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Coach wants 'Illawarra' reinstated to Hawks name as team remains unbeaten


The Hawks have continued their unbeaten start to the NBL season with a come from behind 90-82 win over the Bullets in Brisbane.

It's the first time the Hawks have started a season 3-0 since 2013. 


The Bullets led by 13-points during the second quarter but the Hawks clawed their way back to clinch an 8-point victory.

Hawks import Tyler Harvey top scored with a game high 31-points.


Coach Brian Goorjian praised his squad after the game before declaring that he wants the 'Illawarra' reinstated to the Hawks name following a chat with his dad.

"He said to me 'why the heck aren't you guys Illawarra? You don't play like Hawks, you play like Illawarra," Goorjian said.

"I was thinking about it, I've been around Chuck Harmison, Greg Hubbard, Glen Saville, Mat Campbell, these guys have earned that right, they're Illawarra and we're Illawarra," he said.


The 'Illawarra' was cut from the club's name when the new owners took over last year but the coach wants it returned.

"It's time and I think the rest of the way, my job more so than winning games, if I win every game and win the whole thing and we're still the 'Hawks', I haven't done my job," Goorjian said.

"We want to come back, we want to fill that stadium and we want to hear 'Illawarra, Illawarra,' he said.

Images: NBL

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