Boronia Hawks launch Gender Equity Plan

We have a proud Club history, with many memorable milestones achieved. This 2021 season sees another milestone being the first season that Senior Women’s and Development football teams and four netball teams have taken the field and court.

The benefits of the increase in our player numbers are many and a re-evaluation of our facilities and the way that the Club operates has been necessary. The allocation of resources to all of our sporting teams and meeting the needs of our volunteers and members is critical in creating a Club environment that is welcoming, family-friendly and inclusive, that gives all the best chance of experiencing success.

As a strategic approach to achieve this, the Board is pleased to present the BHFNC Gender Equity Plan. The plan links to the club’s vision statement “Boronia Hawks Football Netball Club is one club; working together for success, on and off the field”.

The plan will evolve and develop over time, with the needs of the Club. Feedback and suggestions are welcomed and should be directed to Scott Nicholas, Club Chairperson or Karen Little, Director Community and Inclusion.

Senior President’s Update


To say our season for the senior men has been a roller coaster would be an understatement.  Thankfully, nearly all our injured players are back on the field and, with three games to go, we should have close to a full list vying for a senior game come finals!

It would be great if as many supporters as possible get down to ‘The Hawka’ over the next two weeks to give our teams an extra boost leading into their finals campaigns.



Our senior women’s team kick off at 8:20am this Saturday for their final home and away match of the season, before they commence their first finals campaign at Mulgrave on 18 August.  Special thanks must go out to Lace and Snicko (Ray Lacey and Scott Nicholas) for doing a tremendous job coaching our growing list of female players. We began with 9 women last year, but they have built that up to well over 30 this year.  With two junior girls teams, who knows where we will be in season 2020!


After the senior game last Saturday, the Mulgrave rooms were just full of Boronia people. Probably 80% Boronia in their homerooms!! The senior umpire said to me; ‘The culture you have at Boronia is just amazing.  You have Panda, the Krenn’s at every game and people like Bomma running Coterie – it’s incredible!’  And he is right!

Our 19’s have been incredible with up to 5 eligible players playing senior football in recent weeks!  Our Development team is on top and our senior team is half a percentage point off top spot too! Without getting ahead of ourselves, the Club is well placed to have a fair dinkum crack come finals time!


Unfortunately, our two netball teams, Hawks and Brown will be hard pressed to play finals this season with only 2 games to go.  The Hawks in Premier Division have won 4 games from 11, with 4 thrillers decided by 4 points or less.  The “Brownies” have suffered from injuries all season and have only managed 2 wins so far.  On a brighter note, over 30 players have played netball with the Club this season, including a number of “cross overs” from our women’s footy team who are happy to double up for the weekend!


The Vets finished their season under lights in the wilds of South Belgrave last Friday.  The boys kicked on to celebrate the end of their season in fine style, because they played some great footy during the year and welcomed many new players to the Club.  Thanks to Joey, Jason and the boys for another great season.  Success will come!


Off the field, our new lights get installed at Tormore Reserve this week.  This is a most exciting development and will give our Club incredible flexibility when fixturing matches in future years.  Special thanks to Woody (Kristan Wood) for facilitating this project.  In addition, much work has been done behind the scenes to secure funding for a facility upgrade in the next 2 to 3 years.   We hope to have some meaningful announcements in the coming months!

Please get behind Murra (David Murrihy) and support our finals hosting program.  This is equivalent to a major club sponsorship and we need as many volunteers as possible to make this work!


We have the Presidents Lunch with Matthew Richardson, which is completely sold out, on August 17 and the vote count night after our last match of the season!  The senior Awards Night is on 4 October and DOES NOT clash with the Vet’s Footy Trip!

The next 7 weeks could be ‘crazy’ busy but get involved and cheer loudly!!

Go Hawka!

Greg Hannon

Senior President, Boronia Hawks Football Netball Club



Team Selections for 6th & 7th July

No Netball tonight for Boronia Hawks or Boronia Brown.

