Already a full New Zealand Futsal international and Chatham Cup winner, Auckland native Oban Hawkins made the choice to come to Dunedin to study at Otago and despite heavy interest from elsewhere joined our Men’s Premier team and what a year it has been so far.
At the time of writing this Oban was in Noumea with the New Zealand Futsal Whites preparing for an Oceania Tournament where the winner qualifies for the new World Cup to be in held in Lithuania next year. It has been a busy year for him so far mixing his first year of University study, with playing for our Men’s Premier League side in the Southern Premier and South Island Leagues, joining Southern United FC Futsal and attending Futsal White camps.
We caught up with him to ask some key questions about his experiences in 2019 and things to come in the future.
How was 2019 for you playing with OUAFC?
“2019 was awesome from a Footballing perspective, I’d been in contact with Coach Darren Hart since the end of 2018 about coming and playing for OUAFC and ever since the first week of pre season I knew it was the place for me. It’s so much more than just a Football club and has proven to be like a second family away from the hall.”
What were some of the highlights from 2019 with OUAFC?
“I think the big highlight was qualifying for the South Island league. The game that did it was against Dunedin Tech away at Tahuna Park, it was a bit of a struggle but Dom Scahill and Tom Durkin combined for a bit of magic to give us the 1-0 win and secure a spot. Another highlight was the game against Mosgiel at the Cale. It’s one of the best atmospheres I’ve ever experienced and for the game to finish the way it did was amazing.”
What are you looking forward to with OUAFC for 2020?
“I’m really looking forward to try and take a big leap in the South Island League. This year we were definitely a bit raw coming into it, not sure what to expect. But after a year under our belt it will be great for us and hopefully propel us to have a successful season.”
What can new players expect from OUAFC?
“From OUAFC you can definitely expect a side which plays exciting and attractive football which is always enjoyable. But I’d say the biggest thing is the camaraderie. Having a whole club that’s in behind you and supporting you.”
What brought you to Dunedin for your studies rather another NZ location or overseas?
“I came to Dunedin because my dream is to become a doctor and the two places I could do Medicine is in Auckland and Dunedin. I wanted to move away from Auckland so decided to come down here, it’s the best decision I’ve ever made.”