Australian Rules, American Attitude.


The Hawks are more than just a sports team. We’re a club of sportsmen and women who enjoy having fun on and off the field, all the while celebrating and promoting the game of Australian Rules Football. We’re made up of Americans, Australian ex-pats, and have had players from Ireland, Canada, and Guyana, among others, wear the gold and brown jumpers.

Every season we’re looking for players and supporters to join our ranks. No experience necessary. Company Overview The Philadelphia Hawks Australian Football Club was founded in 1998 when a couple of friends starting kicking the “footy” around down by the lakes in South Philly. Since then, our membership has grown, our club has solidified, and we’ve even taken home a National title.

Who We Are

We play in the United States Australian Football League’s Eastern regional league (the EAFL), taking on teams from Boston, New York, Washington, North Carolina, and Florida. Our travels have taken us to those locations, plus Atlanta, Kansas City, Texas, Las Vegas, and even Canada!

In addition, we also have a local Metro competition, pitting the South Philly Whiz and the Old City Benjamins. Metro Footy is a great way to learn the game on a smaller scale, all while having a great time playing the world’s greatest sport!

Club History

Our Club began in 1998 as the Philly Crows by our founder Chris Hasson (US) and consisted of 5 to 6 eager players meeting in the snow and slush down at the lakes in South Philly.

Early Team ShotA couple of years back our mother team, the mighty Hawthorn Football Club (Hawks) of Aus, saw our successes and growth and asked us to be their sponsored club here in the US.

Since then our roster has grown to over 30 steady players with an Alumni that has reached over a hundred spread around the globe.

Our current line up consists of about 70% US, 30% Australian players.


Besides our growth and garnering the attention of a major AFL team the Philly Hawks have won a Division 3 Title, and reached a second. We have also made the Division 2 Grand Final, twice. We’ve represented Philadelphia since 2001 in the Nationals at Washington DC, Kansas City, Austin, Dublin Ohio, Milwaukee, and Las Vegas.

Members of our squad have represented the US playing for The Revolution. One member won a scholarship to attend college and play for a minor league club in Australia. Our team was even invited to play a mini game during the 7th inning stretch of a Phillies game at the old Vet !

sung to : Do Wa Diddy

Here we come, gunna sweep you off the ground, singin’
Carn the Hawkers, we’re the Mighty Philly Hawks

Feathered warriors wearin’ spiffy gold & brown, singin’
Carn the Hawkers, we’re the Mighty Philly Hawks

We kick good! (We kick good!)
We mark high! (We mark high!)
We kick good! We mark high!
And our tackles make them cry!
Carn the Hawkers, we’re the Mighty Philly Hawks

( CAPTAIN ) Hawkers,,,, 1,,,,2
boom shaka laka laka
boom shaka laka laka
boom shaka laka laka BOOM

( Captain ) And thats a fact Jack!
That’s a fact Jack!