Success at Seaford

Final Scores for today’s Senior Men’s practice matches at Seaford.

In the main game this afternoon Boronia 8.5 53 d Seaford 7.9 51 by 2 points. Some good signs with the younger brigade stepping up and Jess Bolton winding back the clock. It was a good result for the Hawks after being cleaned up by Seaford last year.

14 JESS BOLTON: Two-time Bob Henry Medallist. U19’s Assistant Coach 2016-17. Recruited from East Burwood, ex Boronia Juniors. Senior debut in 2011. Senior captain in 2014. Bob Henry Medallist for Senior Best & Fairest in 2012 and 2014. 2016 Seniors Best Team Player. 2013 Senior Runners Up B&F. 100th Game Medal in 2015. EFL Division 3 Team of the Year in 2012, 2013 & 2014, 2016.

Earlier in the day, the Boronia Dev Squad defeated Seaford by 4 points in another very tight encounter. Final scores were Boronia 62 d Seaford 58.

2018 Under 19’s Premiership

Qualifying Final Waverley Blues 12.11 83 d Boronia 7.7 49

Goal Kickers: B. Campbell 2, T. Griffiths, J. Mellis, J. Baker, N. Hare, K. Notley
Best Players: T. Griffiths, L. Slater, N. Hare, J. Mellis, B. Anderson.

Semi Final 1: Boronia 10.10 70 d Templestowe 5.7 37

Goal Kickers: T. Dower 2, F. Duke 2, M. Storr, H. Fewson, J. Baker, L. Wright, L. Fletcher, J. Mellis
Best Players: J. Mellis, M. Storr, T. Mellis, J. Baker, L. Wright, N. Hare.

Preliminary Final:  Boronia 9.6 60 d Heathmont 7.15 57

Goal Kickers: T. Dower 4, H. Fewson 2, B. Campbell, J. Lech, C. Dunkinson
Best Players: B. Anderson, F. Duke, M. Storr, N. Hare, J. Lech, T. Dower.

GRAND FINAL: Boronia 7.7 49 d Waverley Blues 6.8 44

Goal Kickers: J. Baker 2, M. Storr, B. Anderson, L. Slater, L. Wright, J. Lech
Best Players: N. Hare, J. Mellis, J. Baker, F. Duke, B. Anderson, J. Gardiner-Hoffman

Reserves Elimination Final: Boronia v The Basin

With possibly the strongest team we have had all year we arrived at Glen Waverley to finals football.  Again some of the first faces we noticed were players not playing on the day,  a sign of real character.  The ground was in good condition; a little hard in the middle but no complaints here.  We prepared well and were ready for battle with our opponents.

From the first contest we looked as if we were on.  Running in numbers, looking for run-by handballs, spreading, and using the ball well.  With our mid field playing strong and smart we could deliver the ball with more purpose to our forwards and give them more opportunity to mark and score.  We played the ground well and used the wings to our advantage.   The pressure was there from The Basin but we absorbed it and looked after each other.   With Allen, Castersen, Heuston, Carodus, Leeson, Warren, Granland, Bruce and Johnson having a stand out first quarter we put ourselves in a strong position.

The second was played with great link up football, run off our back line, hard blocks and precise kicks and handballs.   We looked fast, if the finals nerves were there it didn’t show.  With Milde, Migues, Romano, McDonald and the Dowers having good games we won almost all over the ground.  Our forwards still had reason to be a little frustrated, none more so than Paterson.   We still made it hard for him, and his approach to the contest was admirable, dishing off when he could and kicking a few himself .

The third term was our best.  We really got on top and broke the game open, our defence repelled every forward entry by The Basin and their frustration showed with some undisciplined acts and umpire “bashing” which made us look even better.   On the other hand, we did not give away a 25 or back chat the men in green once and we are proud of the way we went about the game on this level.

The final quarter we took our foot off the gas a little and let them get a couple of goals.  We responded when we had to, but we must play four full quarters if we are to continue to the final dance and next week against the Gully will be a different style of footy and we must be even better than today.

Selection will again be difficult and players will be disappointed.  The Development Squad has a number of purposes through out the season.  It is firstly to produce and develop players to play in the senior team; create a conduit for our young players to rise through the ranks; and then be competitive and win through out the season.  We have balanced the numbers well this season and we now have a mission to complete, each week is do or die, the players are on track and focused, so let’s see where it leads us.

