Thank you to SCOTT NICHOLAS for his sponsorship of RACHAEL SLATER for the 2024 season. 

Rachael is coming off a highly successful 2023 season with a Division 1 Premiership Medal, the Ellen Johnson Medal for Senior Women’s B&F and the Blue Ribbon Medal for BOG in the Grand Final.

Announcement | 2024 Senior Women’s Coaches

Boronia Hawks are excited to announce the Senior Women’s Coaching panel for the 2024 season. The coaches who took the team through the finals to win the Division 1 premiership have all been re-appointed.

Please join us all in congratulating Scott Nicholas as head coach and assistants Nicole Guy and Lachie Watson, while Brad Slater is appointed in a new role as Senior Women’s Performance Manager.

We are fortunate to have these four coaches with strong experience with women’s football programs. They have been instrumental in developing our team culture, values and game plans and empowering our players to take on their own leadership within the squad. We look forward to the coaches and players continuing their development pathways and to achieving successful outcomes again in the coming season.

Scott Nicholas has been appointed to coach our Senior Women’s Team for the sixth season following the 2023 Division 1 premiership. Scott is now widely recognised as a leading Women’s coach in the EFNL and was the league’s Senior Coach of the Year, across men and women’s football, in 2021. He was also named as Coach of the 2023 Division 1 Team of the Year.

Nicole Guy was welcomed to the Hawks’ coaching panel during the 2023 season, coming over from Ferntree Gully. She won one B&F with FTG and was also runner up B&F, despite suffering two severe knee injuries in each of her two seasons. The injuries curtailed her playing career, so she began coaching, including the 2022 season in Premier Division alongside Tim Cavanagh. Nicole very quickly became a valued part of the Boronia coaching team and played a key role in the latter part of the season.

Lachie Watson will continue in his role as Senior Assistant Coach, having been with the team from the first season in 2018. Lachie is well known to all Hawks supporters for his explosive football skills since he came up from the juniors. He now applies his excellent football brain and teaching skills to our Women’s Program again in 2024.

Brad Slater will take up a new role as Senior Women’s Performance Manager in 2024. He has been part of Boronia’s coaching team for two years and brings enormous experience to the squad. He played over 200 games at Mitcham in Division 1 before an extensive coaching career, most recently with St. Simons and Rowville Knights where he coached Under 15, Under 16 and Under 18 girls from 2016-2020.


Congratulations to the Coaching Team for our Women’s Squad at Boronia Hawks who have all contributed so much to the 2023 Division 1 Premiership.

They have created a close-knit environment for our players to develop their footy, fitness and friendships.

A special shoutout to Ray Lacey and Scott Nicholas who have been leading the team since our startup in late 2017, preparing for our first season in 2018. Who would have thought a premiership would result only a few years later when it took half a season to score the first goal!

Congratulations and thank you to Coach Scott Nicholas and assistants Ray Lacey, Brad Slater, Candyce Wright, Erin Stanios, Jordan Granland, Lachy Watson, Nicole Guy and Tim Cavanagh.

Women’s Coaches Appointed for 2023

Boronia Hawks are very pleased to announce that Scott Nicholas and Candyce Wright have been reappointed as our Women’s Coaches for 2023. Scott will have his 6th season as Senior Coach and Candyce will have her 2nd season as Development Squad Coach.


  • Coach of Women’s Team from 2018 to 2023.
  • EFNL Senior Coach of the Year in 2021.
  • Finalist for AFL Victoria Senior Coach of the Year in 2021.
  • One Club Player from 2000 to 2022.
  • Reserves Premiership Player in 2019.
  • Club Chairman from 2019 to 2022
  • Triple Premiership President in 2018.
  • Senior President 2018 to 2019.
  • Reserves Assistant Coach in 2017.
  • Appointed Social Director in 2017.
  • Reserves Captain from 2014 to 2016.
  • Reserves Most Valuable Player Award in 2015.
  • 100th Senior game for Boronia in 2015.
  • Senior Vice-Captain in 2015.
  • Boronia Football Club Committee member from 2013 to 2019.Reserves Most Valuable Player Award in 2013.
  • Reserves Premiership Player in 2012.
  • Senior debut in Round 1 2009.
  • Under 18’s debut in 2006.
  • 100th game for Boronia Junior Football Club in 2006.
  • Joined Boronia Juniors in 2000.
  • Started with Boronia Auskick in 1995.


  • Women’s Development Squad Coach 2022 to 2023.
  • Women’s Development Squad Assistant Coach in 2021.
  • Developed the Juniors’ “Sound the Siren” Day in 2021 to reconnect players and families after COVID.
  • Senior Women’s Player from 2018 to 2022 with 34 games.
  • Established the role of Junior Female Football Co-ordinator from 2020 to 2021.
  • First Female Co-Coach in 2019 for Under 12 Girls.
  • Junior Team Manager Co-ordinator in 2018.
  • Junior Trainer in 2017.
  • Five years as Junior Team Manager.

AFL Victoria Coach of the Year Awards

Congratulations to Boronia’s own Scott Nicholas who has just been named as a finalist in the 2021 AFL Victoria Community Football Awards.

Scott is one of four finalists in the Senior Coach of the Year Award. In October he was named as the EFNL Senior Coach of the Year.

The winners are announced on Thursday night, but please join us all in congratulating Snicko on this tremendous recognition for his work as our Senior Women’s Coach.