Friday, 24 July 2015
WAFL clubs can often produce interesting family connections and against East Perth in Round 16 the Lions had five members of the Hoskins family involved on game-day.
Young midfielder Craig Hoskins was the most obvious member involved as he made his league debut but the family ties run deeper.
Hoskins sister Alyce has been working as a trainer for the Colts squad and Craig has had his brother Jason on hand as a runner for the reserves.
Along with the Hoskins involved on-field; they are equally involved off the park.
Michael Hoskins has been a major sponsor and supporter of the Subiaco Football Club since 2010 and provides strong backing for the colts program.
AE Hoskins and Sons organised major sponsorship of the colts five years ago and the partnership has benefited from both sides.
To complete the family affair Jeff Hoskins offers his hand in the stats room. Jeff has been hammering down the numbers in 2015 and would have enjoyed marking stats for his nephew’s first league appearance.
Families like the Hoskins create a rich fabric for a football club and Subiaco CEO Peter Capes believes it speaks volumes to have these family ties.
"To have a family so thoroughly represented on a game-day speaks volumes for the environment of the football club. It's great to see families like the Hoskins involved and contributing to the culture of the Subiaco Football Club,
We've had both Jason and Craig play for the club, Alyce is working with the colts, Jeff in the stats department and Michael's contribution as a sponsor with AE Hoskin and Sons,
They've been fantastic and we're appreciative of their contributions and support." said Capes
Keeping good people around a football club isn't always easy but Capes believes it's vital to make the relationship work both ways.
"The thing with people is that you can never take them for granted and we work pretty hard to make sure we acknowledge the people involved in the club from the volunteers, sponsors, staff and members,
"We also make sure that our footballers and their families are looked after. And the people watch the game closely can see the effort that the coaches and football staff go to ensure that their kids are getting the support they need.
"The relationship goes both ways and you need to look after the people around and that's the testament to our football club." added Capes