Gosnells joined the Western Australian Amateur Football League in 2009 following the demise of the Sunday Football League, of which the club had been a founding and ever-present member from 1989. For most of that time the Hawks competed in the Saturday competition. They qualified for a total of three grand finals in this competition, winning against Kenwick in both 1995 and 1996 having previously lost in 1991 to Osborne Park.
On crossing to the WAAFL their debut season in C Grade Black was auspicious as they won the flag at the first time of asking, downing Kalamunda by 7 points in the grand final. The following season was less memorable as they won just 3 of their 18 B Grade matches to finish second from last thereby dropping to C1 Grade (as C Grade Black had been renamed). The 2011 season brought a second successive relegation, this time as wooden spooners. The Hawks' topsy-turvy existence continued in 2012 when they qualified for the C2 Grade grand final, securing promotion back to C1 Grade. The match, however, was a disappointment as opponents Lynwood Ferndale won by 34 points. After stabilising in C1 Grade for a couple of seasons Gosnells suffered relegation back to C2 Grade after a winless 2015. The 2016 season brought C2 Grade finals participation for an eventual finishing position of third. Then, in 2017, the Hawks enjoyed a dream season - almost. Top of the ladder with a 100% record ahead of the finals Gosnells then blew second semi final opponents Warnbro Swans off the park to the tune of 52 points to sweep straight into the grand final. Opposed by Bassendean, the hotly favoured Hawks somehow contrived to put on their worst display of the year and crash to defeat by 4 goals, 11.7 (73) to 15.7 (97). Promotion to C1 Grade was, of course, a welcome consolation prize, but it would have been infinitely more enjoyable if it had come champagne-flavoured.
Gosnells performed quite strongly in C1 Grade in 2018, qualifying for the finals and ultimately coming fourth. The 2019 season brought a fifth place finish before a dismayingly poor 2020 campaign saw them slump to last place, as a result of which they will be competing in C2 Grade in 2021.
John Devaney - Full Points Publications