RESPECT: Former Hawks player Ash Boney was honoured at the first home game of the season by his relatives Jason Boney, Nick Boney and club secretary Doug Beahan.
RESPECT: Former Hawks player Ash Boney was honoured at the first home game of the season by his relatives Jason Boney, Nick Boney and club secretary Doug Beahan. ANN BICHEL FHILL

Late players honoured by Hawks cast

RUGBY LEAGUE: Before the final match, the mood fell sombre at Cahill Park as players, coaches and supporters of the Gatton Hawks Rugby Football Club stopped to remember three of their own.

The deaths of Hawks 2013 premiership player Ash Boney, fanatical supporter and former player Geoffrey Martin and seven-year-old Ryan Pringle were acknowledged with a minute's silence.

Club chaplain and secretary Reverend Doug Beahan lead the prayer out on the field in honour of the three past players.

But, the presentation started from the sheds with Boney's father and grandfather handing over the number six jersey to the Hawks A Grade side.

The number 6 jersey was also rested for the game in respect for the former five-eighth.

Beahan said the display of respect was second nature to the family-orientated club.

"It was our first home game and we wanted to honour those past players,” Beahan said.

"As part of the Hawks' family approach we just wanted to set aside a bit of time to do that.”

Boney's cousin, Jason Boney, carried on the family name at the Hawks club taking the field on the night.

Geoffrey Martin's nephew, Jesse Martin, also played for the club on Saturday.

"We give thanks to the players and their contribution and we pray for comfort and support of the family,” Beahan said.

When the proceedings finished, the last game kicked off and the Hawks did their former players proud.

A grade won their second game for the season against Southern Suburbs Rugby League Football Club 30-24.

Coach Shaun Hobson said the back-to-back win was the start of what could be a promising season.

"Putting things into perspective, this season we have been without the services of some of last year's squad who are either yet to play a game or have moved on this season,” Hobson said.

Hawks reserve grade smashed Souths 26-0, but the under-18s suffered a 32-24 loss.


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