Dear Players, Members, and Supporters,

As it currently stands, our senior men’s teams are playing Mulgrave at Mulgrave this Saturday. We will more than likely then play Ringwood at Ringwood and finish with 5 games including 2 women’s matches, at home on the final home and away match of the season on Saturday 14 August.

We are waiting for confirmation on netball, women’s football and veterans.

With the next two men’s rounds being spectator-free games, we are all hopeful that restrictions may ease prior to the final home and away match and we turn Tormore into a full fortress and finish off the home away season with 5 massive wins!

As we all know, things can change quickly but that is how it looks at lunchtime on the 28th of July. Go Hawka!!!

Greg Hannon Senior President, Boronia Hawks Football Netball Club

Women’s Coaching Month – Candyce Wright

As a club we’ve been so proud of the development of our footballers on field, but as we celebrate Women’s Coaching Month it’s a great time to highlight the development of our coaches off-field!

Amanda Cellante, Stacey Peril and Kat Buzinskas are all doing amazing things developing their coaching, but Candyce Wright has continued her development over the past couple of seasons becoming the club’s first female senior coach, and graduate from our playing group into coaching.

Some of the players’ reflections on Candyce as a coach:

You’re so passionate about coaching and developing women’s sport. You’re a role model in the way you continue to grow and strive to improve yourself. You are caring and supportive to all members of the team and speak with such an open and honest approach. You’re a star.”

It’s the positivity, support and connection for me. The energy you bring to the club, how you focus on uplifting women in sport, the support you give to each and every person in our team. How you make us think and reflect about how we have grown, how you make us, not only believe, but you make us realise how strong we are individually, and as a team. We are so very lucky to have you as one of our coaches.

Watching you step into the Dev-Squad’s main coaching role has been inspiring. I know it was challenging for you to step out of playing out the season to take on this role – but you have absolutely taken it in your stride, and you have more than risen to the challenge. You know exactly what to say to keep us on track, always with our heads held high. Your support and composure have helped the team continue to grow week on week – celebrating each and every improvement and always ensuring we focus on having fun while we learn.”

An advocate for women’s football and an advocate for players, always has the best interest of players at the forefront of her decision making. Lucky to have you in our corner and advancing opportunities for women in footy.”

Every drill that Candyce runs at training is always so thought through and has a purpose! You are fantastic at explaining the drill and why we are doing it. Everything you present at training always is backed with so much passion! You are killing it!

Covid Update from Greg Hannon

Dear Players,

Today’s announcements have been more favourable than expected. We can resume training tomorrow (Wednesday) and we can have meals at the Club under a density limit of one person per 4 square metres.

Meals will be on for our senior women tomorrow evening (Wednesday) and meals will be staggered on Thursday night. Our Under 19’s will train until 6.40 pm and eat at 6.45 pm. Our senior men will eat at 8 pm.

Like all clubs, our Club will continue to pivot and make changes so that we adhere to all restrictions and remain compliant. Stay well.

Greg Hannon

Greg Hannon,

Senior President, Boronia Hawks Football Netball Club

Knox Local Champions for Gender Equality Awards

Congratulations to our very own KAREN LITTLE and CANDYCE WRIGHT for being well deserved finalists in the Knox Local Champions for Gender Equality Awards! We are so fortunate to have two such outstanding women guiding the development of our programs for Women’s and Girl’s Football and the implementation of our Gender Equity Plan.

Karen Little: “Thank you everyone for such kind words. We have a Board and Committees committed to Gender Equity, support from our Men’s playing group, Club members and volunteers. We have football and netball squads of amazing women enjoying participating in their sport and wanting to be part of our Club. It’s really a nomination for our whole Club community, not only me. It takes a whole community to create change.”

Candyce Lee “I couldn’t agree more! This is great personal recognition but something that has been possible given the club and community we having backing us in the process. Once again Boronia FNC leading the way“.


A Club Update from Flash

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.

Kind Regards

Greg “Flash” HannonSenior President BHFNC

Women’s Leadership Course

Last week Kat, Rhianna, Jacqui, Candyce, Dakota and Julia from our football and netball teams attended a one day “Confident Communication for Women In Leadership” course facilitated by Carol Fox. Carol has extensive expertise in sport and business leadership and is passionate about supporting grassroots sporting clubs.

