Craig “Fletch” McKenzie


From Greg Hannon: 

“Over the weekend I was fortunate to attend the Knox Club for my first-ever Ray Lacey Medal Night in my role as Senior President.

I sat back as Fletch spoke about each of his players and I thought just how fortunate each Under 17 player is to have a coach, a mentor, a friend and role model like Fletch.  It was evident to everyone in the room how much respect each individual player had for their coach and the esteem they hold him in!

Then yesterday, Fletch took his Under 19’s team to one point off another Preliminary Final.  It was an incredible effort from every player in that team and full credit to Fletch, Cats, and Robbo for getting those boys to play such an exciting brand of football.

Coaching is a tough gig!  You upset parents; you challenge players; you walk a tightrope at times!  All I can say as President of the Club that we are a far better off club having Craig Mc Kenzie working for us than coaching against us!  Fletch makes young boys grow as footballers, but much more importantly, he makes them flourish as young men!

Fletch, our Club thanks you for another fine year”!

Greg Hannon, Senior President, Boronia Hawks Football Netball Club


200th Game for Matt Buzinskas

200 GAMES Matt Buzinskas

Please join us all in congratulating Matt Buzinskas on the occasion of this 200th Senior Game for Boronia Hawks in Round 17.

This is a massive achievement, with very few players reaching this milestone with the Hawks in recent years.  Even more remarkable is that Buzz has played at four other clubs during his career.

In fact, Buzz has racked up well over 350 games in total if we add on 89 junior games for Boronia; a junior season at North Ringwood; a senior premiership at Forrest in 2005, 17 games for Watsonia; and 17 games for Wantirna South!

Buzz has been a standout player for Boronia since his senior debut in 2006 as a seventeen year old, but with a rig and attitude well prepared for senior footy.  He has only played 2 games of Under 18’s footy and only 16 Reserves games so he has been a fixture in the senior team as an inside mid and crumbing forward.

Boronia Football Club Preseason Training
The Rig – 2015

Buzz’s goal sense has been a feature of his game, with 208 senior goals for the Hawka and a best of 7 in one game back in 2007.  There has been no greater sight in recent years than Buzz charging through the guts to kick a team-lifting goal then running back to the middle with a modest celebration as the Hawka faithful raise their voices, and cans,  to salute another Buzz special!

2014 Finals at Jubilee Park.

Buzz is a true champion of the Club.  He provides a great example for our young players and is still playing tremendous footy in 2019.  Congratulations to Buzz from everyone at Boronia Hawks.  We wish him, and his family, our very best wishes for his  milestone game and for many more to come.  We can’t wait to see him teaming up with Woody and Stifler in the Vets!

  • Senior Co-Captain in 2015.
  • 2018 Senior Premiership player.
  • 2012 Reserves Premiership player.
  • 150 Games Trophy in 2015. 
Matthew Buzinskas 2010

Junior President’s Update


The Home & Away season has come to an end with Junior Finals starting this weekend.  We have U12Girls, U12, U13, U16Girls and U17’s heading into Round 1 of Finals.  The girls have a bye this week, but the boys are in full swing.  It is wonderful and exciting for these teams to have this opportunity.  Please get down and support them if you can.  All finals details are available on the EFL website.  


As always it’s still a busy time of the season.  We see Boronia Auskick have it’s last session this coming Friday night.  This will be a fun night of games and presentations to all the children.  It’s also an opportunity for Auskickers moving up to next Under 8’s to get registered and ready for footy next season.


We have our Under 17 Presentation Evening on Saturday 31 August at the Knox Club.  This is quite a formal evening where the Under 17’s dress up in their finest as we announce the winner of the 2019 Ray Lacey Medal for Best & Fairest.   It is done this way, as the majority of these players have played their last year of Junior football, so it’s nice to make it special for them.   Our Junior Presentation Day for all other Junior Teams will be held on Sunday 8 September.  Details will be distributed shortly.


Miller Park is looking a treat and we look forward to heading back there for our 2020 Junior Season.  The surface will be an outstanding improvement of what is has been in the past and even Chandler Park became quite boggy by the end of the season.

The Junior Committee has been working hard on strategies to continue to increase numbers for the coming 2020 season.  They have also been busy working on building our Boronia Auskick program going forward.  Being part of our great Junior Committee is an extremely rewarding process.  Knowing that you can have a small impact on improving the club that your children play for is very satisfying.  I would encourage any parent who would like to get involved to please email us on


We are also seeking Junior Coaches for 2020.  All positions are open.  If you would like to have an opportunity to coach one of our Junior Teams, please ensure that you put your application in.  ALL 2019 coaches and potential coaches for 2020 need to apply for positions, it’s not just a given that this year’s coach will continue into next year.  No experience necessary as we will provide you with support and training course necessary to do a great job.


