The concept was started by a group of friends. It started as a throwaway conversation, but soon gathered legs that this group could indeed start an Australian Rules football team. In its most primitive form, the Spartans was born out of casual Sunday training sessions in Camberwell.
In the early days it consisted of 15 or so mates having a kick. This soon grew to a weekly ritual. Fast forward 6 months and the Spartans army grew to a playing list of approximately 40 people, going through the rigours of a solid pre-season.
The Hawthorn "Spartans" Football Club is an affiliation of the Hawthorn Amateur Football Club. The Spartans will form the HAFC's Club 18 team and compete in the VAFA competition.
The team will play all matches on Saturdays. The home ground is Rathmines Reserve (Melways reference 45-H10) in Hawthorn East. This venue will be our ground for 2011 and the place where we play our home matches. All subsequent matches will be played at our opposition's ground. The details (date and start times) for each match will be posted in the Fixture section once this is known. We would love the support at all our home and away matches.
The team trains every Wednesday night and display SPARTAN spirit - intense, ruthless, united and strength. The group's skills have improved immensely since the team was formed.
The Spartan DNA
These group of Spartans have come together from a number of different backgrounds. Some have an existing Australian Rules background, others have been sons of the round ball while others have ventured from the basketball court.
The Spartans have been fortunate enough to have a number of special guests involved with the club. Their role is to assist with training this team into understanding the AFL culture and making each member of the team a better footballer and person.
We would like to thank Collingwood legend Peter Daicos for all his invaluable assistance and support to the Spartans.
Support At Games
Partners of players, friends, relatives, brothers and sisters, parents of players and sponsors have committed to attend and assist on game day.
To all coaching staff, committee members and all members of HAFC, we thank you for your support and assistance in providing us the opportunity to join their club.