The Home & Away season has come to an end with JuniorFinals starting this weekend. We have U12Girls, U12, U13, U16Girls and U17’s heading into Round 1 of Finals. The girls have a bye this week, but the boys are in full swing. It is wonderful and exciting for these teams to have this opportunity. Please get down and support them if you can. All finals details are available on the EFL website.
As always it’s still a busy time of the season. We see Boronia Auskick have it’s last session this coming Friday night. This will be a fun night of games and presentations to all the children. It’s also an opportunity for Auskickers moving up to next Under 8’s to get registered and ready for footy next season.
We have our Under 17 Presentation Evening on Saturday 31 August at the Knox Club. This is quite a formal evening where the Under 17’s dress up in their finest as we announce the winner of the 2019 Ray Lacey Medal for Best & Fairest. It is done this way, as the majority of these players have played their last year of Junior football, so it’s nice to make it special for them. Our Junior Presentation Day for all other Junior Teams will be held on Sunday 8 September. Details will be distributed shortly.
Miller Park is looking a treat and we look forward to heading back there for our 2020 Junior Season. The surface will be an outstanding improvement of what is has been in the past and even Chandler Park became quite boggy by the end of the season.
The Junior Committee has been working hard on strategies to continue to increase numbers for the coming 2020 season. They have also been busy working on building our Boronia Auskick program going forward. Being part of our great Junior Committee is an extremely rewarding process. Knowing that you can have a small impact on improving the club that your children play for is very satisfying. I would encourage any parent who would like to get involved to please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are also seeking Junior Coaches for 2020. All positions are open. If you would like to have an opportunity to coach one of our Junior Teams, please ensure that you put your application in. ALL 2019 coaches and potential coaches for 2020 need to apply for positions, it’s not just a given that this year’s coach will continue into next year. No experience necessary as we will provide you with support and training course necessary to do a great job.
We are loving our new Training/Warm up tops! Another order will be placed prior to the end of August and order forms will be sent out in the next week. Orders will close quickly so ensure you put your order in as soon as the forms are release. We also have great new Sports Bags available across the club. These can be purchased the Club at on Thursday nights.
Over the next two rounds, the Eastern Football League and Eastern Region Girls junior competitions will be launching a new initiative, ‘EFL Silent Sunday’. Some key objectives are:
Give players an opportunity to trust their skills and instincts without sideline input and/or correction.
Remind coaches, parents & players that PRACTICE is the time to learn and receive instruction. GAMES are to showcase their learning.
Remind everyone that junior football is solely for the kids and their enjoyment.
To support the umpires who are officiating the game and developing their skills
Clap and cheer after each score only (for both sides).
Encourage players and umpires.
Enjoy the game
Verbally abuse umpires.
Verbally attempt to correct or instruct umpire’s decision.
Verbally abuse players.
Verbally attempt to correct or instruct players.
Verbally abuse any opposition players, officials or supporters
Clubs also have the opportunity to opt-in with the two below extras; these however are not compulsory.
Clubs can opt to have no spectators on the ground during the quarter-time and three-quarter time breaks. This will help ensure the coaching/instructing messaging is coming from the coaching staff (please communicate with the opposition club’s team managers and announce on PA should your club wish to include this option). PA announcements
Prior to the commencement of the game, those clubs with a working PA system can choose to deliver a message before each game (this has been communicated to clubs). Clubs may also utilise the PA at half time of games to remind spectators of the guidelines.
Over the last few weeks we have been in discussion with Knox Football Netball Club regarding low numbers in both Boronia and Knox Under 16 Girls teams. We have now come together in a merger for the remainder of the 2019 Season.
Boronia Hawks would like to welcome all Knox Under 16 Girls players and families to our community and we look forward to a great season ahead. The girls play this Sunday at 12.55pm at Tormore Reserve. Get down and show your support.
A great outcome for the Under 16 Girls, who just want to play footy! Well done by Ellisa Schmidtke and the Junior Committee to get the team up and running, with fantastic support from our Senior Women’s Team.
This weekend sees lots happening for our Club down at Tormore Reserve. A little run down of the weekend courtesy of Leanne Rech, our fantastic Secretary of the HAWKS NEST COTERIE GROUP!
Friday 5pm-6:30pm sees 100 little Hawka champions in the making at Boronia Auskick whilst the two Netball teams will be in action a little later in the evening at various venues. Good luck to Boronia Hawks and Boronia Brown!
Saturday sees the game day start with the Senior Women’s Team v Rowville at 8:40am followed by our Under 19’s (10:30am) v East Burwood, Development (12:35pm) and Seniors (2:40pm), both against Ringwood. As we have four teams playing, start times are a little altered for the day!
President’s Luncheon hosted by Greg Hannon – if you are attending please be there at 11:30am for an 11:45am prompt start! Alan Tudge MP will be our special guest, along with young AFL stars Josh Begley and Dylan Clarke from Essendon Football Club!
Coterie BBQ and Drinks in the Coterie Marquee 1:30pm-4pm (huge thanks from Dean, Josh and Jayden at Malvern Continental Butchers for our burgers and snags). Coterie will also have a little raffle happening so pop a fiver in your pocket to be in it to win it!
Sunday sees 5 junior games at Tormore Reserve with the fantastic news that our Under 16 Girls Teams has merged with Knox Football Club with their first game together at 12:55pm. Awards night for the Juniors at Tormore to round out a big weekend at the home of the Hawka.
Vets whilst not playing this weekend will be in big numbers around the Club supporting those that are playing as well as managing lots of the very big and some of the little jobs around the Club on game day – thank you gentleman.
A friendly, gentle reminder to head online to pay your Coterie Membership (or see us tomorrow at Tormore please). If you need to get your polo top, membership card or membership pack don’t hesitate to ask any of your Coterie Executive being Bomma, Dillio, Panda, Plugger or myself.
Looking forward to an awesome weekend at Tormore Reserve – the home of the Hawka.
Many thanks to our Club members who who attended last Sunday’s EFL Development Day at Deakin University. In particular, we would like to express our thanks, and admiration, to our very own Elle Dow, the AFL Victoria Development Manager for Eastern Region, who organised the event.
Karen Little, our Director of Community & Inclusion was very impressed with the day. Here are some of her thoughts. “The EFL Club Development morning was a great opportunity to network and learn. With three parallel sessions there were a diverse range of speakers and topics including finance, conflict resolution, applying for grants and how to manage Team App. For me, the highlight of the day was a presentation by Jackson Taylor from AFL Victoria on engaging diversity in our community. Goy Lok spoke about the barriers and challenges of joining a local footy club after arriving in Australia as a refugee and his successes to date. A reminder that a football club is so much more than the game of football. Congratulations to Elle Dow and team for organising such a great program”.
It was a great sign for Boronia Hawks that four of our women’s footballers attended this afternoon’s EFL Female Development Day, also organised by Elle. Here are Candyce Wright’s thoughts on the success of the day. “This afternoon showed me the importance of having powerful and inspiring women as a part of a sporting community! It doesn’t matter your background or skill; it’s the heart and soft touches that we bring to the Club that will encourage people from different cultures, diversity and limitations to come and feel the support we all feel, on and off the field”. Terrific words Candyce! Thank you to Elle, Candyce, Karen, Dee and Kat for attending today.