“Orange the World: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect!

Today marks the beginning of 16 days of activism against gender-based violence (25th Nov – 10th Dec).

The 2020 theme of “Orange the World: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect!” references orange being a bright and optimistic colour, representing a future free from violence against women and girls.

BHFNC supports this initiative and its goal to eliminate violence whenever and wherever it occurs.

What can you do?

  • Call out disrespectful behaviour
  • Promote true and inclusive gender equality
  • Challenge gender stereotypes and roles
  • Provide support to survivors of violence

Find out more at Victorian Government: 16 Days of Activism

If you are experiencing family violence, concerned for your safety, or in an emergency situation please call 000 for urgent police assistance. For specialist services Respect Victoria – Contact Us

#GenerationEquality #orangetheworld #16days #spreadtheword

Passing of Louise Holding

BHFNC wishes to pass on its sincere condolences to the Holding family on the sudden passing of Louise.

Louise is the mother of former players Steve ( who sadly passed away last year ) and premiership player Michael ( Plugga ). She was also the wife of Barry who was our senior treasurer for many years.

For the past 35 years, Louise has sat in the car on the far wing and watched hundreds and hundreds of matches, cheering on her Hawks! She loved watching her two boys play footy and she continued watching long after their retirements.

We hope Barry and Plugga and extended families are doing okay during this difficult time.

RIP Louise.


COVID UPDATE: No Club Training …. yet.

AFL Victoria has released updated protocols that identify the requirements to enable sporting clubs to return to training activities. The EFNL is keeping the Club fully informed on these matters, and the Club’s Board is making appropriate preparations.

IN THE MEANTIME, THERE IS TO BE NO TRAINING CONDUCTED BY TEAMS REPRESENTING BORONIA HAWKS.

The Club’s Board and Committees will advise when this can commence, but it will be subject to strict compliance with all state government, local government and EFNL requirements.

Individual exercise may continue in accordance with Victorian Government guidelines in respect of COVID compliance.


Boronia Hawks support NAIDOC Week

NAIDOC Week 2020 (8-15 November) is an opportunity to celebrate the culture, achievements and history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The theme ‘Always Was, Always Will Be’ recognises that First Nations people have occupied and cared for this continent for over 65,000 years.

Boronia Hawks would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we play our beloved sports, football and netball, and for their contribution to our game and nation.

#NAIDOC2020To find out more visit https://www.naidoc.org.au/


Boronia Hawks receive new grant from Knox City Council

Boronia Hawks’ Community Programs have received a very generous boost from Knox City Council’s fund for Community Development Grants.


The Club successfully applied for a grant to assist with the funding of programs to support our juniors in the important area of mental health.

Program 1 is to be provided for Junior players by our partners at Outside the Locker Room. Two sessions will be conducted with the first covering Mental Health and the second covering Social Media and Cyberbullying.


Program 2 will be provided by St John Ambulance for our Junior Committee and /or coaches and will cover the essential skills and confidence to recognise and support people with a range of mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, suicide and addiction.


Once again the extraordinary skills of Kerryn Westcott in writing a professional grant application have benefitted the Club in funding these two programs. We are very grateful to Kerryn and of course Karen Little, our Director of Community & Inclusion, for their teamwork in developing our Grants Program to support our young players.

Kristan Wood, Junior President, BHFNC

AGM: Election of Board and Committees

Boronia Hawks Football Netball Club Inc. is very pleased to announce the Board, Junior Committee and Senior Committee for 2021 as elected at our Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 28 October 2020.

Board of Directors

  • Chairperson Scott Nicholas
  • Director of Administration Tanya Parkins
  • Director of Community & Inclusion Karen Little
  • Director of Finance David Nicholas
  • Director of Insights & Innovation Kathleen McMahon
  • Director of Revenue Wayne Preston
  • Director of Strategic Projects Ashley Johnston
  • Junior President Kristan Wood
  • Senior President Greg Hannon

Senior Committee

  • Senior President Greg Hannon
  • Senior Vice-President Wayne Preston
  • Senior Vice-President Nathan Allen
  • Senior Secretary Grant Bertram
  • Senior Treasurer Andrea Lemarquand
  • Netball Operations Manager Tessa Evans
  • Football Operations Manager (Women’s) Nathan Allen
  • Football Operations Manager (Men’s) Ash Johnston
  • Female Football Co-ordinator Ye Jeffries
  • General Committee Member Tim Currie
  • General Committee Member Jason Davis
  • General Committee Member Phil Vanderdrift

Junior Committee

  • Junior President Kristan Wood
  • Junior Vice-President Samantha Dunkinson
  • Junior Secretary Carolyn Wood
  • Junior Treasurer Lauren Keelan
  • Registrar Stacey Peril
  • Female Football Coordinator Candyce Wright
  • General Committee Member Michael Allen
  • General Committee Member Victoria Butler
  • General Committee Member Danny Weston

Boronia’s Finalists in Knox Local Champion Gender Equality Awards 2020

Boronia Hawks is very excited to have two of the three finalists in the running for the Knox Local Champion Gender Equality Awards 2020.

