Boronia Hawks are very excited to announce that we have entered in to a new partnership agreement with our banker of many years, Community Bank Wantirna, part of the Bendigo Bank group.
For those new to the Community Bank model, it is a concept unique from the other big banks. The majority of profits derived from customers that bank at our branch are invested back into the community in a range of ways. This means that our customers are investing back into their own community, into local schools, not for profit organisations, clubs, societies, youth development programs, community centres and the like.
The Club’s finance team have always been impressed by the very friendly and helpful team at Wantirna Mall and have appreciated their assistance as we upgraded our banking processes in recent years.
We are now taking this great relationship a step further as we proudly announce that Community Bank Wantirna will be the jumper sponsor for our two senior women’s football teams from 2020 to 2022.
“As Australia’s fifth largest retail bank, we provide our 1.7 million customers with competitive products, innovative service, and the ability to bank with confidence wherever they are in the world. We give back to communities, and hold true to our values. We’re Bendigo Bank. The better big bank.”
All members of the Boronia Hawks community are strongly encouraged to check out the full range of banking services offered by Bendigo Bank by visiting their website. Alternately, contact the branch for a discussion on personal and business banking with branch manager, John Tiganis.
Congratulations to Ryan Henderson who will play his 150th game for Boronia in today’s Preliminary Final at East Burwood.
The big hearted follower came to the Hawks in 2012 and has been a magnificent competitor ever since. Ryan has taken on the biggest (and ugliest) blokes the opposition can throw at him in the ruck, and loves to slip forward for a big mark and goal.
Could Boronia coach Matt Clark cross paths with former club Wantirna South?
It’s a possibility.Clark has recommitted to the Hawks for a further two years after signing a contract extension until the end of 2021.
He coached Wantirna South to a flag in 2014 and joined Boronia ahead of the 2018 season. A premiership this year would take Boronia up to EFL Division 1, where the Hawks would meet the Devils in 2020.
“Hopefully that’s on the agenda,” Clark said.
“Ultimately our goal is to be playing against them next year.”
Clark said it was a logical decision to extend his stay at Tormore Reserve.
“They’re a good club with a really young list and I’m super happy where they’re at and they’re comfortable where I’m at, too,” he said.
“I really enjoy working with the guys. It’s a fun place to be at the moment.”
Clark guided Boronia to a premiership in his first season but the Hawks were not promoted as part of the competition restructure.Boronia will enter this year’s finals series on a 10-game winning streak if it defeats Ringwood on Saturday in a top-of-the-table clash.It has already secured the double chance, but has flag rivals in Ringwood, Mitcham, Heathmont and Templestowe in an open premiership race.
Clark said he wanted to take Boronia to Division 1.
“We’re trying to make it a destination club and I think we’re doing a pretty good job of that at the moment,” he said.
“The players are hungry so my job is to obviously steer them in that direction. There’s no guarantee we can get there but we certainly think we’ve got a good formula to be competitive enough and be in the mix to get there.”
Clark said the Hawks would be at near full strength for a tilt at back-to-back flags.
“We’re very happy with who we’re putting out there,” he said.
“We’ve played a couple of guys, like Lachie Watson and Brayden Bowes, in the development team for the last four, five weeks.
“The hard thing — and the good thing — is we’ve got so many guys playing good footy in the seniors at the moment that some of these blokes are just finding it hard to get into the side.
“Internal pressure is driving really good training standards and game-day performance.”
Please join us all in congratulating Matt Buzinskas on the occasion of this 200th Senior Game for Boronia Hawks in Round 17.
This is a massive achievement, with very few players reaching this milestone with the Hawks in recent years. Even more remarkable is that Buzz has played at four other clubs during his career.
In fact, Buzz has racked up well over 350 games in total if we add on 89 junior games for Boronia; a junior season at North Ringwood; a senior premiership at Forrest in 2005, 17 games for Watsonia; and 17 games for Wantirna South!
Buzz has been a standout player for Boronia since his senior debut in 2006 as a seventeen year old, but with a rig and attitude well prepared for senior footy. He has only played 2 games of Under 18’s footy and only 16 Reserves games so he has been a fixture in the senior team as an inside mid and crumbing forward.
Buzz’s goal sense has been a feature of his game, with 208 senior goals for the Hawka and a best of 7 in one game back in 2007. There has been no greater sight in recent years than Buzz charging through the guts to kick a team-lifting goal then running back to the middle with a modest celebration as the Hawka faithful raise their voices, and cans, to salute another Buzz special!
Buzz is a true champion of the Club. He provides a great example for our young players and is still playing tremendous footy in 2019. Congratulations to Buzz from everyone at Boronia Hawks. We wish him, and his family, our very best wishes for his milestone game and for many more to come. We can’t wait to see him teaming up with Woody and Stifler in the Vets!
To say our season for the senior men has been a roller coaster would be an understatement. Thankfully, nearly all our injured players are back on the field and, with three games to go, we should have close to a full list vying for a senior game come finals!
It would be great if as many supporters as possible get down to ‘The Hawka’ over the next two weeks to give our teams an extra boost leading into their finals campaigns.
Our senior women’s team kick off at 8:20am this Saturday for their final home and away match of the season, before they commence their first finals campaign at Mulgrave on 18 August. Special thanks must go out to Lace and Snicko (Ray Lacey and Scott Nicholas) for doing a tremendous job coaching our growing list of female players. We began with 9 women last year, but they have built that up to well over 30 this year. With two junior girls teams, who knows where we will be in season 2020!
