Club Statement on the 2020 Season

As a club, and Boronia community, we’re all feeling disappointed with the decision to cancel the 2020 season for senior men and women.

The club plays such a huge part of the lives and wellbeing of so many people, and to know that we will need to go without it for the foreseeable future, in a time when perhaps we need it most, is hard to swallow. With so many sad and tragic events in Australia and around the world, we must keep our footy in perspective but we all could do with the support of our footy family that comes from sharing a laugh at training and on game day.

In saying this, we appreciate and acknowledge the leadership of the EFNL in navigating through an unprecedented situation. We recognise that this has been a difficult decision with a number of factors in play, and ultimately the decision has been based on the health and safety of all of our members, and the future viability of club’s within the league. In a tough time, we can’t do anything but respect this decision and appreciate the work that’s occurred and will continue to occur, behind the scenes for the betterment of football and netball in the east.

As a Club we are in strong position, and we have an amazing group of volunteers and supporters. We’ve created some serious momentum and our Board and Committees will keep pushing to ensure we are in an even stronger position when senior football and netball returns in 2021.

Thank you to all of our club members for their positivity and resilience over the past few months. I couldn’t be more proud of the club and know we will face the next period in the same way.

While we’re thrilled our junior footballers will be able to participate in a modified season, and look forward to supporting our little Hawka’s in 2020, we still face a number of challenges, but will meet them with thorough planning and optimism.

We will continue to build our Club off the field with renewed enthusiasm to ensure that we continue the momentum we’ve created over the past few years. We will come back stronger.

Our focuses are clear for the remainder of 2020:

  1. The health and wellbeing of our senior players and members – the consequential impacts on the health, wellbeing and social connection of club members can not be underestimated. Continuing engagement and support will be the overwhelming priority over the coming months.
  2. Building our momentum off-field – we will continue our work off the field to strengthen our strategic and operational efforts.
  3. Our Juniors – what a fantastic opportunity for the Club to throw its full support behind our junior teams for the coming months and help foster the next generation of Boronia men and women.

We understand this news has been devastating for our members and encourage everyone to look at the wellbeing hub on our website, and continue to connect and support each other in a difficult time.

We also our encourage our members to be respectful with any commentary made on social media, as we understand that many may be feeling frustrated and disappointed with the decision.

For our Juniors, we’re excited to support you with all of the Club behind you. Coaches will begin to communicate with each group in the coming days.

If anyone has questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to Scott on 0403 238 494. Thanks again to everyone in the HAWKA community. You’re all amazing, and YOU are the reason this Club is what it is today.

GO HAWKA.

Scott Nicholas

Chairman, Boronia Hawks Football Netball Club Inc.


CLUB COMMUNICATIONS REGARDING COVID-19

The Club will provide additional advice regarding the suspension of EFNL activities across the competition as soon as possible.

  • All communications to Senior Men will be through Matt Clark, Ash Johnston and Lachie McKernan via HQ.
  • All communications to Senior Women will be through Scott Nicholas on the FB Group.
  • All communications to Netballers will be through Kat McMahon on the FB Group.
  • All communications to Veterans will be through Greg Joseph and Jason Davis on the FB Group.
  • All communications to Juniors will be through the Junior Committee on the Junior Facebook page and direct e-mail.

All general communications from the Club will be available via our website and Senior and Junior Facebook pages.

Senior men’s practice matches scheduled for 22 and 28 March are now CANCELLED.

The Club’s Board is currently discussing our own Club social events. Please be patient as we have the appropriate discussions to make informed decisions. Information will be provided at the earliest opportunity.

David Nicholas, for the Board of BHFNC


Boronia Hawks at the Knox Festival

Boronia Hawks have secured a site at the Knox Festival being held at Wally Tew Reserve, Glenfern Rd, Ferntree Gully on Saturday 29th February and Sunday 1st March. It’s an opportunity to showcase our fantastic club to the Knox community and to attract new Junior (boys and girls) and Women’s team players. We will have activities for the kids, with Hawka brand caps and mini stress footballs as giveaways.

If you’re available to help at our stall over that weekend, please add your name to the roster via this Volunteer Link.

Over the two days of the festival, between 10 am and 5 pm, we would like a minimum of three volunteers for each time slot but it would be great to see more. The more people we have at our stall and the more activity we generate, the more interesting it will be to festival attendees.


2020 Junior Fixture – lock in the dates!

The 2020 Eastern Football Netball League junior fixture dates have been officially released. 

The respective home and away seasons for boys and girls will kick off on Sunday, April 19, while the Under-10 Girls Lightning Premiership will be held on Friday, April 17. Meanwhile, Respect Round takes place across Round 3 and 4, as the Under-9 Boys’ Lightning Premiership is scheduled for Round 14. EFNL Presentation evening will be held on Tuesday, September 1.

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

2020 Boronia Hawks Junior Coaches Announced !!

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

Congratulations and thank you to the following Coaches for their dedication to developing our juniors

U8-Rod Bell
Current Vets player, involved in both Juniors & Auskick

U9-Dave Armstrong
2019 U8 Coach, has been involved with the club for many years with his children

U11-Deacon Kimmitt
Experienced coach, grandson of club legends, Kaye & Mick

U12-Will Morrison
Current U19 Player at Boronia, Premiership player 2018

U13-Tim Driscoll
Returning coach, highly experienced, coached U12s and assisted U17s 2019

U14-Jordan Granland
Grand finalist coach 2019, Dual Premiership player, 2018 reserves Most Consistent player

U17-Pierre Schumann 
Highly experienced coach, coached U19s and Reserves (Knox FC) to 6 combined Premierships

GIRLS SIDES

U10-Dave O’Reilly
Has been involved with Boronia for many years, wealth of experience, current junior father

U12-Danny Weston
2019 U10 Assistant coach, experienced coach and father of 2 current juniors

U14-Amanda Cellante
Senior Women’s Captain 2019, Teacher and great club person

U16-Stephen Mitchell
2019 Premiership Coach, current junior father, experienced coach.