We are loving our new Training/Warm up tops!  Another order will be placed prior to the end of August and order forms will be sent out in the next week.  Orders will close quickly so ensure you put your order in as soon as the forms are release.  We also have great new Sports Bags available across the club.  These can be purchased the Club at on Thursday nights.


Thanks for a great 2019

Ellisa Schmidtke
Junior President

Boronia Juniors are proudly supported by Dan Bolton and Fletchers Mooroolbark.
Boronia Juniors are proudly supported by Dan Bolton and Fletchers Mooroolbark.


Responsible Serving of Alcohol Course

The Club will be hosting a RSA accreditation course on Monday the 5th of August at 6:30pm.

This session is intended to certify a team of our senior players and club members who can then assist with the serving of alcohol during the senior finals series at Tormore Reserve from 25 August to 14 September.

We have a limit of 30 participants for the course, which will be fully funded by the Club, with no cost to participants.  It will be run by Peter Rosenthal from Good Sports. At the end of the session, participants will be fully certified to serve alcohol at Club events, including finals, as well as at other venues.

To express your interest in the course please email Dave at or send me a message via Facebook. Places can not be guaranteed for everyone, so please sign up early!

David Nicholas, Finance Director, BHFNC


Boronia Hawks Support EFL Silent Sunday.

Over the next two rounds, the Eastern Football League and Eastern Region Girls junior competitions will be launching a new initiative, ‘EFL Silent Sunday’. Some key objectives are:

  • Give players an opportunity to trust their skills and instincts without sideline input and/or correction.
  • Remind coaches, parents & players that PRACTICE is the time to learn and receive instruction. GAMES are to showcase their learning.
  • Remind everyone that junior football is solely for the kids and their enjoyment.
  • To support the umpires who are officiating the game and developing their skills


  • Clap and cheer after each score only (for both sides).
  • Encourage players and umpires.
  • Enjoy the game


  • Verbally abuse umpires.
  • Verbally attempt to correct or instruct umpire’s decision.
  • Verbally abuse players.
  • Verbally attempt to correct or instruct players.
  • Verbally abuse any opposition players, officials or supporters

Clubs also have the opportunity to opt-in with the two below extras; these however are not compulsory.

Quarter-time breaks
Clubs can opt to have no spectators on the ground during the quarter-time and three-quarter time breaks. This will help ensure the coaching/instructing messaging is coming from the coaching staff (please communicate with the opposition club’s team managers and announce on PA should your club wish to include this option).
PA announcements
Prior to the commencement of the game, those clubs with a working PA system can choose to deliver a message before each game (this has been communicated to clubs). Clubs may also utilise the PA at half time of games to remind spectators of the guidelines.


Boronia Juniors are proudly supported by Dan Bolton and Fletchers Mooroolbark.

A Mid-season Update from our Presidents

Dear Members and Supporters,

We are now past the halfway point of the season and it is timely to give you all an update on our progress to date.  There has been a number of Club initiatives that have begun in season 2019 and not all supporters have an insight into these plans.


We are the first club in Australia to utilise a new concussion management software developed at the University of Texas, as reported in the Herald-Sun two weeks ago.  The Club’s use of the program will be highlighted this Friday night on Channel 31 on “The Local Footy Show’.

The appointment of Mitch Wright in his role of High Performance Manager has added further depth to our Football Operations Department.  Mitch, a qualified exercise physiologist, manages twenty-two GPS units purchased by the Club during the preseason.  The game day data for each player is downloaded, analysed and given to our senior coaching staff on a weekly basis.  The data is used to manage player training loads and gives insights to player workloads during games.

In the past two weeks our senior men have defeated two top four teams whilst playing up to four Under 19’s players including Harvey Chinn, Jake Mellis, Nathan Hare and Mason Storr.  The average age of our senior team during those incredible victories has been around 22 years of age, or even a touch younger!  What that tells us as supporters is that this Club still has significant upside in the years to come. 

Our senior women’s team has 33 players in the squad and is showing huge improvement in their skills, fitness and game play under the coaching of Ray Lacey and Scott Nicholas.  Four wins on the board already and an inclusive team culture that has earned them a strong reputation in the league.

Over the next month our senior men should get back Robertson, McKernan, Rutherford, Henderson, Bowes, both Watsons, Millen and Collins!  That is some talent and experience to join our young senior side as we strive towards, hopefully, another finals campaign.

We have begun our relationship with ‘Outside the Locker Room‘, an organisation that assists community clubs by running sessions that focus on mental health awareness for players and staff.  We have one more session planned for this season.

Our two netball teamsare proving successful in 2019, with many new players to the Club, often through connections with family and friends.  It also great to see some of our girls playing both netball and football with the Hawks.  The generous support of Steve and Bec Moore of GJ Gardner Wantirna South sees the girls looking great in Club hoodies

Our senior men and women players have been incredibly supportive of our junior teams, particularly by supporting our Boronia Auskick program on Friday nights and junior training nights.

