Senior Men's & Women's Football and Netball, Junior Boys & Girls Football, Auskick and over 35's Veterans and Masters Football. Affiliated with EFNL. We acknowledge the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation as the traditional custodians of the land in Boronia.
“We love supporting local! Especially when it’s the superstars at Boronia Hawks Football Netball Club! “We’ve had four of these boards put up yesterday, and we can’t wait to continue our support in 2023!”
The growth in our Club, particularly in Junior Girls’ football and Women’s netball and football teams, despite a pandemic and missing an entire season in 2020, has been phenomenal. Thank you to everyone who has worked hard to create a Club environment that attracts and retains players.
Our Gender Equity Plan was launched to the Club and we’ve been making steady progress on a number of key actions. These included balanced gender representation on our Board and Committees, issue of a Pregnancy and Sporting Participation policy, initiatives to strengthen the connection between our Men’s and Women’s football squads and the inclusion of a netball team which was open to any female regardless of age and playing experience. The plan will continue to evolve over time as key actions are completed and as the needs of the Club change.
Candyce Wright became our Club’s first female Senior Coach and we’re delighted that she’ll be returning for season 2022. Thank you to all of our wonderful Senior Women and Men and Vet’s footballers who connected with our Junior teams through coaching, right from Auskick through to our older age groups. The connection between our footballers at different stages of our football pathway is so important in creating a Club community that is supportive of our One Club culture.
During the season we were able to hold mental health training by Outside the Locker Room for our Men’s and Women’s football squads, netballers, members and volunteers. For the first time we were able to hold a session for our Junior players and parents. Following the completion of training by Mental Health Australia, our Youth Mental Health team was established and I thank those who are part of this initiative in committing to support the young people at our Club.
It has been a privilege to be on the Board, to work with wonderful people who are committed to the success of our Club and to have had a portfolio that I care deeply about. I look forward to new challenges knowing that this space is in very capable hands.
Karen Little, (outgoing) Director of Community and Inclusion
A working group of sixteen Club members got together last night via Zoom to launch the development of the Club’s Gender Equity Action Plan. The people involved represented all aspects of the Club’s operations and each recognised the benefits that flow on from the effective and equitable participation and integration of girls and women across the Club.
Many thanks to Karen Little and Scott Nicholas for their work in drafting the action plan.
Thank you also to the members of our working group, including Amanda Cellante, Ash Johnson, Bec Allen, Ben Robertson, Candyce Wright, Carly Dymond, David Nicholas, Greg Hannon, Julia Bortoli, Kat McMahon, Kristan Wood, Nathan Allen, Rhianna Little, Samantha Dunkinson, Wayne Preston and Ye Jeffries.
As a proud partner of Boronia Hawks, Knox Leisureworks is proud to offer the staff, players and volunteers at Boronia Hawks Football Netball Club an ongoing 10% off Platinum Membership.
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Unlimited, 24/7 gym access (including ongoing support from the Health Club team)
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Access to all group fitness classes including virtual classes
Free locker usage
20% discount on café and merchandise purchases
10% discount on birthday parties
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The Home & Away season has come to an end with JuniorFinals starting this weekend. We have U12Girls, U12, U13, U16Girls and U17’s heading into Round 1 of Finals. The girls have a bye this week, but the boys are in full swing. It is wonderful and exciting for these teams to have this opportunity. Please get down and support them if you can. All finals details are available on the EFL website.
As always it’s still a busy time of the season. We see Boronia Auskick have it’s last session this coming Friday night. This will be a fun night of games and presentations to all the children. It’s also an opportunity for Auskickers moving up to next Under 8’s to get registered and ready for footy next season.
We have our Under 17 Presentation Evening on Saturday 31 August at the Knox Club. This is quite a formal evening where the Under 17’s dress up in their finest as we announce the winner of the 2019 Ray Lacey Medal for Best & Fairest. It is done this way, as the majority of these players have played their last year of Junior football, so it’s nice to make it special for them. Our Junior Presentation Day for all other Junior Teams will be held on Sunday 8 September. Details will be distributed shortly.
Miller Park is looking a treat and we look forward to heading back there for our 2020 Junior Season. The surface will be an outstanding improvement of what is has been in the past and even Chandler Park became quite boggy by the end of the season.
The Junior Committee has been working hard on strategies to continue to increase numbers for the coming 2020 season. They have also been busy working on building our Boronia Auskick program going forward. Being part of our great Junior Committee is an extremely rewarding process. Knowing that you can have a small impact on improving the club that your children play for is very satisfying. I would encourage any parent who would like to get involved to please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are also seeking Junior Coaches for 2020. All positions are open. If you would like to have an opportunity to coach one of our Junior Teams, please ensure that you put your application in. ALL 2019 coaches and potential coaches for 2020 need to apply for positions, it’s not just a given that this year’s coach will continue into next year. No experience necessary as we will provide you with support and training course necessary to do a great job.
We are loving our new Training/Warm up tops! Another order will be placed prior to the end of August and order forms will be sent out in the next week. Orders will close quickly so ensure you put your order in as soon as the forms are release. We also have great new Sports Bags available across the club. These can be purchased the Club at on Thursday nights.
Great news for our Boronia Auskick Centre! We have recently been advised that we have earned recognition as a AAAAuskick Centre.
The Access All Abilities(AAA) NAB AFL Auskick program is designed to ensure that Auskick Centres are as inclusive as possible and that children of All Abilities have access to participate in the great game of AFL football.
