Senior Men's & Women's Football and Netball, Junior Boys & Girls Football, Auskick and Veterans Football. Affiliated with EFNL. We acknowledge the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation as the traditional custodians of the land in Boronia.
Firstly, on a sad note, I learnt today of the passing of Donna Krenn’s mother, Mary Nicol. We send our condolences to the entire Krenn family.
I thought it prudent to give you all a quick update on the senior club happenings as although our season concluded prematurely, rest assured, behind the scenes the club has been working hard to ensure we give our players every opportunity to play at their best and experience finals glory!
We have reappointed our coaches. Matthew Clark, Craig Brockley, Pierre Schumann, Greg Joseph, Scott Nicholas, Candyce Wright and RayLacey will lead our teams in their various levels. Without giving too much away, Joey was the most difficult to sign due to his demands of a 100% pay increase. But we got there in the end and Joey will once again lead our Vets to beers and wins!
Ash Johnston, our football manager has re-signed our playing list which is one hell of an achievement. Ash is an incredible asset for our club and with the support now of AndrewWright, I have no doubt the work load for Ash will reduce and Wrighty will bring a unique enthusiasm to this role and support Ash with all footy ops matters.
Ash has managed to sign Mitch Mellis. This is a huge acquisition for our club. Make no mistake, Mitch is a seriously good footballer and we now have a young list that we believe can compete for many years to come. Maintaining this list is not easy as other clubs love our younger players but they wish to stay with us as our club culture is so strong at the moment. We all know this can change quickly so we all have a responsibility to maintain and grow our positive culture. Easier said than done but we never stop trying!
Our Recruiting Committee of Matt Clark, Wayne Preston, Tim Currie, Dean Collins, Ash Johnston, Andrew Wright and Cam Mellis may not be able to pick many winners on a Saturday, but they can locate many a footballer worth talking to! Great work so far lads!!
Wayne Preston was awarded our club person of the year. It is now called the Mick Kimmitt Club Person of the Year and Wayne was a much deserved winner. We couldn’t think of a better way to recognise Mick’s 50 years of volunteer service to our club.
Our club has grown into a big club now. No longer are we just a 19’s, reserves and seniors like in my playing days. We now have two female teams and four netball teams under our banner. This growth is a sensational development for our club, but it also creates more work for our volunteers, committee and Board. I thank every volunteer for their efforts. Without you guys, we just would not have a club. Interestingly, not one person has said “no” to me in the past four years when I have asked them to manage something for the club. That support is heartfelt and so appreciated!!
You don’t need to be a brain surgeon to know the past two years has been a huge challenge for our club. Every function we planned for has been cancelled due to COVID yet bills still flow in. Our sponsors have been so loyal and generous, even when we know their businesses have struggled during these times. Past players and supporters such as Glenn Milne at Glenbrae, Ash Johnston at Bark King, Timmy Currie at Dyson Currie, Kristan Wood at Allstate Refrigeration, Brendan Lee at John Alan Betta Home Living, Adam Maloney at Pro Finish Roof Plumbing, Craig Kenny at Your Local Telecom, Knox Club,you guys have been sensational. We will also continue to support GK Travelas they have had tougher times than any business could expect! Hollywood will bounce back and we intend to help him do just that!
Robert “Bomma” Kimmitt, Leanne Rech and the Hawks Nest Coterie Group are now our largest sponsor. The Coterie is an amazing initiative that will become our club backbone for many years to come.
Leanne and Bomma will help the club project manage our clubs 90th birthday Gala Dinner next year. With David Murrihy, Karen Little, Greg “Stick” Krenn and Grant Bertram working with Bomma and Leanne, I can absolutely promise you our birthday dinner spectacular will be one hell of a night next year. I’ll keep you posted on dates when they are locked in! Spread the word on this, we are planning an amazing night!
We will be running our GOLF DAY once again in 2022. This was a huge success and we look to move to Eastwood GC next year and build on what was already a great day out for everyone. Date for this event will be posted soon.