Our coaching staff headed by Matt Clark in the seniors and Andrew Catley in the juniors, have continued to set standards that mirror our Club’s Mission Statement.  We couldn’t be prouder of our head coaches and assistant coaches and we hope they continue to enjoy their involvement in our Club.


The Club, in consultation with the Boronia Cricket Club, have now had ‘Concept Plans’ drawn up for a new club rooms facility at Tormore Reserve. We are now in the strategy stage where very shortly we will be sharing our Club’s aspirations with Knox City Council and our local members of State and Federal Parliament.   We need their backing to take this project further.  There are absolutely no guarantees that this concept will progress to new, improved rooms for our players and supporters, but we can assure everyone associated with the Club, we will be giving this a 100% crack!

The Club has recently had new solar lighting installed around the ground perimeter and pathways.  Very soon, the new landscaping upgrade will be completed, with BBQ and picnic facilities as well as a half-court all-weather basketball surface.

The redevelopment of Miller Park is looking great.  The new surface is outstanding, the new fencing looks great and should keep the rabbits out! (Yes, they are an ongoing problem). The contractor has recently put a new cricket pitch in, so the ground will be up and running for this year’s cricket season.  We can’t wait to access this facility for junior home games next year.

The Club has also purchased a much-needed upgrade to our sound system for the social rooms at Tormore Reserve.  This will be a great boost for all club functions.

Our new 100 lux Ground Lighting will be fully installed and operational by the end of July or early August. This improved lighting will give our Club far greater flexibility in game allocations and hopefully will enable our women’s football team to play at a more suitable hour than 8.30 am on a Saturday morning!  Thanks to Kristan Wood for his work as Project Manager.


This year has seen the whole club hold a very successful Family Day as a One Club event. Combining the first senior men’s home game with the Junior Jumper Presentation and unfurling of the three 2018 premiership flags was very successful, with a great crowd at Tormore Reserve.


We are always looking at ways to build our junior numbers. In addition to the Family Day, we participated in the Knox Festival, the St Bernadette’s / St Joseph’s Fete, the Knox Primary Schools Girls Footy Day and we will be also attending The Basin Primary School Fete in October.  An enthusiastic Junior Committee and great One Club support allows us to seek out new ways to recruit and promote our great Club.

Our Junior Club now has 105 registered Boronia Auskick players.  This is an incredible achievement!  As a result, we also have two new Under 8’s teams, a first for the Club.

Our new Under 12 Girls team keeps building as the season progresses and these girls are loving their footy.  Our Under 16 Girls team merged with Knox early in the season as both teams were on low numbers.  This has been a huge success with the girls from Boronia / Knox having great outcomes on game days.

We have nine boys playing on permit to Bayswater in their U14 and U15 sides.  This has been a great partnership between two local clubs.  This has given these boys the opportunity to still play as a Boronia player but under the Bayswater banner.  They have all had great seasons.  We are striving to have these boys back at Boronia playing in their respective age groups in 2020.


Our Sponsorship Programs have been very successful through the tireless efforts of our volunteers, with particular thanks to Samantha Dunkinson for her work on Player Sponsorships and Community Partnerships. Our new electronic scoreboard at Tormore Reserve provides additional advertising opportunities and we have expanded our fence signage and in-house TV promotions.  We are very grateful for the tremendous support and generosity of our sponsors and their confidence that our Club is good for their business.

We have proactively supported wellbeing programs through support for Love Me Love You, Beyond Blue, Pancare, Fight MND, and a Walk in the Park for Parkinson’s Disease.

We have once again been awarded the hosting of the EFL Division 1 Finals series for this season.  This has the capacity to be a significant fundraiser for our club.
David Murrihy is running the event so be prepared for a tap on the shoulder as we need our volunteers to band together to make this special!

Our fundraising efforts are all on track.  Our GK Travel + Cruise Major Raffle raised over $10K and we have had successful functions with the Season Launch, President’s Lunch, Gala Ball and Ladies Lunch.

In the coming weeks we have the 1969 Triple Premiership Reunion, a Hawks Nest Coterie Lunch, our 200 Draw (see Michael Goldsack for tickets) and we have already sold out our final Presidents Lunch in August.  We also have our last raffle running now which is the FTG Motor Group Raffle to win a brand new car!

Finally, our Club is continuing to grow and as Dave Nicholas, our Finance Director, so aptly stated, our only enemy is complacency.  That will not be allowed to happen, and our next three months should give us all much hope, enjoyment and gratification!


