Affiliated with EFNL. Seniors, Reserves, U19's, Junior Boys & Girls Teams, two Women's Teams, Veterans Football & Women’s Netball. We acknowledge the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation as the traditional custodians of the land in Boronia.
Dear Players, Coaches, Members and Supporters,The recent lockdown has no doubt impacted all of you in different ways. Not having a crystal ball, it’s nearly impossible to predict what we are doing in 2 days’ time when restrictions may ease or any time after that due to increasing COVID19 infections. What it means from a Football / Netball Club perspective is NO games.
This hurts us in so many ways but ultimately we are all ‘social beings’ and we miss the interactions of our friends. Our club is hopeful we all stay healthy and we return to some normality as soon as possible but if things don’t change quickly, we will react, reset and make the necessary adjustments to keep our Club strong! Our intention is to not cancel any future events. We plan on being creative and where necessary, we will think on our feet and act decisively.
HAWKA HIGH TEA – highly unlikely to go ahead next Saturday but the girls have put too much work into this to cancel so we will search for an alternate date later in the season. It will happen!
COTERIE BBQ for next Saturday – also highly unlikely but the Hawks Nest Coterie is full of creative and innovative people and we will work together to get this off the ground before this season is concluded.200 DRAW – also highly unlikely for two weeks’ time. We will find a date later in their year and it will go ahead! Keep buying your tickets as it will happen. We have a great relationship with our Cricket Club so it could even be during their tenure. We will make it a huge night for the Club no matter what the date it is.
PRESIDENTS LUNCHEON – still full steam ahead but every likelihood things may change in relation to numbers etc. We’ll have to watch this space on this event in the coming weeks.
MAJOR RAFFLE – all books are out, let’s sell them and bring them back sold ASAP.FINALS – The hosting of the Div 1 finals is equivalent to being a major club sponsor or even better. Murra is on top of this already and I’m confident this will be most successful for the HAWKA!
PRESENTATION NIGHTS – Too soon to say but planning is going ahead as planned.
The challenge of the last couple of years has impacted our Club. What I can state is our loyal sponsors, our passionate members, and our dedicated playing lists have never thrown in the towel and our committee will make sure we make every positive we can from the remainder of this season. We will continue to reset on the move and I will communicate with you all weekly to give you a snapshot of where we are and what we are doing.
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.
Everyone around Victoria is currently in lockdown under Stage 4 restrictions. We all have a responsibility to do the right thing regarding the restrictions; we also have a responsibility to each other to stay safe, stay connected and stay positive.
We know a lot of our players, coaches, volunteers and families have already been impacted mentally and financially because of COVID-19, and many more will face hardship because of the new restrictions.
Let’s remember why this is in place, to ensure we all stay safe and healthy.
There has been a lot of discussion regarding mental health and wellbeing, and it’s a fantastic reminder for everyone with the Boronia community to prioritise their mental health.
Please look after yourselves, check in on each other, and be sure to connect with all of the great mental health services if you’re struggling to cope. You can check some out on the Wellbeing Hub on the Boronia Hawks website.
While many of us will face difficulties over the coming six weeks, there are some who may be is a less fortunate position and may struggle for basic necessities or a roof over their heads. If anyone from within the club is concerned about another club member please don’t hesitate to reach out and let us know.
We are in this together, and we will get through this together.
Scott Nicholas, Chairman, BORONIA HAWKS FOOTBALL NETBALL CLUB INC.
The Eastern Football Netball League has advised clubs that all club sanctioned training must be cancelled immediately, and indefinitely, due to the renewed lockdown restrictions in metropolitan Melbourne.
Although the Club is understandably disappointed, the Board and committees fully endorse the league’s decision. We are very disappointed for our many junior players who were only weeks away from a resumption in play. However, the health and safety of Club members is always our first priority.
Further advice will be communicated as it becomes available.
On behalf of the Board, David Nicholas Boronia Hawks Football Netball Club Inc.
“Please find attached a timeline that the League is working to with AFL Victoria and the other Metropolitan Leagues. We believe a united approach is critical to working through and making any decisions on Competitions. Hopefully this provides some clarity at least in terms of key dates and when you can expect to hear further updates”.
The Club’s Board of Directors has been meeting regularly via Zoom in the last few months to manage the impact of Covid-19 on the Club’s operations. Following the recent announcements from the the Victorian Government, AFL Victoria and EFNL, we had an expanded Board meeting last night with representatives from our senior and junior football, netball, veterans and Auskick sections. Thanks to Ash Johnston, Candyce Wright, Kat McMahon, Sam Dunkinson and Wayne Preston for their important contributions to our preparations.
Although the Club is subject to the release of guidelines and protocols from the governing bodies, we are able to start planning for the eventual resumption of managed training sessions in groups of ten (plus a coach or manager). We are developing our own set of training guidelines so all players and coaches will fully understand their ongoing obligations to personal hygiene and social distancing. We will be ready when the time comes.
The most pleasing aspect of the meeting was to hear of the enthusiastic engagement by our senior playing groups over the last two months. Our senior mens and women’s footballers are training in isolation, but are absolutely exceeding expectations as they build their fitness. Our players and coaches are to be congratulated for their team spirit, support for each other, and dedication to the game and the Club.
We will be in touch regularly, so please keep your eye out for updates on our website and Facebook pages and groups. “Hawka Talk” will continue every Wednesday night at 7:00pm on Facebook for the foreseeable future. Please tune in!
Please take care of yourselves, family and friends. Do the right thing and we will all be able to come together again as a Club.
Scott Nicholas, Chairman, Boronia Hawks Football Netball Club Inc.