Gloucester Park, Margaret River, Western Australia

Words & photos by Les Everett

Prince Henry, the Duke of Gloucester certainly got good value out of a trip to Western Australia in 1934 and a stint as Australia’s GG from 1945-47. There’s a Gloucester Tree, a Gloucester forest, a Gloucester Lodge, loads of Gloucester Streets and some Gloucester Parks.

One of the Gloucester Parks is the home ground of the Augusta-Margaret River Hawks who play in the South West Football League. The Hawks won the SWFL premiership after knocking off South Bunbury in the grand final at Hands Oval by 28 points.

Augusta-Margaret River’s recruiting came together pretty nicely in 2011. Former East Perth players Tim and Ben Noakes came home and the team also included Jeremy Humm (West Coast and Richmond), Adam Pickering (Carlton and East Perth), Trevor Oliver (East Perth) and Zac Beeck (East Perth, Peel, West Coast). Tim Noakes kicked 97 goals for the season – he and his brother are back in the city and playing for Perth in 2012.

The scoreboard at Gloucester Park is a very solid and secure structure – we weren’t able to get in and put up a mock score.

Not for the first time on our travels we came across a footy – property of the Hawks – we stuck it in the dug-out and hope it survived until the next training run.

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