Seniors Match Report for Round 15: Boronia v FTG

We hosted Ferntree Gully Eagles Football Club on Saturday, who 12 months ago gave the Hawker a football lesson on our home deck for the first 3 quarters until the Hawker over ran them in the last.  With finals like weather, could the Hawker build on last week’s form?

Great conditions greeted the players at the start of the first quarter.  The Hawker were first out of the blocks with Buzz kicking 3 goals in the first 15 minutes.  Zac Robbo added another with a talented kick over his head while on the ground.  Big Robbo and Josh Hannon added to the Hawker total.  We had good players all over the ground, with consistent ball movement while kicking with a slight breeze.  The backline, in conjunction with the midfield, kept the Eagles to one goal kicked on the quarter time siren.  The Hawker took a handy 34 point lead into the 1stbreak.

The second quarter was much like the first with the Hawker putting strong forward pressure on the Eagles backline.  This was enforced at the 7 minute mark by young Chinny’s chase and tackle having an Eagles player caught holding the ball in the scoreboard end forward pocket.  The resulting free kick put through for a skilful goal to reward Chinny for the fantastic run and pressure.  Zac Robbo kicked another 2 goals and The Lake Show ran down from full back not just once but twice to mark and kick truly to add to the Eagles woes.  The quarter was finished off by a late goal to Josh Hannon for his second of the day to give the Hawker a 64 point lead over the Eagles at the main break.

Into the 3rd quarter and the question was: will the Hawker relax or will they keep the pressure on the Eagles?  It wasn’t long until we found out as Buzz slotted his fourth for the day 90 seconds into the 3rd, followed by Josh Hannon who kicked his 3rdgoal.  Big Robbo and Hendo chimed in for goals to extend the Hawkers’ lead to 91 points.  The Hawker had winners in every position and transitioned the ball between the arcs with skill and team work.

At the start of the last quarter the Hawker were down a few numbers on the bench with a couple of players rested.  It would be a gruelling last 25 minutes for a couple of players who would have to run out the quarter without a rotation.  The Eagles came out hard and were showing strong commitment at the contest but the Hawker were up to the challenge to control the last quarter.  Full credit to the Eagles who out scored the Hawker in the last but the damage was done and the Hawker ran out victors by 78 points.

Five Points

  • Finals weather and team footy on display.
  • Ruthers did not miss a beat on Saturday after missing most of the season.
  • 3 strong consistent quarters of footy.
  • Greyhounds Chin and Phillips very impressive.
  • The Buzz (nothing else to say).

Seniors Scoreboard – presented by Knox Club
Boronia 18.9 117 d FTG 6.3 39
Goal Kickers: Buzinskas 4, Robinson 3, J Hannon 3, Robertson 2, Lake 2, Henderson 2, Chinn, White.
Best Players: B McAlpine, J Lake, D Fairchild, R Henderson, B Robertson, J Hannon.


Chairman’s Lunch with Dane Swan

Mr Kristan Wood, Chairman of Boronia Hawks Football Netball Club, cordially invites all sponsors, members and supporters to join him at the Chairman’s Luncheon on Saturday 11 August.  Our Special Guest Speaker will be former AFL champion and Brownlow Medallist DANE SWAN.

Saturday 11 August from 12pm to 2pm
$60 per head for 2 course meal and drinks (beer, wine and soft drinks).

Tables of ten are available at a discount rate of $500 but must be booked and fully paid by MONDAY 6TH AUGUST.

When booking, please advise if you are using tickets as part of your sponsorship entitlements or Hawks Nest Coterie membership. * PLEASE BOOK AND PAY EARLY TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT AS TICKETS ARE STRICTLY LIMITED AND MUST BE BOOKED AND PAID BY NO LATER THAN THURSDAY 9th AUGUST. FIRST IN – BEST DRESSED.

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Payments via EFT to Boronia Hawks Football Netball Club Inc; BSB 633-000; Account Number 133 496 562.

Cash or EFTPOS payments at the door on the day are NOT available for this event due to the high demand for tickets. No exceptions.


Seniors Match Report: Boronia v Heathmont

The Hawker Shopping Early.

We expected a hard, close contest against the Heathmont Jets Football Club for our round 14 clash on their home ground and that’s what we received.

Those who witnessed the Hawkers’ 1st quarter against the Jets would agree that this was 30 minutes of fast, quality, disciplined team footy from the Hawker.  From the opening bounce we were hard at the ball, clean with our hands and precise with our foot skills. The Hawker excited their supporter base as they ran in waves, tackled, smothered and took strong contested marks against an opposition who seemed shell shocked and could not match the pace of the Hawker.

