Boronia Hawks to Kick Start for 2020!

Boronia Hawks will kick start the 2020 preseason as footy training gets under way. We also have our second “Come and Try Night” for Women Footballers!


Junior Boys and Girls are invited to come to our Junior Registration Day on Sunday 17 November at Tormore Reserve from 10:00am to 11:30am. Meet the coaches and sign up to receive discounted club membership for 2020. Get out on the oval to have a kick as well.

Any questions? Please contact our Junior Registrar, Stacey Peril on 0488 336 519 or stacey.hawks@bigpond.com


Senior Men’s footballers, together with Under 19’s and Under 17’s, are expected to attend this first session to kick off the pre-Xmas preseason. Training for 2020 commences on Monday 18 November at Boronia Salvation Army Oval from 6:00pm on Monday & Wednesdays.

Please contact Ash Johnston, Football Director, on 0433 365 286 for any questions.


Our Senior Women’s Teams will be starting their 2020 campaign on Tuesday 19 November at Boronia K-12 College from 6:00pm.

Come and join a fun, welcoming and inclusive team environment, at one of the Eastern Football Netball League‘s destination clubs. After making finals for the first time in 2019, the Hawks are on the rise in 2020 fielding two teams for the first time! 

Coaching and volunteer roles are also available, so if you’re interested in being part of a Women’s Football Team come and get involved!

Please contact Scott Nicholas, Senior Coach, on 0403 238 494 for more information.


The Boronia Veterans Team will start their preseason training (and recovery sessions) from Wednesday 20 November. Venue is still to be finalised, so keep an eye out for an update.

Please contact Team Manager, Jason Davis on 0425 749 818 for more information.



KICK OFF! Senior Men’s Preseason Training

Boronia Hawks senior men’s team will kick off preseason training for the 2020 season on Monday 18 November.

All senior men’s footballers, together with Under 19’s and Under 17’s, are expected to attend this first session to kick off the pre-Xmas preseason. Sessions will be held on Monday and Wednesday for four weeks from 6:00pm sharp at the Boronia Salvation Army Oval at 2 Liverpool Road, Boronia.

Please contact Ash Johnston, Football Director, on 0433 365 286 for any questions.


Supporters are welcome to attend, but all sessions at this venue are strictly ALCOHOL FREE events.

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Boronia Women’s Pre-season Training

Boronia Hawks Football Netball Club are ready to start pre-season training for the 2020 season.

Join in the fun, learn some new skills, meet some new friends and develop your fitness in a welcoming and inclusive team environment.

Training will run Tuesday and Thursday nights from 6pm to 7:30pm at Boronia K-12 College, starting on 19 November 2019.

The Club will be fielding two sides for the first time, giving all players the opportunity to develop at their appropriate level. No football experience required.

BYO drink bottle, and make sure you wear comfortable clothes and runners. No football boots required.

For more information please contact Scott on 0403 238 494.

GO HAWKA!

Recruiting Announcement – presented by BARK KING

Boronia Hawks are very pleased to announce to all members and supporters that SEAN YOUNG will be joining the Club in 2020.

Sean played a season with Boronia in the Under 17’s Lacey Squad back in 2012. He then moved back to his junior club, Wantirna South, where he has played 115 senior games since, including the 2014 Premiership under Matt Clark and Steve Teakel.

Sean won the Under 19’s B&F at Wantirna South in 2013; he was runner-up in the EFL’s Trojan Young Gun Award; and he was named in the EFL’s Division 2 Team of the Year in 2017 as a key defender.

He is a great bloke with many mates at Boronia and will slot in very well. At 23 years of age, we are delighted to have Sean back to Boronia. Please make him feel very welcome!


Social Media Platforms

There has been some discussion over the past two days regarding access for our volunteers to the Club’s social media platforms. On behalf of the Club’s Board I would like to let all supporters know that it was agreed at our Board meeting in September that we will review and change our approach to Social Media as we head in to 2020. 

There will be more news on this as our new Board and Committee members settle in to their roles over the next two months. The main objective is that the Club is fully compliant with best practice for the use of social media by community clubs. This is consistent with the Club’s Social Media Policy, which is available for your reference on our website.

