An Important Message from the President –

To our Valued Hawks’ Community.

I have some important news with regard to the Coaching structure for Season 2020/21.

We are certainly still in tough times with the restrictions brought about by the Covid 19 pandemic, and as a Club we have not escaped the impact.

Of greatest significance has been the impact to Head Coach, Ben Williams, suffering a period of complete lockdown in New Zealand following a well-earned holiday to the Pacific earlier this year, and the current isolation restrictions.

The trip back to Melbourne requires 14 days complete isolation in a Melbourne hotel for Ben and the family, not an ideal situation with the impending birth of the second addition to the Williams’ clan. A round trip for Ben and the family would see a 28 day period of isolation, not ideal for anyone.

To compound the difficulties, Ben and Lauren are currently working their way through a significant family illness within Lauren’s family, and as we have always said as a Club “Family comes first.“

It is not currently feasible for Ben to return or commute on a regular basis, so I, in consultation with Cricket Director, Phil O’Meara, have permitted Ben a leave of absence, for as long as he requires. There is no expectation on a return date at this point, but we will remain supportive of Ben and family and leave any return up to Ben.

I have been in continuing discussions with Ben, and we both agree, that given the circumstances, he should remain in New Zealand, welcome a new little Williams to the family, and support Lauren and her family through these tough times.

We agree that this is a difficult outcome for all and wish the Williams’ family our very best wishes for the weeks and months ahead and extend our support across the Tasman. Once the path is clear for Ben, he will return to continue his coaching role with KHCC.

I am pleased to announce that, in light of this arrangement, Peter Marshall will take on the interim Head Coaching role. Pete has a wealth of coaching experience and for those that know him will agree, he is a committed and passionate cricket tragic, an excellent communicator, and a quality coach across a variety of disciplines.

I must personally thank Pete for his acceptance of the situation, and his willingness to support the Club in a most difficult and unusual circumstance.

In coming weeks we will look to add some additional resources to support Pete and provide some added Cricket Development skills to maintain the momentum already generated within our cricket community.

In past months there has been significant work done around recruitment and the opening up of a pathway for talented youngsters to join the Premier network with the Hawks.

With regard to recruitment, I can advise that at this point in time we have secured a significant number of new players who will bolster the ranks across all grades, and our recruiting mission still continues. I will expand on our development focus in coming weeks.

Finally, as a Club and a Community, we offer Ben, Lauren and their family our continued support, and look forward to their return when possible.