Finally, with Scott Nicholas as Chairperson and Kristan Wood running our juniors, our club is in great hands. I have great support on our senior committee and will always appreciate more volunteers to get involved. It’s actually a real honour to be president of such a great club. Our club is full of great people and makes being involved on the club a joy!
We still have aspirations to update our club and social rooms, this is proving a real challenge but we won’t give in! We have a new net being installed shortly behind our club room goals and we intend to update our kitchen appliances and a new ice machine will be installed shortly. Lots going on as the ‘off season’, strangely, is often busier than the playing season.
Boronia Hawks are very pleased to announce the Coaches for our Women’s Football teams for the 2022 season. Please join us in congratulating them all on their appointment and thanking them for their commitment to the Hawks and Women’s Football.
Senior Coach: Scott Nicholas
Senior Assistant Coach: Lachlan Watson
Co-Coaches – Development Squad: Candyce Wright & Ray Lacey.
Message from Snicko: “Looking forward, we’re pleased and grateful to announce that all four coaches have been appointed to lead our squad for next season! Ray and Candyce will be Co-Coaches of the Development team, while Scott (Senior Coach) and Lach (Senior Assistant) will coach the Senior team. We’ll announce our Specialist Coaches and additional support staff as we get closer to next year. We can’t wait to get started, and continue to build on our success from 2021”.
Another another tumultuous year done, we hope to be back to normality next year!!! With the season now effectively over, the Club is now in full planning mode for 2022. We have a number of items still very much front and center to sign off on and then our entire energy will be spent on planning for a fantastic return to local community sport in 2022!
Our new toilet block is now installed at the club close to our new playground. Many thanks to Knox City Council for this essential facility.
A new net is to be installed behind the goals at the Clubroom end of the ground over summer. Thanks again to Knox City Council.
We will offer refunds on all ticket sales for the Ladies High Tea and the 200 Draw later today.
We are still planning our Awards Nights, which are now likely to be on-line events that will be held over the next few weeks.
Our intention is to draw the Major Raffle on the evening of the Men’s Awards Night. The date and method are still to be confirmed this week after ‘Dan’s’ statement on moving out of lockdown is announced.
Behind the scenes, our Recruiting Committee is working at full steam ahead.
Wayne and Grant, supported by Jason and Bill, have our rejigged Growler initiative growing in sales.
We will soon hand over the rooms to the Boronia Cricket Club once we are permitted to enter the rooms for the annual clean up day.
Boronia Hawks are thrilled to announce a number of support staff roles for the 2021 season.
Candyce Wright has played with our squad since 2018, and after undertaking junior coaching, being appointed Junior Female Football Coordinator and taking part in the AFL VIC She Can Coach Development program, she is going to continue her coach development in 2021 and will serve as an amazing role model for future female coaches at our club.
Lachlan Watson has played over 100 Senior games, 2018 Senior Premiership player, the clubs leading goal kocker over the past decade and Head of Heathmont Sports Academy. Will take a lead role with our forwards in 2021 and bring a wealth of experience to our program.
Angela Bernaldo comes from a Triathlon background qualifying for World Champs in 2019. Currently studying sports science and psychology with a passion for empowering women and girls in sport, Ange will develop a new Player Welfare program to provide injury prevention, positive psychology and individual support for players and coaches in 2021. An amazing, innovative step forward for our program and a first for community clubs in our region.
Jackson Lech is on board as a Specialist Forward coach to support Lach once a month to provide insight and for our forwards. An exciting forward who was part of the 2018 Under 19s premiership team, with a big future at the club.
Luke Hannon is on board as a Specialist Midfield Coach to support Ray with our mids once a month. 2018 premiership player and Best on Ground, Two time senior best and fairest winner, multiple appearances in EFNL Team of The Year, former Eastern Ranges Captain and BNF winner; Luke is studying teaching and keen to develop his coaching with our squad.
Corey Burgess is on board to support as a Specialist Backs coach supporting Scott with our backs once a month. 2018 premiership player with the Development side, and was recognised in the 2019 EFNL Team of the Year. Previous experience supporting our Under 17s and keen to develop his coaching with our squad.Please join Ray, Nathan and myself, in congratulating them all on joining the squad. Exciting times ahead for 2021.