The Hunter Gridiron League (HGL) announced its arrival back with the promise of a 7 on 7 full contact league based in the Newcastle and Hunter Region of New South Wales. The HGL has announced the initial 4 teams that will take part in 2016 and the reasons as to why they chose the name for each team. The four teams will be known as the Bombers, Miners, Marauders and the Cannons the reasons behind the names are below (information from the HGL Facebook page):
Gathering from the caricatures above, you need to choose which character you identify with best, and that decides which team you are on. Options look like they include:
Marauders – Think that guy is Johnny Unitas. Straight and narrow. He doesn’t get out of line. Look at that haircut, that’s a haircut you can set your watch to. The Marauder’s name is based off the long standing history of maritime activities in the Newcastle and Hunter areas. Newcastle port is one of busiest in the world with exporting & cruise ships.
Cannons – Looks like Bane is playing on their team. He likes blowing up football stadiums, with his skills, and darkness. Oh, the Cannons, you think darkness is your ally. But you merely adopted the dark; I was born in it, moulded by it. I didn’t see the light until I was already a man, by then it was nothing to me but BLINDING! The Canon’s name honors one of Newcastle’s most popular tourist attractions, Fort Scratchley, built in 1882 in Newcastle East originally to defend the city against a possible Russian attack, although the guns weren’t fired in anger until 1942.
Bombers – That’s an angry Captain Jack Rooney from Any Given Sunday. He’s grown a beard in anger because he only has a quarter of his back left. Reliable. Old. The name comes from the Williamtown RAAF base which has been a huge part of the Newcastle & Hunter community. RAAF Base Williamtown is a Royal Australian Air Force base and headquarters to Australia’s Air Combat Group.
Miners – That’s definitely Johnny Utah. He’s a Punk. Quarterback Punk. He likes surfing, babes, the word ‘Whoah’, and getting two sandwiches at a time. The Miner’s name obviously comes from and pays respect to the rich history in the Newcastle and Hunter valley mining industries. We are known for a our rich mining culture and we are sure people will be proud to pull on the Miners uniform in the coming months.
Hunter Gridiron League is a game of inches. The inches we need are everywhere around us. They’re in every break of the game, every minute, every second. On this team we fight for that inch. On this team we tear ourselves and everyone else around us to pieces for that inch. We claw with our fingernails for that inch. Because we know when add up all those inches, that’s gonna make the difference between winning and losing! Between living and dying! On any given Sunday you’re gonna win or you’re gonna lose. The point is – can you win or lose like a man?