players and coaches to the club,” Cameron said.

“We’ve had the likes of Jamie Hetherington, Brad Sholl and Simon O’Keefe.”

Celebrations are expected to get underway at 6.30pm on Saturday, at the Macarthur Recreation Reserve.

It will include a sit-down meal and the unveiling of teams of the double-decade for football and netball.

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