Boronia Hawks: Love the Game Not the Odds

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.


Joint Board & Committees Meeting

The Boronia Hawks Board, Senior Committee and Junior Committee all got together last night for a joint meeting to review the season so far.
Club Chairman, Scott Nicholas, took the group through the Club’s successes for the year, with briefings from Wayne Preston (Fundraising and Facilities), Samantha Dunkinson (Auskick), Karen Little (Family Day), Candyce Wright (Female Football), Ellisa Schmidtke (Junior Football), Andrew Catley (Coach Support), David Nicholas (Finance) and Ashley Johnston (Senior Football).
Scott highlighted how all the initiatives are consistent with the Club’s Values and are delivering on our Strategic Plan. Greg Hannon concluded the discussion by highlighting the tremendous people involved in the Club’s leadership and the sense of pride and commitment from the collective committees.
Players, sponsors and supporters can be assured that the Club is being well managed and that the passion of our volunteers will continue to grow and develop Boronia Hawks as a great family sporting club.

Outside the Locker Room

Boronia Hawks hosted a terrific session on Thursday 6 June with our Outside the Locker Room: Welfare & Education Program.


We welcomed Shane (facilitator) and Cindy (welfare champion) from OTLR to the Club and they were very impressed to see such a great attendance. Cindy commented the she normally gets around all the tables but that it just wasn’t possible last night due to the size of the group.


Congratulations to one of our players who spoke openly to the group last night to share his journey with mental welfare. This willingness to talk about the issues triggered a lot of really beneficial conversations throughout the room. It so often helps to talk to others.

Many thanks to Wayne Preston for his work in arranging the session. We can really look forward to a second session in around six weeks that will cover “Culture and Leadership.

Please join us in thanking OTLR.



“Outside the Locker Room” – part of the Boronia Hawks Welfare and Education Program.


Boronia Hawks is dedicated to providing our players access to the best welfare programs available.

In 2019 we have engaged Outside the Locker Room to assist us in our Welfare and Education Program by conducting at least two workshops that are specifically designed for young people involved in sporting clubs, focussing on education and support for facing life’s daily challenges.

The first workshop will be held on Thursday 6 June from 7:30pm to 9:00pm in our Club Rooms at Tormore Reserve.

This is a one of a kind program for local clubs to have players mentored by the team at OTLR over a 12 months period.

All senior football and netball players with the Hawks are expected to attend this first workshop as a show of support for team mates.  

Coaches will put in place a revised coaching timetable for the night, with times to advised shortly.

Meals will be available at the Club from 6:30pm as per other Thursday nights.

Please follow this link to learn more about Outside the Locker Room.





Beyond Blue Round

AFL Beyond Blue Jake Whitmore
Jake Whitmore from Boronia Hawks is featured in the front row of this photograph from

Boronia Hawks will again be promoting Mental Health Awareness through our participation in Beyond Blue Round.

Our Under 16 Girls & Under 17 Boys will be wearing blue tape this Sunday as a way of raising awareness of an issue that is widespread through all aspects of our community.

Please take the time to click on this link to read the article about the EFL Beyond Blue Round.

Otherwise, please take a few moments to think about your family, friends, colleagues and team mates and how you might be able to help those who are doing it tough. Please share this post.


Boronia Hawks support Mental Health Awareness

Boronia Hawks Football Netball Club is very conscious of our role as an important community hub, with a large number of players, members, families and friends.  The diversity of any community group invariably means that mental health is something that touches us all in some way.

The AFL has recently announced that it will be creating a new role of head of mental health to oversee the rising number of elite footballers experiencing difficulty with anxiety, stress and depression and to promote a greater awareness of wellbeing amongst the Clubs.  This article from The Guardian Australia provides an insight to the nature of this issue in AFL ranks.  Click here.  Alternately, you can click here to read the about the AFL’s approach to Mental Health.

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Love Me Love You – our focus of support for this weekend

Boronia Hawks will contribute to the conversation about Mental Health Awareness within the Club by supporting “Love Me Love You“, a non-profit charity designed to help young people navigate the challenges of mental health. This organisation was founded by former Hawthorn player Lance Picioane, as a result of his own struggles during and after his football career.

Lance Picioane, founder of “Love Me Love You

This year alone the group has presented to 4000 young people through schools, football clubs and professional organisations. Picioane’s team include people with first hand experience on drug and alcohol abuse, eating disorders and depression.

The Club has chosen to support this particular cause because of the enormous support provided by “Love Me Love You” to one of our own at a time of tragic loss.

As a result, we ask you all to take the time to think about Mental Health Awareness over the weekend of the 10th to 12th of May.  The AFL is recognising the issue with the Beyond Blue Round, and Boronia Hawks has also registered to support that cause, along with the Fight Motor Neurone Disease round in early June.

“Love Me Love You Cup” Match this Saturday Night

Boronia Hawks Senior Women’s Team will play Ferntree Gully this coming Saturday night at 6:00pm for the “Love Me Love You” Cup.  Both Clubs have been touched by  tragedy in recent years and we come together now, and in the future, to help young people to know that they are never alone.

