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From the beginning

In 1983, Norm Miller along with Lou Iordanis, Geoff Burke, Gary Stevens and Lewis Collier held the first meeting to initiate the forming of a football club at the local Corner Store owned by Norm at the corner of Hoare and English Streets, Manunda, Cairns in Far North Queensland. The meeting decided to pursue the concept and at a subsequent meeting late in 1983 along with Burke, Iordanis and Collier, a Football Club was initially born. The team name originated from the fact that they were meeting in Manunda and the Hawks came from the fact that both Norm and Lewis were both fanatical Hawthorn supporters.

The Hawks fielded senior and reserve grade sides in the 1984 season and tasted success the following year.

Hawks have had various ‘homes’ since their arrival into the CAFL. From playing home games at the Cairns showgrounds to having training venues such as Trinity Bay high school, Balaclava primary school and even Barlow Park. Hawks relocated to Australian Football Park later to be renamed Cazaly’s stadium which has been their home til this present day.

Manunda Hawks have tasted success in winning premierships in all grades during their life and recently winning back to back premierships in the seniors, and under 18’s competitions during the 00’s.

The club has always been served by many loyal committee members, members, supporters and backed by generous sponsors over the years which in turn will benefit the club to achieve their destiny in years to come…..


  • Reg Lillywhite and Bill Jones proudly hold the 1985 CAFL Reserve grade Flag
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  • Cairns Showgrounds in 1986