Retirement of Jess Bolton

Boronia Hawks champion, Jess Bolton, announced his retirement to coaches, players and supporters at Tormore Reserve last night. Jess will play his final game for the Club on Saturday 1 June at Tormore Reserve against Mulgrave.

As many will know, Jess is part of a very successful real estate agency with his cousin and former Hawk, Dan Bolton at Fletchers Mooroolbark. The increasing demands of his work have seen Jess miss a few games already this season. In typically selfless fashion, Jess said that he didn’t want to be taking a spot from one of our young players who are well and truly ready for senior football.

Dan and Jess Bolton lay a tackle in Jess’ senior debut for Boronia in Round 1 2009.

Senior Coach Matt Clark paid tribute to Jess as an outstanding person, footballer and contributor to the Club over many years, highlighting that opposition coaches would always need to plan for Bolts as a key player for the Hawks.

Jess is a true champion of the Club and two-time Bob Henry Medallist.

He was originally a Boronia Junior but left for East Burwood to play 74 games between 2005 and 2007 including 20 games in Division 1 Seniors. Bolts came back to Boronia in 2009 to make his senior debut for the Hawka. He also played 19 VFL games for Casey Scorpions / Demons between 2009 and 2012 before committing 100% to Boronia in 2013.

Jess is one of our most decorated players of any era in the Club’s history. His record includes:

  • Boronia U15’s B&F in 2003;
  • Bob Henry Medallist for Senior Best & Fairest in 2012 and 2014;
  • 2013 and 2017 Senior Runners Up B&F;
  • Senior Captain in 2014;
  • 2016 Seniors Best Team Player;
  • 100th Game Medal in 2015;
  • EFL Division 3 Team of the Year in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016 & 2017;
  • Under 19’s Assistant Coach 2016-17;
  • 150th Game Trophy in 2018.
  • Senior Premiership player in 2018.

Please join us all is congratulating Jess on his fantastic career with Boronia Hawks Football Netball Club.