A great team effort with the backline holding the opposition to a solitary behind while the Hawker kicked 6 goals 6 to take a 41-point lead into quarter time.

The Hawker knew that the Jets would not lie down.  They were playing on their home deck, a large home crowd, hosting a past players day and kicking to the downhill scoring end.  The quarter started ok for the Hawker as we matched the Jets’ early goals to keep up the scoreboard pressure.  At the 10 minutes mark you could see the Jets building their spread and running game off the backline and across the centre.  Their quality players started to get their hands on the ball and distributed with confidence and accuracy.  The Jets outscored The Hawker 6 goals 3 to 3 goals to reduce the Hawkers’ lead to 20 points at the long break.

The expectation was that the Hawker would kick to the scoring end and put scoreboard pressure on the Jets.  This expectation would be further from the truth as the 3rd quarter was played in close, hard and contested with both sides missing important scoring opportunities.  Brayden Bowes put his brand on the game with a great quarter of footy.  Harry “Snake” Burgess controlled the Jets’ big forward and the midfield fed the forwards but neither side could not kick a major.  The Hawker added 5 behinds while the Jets added 6 behinds for the quarter giving the Hawker a 19-point lead going into the last.

Big crowds circled both huddles as we awaited the last quarter to start. Like the 3rd, the quarter started with both sides playing contested footy.  There was a buzz around the ground as the first goal for either side would have a big say in the outcome of the game.  First blood came at the 12-minute mark to the Hawker to put a 22-point gap on the Jets.  For the next 10 minutes the Hawker contributed a couple of undisciplined acts and this, combined with the Jets’ pressure, allowed the Jets to kick the next 3 goals.  We should highlight the fact that the Jets had a number of opportunities to take marks in their forward 50 in the last 2 minutes but some fantastic spoils and one on one wins in contests saw the Hawker take a 4-point win against a very good side.

Five Points

  • Always shop early (scoreboard pressure).
  • The Hawker puts a 3-game gap on the Jets after the win.
  • The 1st quarter gave us a glimpse of the future.
  • Josh Hannon marking, Godders run of half back and Damon’s work rate were a highlight in the 1st
  • Both sides will get players back to setup an exciting finish to the season.

@boroniahawks Senior Scoreboard – presented by Knox Club

Boronia 10.13 73 d Heathmont 9.15 69
Goal Kickers: B. Bowes 2, J. Hannon 2, L. Hannon 2, Z. Dower, J. Godwin, B. Robertson, B. Rapisarda
Best Players: H. Burgess, J. Bolton, L. Hannon, D. Fairchild, J. Lake, J. Godwin

Team Selections for 27 July to 29 July

Netball Team Selections for Round 13 – presented by Knox Club

HAWKS Squad to play Norwood Black at 8:00pm Friday at Knox Regional 2.
Carla Alexander, Emily Barrie, Madison Barrie, Natalie Craven, Ally Forest, Mel Hutton, Ellie Ingwersen, Julia Rush, Sharmini Philp.

GOLD Squad to play Scoresby Soarers at 9:45pm Friday at Gloria Pyke 3, Dandenong.
Chanelle Barnard, Inga Baselier, Janae Griffin, Sarah Grigg, Casey Hahn, Jess Hall, Ti Parker, Stacey Shillingford, Dani Webb.

BROWN Squad to play FTG White at 6:45pm Friday at Gloria Pike 4
Amanda Cellante, Chelsea Dynan, Dani Kemp, Courtney Krenn, Sherridan Martin, Alex McKaige, Mollie McMahon, Caitlin Yann. #getaroundthebrown

U19’s Squad to play FTG at 10:00am at Tormore Reserve – presented by BARK KING.

13 B. Anderson 3 B. Aughterson 22 J. Baker 4 B. Campbell 28 C. De Boer 27 H. Emslie 5 H. Fewson 29 L. Fletcher 14 J. Gardiner-Hoffman 7 T. Griffiths 10 J. Lech 19 J. McDonald 9 J. Mellis 4 T. Mellis 16 W. Morrison 26 J. Mueller 76 K. Notley K. Schmidtke 21 L. Slater B. Sturdy 8 S. Tunstall 2 R. Williams L. Wright

Development Squad to play FTG at 12:05pm at Tormore Reserve – presented by DYSON CURRIE TIMBER WHOLESALERS

74 Z. Brasher 60 M. Bruce 70 N. Carrodus 4 B. Castersen 64 D. Dower 43 C. Flanagan 9 J. Granland 21 N. Heuston 32 L. Johnson 10 C. McDonald 73 R. Migues 41 K. Milde 33 R. Miller 2 T. Murphy 35 C. Murrihy 58 J. Purdon 28 J. Rambaldo 31 D. Romano 15 D. Ruff 67 M. Smith 75 J. Stamatakos 25 N. Stamatakos 24 R. Warren 40 B. Wright.

