2005 following the merger of Bothwell, Oatlands and Kempton Football Clubs
Oatlands Recreation Oval and Bothwell Recreation Ground
Southern Football League (SthFL) from 2006
Brown and gold
The amalgamation of three Oatlands District Football Association Clubs in Bothwell, Oatlands and Kempton gave rise to the Central Hawks, who commenced involvement in the SthFL’s regional league in 2006. Coached by Dean Clark, the side won its opening 4 matches of the season, and continued to perform creditably in achieving 9 wins from 18 games to finish sixth of ten clubs, thereby only narrowly missing finals participation.
In 2007 the Hawks lost a hard fought first semi final to Claremont by a couple of points, thereby finishing fourth, but the following year they were unable to build on this and missed the finals entirely.
Prior to the merger Bothwell had amassed the impressive total of twenty-three senior grade premierships in various competitions over the course of an existence stretching back to the 1880s. Oatlands could trace its history back even further, but the club had been slightly less successful than Bothwell with ‘only’ sixteen senior grade flags to its credit. Kempton claimed to have been established as early as 1864, although this seems highly questionable. Known as the Magpies, the club had won at least five senior grade premierships, although there might well have been more as records prior to the 1930s are sketchy at best.
John Devaney - Full Points Publications