Boronia Hawks to Kick Start for 2020!

Boronia Hawks will kick start the 2020 preseason as footy training gets under way. We also have our second “Come and Try Night” for Women Footballers!


Junior Boys and Girls are invited to come to our Junior Registration Day on Sunday 17 November at Tormore Reserve from 10:00am to 11:30am. Meet the coaches and sign up to receive discounted club membership for 2020. Get out on the oval to have a kick as well.

Any questions? Please contact our Junior Registrar, Stacey Peril on 0488 336 519 or stacey.hawks@bigpond.com


Senior Men’s footballers, together with Under 19’s and Under 17’s, are expected to attend this first session to kick off the pre-Xmas preseason. Training for 2020 commences on Monday 18 November at Boronia Salvation Army Oval from 6:00pm on Monday & Wednesdays.

Please contact Ash Johnston, Football Director, on 0433 365 286 for any questions.


Our Senior Women’s Teams will be starting their 2020 campaign on Tuesday 19 November at Boronia K-12 College from 6:00pm.

Come and join a fun, welcoming and inclusive team environment, at one of the Eastern Football Netball League‘s destination clubs. After making finals for the first time in 2019, the Hawks are on the rise in 2020 fielding two teams for the first time! 

Coaching and volunteer roles are also available, so if you’re interested in being part of a Women’s Football Team come and get involved!

Please contact Scott Nicholas, Senior Coach, on 0403 238 494 for more information.


The Boronia Veterans Team will start their preseason training (and recovery sessions) from Wednesday 20 November. Venue is still to be finalised, so keep an eye out for an update.

Please contact Team Manager, Jason Davis on 0425 749 818 for more information.



Under 17’s Coaching Announcement

BHFNC is delighted to announce the return of 1986 premiership player, Pierre Schumann as 2020 Under 17 Coach.

Left to Right: Andrew Catley (Junior Coaching Co-ordinator); Craig McKenzie (Under 19’s Coach); Kristan Wood (Junior President); Pierre Schumann (Under 17’s Coach) and Nick Wheeler (Under 17’s Assistant Coach).

Pierre has a long and distinguished career as both a player and coach. He has coached Under 19 teams to 4 premierships and reserves teams to 2 premierships at Knox Football Club. Only this year, Pierre was coach of a most successful Under 19’s side at Knox.

Supporting Pierre will be Nick Wheeler and Kim Brimelow. Nick has had coaching experience at Knox, Eastern Ranges and Upper Gully Football Clubs. Nick brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience and he will be great support to Pierre. Kim also has a wealth of coaching experience and we are confident this coaching team will give our players the foundations required to be successful at the senior level.

We welcome Pierre, Kim and Nick to ‘The Hawka’ and wish them much enjoyment and success. Our club will now work tirelessly to ensure we have a robust list of players to work with.

The announcement of other junior coaching appointments will be made in the next week or two.

Kristan Wood
JUNIOR PRESIDENT

2019 Junior Award Winners – presented in association with Fletchers Mooroolbark

Under 17’s Best & Fairest and Winner of the 2019 Ray Lacey Medal: Chris Westcott

  • B&F Runner Up: Cooper Dunkinson
  • Most Valuable Player: Luke McKinnon
  • Most Improved Player: Ethan Bell
  • Player Choice Award: Riley Coughlin
  • Best Finals Player: Luke Flanagan.
L-R: Cooper Dunkinson, Chris Westcott, Craig McKenzie, Luke McKinnon, Riley Coughlin, Luke Flanagan, Ethan Bell.

Winner of the Mick Spencer Memorial Trophy for Best Junior Club Person: Samantha Dunkinson


Under 16 Girls Best & Fairest: Kimberley Panting

  • B&F Runner Up: Teahlia Mitchell
  • Coaches’ Award: Tahra Wright
  • Most Valuable Player: Rylee Johnson
  • Most Determined Player: Brianna Griffiths
  • Best Finals Player: Rhianna Little

Under 13 Best & Fairest: Ben Hemmings

  • Dual B&F Runners Up: James Allen & Cooper Storr
  • Most Determined Player: Tyler Pietrzak
  • Most Consistent Player: Zac Schmidtke
  • Most Valuable Player: Deacon Walker
  • Best Finals Player: Zac Schmidtke

Under 12 Best & Fairest: Bayley Driscoll

  • B&F Runner Up: Kaden Baldock
  • Most Determined Player: Josh McLean
  • Most Consistent Player: Hudson Knight
  • Best Team Player: Lachlan Pietrzak
  • Best Finals Player: Peter Rose

Under 12 Girls Best & Fairest: Penny Weston

  • B&F Runner Up: Jemma North
  • Most Determined Player: April Dye
  • Most Consistent Player: Jasmine Ashlin
  • Most Improved Player: Shyra Halligan
  • Best Finals Player: Kodie Daniels

Under 11 Best & Fairest: Jesse Tomlinson

  • B&F Runner Up: Cayden Wood
  • Most Determined Player: Archer Ross
  • Most Consistent Player: Rori Driscoll
  • Most Valuable Player: Chase Stone