Boronia Hawks Senior Women’s Squad v South Belgrave / Lysterfield at 8:40am Saturday at Tormore Reserve – presented by G.J. Gardner Homes Australia

1 J. Buzinskas 15 K. Buzinskas 17 D. Caiafa 2 A. Cellante 37 S. Coates 24 R. Crompton 4 T. Doran 29 T. Evans 14 S. Faull 12 C. Fay 42 B. Forrer-Lacey 27 L. Kabris 5 B. Kinniff 6 P. Lacey 28 D. Langford 26 K. Little 18 Y. Mau 30 A. McKaige 11 K. McMahon 20 S. Mellis 32 E. Nicholas 7 A. Penny 16 S. Peril 35 S. Ponton 38 C. Wright.

Boronia Hawks Under 19’s Squad v Scoresby at 10:10am Saturday at Tormore Reserve – presented by Dyson Currie Pty Ltd

33 M. Cavicchia 14 J. Gardiner-Hoffman 10 N. Smith 3 B. Aughterson 16 W. Morrison 22 H. Morris 31 Z. Prizmic 2 R. Williams 5 H. Fewson 4 C. Eccles 24 L. Wright 12 T. Mellis 26 M. Green 8 J. Rule 30 J. O’Neill 28 L. Pickard 18 J. Delrayne 9 J. Price 19 H. Coles T. Oliver 29 H. Rouse 27 K. Schmidtke 62 C. Westcott

Boronia Hawks Development Squad v Scoresby at 12:20pm Saturday at Tormore Reserve – presented by Allstate Refrigeration Services

74 Z. Brasher 28 J. Rambaldo 56 R. Kennedy 5 S. Bell 9 J. Granland 71 P. Kinniff 44 B. Bishop 27 L. Leeson 22 M. Geraghty 33 J. Mason 10 C. McDonald 18 L. Hare 64 D. Dower 53 T. Dower T. Dodd 1 R. Henderson 4 B. Castersen 3 N. Allen H. Betts B. Bowes 78 S. Bramstedt 46 D. Collins 73 R. Migues 42 S. Yule.

Boronia Hawks Senior Men’s Squad v Scoresby at 2:20pm Saturday at Tormore Reserve – presented by Choices Flooring

19 B. McAlpine 7 C. Burgess 13 J. Mellis 38 F. Duke 23 J. Collins 29 J. Godwin 15 H. Chinn 17 L. McKernan 24 J. Hare 8 J. Hannon 39 Z. Robinson 21 N. Hare 12 D. Fairchild 2 L. Hannon 42 B. Rapisarda 47 T. Steele 37 R. White 16 M. Buzinskas 34 J. Millen 52 B. Robertson 6 M. Storr 40 B. Wright

Boronia Hawks Veterans Squad v Eltham at 2:30pm SUNDAY at Tormore Reserve – presented by GK Travel & Cruise

8 A. McDonald. 6 S. Beaton 18 G. Bell 13 R. Bell G. Bertram 66 L. Burnett 46 D. Clancy 2 M. Clinton 24 L. Cook 9 J. Cranfield 11 J. Davis 45 S. Fischer 5 D. Hanrahan 10 D. Hansby 16 C. Joy 15 C. Krenn 20 S. Lehman 28 S. O’Reilly 4 C. Reid 19 A. Rickerby 1 A. Rook 42 M. Ryan 17 D. Spence 23 B. Stewart 3 T. Vining 12 B. Wiesner 34 K. Wood A. Wright


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




Netball Match Reports: Finals!

BORONIA HAWKS Semi Final v Fair Park Yellow
It was always going to be a tough game going up against Premier Division’s most dominant team of the year: Fairpark Yellow.  To Hawks’ credit, they went into the semi final with a great attitude and a desire to win.  We held our own in the first quarter and kept things close in the first half.  The second half saw Fair Park take control to take the win 56-37.
I could mention every player for a game well played.   Everyone really did step up and push hard, we had a lot of positive channels of play.  However I’m going to keep things shorts and mention just a couple.  Our defence end was extremely strong, making Fair Park work hard for every goal.  Natalie Craven was a stand out performer for Hawks in GK.  The defensive pressure from Nat and Madison was fantastic.  They worked so well together to win Hawks countless turnovers.
Another special mention to Emily Barrie who played WD and GA.  Emily is always a hard working, reliable player, who never gives up no matter what her position.

