Mayor prizes rise of Suns, Hawks

THE Prospect Hawks and Meander Valley Suns will play for the inaugural Meander Valley Mayor's Cup in the first meeting between the two newest NTFA division 2 clubs at Prospect Park on Saturday.

The clubs joined the competition in 2011 and 2014 respectively after both debuted in the Leven Association.

``The Hawks and Suns have led a surge in Australian football participation in the eastern end of the Meander Valley, having formed recently as the population of young families in the area between Prospect and Westbury has exploded over the past 10 years,'' Prospect Hawks president Kelvin Hayes said.

``The success of this push has been evidenced by the uptake of the game by more than 1000 juniors in the last decade at Prospect Hawks Junior Football Club.

``As well as the many young players participating, including young Prospect Hawks player Nick Claxton who has already played more than 100 club games from under-nines through to seniors since 2006, the club has seen the likes of the Kolodjashnij twins move on to the AFL and many others join the Tasmanian talented player pathway.''

Hayes said Meander Valley Mayor Craig Perkins had led a council which supported the growth of sport in the area and had undertaken considerable work at both Prospect Park and Westbury Recreation Ground to ensure football could be played. The reserves game starts at 11.50am and the seniors at 2pm.

Nick Cowan, of  the Meander Valley Suns, Meander Valley Mayor Craig Perkins and  Nick Claxton, of the Prospect Hawks, get ready for Saturday's clash for the  inaugural Meander Valley Mayor's Cup.  Picture: GEOFF ROBSON

Nick Cowan, of the Meander Valley Suns, Meander Valley Mayor Craig Perkins and Nick Claxton, of the Prospect Hawks, get ready for Saturday's clash for the inaugural Meander Valley Mayor's Cup. Picture: GEOFF ROBSON

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