ANOTHER MAJOR SPORTING EVENT CANCELLED!

AFL, NRL, Wimbledon, Tokyo Olympics and now the Hawka Legends Game have all been cancelled for 2020. This is really sad as we had two teams of Club legends ready to play. The GOOD NEWS is that they now have another 12 months to fine tune their skills and hamstrings! Many thanks to Karen Little, Leanne Rech, and Dave Murrihy for all their hard work in getting this event up and (almost) running. We will see all these legends in action NEXT YEAR!

Boronia Hawks Wellbeing Hub


Over the past few years Boronia Hawks Football Netball Club has taken targeted steps to improve the off-field support for our players, volunteers and members to look after their mental health and wellbeing. We are now very proud to announce the launch of our Club Wellbeing Hub on the Club’s website. Please check it out to see the full range of wellness support and services recommended by the Club.

Thank you to Club Chairman Scott Nicholas and Director, Community & Inclusion Karen Little for their leadership in this important aspect of our Club’s Community Program.

A Message from OTLR: Welfare App

To OTLR’s sporting community,

Across sporting codes, we acknowledge COVID-19 has disrupted the sporting calendar at all levels. As restrictions and forced closures of facilities and businesses are implemented, along with social distancing and self-isolation regulations, we understand that all clubs have had to postpone Outside the Locker Room education sessions that were scheduled in the immediate future. It will be our priority to re-schedule these sessions with you at a time that is safe to do so.

Our welfare support, available via our mobile app or directly emailing our team at support@otlr.org.au is still available. Please read below for more information.

Our welfare support

Understandably during times like these, feelings of worry, anxiety and even panic can set in. Events like the new coronavirus pandemic can also trigger, exacerbate or prolong existing mental health challenges within individuals and communities.

Caring for our individual and collective mental health is more important than ever, and we encourage you to make the most of OTLR’s welfare support. Please continue to utilise our mobile app and encourage all club members, including players, management, coaches and support staff, to download the app and make use of the various features available.


Message from the Senior President

Last night we had handover of the Tormore Reserve Club Rooms from the Boronia Cricket Club. Sadly, with no indication of when we will be able to fill those rooms with fit, keen and ready footballers, avid hawka supporters and keen members ready to view a great Hawka win, I left the rooms rather disenchanted!

Following on from Scott Nicholas’ fantastic Facebook ‘live feed’ last night, I want to assure all BHFNC people that our Club will survive this.

We will come out the other end prepared because we have the very best coaches in the EFNL and because our Club has an extremely strong backbone! That backbone is built on past players and life long supporters that have created a community of people that care deeply about the Club but more importantly, each other. Other clubs marvel at the BHFNC community. They just do not understand how so many past players keep supporting our Club because it just doesn’t happen at other clubs.   We will take a hit like every organization in the country, but when we get the green light to take off again, we will take off with fury!

Hawks Nest Coterie Group

Whilst we are in a forced recession, we are still operating behind the scenes to improve the Tormore facility. Only yesterday, a new concrete walking path was laid over the far side of the ground making it really accessible for supporters on game day. No more mud and slush on a wet winter’s game day! We will also be installing spectator seating in the coming weeks, on the far flank near the scoreboard too! We also have some other positive announcements to make in the coming weeks too! With a touch of luck, I’m quietly confident our facility will be the very best in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne within 5 years!

New pathway on the outer wing. Photo by Fabulous Phil Watson.

Finally, I ask all of you to keep a close eye out for each other in the coming weeks. Some of you will have lost your job, some of you will have businesses that are struggling through no fault of your own. Stay strong and reach out to us if you just need to talk. If we go into lockdown, not all supporters and players will have much company, so use your phone and social media platforms to keep those people we care about connected.

Greg Hannon, Senior President, Boronia Hawks


A MESSAGE FROM OUR GREAT SUPPORTER STEVE SHILLINGTON FROM BORONIA MCDONALDS.

Hi everyone,

What a crazy period we find ourselves in. I was hoping for your assistance in getting the word out that my three McDonalds restaurants are still up and running at the moment.

Boronia McDonald’s, McDonalds Rowville & McDonalds Croydon

We are running our Drive-Thru 24/7 and our Dining room is open for take away business. We also have Uber eats and Deliveroo delivery options at all 3 restaurants.

As a side issue, please let me know if I can assist any elderly members who may need toilet paper or doing it tough as I may be able to assist with some basic essentials where I can.

I wish all of you and your families the best as you work to get through this period

Thanks for your support.
Steve

EFNL UPDATE | COVID-19

Following yesterday’s announcement by the AFL to suspend the 2020 season indefinitely, metro senior competitions have collectively decided to postpone their respective seasons until May 31.

More Here: https://efnl.org.au/update-covid-19/

All club training, events, ground and light usage remains suspended until further notice.

A further update will be provided following the Metropolitan League CEO’s meeting with AFL Victoria and our own EFNL Board meeting scheduled for Tuesday 14th April 2020.

Cancellation of Hawka Golf Day

It is with a fair degree of sadness that I have to announce the cancellation of our club’s first-ever corporate and supporter golf day at Waterford Valley Golf.

Much time and effort have gone into this week’s event but we now have no choice but to postpone it until early September.

A big thank you to all who signed up to play and sponsor the event. Thank you also to the organisers for their hard work to set up a great event for the Club: Wayne Preston, Grant Bertram, Samantha Dunkinson, Greg Krenn and Andrea Le Marquand.

Greg Hannon
Senior President
BHFNC

Appointment of Child Safety Officer

Boronia Hawks FNC is very pleased to announce that Ye Jeffries has accepted the position as the Club’s Child Safety Officer for 2020. Ye is a primary school teacher, a member of our Senior Committee and is in her second year as a member of our Women’s Football Squad.

Ye Jeffries

In response to new legislation Boronia Hawks Football Netball Club has committed to having a nominated Child Safety Officer. Any grievances or incident reports regarding child safety, or suspected or known child abuse, will be directed initially to the CSO. Ye will be responsible for leading the Club towards safer practices, a more robust plan for the protection of the children at the Club, and establishing a culture of safety and growth for children.

Ye will take on this important role with guidance and support from the Club’s Board in accordance with the the requirements of AFL, AFL Victoria and EFNL.

The Club’s Child Safe Policy may be accessed here. Please join us all in thanking and congratulating Ye for taking on this very important role. Ye may be contacted on ye.cmau90@gmail.com


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