The loss sends Hawks to the Preliminary Finals on Friday night: Boronia Hawks v Lilydale Falcons.  I have total faith that Hawks will take the win and we will have our Grand Final opportunity!  7:00pm at Fairhills Court 1.

BORONIA BROWN Preliminary Final v Glen Waverley Hawks

Unfortunately after a loss on Friday night the season for our Boronia Brown girls has come to an end.

The game was close from the beginning and extremely intense. With an injury in the second quarter to our star C Lauren Bevan this left no bench for Boronia Brown.  Sherridan Martin pulled out her strength for pushing through an injury herself so we were able to have a team of 7 on the court left to battle for the remainder of the game.


We were ahead by a few goals many times during the game but unfortunately we were unable to finish the game ahead, going down by 2 in the end.  Chelsea Dynan played her best game all season being put into WA for the second half, not her usual WD she has worked towards all season.  Every single player fought their hardest, in what was again a physical game we pushed ourselves and can finish the season feeling proud.

Our defence was strong and hard to beat, a rotation of goalers was required from the opposition to try and beat the height, strength and length of Alex and Courtney’s arms in rebounds.  An incredible performance from both Caitlin Yann and Dani Kemp in GA and GS, goals on target and movement in the circle was unfaultable.


Chelsea and Mollie in the attacking end as midcourt worked well together especially after not playing together in these positions all season.  There was only one collision of the two during the game which was captured on camera as a delightful (and embarrassing) action shot!


We wish Lauren the best in recovering from her ankle injury and cannot wait to celebrate a very hard but well fought season for our Boronia Brown girls.  #getaroundthebrown


Team Selections for 17th to 18th August

Hawks Supporters are urged to get along to Knox Regional Netball Centre for tonight’s finals. The girls really lift when they can see and hear the crowd’s support and we were badly outnumbered by other clubs at last week’s games. Free Admission. GET AROUND THE GIRLS AND WEAR YOUR CLUB COLOURS!! GO HAWKA!!

BORONIA HAWKS IN PREMIER DIVISION: Qualifying Final v Fairpark Yellow 8.35pm Knox Regional
Carla Alexander, Emily Barrie, Madison Barrie, Mandy Bell, Natalie Craven, Ally forrest, Mel Hutton, Ellie Ingwersen, Sharmini Philp, Julia Rush.

BORONIA BROWN IN DIVISION 4: Preliminary Final v Glen Waverley Hawks Blue 6.45pm Knox Regional.
Lauren Bevan, Chelsea Dynan, Dani Kemp, Courtney Krenn, Sherridan Martin, Alex McKaige, Mollie McMahon, Caitlin Yann.

Women’s Team to play Blackburn at 10:00am at Tormore Reserve on SATURDAY – presented by Knox Leisureworks YMCA

1 Jess Buzinskas, 3 Bec Allen, 4 Briar Forrer-Lacey, 5 Brynie Kinniff, 6 Phoebe Lacey, 7 Alix Penny, 8 Demi Thomas, 9 Jasmine Lacey, 10 Darcy Langford, 11 Candyce Wright, 12 Erin Stanios, 13 Stacey Ponton, 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.

Development Squad for Round 18 v Ringwood at 12:05pm at Jubilee Park – presented by DYSON CURRIE TIMBER WHOLESALERS

3 N. Allen 74 Z. Brasher 60 M. Bruce 70 N. Carrodus 4 B. Castersen 61 J. Collins 80 T. Dower 26 S. Goldsack 9 J. Granland 21 N. Heuston 27 L. Leeson 10 C. McDonald 73 R. Migues 41 K. Milde 33 R. Miller 35 C. Murrihy 30 J. Paterson 58 J. Purdon 31 D. Romano 67 M. Smith 75 J. Stamatakos 25 N. Stamatakos 24 R. Warren 13 L. Watson.

