Illawarra Hawks coach Rob Beveridge loves the community and business support that has kept the oldest club in the NBL going for four decades.
Beveridge said that was as important as ever this year as the team headed into the new season next week. He said the Hawks face a particularly tough start to 2017/18 with most of the early games on the road. And that is why it is really important for fans and supporters to come out in force for the first home game on October 22.
“We have nine out of our first 12 games on the road. Our backs are against the wall. We know that so it is so important that when we start back here on the 22nd we need support. This league is as good as I have ever seen it. It is going to be tough for us so we need the help of our community and fans to fill that stadium and be that sixth man that a lot of other clubs have.”
Beveridge said the club was in a tough position when he arrived and loves the never say die attitude of supporters and players.
He spoke about that and what he expects for the season ahead during an interview for Relativity’s In The Loop.
“This is the oldest club in Australia,” he said.
“It is 40 years this year. We are the only foundation club still going. It has had a lot of hardship and I just wanted to be part of it because I know it is an incredible community. Three or four times the club has been on its knees and it still survives. It just continues to bounce back and a lot of that has to do with the people in the community and all the sponsors and the people who put their hand up and say they want to help”.