Who will run for president?
Former liberal Prime Minister of Victoria Jeff Kennett announced earlier this year that he would step down as Hawks chairman. The Board had a desire for a seamless transition from Kennett to incumbent Director Peter Nankibel, who was appointed by the Board to the role of President.
But those hopes were dashed when Premiership player and former board member Andrew Gowers decided to run for president. Gowers played in 89 games for the Hawks and in the 1991 premiership he was a key member of the team. The 53-year-old has run his business successfully, serving as his Director of Board Football during the Three Pete era.
Gowers wins votes from most Hawthorne people because a) he wore a jumper during his successful days and b) he has the support of the Hawks for Change, a network of Hawthorne fans united for change. considered a prime candidate for How the board runs.
Fans who pitted Gowers against Nankibel were largely due to their antipathy towards Kennett.
Kennett’s unpopularity cannot be limited to a single incident, but was highlighted by recent allegations by club legend Cyril Rioli. age The comments he maintains are directed by Kennett to his wife, Shannyn Artham Rioli, who said that the club’s volatile relationship with indigenous players and their culture led him to play a game at just 28 years old. I stopped
Nankibel, a well-connected lawyer who has been on the board since 2014, has tried to create some distance between himself and the unpopular president during his campaign.
“Am I representing Jeff? Those who know me will form the view that nothing is far from the truth. not.”
Kennett then fired back at Langford, defending his board’s actions while warning the players and leaders of the champions that they had been given inaccurate information for political purposes.
Gowers also said the board “threw women at the wolves” by running Katie Hudson and Anne-Marie Pellither for election and by deciding to extend the term of football coach Richie Vandenberg by a year. Pelitzer later said she was “strangely insulted” by those comments, adding, “Katie and I have been very, very good at what we’ve done and have had good results in our portfolio.” I found it strange that he thought I was running for re-election.I would be thrown by wolves.”
Another candidate, James Merlino, has expressed concern about the disconnect between the club’s players and members and the administration. “Hawthorn has football past players and their families who want nothing to do with his club, we are not family his club,” Merlino said.
Lines are drawn by many of Hawthorne’s greatest players on and off the battlefield. Former captains Don Scott, Peter Hudson, Peter Knights, Jarryd Ruffhead, Jordan Lewis, Nathan Thompson, Joel Smith and Campbell Brown have all voiced their support. of Nankibel.
Businessman Ian Dicker and former Premiership players Peter Schwab, Gary Ayers and Bruce Stevenson are backing Gowers.
Who are the officers? And who’s up for the challenge?
There are nine current directors, including the president. There are three vacancies for him, with five candidates vying for the positions.
The current directors are:
Jeff Kennett (departure)
Peter Nankibel (named president from current board)
Katie Hudson (running for re-election)
Anne-Marie Peliser (running for re-election)
In addition to Pelitzer and Hudson, the candidates to be elected to the Board are:
James Merlino Former Deputy Premier of Victoria
Ed Schill, President of Box Hill
Director of the Maria Louie Foundation
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