Since joining Victoria’s State League in 2001, The Hawks (then known as Melbourne Central) have enjoyed a reputation as one of the most successful club’s in the competition’s history, winning the top-flight Championship division four times.
The club finished runner-up in Championship in its maiden State League season in 2001, but went one better the following year in 2002, winning the club’s first Championship premiership.
It 2003 our Division 1 team also made its first finals appearance, with both Championship and Division 1 reaching the preliminary final, before the Championship team raised the cup again in 2004, while Division 1 reached the grand final.
2005 began a run of three consecutive grand final losses for Championship. However they finally broke through again in 2008 to claim a third premiership.
It was a pair of preliminary final losses again for Championship and Division 1 in 2009, followed by a runner-up result for Championship in 2010.
The 2011 season saw the first finals appearance for our 19/U team, which finished runner-up, while another Championship premiership made it four titles in 11 seasons for our top team.
With current Hawks Championship division coach Jacqui Hansen at the helm, Division 1 finally ended its long wait for a premiership in 2012, followed by a semi-final appearance in 2013.
In 2014 it was the 19/U team’s turn for success, with a breakthrough 19/U title. A number of players from that team now form the nucleus of our Championship team.
The 2015 to 2017 seasons have been a period of redevelopment for our club, now known as The Hawks, with a number of our players gaining selection at the elite level with Melbourne Vixens and Collingwood Magpies, while our VNL sides made great strides in 2017, with a renewed focus on culture and commitment.