Senior Squad to play FTG at 2:10pm at Tormore Reserve – presented by ALLSTATE REFRIGERATION SERVICES

5 S. Bell 14 J. Bolton 45 H. Burgess 16 M. Buzinskas 15 H. Chinn 23 J. Collins 51 Z. Dower 12 D. Fairchild 29 J. Godwin 8 J. Hannon 2 L. Hannon 1 R. Henderson 11 J. Lake 19 B. McAlpine 17 L. McKernan 6 A. Phillips 42 B. Rapisarda 52 B. Robertson 39 Z. Robinson-Summerfield 36 J. Rutherford 47 T. Steele 37 R. White.

Women’s Footy Squad to play Upwey-Tecoma at 11:00am on SUNDAY at Tormore Reserve – presented by Knox Leisureworks YMCA

1 Jess Buzinskas, 2 Amanda Cellante, 3 Bec Allen, 5 Brynie Kinniff, 6 Phoebe Lacey, 7 Alex Penny, 9 Jasmine Lacey, 10 Darcy Langford, 11 Candyce Wright, 12 Erin Stanios, 14 Tegan Doran, 15 Kat Buzinskas, 16 Stacey Peril, 17 Dee Caiafa, 18 Lina Kabris, 19 Courtney Storen, 20 Sam Mellis, 22 Chloe Timms, 23 Amanda Davidson, 24 Rhiannon Smith, 25 Karen Little, 26 Erin Nicholas, Stacey Ponton.

Welcome to new player Stacey Ponton for her first game.


Under 19’s Match Report: Boronia v Heathmont

The contest against second placed Heathmont was one that we knew was going to be a challenge, as we considered them to be one of the best teams we had played earlier in the season.  Going in slightly undermanned wasn’t ideal, but we managed to get a few on the interchange and we were satisfied that we’d done enough to prepare for the battle.  

We lost the toss and ended up kicking “uphill” in the first quarter.  Whilst our mids were getting their hands on the ball first, a lack of cleanliness allowed the strong Heathmont attack to lock in the first goal.  Despite a quick reply, Heathmont continued their attack throughout the first quarter and held a four goal lead at quarter time.  We also lost Cambo to appendicitis throughout the term.

The second quarter was far more promising.  Our backline tidied up, which was no doubt assisted by the move of Fletcher Duke to CHB.  Our movement became more fluent and our disposal improved.  Jake, Harry, Hoff, Trent, Ben and Muels controlled the middle and we gave our forwards plenty of scoring opportunities.  As usual, Bakes was working hard and was well supported through the likes of Brody and Tuna, who played his best game yet.  The deficit at half time was now slightly reduced, although Hammer heading off in an ambulance and Lee Fletcher’s game ending due to a blow to the head meant we were now down to one on the bench.

Despite the adversity and lack of scoring “uphill”, we came out of half time positive and some blokes really displayed what it means to be resilient.  We found run through Ryan, Jacko and Dos, who was taking the game on and driving our rebound off half back.  The Heathmont class remained strong though and the quarter ended up being one that predominantly broke even.  We knew the last quarter was going to be a huge task with only one player on the bench.  We had blokes cramping and others with body complaints, but we managed to stick it out.  Whilst we couldn’t close the gap, the boys played the remaining three quarters with a lot of heart, integrity and trust.  To only let the margin increase by about 1 goal after half time is a sensational effort and with that in mind, we build confidence as we head into the business end of the season. Go Hawka!

@boroniahawks U19’s Scoreboard – presented by Lipari Pizza and TJ’s on Main

Heathmont 12.12 84 d Boronia 8.3 51
Goal Kickers: J. Baker 2, J. Mueller 2, T. Mellis, J. Gardiner-Hoffman, S. Tunstall, H. Fewson
Best Players: H. Emslie, J. Mellis, T. Griffiths, H. Fewson, J. Gardiner-Hoffman, S. Tunstall.

Development Squad Match Report: Boronia v Heathmont

With possibly the strongest team available for almost six weeks we headed to Heathmont looking to break our losing run.  The Heathmont sporting complex was full to overflowing with women’s footy in full swing we were forced to do our preparation in the great outdoors.  The mood was good and we felt confident as we had played four quarters the previous week and only missed by less than a kick.

