Hawks move quickly to fill role

Former VFL footballer Dion Lawson, left, and experienced mentor Subali Armstrong are Apollo Bay’s new co-coaches. RIGHT PHOTO: Great Ocean Photography.

Apollo Bay Football Club has moved quickly to fill its vacant senior coaching position after the departure of Brent Macleod.

The club announced yesterday that champion onballer Dion Lawson and respected mentor Subali “Spud” Armstrong would serve as co-coaches for the 2020 Colac district league season.

Armstrong had held off-field assistant coaching roles with the club in recent seasons, while Lawson is gearing up for a third year with the coastal club.

Former VFL footballer Lawson first joined Apollo Bay in 2018 before coaching aspirations led him to join Western Region Football League Division Two club Manor Lakes for the start of this season.

He returned to the Hawks after Manor Lakes sensationally folded mid-year.

Lawson said it was an easy decision to return to Apollo Bay in June, and he played a critical role in helping the Hawks reach a preliminary final for the first time in 12 years.

He said he jumped at the opportunity to coach Apollo Bay next year when approached by club president Kyle Briggs.

“I loved my time here in 2018 so there was never any question of where I was going to play after Manor Lakes folded,” Lawson said.

“It was really unfortunate what happened with Manor Lakes folding but I still had a desire to coach, so when Briggsy approached me during the week I jumped at the opportunity.”

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