Boronia Hawks is very excited to announce to members and supporters that TAYLOR LEGGATE will be joining the Hawks for 2020.
Taylor is joining the Hawks from Wantirna South as a highly credentialed recruit with a great CV and lot of good footy still ahead of him. He has of course been coached for several years by Matt Clark and Steve Teakel, who know that he is both a great footballer and a terrific person.
Taylor is around the 6’2″ mark, plays as a midfielder, and is very capable of kicking goals when swung up forward. At only 27 years of age, he has played over 150 senior games at Wantirna South, after playing his early footy with Bayswater and Eastern Ranges.
He has won three Club B&F’s at Wantirna South, kicked almost 200 goals, and was a key player in their 2014 Division 3 premiership under Clarky’s coaching. Taylor has been named 6 times in the EFL Team of the Year, which is a great indicator of how highly he is regarded by opposition coaches.
Taylor can’t wait to get around the boys and get stuck in to a big preseason. Please make sure that you make Taylor and his family feel very welcome in joining us at the Hawka.
The Eastern Football League has officially announced its 2020 competition structure across all five senior men’s divisions.
Commencement Date & Competition Structure
The 2020 season for all senior men’s divisions will commence on Saturday 4th April.
The Board received an application from East Burwood to be promoted to Division 3 in 2020, that request was approved. The senior men’s divisional structure is listed below; please note that as per 2019, Premier and Division 1 will be a top 5 finals series with all other divisions, top 4.
Premier: 10 teams | 18 rounds – All teams play twice; the fixture will feature a split round bye in early July.
Division 1: 10 teams | 18 rounds – All teams play twice; no competition-wide byes except Easter and Queen’s Birthday.
Division 2: 8 teams | 18 rounds – All teams play twice, and a further four sides three times; the fixture will feature a split round bye in early July. Clubs are ranked 1 to 8, teams will play two of the top four ranked teams three times and two of the bottom four ranked teams three times.
Division 3: 9 teams | 18 rounds – All teams play twice with two fixtured byes, no competition-wide byes except Easter and Queen’s Birthday.
Division 4: 8 teams | 16 rounds – All teams play twice and a further two sides three times – fixture will feature a split round bye in early July, the final make up of fixture weighting is to be confirmed.
Boronia Hawks hosted Jessie Doull from AFL Victoria and Troy Swainston from Eastern Football League last night for the presentation of AFL funding for the outstanding new sports light installation at Tormore Reserve.
Jessie is AFL Victoria’s Facilities and Planning Manager and was instrumental in the success of our submission for funding under the AFL’s Facilities Development Reserve. This funding was in addition to the federal funding from the Australian Sports Commission with the great support of Alan Tudge MP.
Club Chairman, Scott Nicholas said “Thanks to everyone at the Club for your contributions to this project, large or small. It was a great example of a number of people across the Club coming together to make it happen!”
“Particular thanks to Kerryn Westcott for the initial application, David Nicholas for his assistance in crunching the numbers and making the financials work, and Kristan Wood for his work in managing the project. Finally Greg “Flash” Hannon for his work behind the scenes to bring this all together!”
“Great work team, with an outcome that will benefit the club for many years to come!”
Tormore Reserve is a leading community facility and the addition of new sporting lights through the great support of Alan Tudge MP, AFL Victoria and Knox Council will ensure that reputation is maintained for many years to come.
The four 28 metre high poles, with six lights on each, will give our players the opportunity to train on a top-quality oval with state of the art LED lighting for many years to come. The Club’s vision is to always strive to innovate and improve across all aspects of operations, both on and off the field. These new lights will give us tremendous flexibility in relation to the fixturing of matches for our men’s and women’s football teams.
Planning for the new lights started in 2018 as the old lights were no longer at the required levels for training, let alone night football. With the support of Knox City Council and Alan Tudge MP, the Club lodged a submission for Federal Government funding under the Australian Sports Commission’s Community Sport Infrastructure Program.
It was a great day for the Club when Alan Tudge presented a cheque for $190,000 to fund the project. The successful application for further funding of $24,000 from AFL Victoria under the Facility Development Program ensured that the Club’s own contribution to the project was manageable, while still significant.
The Lights were officially switched on by Club great Kristan Wood, accompanied by three other former Club Presidents, at a ceremony on 29 August.
The Club would like to express out gratitude and appreciation to the following people and organisations for their significant contribution to the successful completion of this project.