The ball was thrown up and we scored a major within the first couple of minutes.  We looked “on” early, perhaps a bit premature in the confidence department.  The next ball up was cleared easily by our opponents and they goaled shortly after.  We held our proverbial breath and witnessed the best quarter of footy by any of our opponents this season.

At the quarter time break we asked for man on man footy in the second and to stem the tide.  We failed in several key positions to adhere to man on man and their loose players cut us to bits.  Although we stemmed the goals we could not dent their confidence and they used the ball by foot well, switching and marking at will.

The long break came quickly, we entered the rooms for some soul searching.  We were confident we could peg them back if we played our best footy.  The voice from the other side of the dividing roller door was heard to say “They will come and come hard, do not under estimate them.”  This made our opponents want the football even more.

We chased hard all day but never really got to where we wanted to go.  We played into their hands by panic kicks, turn overs and lack of wanting the contest.  This was not the style of play we played earlier in the season by a long shot.

Have we dropped the ball? Got ahead of ourselves? Become complacent?

I think not.  Our attendance at training has dropped and we look tired.  Our opposition have had a good look at us now, so we now have to do something different  to mix things up a little.  There are no EXCUSES to be had and if there was we wouldn’t use them.

We take on top of the ladder Ferntree Gully next week and a win is a must to stay in the hunt for finals football.  The future lays in our hands and ours alone.  Let’s work harder than ever on the track and change our results and play the footy we know we can.

@boroniahawks D Squad Scoreboard – presented by Alchester IGA

Heathmont 16.8 104 d Boronia 7.10 52
Goal Kickers: J. Stamatakos 2, J. Rambaldo, J. Granland, L. Johnson, J. Paterson, T. Dower.
Best Players: L. Johnson, B. Castersen, J. Granland, B. Wright, D. Dower, R. Migues.

Netball Match Reports: Round 12 Friday 20 July


Good game tonight against Wantirna South Devils Reserve, we took the win 71-52.  It wasn’t our most consistent performance but we did have times of fantastic, positive play.  Once we settled into our own game we drove ahead to take a good lead.  Mandy Bell was good in defence, playing very tight in GK in the 2nd quarter but unfortunately had to come off with an ankle injury.  Ally Forrest jumped into GK and did a great job, taking heaps of interceptions; impressive effort for a mid court player, playing totally out of her usual position.  Talking defence, Amy Hazard totally smashed it in GD, this girl never stops working!

Carla Alexandra, who’s had a pretty terrible week and who played despite not feeling well, managed to play a full game in WD.  Great game Carla, you got your hand to lots of balls and great back up in defence.
Emily Barrie rescheduled her night to play (thanks Em) and had a ripper game in GA.  Emily and Julia have lots of playing experience together and you can see it on the court.  These two girls play very well together – 71 goals scored tonight!  Sharmini Philp had an excellent game in WA and the combination of Sharmini and Ellie Ingwersen in the mid court really improved our drives and feeding to the ring.

Only 3 more games till finals!!!   So far we’ve had some really great games and I’m looking forward to seeing you all bringing your best to finish the season and move into finals.

Boronia HAWKS 71 d WS Devils Reserves 52
J.Rush 60 E.Barrie 9, S.Philp 2, E.Ingwersen, M.Hutton, C.Alexander, M.Barrie, A.Bell, A.Forrest, A.Whittle.



Wow! What a win against Norwood.  We started strong and finished strong.  Once again our defenders (Janae and Inga) were tight, turning over many balls and rebounding missed shots.  Mid court (Ti, Stacey and Sarah) were always there to pass to and put pressure on when defending.  Our goalers (Jess, Casey and Chanelle) work so well together. Doesn’t matter what combination we have in goals.  A special mention to Chanelle this week, she played a different position every 1/4 and smashed it.  She is such an asset to our team!  

Boronia Gold 39 d Norwood Woodettes 18 J. Hall 19, C. Hahn 12, C. Barnard 5, S Grigg 3, I. Baselier, T. Parker, J. Griffin, S. Shillingford


Another great game by all players this week.  We came out very strong and by half time the opposition only had only 5 goals.  We are now reaching the end of the season which means we are trialling finals combinations and working on refining our skills and teamwork.  Our improvement from the beginning of the season has been extremely obvious as we are showing on the court, scoreboard and ladder.  We have now moved up to 3rd position which is strong leading into finals.
This week we take on 4th who have been sitting in the top 2 all season until now.  It will be a tough game but a good eye opener to what we should expect in a few weeks in finals.
Boronia BROWN 34 d Heathmont Yellow 12  D.Kemp 25, C.Yann 7, S.Martin 2, A.Cellante, R.McMahon, A.McKaige, L.Bevan, M.McMahon, C.Krenn, C.Dynan.

