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.

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.

Boronia Hawks launch Gender Equity Plan

We have a proud Club history, with many memorable milestones achieved. This 2021 season sees another milestone being the first season that Senior Women’s and Development football teams and four netball teams have taken the field and court.

The benefits of the increase in our player numbers are many and a re-evaluation of our facilities and the way that the Club operates has been necessary. The allocation of resources to all of our sporting teams and meeting the needs of our volunteers and members is critical in creating a Club environment that is welcoming, family-friendly and inclusive, that gives all the best chance of experiencing success.

As a strategic approach to achieve this, the Board is pleased to present the BHFNC Gender Equity Plan. The plan links to the club’s vision statement “Boronia Hawks Football Netball Club is one club; working together for success, on and off the field”.

The plan will evolve and develop over time, with the needs of the Club. Feedback and suggestions are welcomed and should be directed to Scott Nicholas, Club Chairperson or Karen Little, Director Community and Inclusion.

JOHN ALAN BETTA HOME LIVING – Our featured sponsor for June.

When I arrived at the club way back in 1980, John Alan on Dorset Road was a valued sponsor of our club. Now, 41 years later, owner Brendan Lee still gives our club incredible support making John Alan Betta Home Living – Knox one of our clubs longest and most loyal sponsors of ‘The Hawks!’

If any players, supporter or member needs any new electrical items, make sure you pop down to John Alan; tell them you are from Boronia; or even seek out Brendan; and he and his staff will make sure you get the every best deal! Brendan, a local for his entire life, knows the importance of a thriving local football club and his support has been nothing short of sensational.

Greg Hannon

Senior President, Boronia Hawks Football Netball Club

Congratulations and Thank You LMac

BHFNC wishes to extend our sincere gratitude to LACHIE “LMAC” McKERNAN who has decided to step away from leading our senior men’s team after 5 years at the helm.

LMac has been an inspirational leader, setting high standards and being the perfect role model for our younger group of talented players who have been coming through our ranks.

A premiership captain, L Mac’s legacy is the younger leaders at the club who now know what it takes to be an effective and meaningful leader at the BHFNC. Our Club is most grateful to Lachie and we hope his playing career continues to shine and he stays injury-free so that his impact is still felt for a few more seasons to come!


Knox City Council Supports Boronia Hawks

Boronia Hawks welcome the tremendous news that Knox City Council has voted on Monday night to waive annual fees for all not-for-profit community organisation for 2021. In short, we won’t pay for the use of our two grounds and pavilions again in 2021.

Council has provided enormous support to Boronia Hawks and similar sporting clubs through their COVID-19 Community and Business Support packages over the last two years. Such support is incredibly valuable as the local community emerges from the wellbeing and mental health impact of lockdown.

Local sporting clubs are important community hubs and we extend our gratitude to Yvonne Allred – Councillor for Baird Ward and Mayor Lisa Cooper – Knox City Council for their generous support in helping us to do what we do best – bring people together for health, friendship and wellbeing.

Scott Nicholas

Boronia Hawks Football Netball Club are very excited to announce the line-up for BORONIA DIAMONDS for 2021. We welcome all new players to the Club and hope that they thoroughly enjoy their new home. Please make them feel very welcome!

Thanks once again to G.J. Gardner Homes Australia for their great support of our netball program.