Grassy Football Ground
King Island Football Association (KIFA) since 1910
Brown and gold
1946-7, 1949, 1953, 1955, 1957-8, 1978, 1998, 2005-6 (11 total)
When the mine at Grassy was closed in 1990 it seemed certain that it would lead to the demise not only of the club, but also of the three team King Island Football Association. However, a man named Mark Patterson took the bit between his teeth and “went around literally knocking on doors and he found people so that come first match day we had a side on the ground. We never won a game for two and half years, I don’t think, but it helped keep football going, and the atmosphere within our club was just fantastic.”
Apparently, almost two decades on plans are afoot to re-open the mine, so the future of the Hawks, who are the KIFA’s least successful club, may well be a bright and long one.
John Devaney - Full Points Publications