After the consideration of many nominations, the 2020 finalists have been announced as:

  • Karen Little, the Club’s Director of Community and Inclusion;
  • Candyce Wright, the Club’s Female Football Co-ordinator;
  • and Alice for her work with Foothills Community Care.

The Award is sponsored by EACH – Eastern Access Community Health and the award function will be held in the New Year when the nominees can receive the recognition that they deserve in front of friends, relatives, and colleagues. 

Boronia Hawks are absolutely committed to active participation of women and girls across the Club and are also pleased to have so many women contributing to the Club in a voluntary capacity on our Board and Committees. Our Gender Equity Plan is an important step as we move forward in this area and both Karen and Candyce have made significant contributions in promoting awareness throughout the Club.

Please join us all in congratulating all three finalists.


Women’s Football Support Staff Announcement

Boronia Hawks are thrilled to announce a number of support staff roles for the 2021 season.

Candyce Wright has played with our squad since 2018, and after undertaking junior coaching, being appointed Junior Female Football Coordinator and taking part in the AFL VIC She Can Coach Development program, she is going to continue her coach development in 2021 and will serve as an amazing role model for future female coaches at our club.

Lachlan Watson has played over 100 Senior games, 2018 Senior Premiership player, the clubs leading goal kocker over the past decade and Head of Heathmont Sports Academy. Will take a lead role with our forwards in 2021 and bring a wealth of experience to our program.

Angela Bernaldo comes from a Triathlon background qualifying for World Champs in 2019. Currently studying sports science and psychology with a passion for empowering women and girls in sport, Ange will develop a new Player Welfare program to provide injury prevention, positive psychology and individual support for players and coaches in 2021. An amazing, innovative step forward for our program and a first for community clubs in our region.

Jackson Lech is on board as a Specialist Forward coach to support Lach once a month to provide insight and for our forwards. An exciting forward who was part of the 2018 Under 19s premiership team, with a big future at the club.

Luke Hannon is on board as a Specialist Midfield Coach to support Ray with our mids once a month. 2018 premiership player and Best on Ground, Two time senior best and fairest winner, multiple appearances in EFNL Team of The Year, former Eastern Ranges Captain and BNF winner; Luke is studying teaching and keen to develop his coaching with our squad.

Corey Burgess is on board to support as a Specialist Backs coach supporting Scott with our backs once a month. 2018 premiership player with the Development side, and was recognised in the 2019 EFNL Team of the Year. Previous experience supporting our Under 17s and keen to develop his coaching with our squad.Please join Ray, Nathan and myself, in congratulating them all on joining the squad. Exciting times ahead for 2021.

GO HAWKA ??


Annual General Meeting & Special General Meeting

Please join us for the 2020 AGM including the election of office bearers for 2020/21.

As a result of the Coronavirus pandemic the 2020 BFNC Annual General Meeting will be held online for the first time in the Club’s history. Due to the nature of this change, the Club will be providing information in the lead-up to the AGM on how members can register to attend, and how the meeting will run. 

In addition to the AGM, a Special General Meeting will also be held prior to the AGM to vote on minor changes to the Club’s Constitution to reflect the growth since our One Club implementation in 2017.

ELIGIBILITY

Only financial members are eligible to vote or to nominate for election. Eligible memberships include all senior players, all coaches, social members, Hawks Nest members and one parent / guardian of each registered junior player. 

AGM REGISTRATION LINK: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUucO6vpzwrE9bqFfSg_ikHDKvWXUYCKX2L

SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING – RECOMMENDED CHANGES TO CLUB CONSITUTION

There are four proposed amendments to the Club Constitution as outlined on this document:

NOMINATIONS

The Board and Committees welcome nominations for all Board and Committee roles. If you are interested in finding out additional information or nominating for a role it is recommended you speak with the appropriate contact prior to submitting a nomination.

Board roles: Scott Nicholas (0403 238 494)

Junior Committee roles: Kristan Wood (0411 605 203)

Senior Committee roles: Greg Hannon (0438 616 130)

BOARD/COMMITTEE NOMINATION LINK:

 https://forms.gle/QEQLaQcdT2vrY93t7

QUESTIONS FOR GENERAL BUSINESS AT THE AGM

Please submit all questions to be raised at the AGM to boronia@efnl.org.au. All attendees must register their attendance prior to Monday 26 October.