2017 Netball Awards

Congratulations to all our netballers on another successful season, with all teams making finals and Boronia Hawks winning the Premier Division flag.


Premier Division – Boronia Hawks

Melissa Martinov – Best & Fairest
Petra Keogh – Runner Up
Nikki Phillips – Best Finals Player
Melissa Martinov
Melissa Martinov

Division 1 – Boronia Gold

Mandy Bell – Best & Fairest
Rhiannon Crompton and Katy Harper – Runners Up

Hannah Urquart – Best Finals Player

Katy Harper, Mandy Bell and Rhiannon Crompton

Division 4 – Boronia Brown

Mollie McMahon – Best & Fairest
Alex McKaige – Runner Up

Alex McKaige – Best Finals Player

Alex McKaige and Allan Dowdell (Coach)

2017 Bob Henry Medal Night

Congratulations to all the players who were recognised for their success in season 2017 at the Bob Henry Medal Night.


Luke Hannon – Bob Henry Medal for Seniors Best & Fairest.
Jess Bolton – Runner Up in the Seniors Best & Fairest.
Jarrod Lake – Most Courageous Player
Lachie McKernan – Most Consistent Player
Tom Dodd – Most Determined Player
Luke Hannon, Tom Dodd, Jess Bolton, Bob Henry, Jarrod Lake, Lachie McKernan.
Luke Hannon, Tom Dodd, Jess Bolton, Bob Henry, Jarrod Lake, Lachie McKernan.

Development Squad

Jordan Granland – Ian McKenzie Medal for Reserves Best & Fairest
Jarrod Eccleston – Runner Up in the Best & Fairest
Dane Romano – Most Courageous Player
Ryan Warren – Most Consistent Player
Nick Carrodus – Most Determined Player
Nick Carrodus – Best Finals Player
Ryan Warren, Dane Romano, Jarrod Eccleston, Jordan Granland.
Ryan Warren, Dane Romano, Jarrod Eccleston, Jordan Granland.


Dylan Dower – David Murrihy Medal for U19’s Best & Fairest
Jayden Purdon – Runner Up in the Best & Fairest
Rhys Migues – Most Courageous Player
Fletcher Duke – Most Consistent Player
Michael Smith – Most Determined Player
Anthony Biddau – Best Finals Player
Michael Smith, Fletcher Duke, Rhys Migues, Anthony Biddau, Jayden Purdon, Dylan Dower, Andrew Wright.


Steven O’Reilly – Veterans Best & Fairest
Brad Mills – Runner Up in the Best & Fairest
Greg Joseph (Coach) and Steven O’Reilly.


Matt Clark signs on as Boronia coach in the Eastern Football League

Toby Prime, Knox Leader  

NEW Boronia mentor Matt Clark says the club’s exciting young list convinced him to continue his coaching career after departing neighbouring Wantirna South.  Clark said he intended to have a year away from coaching in 2018 after a seven-year stint at Walker Reserve.  But the prospect of developing Boronia’s emerging players proved too good an opportunity to turn down.  Clark replaces Peter Brown, whose contract was not renewed after the Hawks missed finals this year despite recording more wins than 2016.

“That was probably my mindset the whole way through to take a year off, but it was such an attractive club that the way they presented, it talked me out of that,” Clark said. “The whole way along I was leaning towards, strongly leaning towards, taking a year off just to reset but when Boronia’s job became available I think it was probably too good (an opportunity) to not take.”

Clark said the prospect of working with Boronia’s young talent, which includes a host of former TAC Cup players, enticed him to take the top job.  “I’ve admired them from afar, just how impressive their whole off-field set up has been and they’ve blooded a lot of kids so credit to the previous coach,” he said.  “I think they’ve got a bit of work to do but they’ve got the potential to get improvement.”

Clark, who will be joined by former Devils assistant coach Steve Teakel, took Wantirna South from Division 3 to Division 2 after winning the 2014 premiership and steered it to last year’s second-tier decider.  He said he was hopeful of achieving similar success at Boronia. 

“I’m confident that what I can bring and support I’ll bring, if matched by their enthusiasm, we’ll get improvement but where that improvement takes us is hard because I don’t know the players,” Clark said.  “I’ve spoken to a few of them on the phone already and I’ve been absolutely impressed with their attitude and willingness to want to go places.”

Link to Herald-Sun Local Footy article

Thanks to Millsy and Wrighty

Boronia Hawks Football Netball Club would like to thank Rick Mills and Andrew Wright for their service to the Club after they have both stepped down from key coaching positions.

Rick has coached the Development Squad in the EFL Reserves competition in 2016 and 2017.  The boys made finals in both years under Millsy’s guidance but were unable to continue their strong early season form as injuries to key players took their toll.  Rick fully embraced the development aspect of his role and pushed hard for his boys to be rewarded with senior selection.  The depth of the Club’s playing stocks has been clearly enhanced by Rick’s approach to coaching.