A key component of our policy is that all volunteers publishing on behalf of the Club have undertaken appropriate training so that they fully understand our policy and our reasonable expectations in respect of social media posts by club members and supporters.  Please click on the link above to read the policy and feel free to ask any questions that you may have. 

David Nicholas for the BHFNC Board.

Major Recruiting Announcement – presented by Bark King

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.

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Announcement from EFL: 2020 Divisional Structure

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.

2020 Divisional Structure: 

PREMIER DIVISION 1 DIVISION 2 DIVISION 3 DIVISION 4 
VermontMontroseKnoxScoresbyChirnside
Park
BlackburnCroydonRingwoodFTGColdstream
BalwynPark
Orchards
BoroniaWarrandyteSurrey Park
South
Croydon
LilydaleHeathmontWaverley
Blues
Silvan
RowvilleBayswaterTemp.DonvaleForest Hill
NorwoodUpper FTGThe BasinWhitehorse Nuna-
wading
Noble ParkEast
Ringwood
MulgraveGlen Wav. HawksKilsyth
DoncasterMoo’lbarkSouth
Belgrave
FairparkCroydon
Nth MLOC
North
Ringwood
Wantirna
South
East
Burwood
Doncaster EastMitcham

2019 Junior Award Winners – presented in association with Fletchers Mooroolbark

Under 17’s Best & Fairest and Winner of the 2019 Ray Lacey Medal: Chris Westcott

  • B&F Runner Up: Cooper Dunkinson
  • Most Valuable Player: Luke McKinnon
  • Most Improved Player: Ethan Bell
  • Player Choice Award: Riley Coughlin
  • Best Finals Player: Luke Flanagan.
L-R: Cooper Dunkinson, Chris Westcott, Craig McKenzie, Luke McKinnon, Riley Coughlin, Luke Flanagan, Ethan Bell.

Winner of the Mick Spencer Memorial Trophy for Best Junior Club Person: Samantha Dunkinson


Under 16 Girls Best & Fairest: Kimberley Panting

  • B&F Runner Up: Teahlia Mitchell
  • Coaches’ Award: Tahra Wright
  • Most Valuable Player: Rylee Johnson
  • Most Determined Player: Brianna Griffiths
  • Best Finals Player: Rhianna Little

Under 13 Best & Fairest: Ben Hemmings

  • Dual B&F Runners Up: James Allen & Cooper Storr
  • Most Determined Player: Tyler Pietrzak
  • Most Consistent Player: Zac Schmidtke
  • Most Valuable Player: Deacon Walker
  • Best Finals Player: Zac Schmidtke

Under 12 Best & Fairest: Bayley Driscoll

  • B&F Runner Up: Kaden Baldock
  • Most Determined Player: Josh McLean
  • Most Consistent Player: Hudson Knight
  • Best Team Player: Lachlan Pietrzak
  • Best Finals Player: Peter Rose

Under 12 Girls Best & Fairest: Penny Weston

  • B&F Runner Up: Jemma North
  • Most Determined Player: April Dye
  • Most Consistent Player: Jasmine Ashlin
  • Most Improved Player: Shyra Halligan
  • Best Finals Player: Kodie Daniels

Under 11 Best & Fairest: Jesse Tomlinson

  • B&F Runner Up: Cayden Wood
  • Most Determined Player: Archer Ross
  • Most Consistent Player: Rori Driscoll
  • Most Valuable Player: Chase Stone


AFL Victoria Funding for New Lights

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.

Left to Right: Amanda Cellante (Senior Women’s Captain), Erin Nicholas, Courtney Storen, Jessie Doull, Troy Swainston, Greg Hannon (Senior President) and Kristan Wood (Project Manager). Cheque bearers: Kai Wood and Cayden Wood!

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!”

New Sporting Lights at Tormore Reserve

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 new lights provide an outstanding solution for training and matches.

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.

The previous lights had deteriorated rapidly and were inadequate for training.

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.

Alan Tudge MP, Federal Member for Aston, with Boronia players.

The Lights were officially switched on by Club great Kristan Wood, accompanied by three other former Club Presidents, at a ceremony on 29 August.

Former Club Presidents: Kristan Wood, Tim Currie, Frank Carroll and Scott Nicholas.
The end of an era as the old lights are taken down and removed. Photo by Kay Kimmitt.

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.