Development Squad Scoreboard – presented by Knox Club

Goal Kickers: J. Paterson 3, R. Warren, L. Johnson, J. Purdon, N. Heuston, S. Goldsack.
Best Players: J. Granland, D. Romano, R. Miller, K. Milde, N. Heuston, C. McDonald.

Netball Match Report: Preliminary Final Boronia Hawks v Lilydale Falcons

And that’s a wrap for Boronia Hawk’s Premier Division season 2018, losing to Lilydale and ending our Grand Final hopes 51-66.  Lilydale out played us.  They shot with accuracy and rarely lost a ball in their possession.  Although Hawks had some great game play, we just didn’t have what it takes to win tonight.

Hawks had a great season in Premier Division finishing 4th out of 10 teams.  After coming up from Division 1 the team should be very happy with their efforts.  We often had a different team each week with 18 players taking the court for us this season.  While it’s great to have so many players represent Boronia, next year we hope to have a smaller, more united side who play the whole season as a tight unit and take it all the way to the grand final. I truly believe there are bigger and better things to come from this team.

Bad luck ladies. It’s never fun to lose and miss out on the grand final, especially after such a great season.  I do hope you all enjoyed what really was a great season of netball with a lovely group of ladies.  Coaching and managing you has been really enjoyable and I truly thank you all for supporting me.  Coaching is so much harder (and stressful) than playing, but it’s been really nice to stay involved and watch you all play some great netball.  You are such a lovely bunch of talented, kind and friendly girls, your support for each other has been fantastic.  Every time a new player came in, you made them feel instantly part of the team. You all played a hard, competitive and clean season of netball and represented our club with class.  Bumma we don’t get our GF!  You deserve it after this season, but as you all know: that netball!  You win it, you lose it, but we love it!!!

Katie Harper




D Squad Match Report: Boronia v Ringwood

Our last home and away game for 2018 and we are coming off a big win, with some big names back in after injury.  The first time for some of us at the Ringwood venue and the size and condition of the ground was somewhat overwhelming.  The atmosphere was so different with no Under 19’s playing before us and it actually felt flat and lifeless.  It was great to see that some of the first players to arrive were guys not even playing.  This shows great team spirit and goes a long way and is remembered down the track.

The game started and was an arm wrestle and a low scoring affair for the first 20 minutes.   Plenty of opportunities and forward entries but we didn’t bother the scoreboard that often.  We always felt we had more momentum and were dominating in the middle, thanks to Carro, Allen, Cass and Warren.  When we went forward we put it on top of our forwards’ heads time and time again.  The boys had come to play and with Leeson getting four touches in his first 45 seconds of play we all wanted a bit of the action, we could smell the freshly cut grass of finals footy.

 The second term was much the same as the first and they had some gifted footballers making the play off their backline, repelling our forward entries, but we kept coming and knew eventually the dam would break and goals would come.

Patto, T Dower and Watto were all on the move and although our delivery was still inaccurate, we were a real handful for the opposing back line.  At the other end of the ground our back line was not only stopping scoring opportunities but giving great movement either by switching or running through the next line and bringing everyone into the play.

The second half we looked fresh and confident and that’s how we went about our footy.  Our tackle count was up, our short game was getting better, and we were hitting targets.  The mids were all on top and Macca was causing chaos footy with his run and carry.  We used the ball well and did almost everything we have been practicing at training.  Confidence is a great tool to gain at this time of year and our depth is back to early season numbers.  Picking our team for the first week of finals will be extremely difficult and there will be disappointment come Thursday night, but the twenty four who make the team will be playing with everything for those who did not.

It has been a great year around the club and everyone who missed games have been positive and supportive and we thank them, but finals footy is the start of another season within a season and we must now play our very best.  Not everyone will agree with the teams selected and that’s understandable.  Team balance and match ups are extremely important and strength, skill and luck play a big part.  We will pick a team that we think can continue towards the final week of the season and believe me, opportunities will arise.  Anything can happen in four weeks of footy.

@boroniahawks D Squad Scoreboard – presented by Alchester IGA

Boronia 11.7 73 d Ringwood 1.5 11
Goal Kickers: R. Miller 3, T. Dower 2, J. Paterson 2, L. Watson 2, J. Purdon, J. Stamatakos
Best Players: R. Warren, N. Allen, N. Carrodus, L. Leeson, J. Purdon, B. Castersen