Wrighty took on the critical role as our U19’s coach when Andrew Catley stepped down due to work commitments.  Wrighty tackled the role with huge enthusiasm and got the boys through to the Preliminary Final.  Numbers were an issue throughout the year, but this gave Wrighty the opportunity to develop the leadership and versatility of the top age players.  Just as importantly, half a dozen U17’s were blooded in the U19’s during the year which is a great example of our “One Club” approach that will benefit the Hawks for years to come.  Wrighty also filled the role of senior runner throughout the season, which again demonstrates his commitment and enthusiasm.

Many thanks to both Millsy and Wrighty for their work.  We really appreciate their contribution to the Club and hope to see them around in future.

Rick Mills
Rick Mills
Andrew Wright
Andrew Wright


EFL Chandler Medal Night

Boronia Hawks Football Netball Club was well represented at the 2017 EFL Chandler Medal Night across both football and netball.

Congratulations to Melissa Martinov from Boronia Hawks who was the Leading Goal Shooter in Premier Division with an incredible 432 goals.  Congratulations also to Leanne Fredricks from Boronia Gold who was the Leading Goal Shooter in Division 1 with 257 goals.


Congratulations to Mollie McMahon from Boronia Brown who was runner-up in the Division 4 Best and Fairest.

A sensational result for Boronia Hawks Netball to have four members of our premiership team named in the #EFL Premier Division Team of the Year! Congratulations to Petra Keogh, Mel Martinov, Bec Allen and Nikki Phillips!

Congratulations to Jess Bolton on being named in the #EFL Div 3 Team of the Year for the 5th time.

Appointment of U19’s / U17’s Coach

Boronia Hawks Football Netball Club is pleased to announce Craig “Fletch” McKenzie as the Coach of potentially our most important group of players, our Under 17 and Under 19 Squads.
Fletch’s mature approach and his great appetite to develop and mentor young men makes him the ideal person to continue to grow our already successful “One Club” approach.
Here is a breakdown of the legacy that Craig has already built at the Hawka:
  • Year started playing at Boronia: 2000;
  • First year coaching at Boronia: 2001;
  • Playing achievements;
    • Played 165 games;
    • EFL Team of the Year 2007;
    • Senior Grand Final 2007;
    • Top 5 in the B&F five times;
    • Boronia Football Club Team of the Decade nominee;
    • Reserves Premiership 2012.
  •  Coaching achievements:
    • Coached every age group from Under 12’s to U19’s and Reserves;
    • Senior Assistant Coach (spanning across the past 17 years);
    • ERCA Development Coach of the Year 2015;
    • ERCA Youth Coach of the Year (Current Nominee) 2017;
    • Grand Finalists 5 times;
    • BFC “Best Clubman” 2013.
Please join us in congratulating Fletch on his appointment.
Kristan Wood,

Message from Craig McKenzie
Besides those personal achievements, without a doubt my best achievement is the number of senior players I have been fortunate enough to develop.  Watching them play each Saturday afternoon is an absolute thrill and highlight for me. I can’t wait for our new systems and innovative programs to be brought to life so even more high quality people and footballers lead this great club to the inevitable future success.
Craig McKenzie

Senior Coaching Appointments

The Chairman and Board of Boronia Hawks Football Netball Club are very pleased to announce the appointment of Matthew Clark as our new Senior Coach.  
Matthew has been the successful senior coach of Wantirna South Football Club for seven years, taking them to the Division 3 premiership in 2014.  Prior to that, he was the Devils’ senior assistant coach for seven years.  Matthew was awarded Senior Coach of the Year for the Eastern Region in 2013, and was named Senior Coach of the EFL Team of the Year for Division 3 in 2014.  Clarky’s strong coaching philosophy, together with his commitment and experience, ensures he is well-placed to take our young group forward.
Assisting Matthew will be Steve Teakel, who was Matt’s Assistant Coach at Wantirna South. Steve brings a wealth of knowledge and experience with him to the Hawks and is currently AFL Victoria’s Coaching Development Manager.
We believe both men bring exceptional knowledge and experience to our Club and are very well equipped to continually teach and develop our young playing group.
Rounding out the announcement, we are delighted that Drew O’Hare will be continuing with the Club as an Assistant Coach.  Drew’s long list of achievements are well known to all of us and we are thrilled that he will be continuing on with the group in 2018.
We are very pleased to welcome Matt and his wife Tina, and Steve and his wife Ellen, and their families to Tormore Reserve.  We all now need to get behind Clarky, Steve and Drew and work together to make 2018 a successful year for the Club.  Go Hawkers!
Kristan Wood
2018 Senior Coach – Matthew Clark


Assistant Coach – Steve Teakel
Assistant Coach – Drew O’Hare