Our senior teams will be wearing the light blue arm bands as a demonstration of the Club’s commitment to creating awareness of mental health problems in our community.

We will also welcome your gold coin donations to the cause at our home games over the next few weeks.



If you have any questions or suggestions on how Boronia Hawks is approaching the awareness of Mental Health, please speak to Karen Little ( our Director of Community & Inclusion) or Scott Nicholas (Chairman, Boronia Hawks FNC).


Boronia Hawks Club Chaplain: Rick Castricum on 0418 375 377

Lifeline Phone 13 11 14 Visit

Kids Help Line Phone 1800 55 1800 Visit

Beyond Blue Phone 1300 22 4636 Visit


Preseason Training
Rick Castricum with Craig McKenzie.

Under 16 Girls Team join forces with Knox.

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.



A MASSIVE Weekend for Boronia Hawks!

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!

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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.



Boronia Hawks Senior Team Selections for 26th to 28th April

Boronia Hawks Netball Squad for Round 1 / Grading Games tonight at 6:45 v East Burwood and 7:45 v Knox

Kellie Newton, Carla Alexander, Ellie Ingwersen, Georgia Himmelreich, Mandy Bell, Rhiannon Crompton, Leanne Fredericks, Rebecca Mills, Melissa Hutton.

Club Debut: welcome to Georgia Himmelreich!


Boronia Brown Netball Squad for Round 1 / Grading Games tonight at 8:30 v Norwood and 7:45 v Ringwood

Alex McKaige, Dani Kemp, Ebony Williams, Tessa Evans, Amanda Cellante, Chloe Timms, Bree Martin.

Club Debut: welcome to Ebony Williams, Tessa Evans and Chloe Timms!


Boronia Hawks Under 19’s have a bye this weekend.


Boronia Hawks Senior Womens Squad v South Belgrave / Lysterfield at 10:00am SATURDAY at Tormore Reserve.

1 J. Buzinskas 2 A. Cellante 4 T. Doran 7 A. Penny 8 D. Thomas 9 J. Lacey 11 K. McMahon 12 Cotch Fay 16 S. Peril 17 D. Caiafa 18 Y. Mau 19 C. Storen 20 S. Mellis 24 R. Crompton 26 K. Little 27 L. Kabris 28 D. Langford 29 T. Evans 30 A. McKaige 32 E. Nicholas 38 C. Wright 39 J. Phillips 40 J. Bortoli 42 B. Forrer-Lacey 55 C. Timms.

Club Debut: welcome to Kathleen McMahon, Ye Jeffries, Rhiannon Crompton, Tessa Evans, Alex McKaige, Jacqui Phillips, Julia Bortoli and Cotch Fay!


Boronia Hawks Development Squad v Templestowe at 12:05pm Saturday at Templestowe Reserve – Presented by McDonald’s Boronia

3 N. Allen 4 B. Castersen 5 S. Bell 10 C. McDonald 14 J. Bolton 18 L. Hare 20 S. Nicholas 22 M. Geraghty 28 J. Rambaldo 31 D. Romano 32 N. Watson 33 J. Mason 40 B. Wright 44 B. Bishop 48 J. Lech 49 M. Goldsack 50 J. Mueller 51 Z. Dower 56 R. Kennedy 72 H. Betts 74 Z. Brasher 76 K. Notley J. Neville S. Yule


Boronia Hawks Senior Men’s Squad v Templestowe at 2:10pm Saturday at Templestowe Reserve – Presented by Knox Club

1 R. Henderson 2 L. Hannon 8 J. Hannon 9 J. Granland 11 J. Lake 12 D. Fairchild 15 H. Chinn 17 L. McKernan 19 B. McAlpine 23 J. Collins 24 J. Hare 29 J. Godwin 34 J. Millen 35 B. Bowes 36 J. Rutherford 37 R. White 39 Z. Robinson 41 K. Milde 42 B. Rapisarda 52 B. Robertson 62 J. Mellis 64 D. Dower


Boronia Hawks Veterans Squad v Scoresby at 2:30pm SUNDAY at Carrington Park – presented by GK Travel & Cruise

21 C. Aaltonen 14 J. Bamford 6 S. Beaton 18 G. Bell 13 R. Bell 66 L. Burnett 2 M. Clinton L. Cook 11 J. Davis S. Fischer 70 D. Hanrahan 10 D. Hansby 7 M. James 16 C. Joy 24 C. Krenn 25 G. Krenn 15 S. Lehman 22 B. Notley 28 S. O’Reilly 43 C. Reid 23 B. Stewart 12 B. Wiesner 34 K. Wood.

Club debut: welcome to Simon Fischer!


Boronia Hawks announce Senior Women’s Captain

Congratulations to Amanda Cellante on being named Captain of our Senior Women’s Team for 2019!  Amanda was runner-up in last year’s Best & Fairest Award and is also our games record holder for Boronia Netball.  Congratulations also to Vice-Captains Dee Caiafa and Sam Mellis!

Amanda Cellante: 2019 Captain


Dee Caiafa: 2019 Vice-Captain
Samantha Mellis: 2019 Vice-Captain