Greg Hannon, Senior President & Ellisa Schmidtke, Junior President

Boronia Hawks Football Netball Club


Joint Board & Committees Meeting

The Boronia Hawks Board, Senior Committee and Junior Committee all got together last night for a joint meeting to review the season so far.
Club Chairman, Scott Nicholas, took the group through the Club’s successes for the year, with briefings from Wayne Preston (Fundraising and Facilities), Samantha Dunkinson (Auskick), Karen Little (Family Day), Candyce Wright (Female Football), Ellisa Schmidtke (Junior Football), Andrew Catley (Coach Support), David Nicholas (Finance) and Ashley Johnston (Senior Football).
Scott highlighted how all the initiatives are consistent with the Club’s Values and are delivering on our Strategic Plan. Greg Hannon concluded the discussion by highlighting the tremendous people involved in the Club’s leadership and the sense of pride and commitment from the collective committees.
Players, sponsors and supporters can be assured that the Club is being well managed and that the passion of our volunteers will continue to grow and develop Boronia Hawks as a great family sporting club.

Club Strategic Framework

Our Vision

The Boronia Hawks Football Netball Club is one club; working together for success, on and off the field.

Our Mission Statement

The Boronia Hawks Football Netball Club is an inclusive and innovative organisation, valuing respect and loyalty to our people and our club. We provide opportunities for anyone wanting to support our sport, business and community.  GO HAWKA!

Our Values


We’re not just a sporting club; we are a community club where everyone is welcomed and included.


We’re in this together, and we respect the contributions of players, coaches, volunteers, members and their families.


We’re always looking at new ways to improve & develop everything we do, both on and off the field.


We’re building a sense of loyalty between people and the club, where everyone wants to be a part of our success.

Our Guiding Principles

Belong – at the Boronia Hawks Football Netball Club all players, members and supporters belong to a community:

  • Where we show respect to our history, for others, ourselves and our facilities.
  • Where the well-being of all players, members and supporters is at the forefront of all decisions that we make.
  • Where we show care and support to players, families, members and supporters when required.

Believe – at the Boronia Hawks Football Netball Club we believe:

  • That our training programs and coaching provide all players the opportunity to improve and to perform at their best.
  • That all players, regardless of their abilities, are treated with fairness and respect at all times.
  • That we have a responsibility to provide all players and coaches with a ‘high performance’ environment.
  • All players, members and supporters behave in a manner that  is representative of the values of our club.

Become – at the Boronia Hawks Football Netball Club we want to become:

  • A club that has high aspirations, is reflective of our performances and has a desire to grow and improve year on end.
  • A club that embraces challenges and earns the respect of all players, members and supporters.
  • A club that celebrates diversity, is community spirited and welcoming to all new players, members, families and supporters.


Strategic Priorities




  • Junior Pathway
  • Governance
  • Partners
  • Football
  • Finance
  • People
  • Netball
  • Communications
  • Environment



Boronia Hawks Major Raffle Results

Boronia Hawks are very pleased to announce the results of the 2019 Major Raffle, drawn at the Boronia Hawks Ladies Lunch on Saturday 1 June by Jackson Taylor MP.

L-R: Greg Hannon (Senior President), Samantha Dunkinson (Raffle Co-ordinator), Jackson Taylor MP. Photo by courtesy of Kieran Griffin.

1st Prize: Two Return Tickets to Europe courtesy of Greg Krenn and GK Travel + Cruise was won by Kim Panting one of the players from our Under 16 Girls Team!

2nd Prize: a Weber Family Q BBQ courtesy of Brendan Lee at John Alan Betta Home Living at Knox was won by Bec Moore, not only the parent of Sam from our Under 13 Team, also a major sponsor through GJ Gardner Wantirna South.

3rd Prize: a Rug from Choices Flooring FTG courtesy of Roxanne Moroney was won by Amanda Cellante, captain of our Senior Women’s Football Team!

4th Prize: a $500 Rebel Sports Voucher courtesy of Rebel Sport Knox was won by Caitlin “Cotch” Fay from our Senior Women’s Football Team!

5th Prize: an Ozito Ultimate 18v Garden Care Kit courtesy of Grant Bartram was won by Rachel Odgers, our Junior Treasurer and parent of junior players Danae and Connor Moon!

6th Prize: a Fitbit Versa courtesy of Rebel Knox was won by Rebecca Anderson from Boronia Dentist one of our valued major sponsors.

7th Prize: Rebel Mega Boom was won by Tyler Dower from our Senior Men’s Football Team!

8th Prize: a dozen mixed bottles of Wine donated by the Club was won by Jack R!

The Club wishes to thank all our generous sponsors and donors for support of our Major Raffle, which is essential for the successful operation and growth of the Club.

We also thank Greg Hannon, Wayne Preston and especially Samantha Dunkinson for the time and effort they put in to the successful conduct of the 2019 raffle.

Prize winners may contact Samantha Dunkinson or Greg Hannon if they have any queries regarding the collection of their prizes.