Senior Squad for Round 18 v Ringwood at 2:10pm at Jubilee Park – presented by ALLSTATE REFRIGERATION SERVICES

5 S. Bell 14 J. Bolton 25 B. Bowes 7 C. Burgess 45 H. Burgess 16 M. Buzinskas 23 J. Collins 64 D. Dower 12 D. Fairchild 29 J. Godwin 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.


Netball Match Reports: Three Wins!

HAWKS: Boronia Hawks 43 def Blackburn Red 39 (Emily Barrie 31, Mandy Bell 12)
It’s fair to say we went into tonight’s game a little weary and expecting the worst. Six of our usual players and fill ins were unavailable, leaving us short.
Lucky for us Sarah was able to fill in giving us a full team with no subs.

I’d say it was a fairly even and competitive game tonight against Blackburn.  We managed to get a pretty good lead by half time, our biggest margin being 10 goals.  Our third quarter was less dominant and Blackburn snuck up on us to bring the score back to even. At one stage they even managed to get a 2 goal lead.
Our defence end was on fire tonight. I can not praise Madison Barrie enough for her fantastic efforts, she was definitely a stand out performer for us.  Her hard work and pressure ultimately won us the game.  The combination of Madison and Sarah Alexander in defence was fantastic tonight, both girls put constant pressure on the Blackburn goalers and got countless turnovers. T onight was the first time these girls have played together, but they looked like seasoned experts in the ring.  Even the coach from the opposition had praise for our defence end! Well done girls.

Mandy and Emily were also a great combination for us in goals.  Emily Barrie is always a reliable and constantly good player but tonight she stepped it up even more.  Emily had no intentions of letting us lose, her aggressive and competitive side came out and she played some of her best netball for the season scoring 31 out of the 43 goals.  Mandy Bell (normally in the defence end) showed her versatility in GA.  Mandy is super athletic and is a player we can play anywhere and know she will always preform at her best.  Ellie Ingwersen’s passing into the ring was fantastic, as were her drives down the court.  Ellie manages to settle the play at times when we get a little rushed.  She’s very good at seeing a sneaky pass into a goalers in the ring.  Ally Victoria’s fitness never lets us down, running 3/4 of the game in centre and Carla Alexander was a great support for the defence end.
It’s hard to choose my best tonight as everyone really had to step up and play their best netball and everyone deserves a mention, however Madison totally killed it tonight, great game Mads!   We fought hard all the way to the end and took the win 43-39.  1 hour games with no fresh legs at Premier League level is hard work and it was a late game, not finishing until 10:30pm. It was a great game to watch, you girls had me on the edge of my seat. Happy to see you take the win, proving we are a top performing Premier League team.   Let’s beat Scoresby Swoopers next week to finish the season 3rd.

GOLD:  Boronia Gold 40 def Ringwood Black 22 (Jess Hall 23, Sarah Grigg 15, Casey Hahn 2).

This week we celebrated Casey Hahn’s 60th game with Boronia. Congratulations Casey on such an achievement.

We went into this weeks game thinking it would be a harder game than we’ve had and the first quarter definitely reflected that with us only up by 2 goals.
Second quarter showed a very different game with Janae, Inga and Ti dominating in defence with Ringwood only managing 2 goals.  We took the lead by 9.  
In the last 1/2 Ringwood only scored 5 goals a quarter to our 10.  Great shooting again by Jess and Sarah.  Our whole team is playing so well together, bring on finals!

BROWN: Boronia Brown 31 def Belgrave South 11 (Dani Kemp 25, Sherridan Martin 6)

Going into the last round of the season before finals, sitting on top of the ladder and we took on the bottom of the ladder Belgrave South.  We had 6 of our original team with one fill in, so no bench or coach!

It wasn’t the most skilful of games but it certainly gave our legs a good run, with Dani’s shooting accuracy giving us a healthy 10-15 point lead and us maintaining that during the game, it left us room to move with a few sloppy plays and give the mid court a bit of a rest!  It was nice to play a clean, fair game, with Belgrave South not playing in normal positions, and giving us a chance play a few of our game plans.  With Alex’s go go gadget arms, Chelsea’s fierce attack on the ball and Loz and Jess’ running, it made it easy for us to get the ball down and feed some long lobs across to Dani.  A huge thank you to Jess for trekking to Dandenong on a Friday night to fill in – we will see you for 2019 registration!!  Now it’s on to our finals campaign, firstly taking on Upper Gully on Friday night who are currently sitting second.