Alan Tudge MP who was the Club’s champion in our application for Federal Funding;
Sue McGill, Director, Community Sport & Infrastructure with Sports Australia;
Jessie Doull, Facilities and Planning Manager at AFL Victoria;
Jake Keogh, the Mayor of Knox;
Councillors Peter Lockwood and John Mortimore;
Daniel Clarke and the Leisure Development team at Knox City Council;
Tim Gates, Managing Director of Wallgates Electrical Services;
Stuart McDonald from Nuvo Group;
Kerryn Westcott, the Club’s Grants Manager;
Kristan Wood, the Club’s Project Manager;
David Nicholas; the Club’s Finance Director;
Greg Hannon, Senior Club President;
Scott Nicholas, Chair of the Club’s Board of Directors.
Stephen Holding, brother of Michael ( aka Plugga, a former player and Hawks Nest Coterie Director) and son of Barry ( former Club trainer and Club Treasurer ) passed away tragically ten days ago in Brisbane after an accident.
Stephen played a great deal of junior football at the Hawka and was a much-loved team member in the early 80’s. He never took a backward step and had every team mates’ back when required!
We wish the Holding family our condolences during this most difficult time.
“Over the weekend I was fortunate to attend the Knox Club for my first-ever Ray Lacey Medal Night in my role as Senior President.
I sat back as Fletch spoke about each of his players and I thought just how fortunate each Under 17 player is to have a coach, a mentor, a friend and role model like Fletch. It was evident to everyone in the room how much respect each individual player had for their coach and the esteem they hold him in!
Then yesterday, Fletch took his Under 19’s team to one point off another Preliminary Final. It was an incredible effort from every player in that team and full credit to Fletch, Cats, and Robbo for getting those boys to play such an exciting brand of football.
Coaching is a tough gig! You upset parents; you challenge players; you walk a tightrope at times! All I can say as President of the Club that we are a far better off club having Craig Mc Kenzie working for us than coaching against us! Fletch makes young boys grow as footballers, but much more importantly, he makes them flourish as young men!
Fletch, our Club thanks you for another fine year”!
Greg Hannon, Senior President, Boronia Hawks Football Netball Club
Here is the current list of ticket holders for the Senior Awards Night – please check that you are on the list. If you are not there, please advise Dave if you wish to be placed on the waiting list. Updated 5:00pm
The votes for the 2019 Boronia Hawks Senior B&F’s have been counted and the current leaders were announced at the Vote Count Night last Saturday. Here are the current leaders across all of our senior teams, with the actual winners to be announced at the Senior Awards Night on 4 October at the Knox Club!
Bob Henry Medal for Senior Men’s Best & Fairest – up to round 14 of 18
Ryan White 184 – winner in 2016
Corey Burgess 131
Lachie McKernan 127
Jarrod Lake 111
Jack Hare 108
Jake Godwin / Jayden Collins 95
Jake Millen 89
Brenton McAlpine 56
Luke Hannon 52 – winner in 2017 / 2018
Ellen Johnson Medal for Senior Women’s Best & Fairest – up to Round 10 of 15
Amanda Cellante 88 – runner up in 2018
Tegan Doran 77
Briar Forrer-Lacey 62
Sam Mellis 57
Julia Bortoli / Rhiannon Crompton 55
Kat McMahon 48
Demi Thomas 43
Jess Buzinskas 41
Dee Caiafa 26
Kellie Newton Medal for Netball Best & Fairest – up to Round 9 of 14
Madison Barrie 11 – winner in 2018
Kellie Newton 8 – this could be interesting!
Mandy Bell / Rhiannon Crompton / Rebecca Mills 6
Georgia Himmelreich 5
Ally Forrest 4
Leanne Fredericks 2
Alex McKaige 14 – winner in 2018
Ebony Williams 10
Dani Kemp 8
Lizzie Akesson 7
Alisha Clark / Bree Martin 5
Tessa Evans 3
Courtney Krenn 2
Ian McKenzie Medal for Reserves Men Best & Fairest – up to Round 14 of 18
Nathan Allen 141
Luke Leeson 121
Matt Geraghty 91
Jordan Granland 88 – 2017 winner
Brayden Wright 83
Patrick Kinniff 71
Brayden Bowes 68
Jeremy Mason 66
Sean Bell 62
Zack Brasher 51
David Murrihy Medal for Under 19’s Men Best & Fairest – up to Round 14 of 18
Jacob Delrayne 156
Mason Storr 147
Nathan Hare 118
Jordan Price 99
Trent Mellis 89
Harry Fewson 72
James Hoffman / Liam Parkins 51
Hayden Morris 41
Will Morrison 29
The “Who Could it Be” Medal for Veterans Best & Fairest – up to Round 6 of 9