Development Squad Match Report: Boronia v The Basin

Today we would mix the coaching up for something a bit different with Wrighty Senior in charge and after some great words before the game we were ready to go.  The out come of todays game was always going to be determined by who one the hard ball at ground level, that’s the way they play footy.  With Carro back from injury and Wrighty in great form we were always going to get first touch in the middle.  We had practiced clearances and forward entry on Thursday and early it looked as if it would pay dividends.

The first term was played in two halves the clearances were fifty-fifty and they played off Carro’s knocks, with some good ball movement we looked to be on.  In the last ten minutes of the term with Wright in the ruck we cleared four times to Dylan Dower and had the best forward entries we’d had in weeks. This allowed Patto and J Stama a good look at the footy.

The second term was even, pressure football played mostly between the back lines.  We would clear from half back only to have the opposing back line bring it straight back.  It was a good game to be a spectator.  With some great contests across the ground the scales were evenly balanced at the long break.

The second half would see us play safe footy down the lines mostly and this is not the brand we want to play.  We must take the game on and be braver with the ball – play as we train is what we want.  Use the space and work hard to use our team mates who have run to open space.  Granland was free all day and we used him only once.  With only a kick in it at three quarter time we had a delay with an umpire down.

Going into the final term the game was going to won by the smarter team.  The Basin wanted a battle fought through stoppage after stoppage and we played into their hands.  It was an arm wrestle and we had our opportunities but we will learn and be brave with our footy from now on.  We had some great contributors today.  It was great to see Jake Whitmore having an impact, with all players doing their bit for the team.  We only need to find another five to ten percent to win games like this.

@boroniahawks D Squad Scoreboard – presented by Alchester IGA
The Basin 7.5 47 d Boronia 6.7 43

Goals: Paterson 2, Wright 2, C Burgess 1, T Dower 1
Best: Granland, D Dower, Carrodus, Migues, C Burgess, Wright.


U19’s Match Report: Boronia v The Basin

The early game saw a big clash between 3rd place Hawks and 4th place Bears.  After scraping through with a couple of wins in the previous rounds, we were out to regain some confidence and pride.  On the small deck, it was a congested and physical game from the onset.  We managed to kick a quick goal to get the ball rolling thanks to a running wobbler from the boundary by the speedster, Ryan Williams. The Basin hit back with some positive ball movement forward, although our pressure ensured that they remained goalless come quarter time.  With a late goal from Under 17s player, Mason Storr, we entered the break with a nine point lead.

The second half remained congested and the effective tackle count was already breaking records.  It was coming down to the team who could remain disciplined and united the most.  The Basin managed a couple of goals throughout the second quarter, but so did we.  The late inclusion of Kyle Notley was not wasted as he managed to get onto to a handy one out the back of the contest and slot through a major.  The other came from a free kick to another Under 17s player filling in, Nathan Hare.  Harey was everywhere and did not look out of place for a second, tearing apart the opposition backline and midfield.  The main break saw us up by 7 points. The boys were full of confidence at half time and were eager to ensure the game kept progressing in our favour. 

We applied pressure from the start and did our best to nullify their key ball winners.  As a result, The Basin found it increasingly difficult to get the ball forward and when they did, some brilliance from our backline stopped the majority of flow, particularly several contested marks to the in-form Lee Fletcher. A strong goal to Josh Baker and a cheeky goal to the half-back flanker, Bailey Campbell, helped us to maintain our 7 point lead at 3-quarter time.

Whilst the contest remained close on the scoreboard, we felt like we were controlling the game and needed to punish them on the scoreboard in the last quarter, otherwise all of the hard work would have been wasted.  With a slight shuffle around to provide improved balance, we increased our ball control and our flair (insert massive plucks to Jacko Lech and Cooper Dunkinson from the 17s) whilst maintaining the huge tackle count.  The Bears only managed the single goal in the final term, although we found majors through both Luke Slater and Josh Baker. A satisfying and fulfilling victory by 15 points over the local rival.  We now shift our focus to the 2nd placed Heathmont, who are arguably the flag favourites at this point of the season. Go Hawks!

@boroniahawks U19’s Scoreboard – presented by Lipari Pizza and TJ’s on Main

Boronia 8.6 54 d The Basin 5.9 39
Goals: Baker 2, Storr 1, Hare 1, Campbell 1, Williams 1, Slater 1, Notley 1.
Best: Fletcher, Hare, Fewson, J Mellis, Storr, Lech.