After the senior game last Saturday, the Mulgrave rooms were just full of Boronia people. Probably 80% Boronia in their homerooms!! The senior umpire said to me; ‘The culture you have at Boronia is just amazing. You have Panda, the Krenn’s at every game and people like Bomma running Coterie – it’s incredible!’ And he is right!
Our 19’s have been incredible with up to 5 eligible players playing senior football in recent weeks! Our Development team is on top and our senior team is half a percentage point off top spot too! Without getting ahead of ourselves, the Club is well placed to have a fair dinkum crack come finals time!
Unfortunately, our two netball teams, Hawks and Brown will be hard pressed to play finals this season with only 2 games to go. The Hawks in Premier Division have won 4 games from 11, with 4 thrillers decided by 4 points or less. The “Brownies” have suffered from injuries all season and have only managed 2 wins so far. On a brighter note, over 30 players have played netball with the Club this season, including a number of “cross overs” from our women’s footy team who are happy to double up for the weekend!
The Vets finished their season under lights in the wilds of South Belgrave last Friday. The boys kicked on to celebrate the end of their season in fine style, because they played some great footy during the year and welcomed many new players to the Club. Thanks to Joey, Jason and the boys for another great season. Success will come!
Off the field, our new lights get installed at Tormore Reserve this week. This is a most exciting development and will give our Club incredible flexibility when fixturing matches in future years. Special thanks to Woody (Kristan Wood) for facilitating this project. In addition, much work has been done behind the scenes to secure funding for a facility upgrade in the next 2 to 3 years. We hope to have some meaningful announcements in the coming months!
Please get behind Murra (David Murrihy) and support our finals hosting program. This is equivalent to a major club sponsorship and we need as many volunteers as possible to make this work!
We have the Presidents Lunch with Matthew Richardson, which is completely sold out, on August 17 and the vote count night after our last match of the season! The senior Awards Night is on 4 October and DOES NOT clash with the Vet’s Footy Trip!
The next 7 weeks could be ‘crazy’ busy but get involved and cheer loudly!!
Senior President, Boronia Hawks Football Netball Club
Please join us all in congratulating Big Ben Robertson as he plays his 100th Game for Boronia Hawks in Round 15 against Mulgrave.
Robbo joined the Hawks from Monash Blues in 2010 and spent two years with us before heading back to the Ammo’s in 2012. He returned to Tormore Reserve in 2016, even bigger and stronger than before, with over 100 games of VAFA football under his belt. Since then Robbo has been an absolute rock for the Hawks and his team-mates know that the big “orange roughie” always has their back.
Robbo currently sit on 98 goals for the Club, so let’s hope he can celebrate the double in his milestone game!
52 BEN ROBERTSON
Seniors Coach’s Award in 2018.
Seniors Premiership Player in 2018.
Under 19’s Assistant Coach 2016 to 2019.
50th Senior Game for the Club in 2017.
Returned to Boronia from Elsternwick (VAFA), where he won the Best and Fairest, in 2016.
Kicked 61 goals for Old Mentonians in VAFA Division 1 in 2013.
Played for Old Mentonians and Elsternwick from 2013 to 2015.
The Club will be hosting a RSA accreditation course on Monday the 5th of August at 6:30pm.
This session is intended to certify a team of our senior players and club members who can then assist with the serving of alcohol during the senior finals series at Tormore Reserve from 25 August to 14 September.
We have a limit of 30 participants for the course, which will be fully funded by the Club, with no cost to participants. It will be run by Peter Rosenthal from Good Sports. At the end of the session, participants will be fully certified to serve alcohol at Club events, including finals, as well as at other venues.
To express your interest in the course please email Dave at firstname.lastname@example.org or send me a message via Facebook. Places can not be guaranteed for everyone, so please sign up early!
Work has now started on the new lights at Tormore Reserve.
We will have four new 28m poles, each one carrying 6 lights. For the sparkies, they are 6 Philips Optivision BVP525 LED Luminaires. They will be a significant improvement for training sessions and will enable us to conduct twilight and night matches.
Many thanks to Alan Tudge MP for his support in funding this tremendous addition to the facilities at Tormore Reserve.
Finally, thanks our Grants Co-ordinator Kerryn Westcott for successfully managing the submission process resulting in our winning the grant; and to our Project Manager, that amazing man of many talents, Kristan Wood!
Boronia Hawks have partnered with our neighbours at Knox Leisureworksonce again in 2019 to provide a fantastic health and fitness facility for our players, members and supporters.
As part of this partnership, we are proud to announce that Zack Brasher will be sponsored by Knox Leisureworks with a 12 months Platinum Membership!
This is a great opportunity for Zack, who recently made his senior debut with the Hawka, and demonstrates the Club’s commitment to providing a high performance environment for our players.
Stand by for another exciting announcement regarding our partnership with Knox Leisureworks, but in the meantime please see what they have to offer by clicking on this link: https://www.knoxleisureworks.com.au
Boronia Hawks Football Netball Club has joined a community of more than 400 Victorian sporting clubs that are committed to an environment free from sports betting sponsorship.
This includes our partners from elite sporting clubs, including all 10 Victorian AFL clubs, and state sporting bodies including Football Victoria, Cricket Victoria and AFL Victoria.
There is strong community concern about sports betting advertising, especially the potential impact on young people. Young people may think that gambling is a normal part of sport, or that you can’t enjoy sport without having a bet.
By saying no to sports betting sponsorship, your club is playing an important role in reducing young people’s exposure to sports betting promotion.