The implementation of our Sensory Space at Boronia Auskick has been a significant reason for this recognition.
SamDunkinson, our Auskick Co-ordinator, uses the space to assist the kids who might get a little overwhelmed by everything and just need a quiet spot for a while. The Club has been supported in this initiative through the generosity of our great supporter Sam Dib and Lipari Pizza Pasta.
Enquiries regarding Boronia Auskick may be directed to Samantha Dunkinson on 0419 502 633.
To learn more, click on the following link, where you may notice that our Club Chairman, Scott Nicholas, is the AFL Victoria Disability Programs Manager behind this statewide initiative!
Over the next two rounds, the Eastern Football League and Eastern Region Girls junior competitions will be launching a new initiative, ‘EFL Silent Sunday’. Some key objectives are:
Give players an opportunity to trust their skills and instincts without sideline input and/or correction.
Remind coaches, parents & players that PRACTICE is the time to learn and receive instruction. GAMES are to showcase their learning.
Remind everyone that junior football is solely for the kids and their enjoyment.
To support the umpires who are officiating the game and developing their skills
Clap and cheer after each score only (for both sides).
Encourage players and umpires.
Enjoy the game
Verbally abuse umpires.
Verbally attempt to correct or instruct umpire’s decision.
Verbally abuse players.
Verbally attempt to correct or instruct players.
Verbally abuse any opposition players, officials or supporters
Clubs also have the opportunity to opt-in with the two below extras; these however are not compulsory.
Clubs can opt to have no spectators on the ground during the quarter-time and three-quarter time breaks. This will help ensure the coaching/instructing messaging is coming from the coaching staff (please communicate with the opposition club’s team managers and announce on PA should your club wish to include this option). PA announcements
Prior to the commencement of the game, those clubs with a working PA system can choose to deliver a message before each game (this has been communicated to clubs). Clubs may also utilise the PA at half time of games to remind spectators of the guidelines.
Boronia Hawks are very pleased let all our supporters know that Samantha Dunkinson has been nominated for the AFL’s AUSKICK VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARD. #auskickvoty #boroniahawks
Sam is our Junior Vice-President and took on the role of Boronia Auskick Co-ordinator at the start of this year. Boronia Auskick has gone from strength to strength under her guidance, with 105 registered players getting out for a kick on Friday nights at Tormore Reserve.
Sam has got it all running smoothly, reflecting her training as a teacher. Parents are getting involved in running the groups and we have senior players from both our men’s and women’s teams actively involved in helping the kids to develop their skills.
Sam has brought an enormous passion and commitment to Boronia Auskick, resulting in some great initiatives. She has brought sponsors Boronia McDonalds and Lipari Pizza on board to assist with funding of new equipment including footballs and water bottles. Sam has also introduced a Sensory Space to assist the kids who might get a little overwhelmed by everything and just need a quiet spot for a while.
Sam’s contribution to the Boronia Auskick has seen a real boost to our junior numbers with many Auskickers also choosing to play junior footy with Boronia Hawks. Our two new Under 8’s teams are a direct result of the boost to our Auskick program over the past two years.
Well done Sam! We congratulate you on your well deserved nomination and wish you well when the awards are announced. You are already a winner in our eyes!
This weekend sees lots happening for our Club down at Tormore Reserve. A little run down of the weekend courtesy of Leanne Rech, our fantastic Secretary of the HAWKS NEST COTERIE GROUP!
Friday 5pm-6:30pm sees 100 little Hawka champions in the making at Boronia Auskick whilst the two Netball teams will be in action a little later in the evening at various venues. Good luck to Boronia Hawks and Boronia Brown!
Saturday sees the game day start with the Senior Women’s Team v Rowville at 8:40am followed by our Under 19’s (10:30am) v East Burwood, Development (12:35pm) and Seniors (2:40pm), both against Ringwood. As we have four teams playing, start times are a little altered for the day!
President’s Luncheon hosted by Greg Hannon – if you are attending please be there at 11:30am for an 11:45am prompt start! Alan Tudge MP will be our special guest, along with young AFL stars Josh Begley and Dylan Clarke from Essendon Football Club!
Coterie BBQ and Drinks in the Coterie Marquee 1:30pm-4pm (huge thanks from Dean, Josh and Jayden at Malvern Continental Butchers for our burgers and snags). Coterie will also have a little raffle happening so pop a fiver in your pocket to be in it to win it!
Sunday sees 5 junior games at Tormore Reserve with the fantastic news that our Under 16 Girls Teams has merged with Knox Football Club with their first game together at 12:55pm. Awards night for the Juniors at Tormore to round out a big weekend at the home of the Hawka.
Vets whilst not playing this weekend will be in big numbers around the Club supporting those that are playing as well as managing lots of the very big and some of the little jobs around the Club on game day – thank you gentleman.
A friendly, gentle reminder to head online to pay your Coterie Membership (or see us tomorrow at Tormore please). If you need to get your polo top, membership card or membership pack don’t hesitate to ask any of your Coterie Executive being Bomma, Dillio, Panda, Plugger or myself.
Looking forward to an awesome weekend at Tormore Reserve – the home of the Hawka.
Congratulations to Amanda Cellante on being named Captain of our Senior Women’s Team for 2019! Amanda was runner-up in last year’s Best & Fairest Award and is also our games record holder for Boronia Netball. Congratulations also to Vice-Captains Dee Caiafa and Sam Mellis!