WEST COAST HAWKS
Thankyou to Wirrulla Football and Netball Clubs, our Grand final host
15 August 2018
Excerpt for this article with thanks to Tegan Whitford
Pictured: (Please select to enlarge)
1. Kirk Montgomerie in action against old foe Wirrulla in 2016
2. With lovely wife Tahla at the 2017 Hawks wind up
3. The night wearing on at the 2017 wind up
4. The night wearing on even more, here with team mates Nick Schumann, Dylan Kelsh and Dillon Cabot
5. Kirks Best 22 in 20 years at the Hawks, with return comments
6. Comments of congratulations from team mates
7. Joe Burgoyne, Kirk and Brody Kenny from Hawks v Elliston match at Streaky Bay July 2018
8. Kirk taken in the 2006 Grand Final. Hard to tell as there is no medical tape, but look closely, it's him!
9. In action 2017, this time with close attention to Jesse Stringer at a boundary throw in.
10. Celebrations with Damien Johnson and Jarrad Murphy in 2006
11. Always happy to help out, here supporting the weight of Derick Freeman (Hawks) and Damon King O'Loughlin (Tigers) this year
12. Rovers 1996 Colts Side
13. Mid West Port Adelaide Cup 1999
14. Mid West Kinlough Cup 2000
15. Mid West Mortlock Shield 2013
16. Montgomerie Brothers (L to R: Kirk, Tyson, Cameron, Dillon) prior to the 2009 Mid West Grand Final at Piednippie
West Coast Hawks champ Kirk Montgomerie played his 250th game against Western Districts last Saturday, joining his brother Tyson who reached the milestone earlier this season. A big congratulations from everyone in Mid West on this outstanding achievement.
Kirk has an enviable record with seven A Grade Premierships (2003, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014) right at the top of the list, maybe an eighth this year? Grand Finals just about every year that he has played, only missing 2004! Represented Mid West five times at Mortlock Shield plus Port Adelaide Cup and Kinlough Cup, 82 goals, 3 x Club Best Team Man, an award that he will always be in consideration for, committee member, League delegate, the list goes on.
The four Montgomerie brothers have all made a huge impact in Mid West.
Kirk is well known for taking on the big assignments in the big games, the opposition's best and most dangerous player is often tasked to Kirk, who never lets his side down. His love of the game is clear, once that white line is crossed he bleeds blue and gold! Always available to lend courteous advice to umpires and opposition, never far away when a team mate is in trouble! Recent years has seen a move predominantly to defence, which he has mastered in his usual way, but still dangerous when he sorties forward from time to time. Excellent skills, rarely misses his target, and prepared to run hard as a key member of the great West Coast Hawks sides.
Over his career he has played through injury,(shoulders, hamstring, knee, etc) as all the Montgomerie boys do, however maybe has received less sympathy than others when the source of these have been on the dance floor or social scene! Always front and centre at wind ups, footy trips, after match functions.
Nobody prepares better or reaches the excitement levels of Kirk, maybe the birth of his son would be up there with Grand Final success, so it will be interesting to see if he can keep up these life milestones with the same regularity, potentially he will have ten or more youngsters! Look out Tahla!