Kat, Rhianna, Jacqui, Carol Fox, Candyce, Dakota, Julia.

The feedback from our attendees was very positive and all learnt valuable skills that can be used within our Club and also in their own personal and professional interests.

Thank you to Sport and Recreation Victoria for making attendance at this course possible through the Change Our Game Community Activation grant. We are very appreciative of opportunities such as this which support our Club Gender Equity Plan.

Support for Junior Teams from Knox City Council!

Boronia Hawks would like to thank Knox City Council for awarding the Club $2,760 under the Community Development Fund to cover the costs of Sport Trainer and First Aid/CPR training to support our Junior teams in season 2022.

Completion of these courses by team volunteers is mandatory and essential for the physical wellbeing of our players. The cost of these courses is the responsibility of the Club and so we are very appreciative that it will be covered in 2022 through the Council’s generous support.

Many thanks to our two fantastic volunteers for their work in gaining this funding for the Club: KAREN LITTLE (Director, Community & Inclusion) and KERRYN WESTCOTT (Grants Program Co-ordinator). These two ladies work very hard to gain extra funding for the Club’s activities through our grants programs.

Introducing the BHFNC Youth Mental Health First Aid Team

Thank you to the volunteers from our Committees, Coaching Team, Playing Groups and Trainer Team who successfully completed a Youth Mental Health First Aid course with Mental Health First Aid Australia.

The course covered how to assist adolescents who are developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis; where and how to get help; and how to provide first aid in a crisis situation.

With a focus on adolescents, our volunteer team members are available to assist anyone in our Club community including coaches, team managers, parents and players. If you would like to make contact please do so directly or through Kristan Wood (Woody), our Junior President on 0411 605 203 or via email

  • Chloe Timms (Women’s Football Squad)
  • Danny Weston (Junior Coach and Junior Committee Member)
  • Gen Lyons (Women’s Football Squad)
  • Julie Allen (Player parent, U15 boys)
  • Lauren Porter (Auskick Assistant Co-ordinator and U9’s Team Manager)
  • Kate Vangeninden (Head Trainer)
  • Rhiannon Crompton (Women’s Football Squad)
  • Sam Dunkinson (Junior Vice President, Auskick Co-ordinator and Fundraising Committee Member)
  • Stephen Little (Trainer)

We are very appreciative to the Knox City Council for the Community Development Fund 2020/2021 which funded this training and their ongoing provision of grants to support our Club community.

Thank you to Samantha Dunkinson for coordinating the training dates and requirements with the course provider. Thank you also to Karen Little, our Director, Community and Inclusion for her incredible work as our champion of mental health support within the Club.

EFNL STATEMENT – 17/6/2021

Football will return to the Eastern Football Netball League this weekend.

The Victorian Government yesterday announced further easing of restrictions across the state, which take effect from 11:59pm on Thursday 17th of June and allow the return of Community Sport.

Below is a summary of key changes from the government and what they mean for matches played this weekend in Metropolitan Melbourne.

Travel restrictions lifted:
• 25km travel restrictions have been lifted and people can now travel between regional Victoria and metro Melbourne.

Metro community sport:
• Competition for seniors and juniors can resume with the minimum number of people required to participate and facilitate the activity.
• People necessary for events and participation, including those who need to accompany children, such as parents, guardians and carers, as well as teachers, instructors, trainers, coaches and umpires, can attend matches and training.
• Spectators are not allowed.

Indoor venue limits remain at 50. Unfortunately, this means that our Netball Competition cannot resume on Friday.

The League acknowledges spectators not being permitted to attend this weekend’s matches is a major challenge for clubs, and a disappointing outcome for supporters.  However, we respectfully ask the entire EFNL community to please respect the protocols implemented by the Victorian Government for this weekend’s games.

These protocols have been put in place with the community’s health and safety the priority.

Updated Return to Play protocols will be distributed to clubs once they are provided to AFL Victoria by the State Government.

We thank the EFNL community for your assistance and understanding.