Netball Match Reports for Round 13

Boronia HAWKS v Norwood Black

I’m going to be a harsh coach and say that this week we did not play our cleanest netball.  We were driving long and behind and had way too many unforced errors; we were working harder in attack to get the ball to goals than usual. 

At half time I gave the girls a brutally honest ‘kick up the butt’ and told them to pick up their game; which they did.  

Our defence end were our savours this week.  Kasey Lee came to our rescue to fill in last minute and had an absolutely fantastic game in WD. Nat Craven and Madison Barrie were a great combination in defence against very physical goalers. Kasey, Nat and Maddy all played ripper games this week, gaining many turn overs for Hawks.  A much better second half saw us take a convincing win 60-38, but maybe we should have won by more given Norwood are sitting bottom of the ladder.  2 games to go! 

Boronia Hawks 60 d Norwood Black 38  Goals:  J.Rush 44, M. Hutton 10, S. Philp 6, E. Ingwersen, C. Alexander, E. Barrie, M. Barrie, A. Forrest, N. Craven.

Boronia GOLD v Scoresby Soarers

I thought last week was a good win but this week was even better.  Scoresby was strong in the first 1/4 and it was goal for goal.  We were in front by a couple of goals at the end of the quarter and I thought it was going to be a fight to stay in front.  We made a couple of changes and it just worked.  Defence was tight and made it hard work for their goalers as they often only had one goaler in the ring.  In the last half Sarah was on fire in goals, making great position and hardly missing a shot with 25 goals.

Everyone played an awesome game.  Well done again!

Boronia Gold 57 d Scoresby Soarers 29  Goals: S. Grigg 25, J. Hall 24, C. Hahn 6, C. Barnard 2,  D. Reynolds, I. Baselier, T. Parker, J. Griffin, S. Shillingford.

Boronia BROWN v FTG White

A feisty and tough game for the Boronia Brown girls this week. This season we have come up against some strong and more physical teams, but this week was unlike any other.  What we demonstrated was not only our strength on the court, but our mental strength and maturity. From the start of the game we fought hard to keep the scores as level as possible.

Courtney and Alex in defence held each other up during the game, literally speaking.  Not only are Alex’s arms long, but when her full body weight is being held up by Courtney to allow her reach even longer, this makes an unbeatable force!  A huge thank you to Naomi for filling in, her young legs were able to hold through the C for us whilst Lauren was away for the week.

Mollie, Sherridan and Amanda worked hard around the circles and bringing the ball down the court.  With control, strength and good choices of play they did not need to tire themselves out by trying to play rushed as the opposition.  Caitlin and Dani were very accurate and excelled under pressure, a confident goaler is key to success in the season and more importantly leading into finals.

In the last few minutes of the game we were down by 1 goal.  With 1 and a half minutes to go, we won a turnover which resulted in a goal to make us even.  Luckily after this goal it was then our centre pass to have us in the lead. In this time of nerves and pressure we were able to be calm, centred and take our time to ensure this centre pass resulted in us being in the lead. We scored the goal with no problems.  This left 30-40 seconds on the scoreboard with a Ferntree Gully centre.  A moment of calmness hit Mollie (WA) who turns to Caitlin (GA) and says ‘you know what, after this whole game I would actually be happy with draw’. But boy was she wrong.

Our hands on and screening pressure became too much for the GS on the opposition.  The win by 1 point as the GS missed the goal in the final remaining seconds and for Alex to have the rebound was so much sweeter than any draw could ever be.  Amazing game by the Boronia Brown team, a great reminder of sportsmanship, determination, and overall joy for the game. #getaroundthebrown

Boronia Brown 25 d Ferntree Gully White 24 Goals:  D. Kemp 16, C. Yann 9, A. Cellante, S. Martin, A. McKaige, M. McMahon, C. Krenn.


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.