SENIOR TRAINING RESUMES

Our Senior Men’s and Senior Women’s Football Squads are set to resume training next week in strict compliance with COVID-19 protocols for community sport.

All Men’s Under 19’s and Under 17’s are invited to training and ANY NEW PLAYERS for Men and Women’s Footy are VERY WELCOME to join us for a run!

All players are strongly encouraged to register with the EFNL to ensure insurance coverage. Current players should check with the Men’s Hub and the Women’s FB Group for further details.

Sessions will follow the club’s COVID Safe Plan and adhere to guidelines mapped out by AFL Victoria’s Return to Train Protocols.

Please direct any enquiries by email to boronia@efnl.org.au or via message to this FB page. Further details of COVID compliance will be shared in a few days. https://efnl.org.au/football-registration/


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

Appointment of Under 19’s Coaches

Boronia Hawks Football Netball Club Inc. is proud to announce the appointment of Pierre Schumann to the role of Under 19’s Coach for season 2021.

We are also delighted to announce that Pierre will be joined by senior players Ben Robertson and Sean Young as Assistant Coaches. Robbo has been involved with the Under 19’s for several years while Youngy joins the panel in his first year at Boronia. We expect a couple more announcements in the very near future.

Pierre is a former junior and senior premiership player of our Club and brings with him a wealth of coaching experience to our Under 19 player cohort. I was fortunate to have Pierre as my development coach in a ‘previous life’ at another club and I can guarantee you our players will get a passionate, caring, and knowledgeable coach who drives high standards and behaviours that mirror the culture and values of our senior club.

Pierre’s record as a local coach in relation to premiership success is second to none.  Having coached 6 teams to premierships, Pierre has an intricate understanding on what is required to create sustained team success.

Shoey, it is fantastic to have you back at ‘The Hawka’ and we look forward to watching you prepare and develop our senior players of the future!

Greg Hannon

Senior President, Boronia Hawks

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

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 ??


Community Bank Wantirna October Newsletter – featuring our Women’s Team!

Boronia Hawks have entered in to a great new partnership with our long-time bankers at Community Bank Wantirna, associated with Bendigo Bank. As part of this partnership, we are very proud that the Bank will be the jumper sponsors for our two Women’s Teams in 2021.

It is terrific to see this support for community sport and recreation and particularly in the booming growth of women’s footy. Thanks again to John and the team at Community Bank Wantirna!

Check out the full newsletter here!

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