Congratulations Jackson Taylor MP in retaining the seat of Bayswater. With the results of yesterday’s election the Boronia Hawks Football Netball Club, Boronia Hawks Football Netball Club – Junior and Boronia Cricket Club have now secured the unprecedented amount of $6.2 million for our new facility. The next 24 months will see a lot of work being done in the planning and building of our new rooms! Go Hawka!
Boronia Hawks FNC is absolutely delighted to announce the pledge of $1.2M dollars to go towards our new pavilion from @jacksontaylormp and the Andrews Labor Government.
Click here for the announcement: https://youtu.be/Ar25geyjWVY
Jackson’s ongoing support of our Club has been nothing short of remarkable since he was elected as our local member. His tireless energy and capacity to always engage in our club community have been astounding and it is very much appreciated from a club level. Jackson, we thank you sincerely!!
Upon re-election, the Andrews Government has most generously pledged the sum of $1.0M towards our new pavilion and $0.2M towards the fit-out of the new pavilion and social rooms. The $0.2M will enable us to purchase quality appliances and furniture and should set our club up for many years to come!
With the pledge of $5.0M from Alan Tudge MP and the Federal Government, this now amounts to $6.0M towards our badly needed new pavilion. The players, supporters, and members of the Boronia Hawks Football Netball Club and Boronia Cricket Club will soon have one of the finest pavilions in the Eastern Suburbs thanks to the incredible support of both Jackson and Alan.
The entire BHFNC should be mighty proud of its efforts over the past four weeks of hosting the Division One finals series.
The EFNL and competing clubs were lost for words in their gratitude for the organisation and efforts of our many, many volunteers over the month!
Headed up by Murra, our team worked cohesively and the many long days will now hold our club in greater financial strength as we move forward to our 2023 season.
To our early morning set up teams, to our bar teams, our burger teams, and canteen ladies, our traffic controllers, and our hlepers who kept carrying out stock to all the various tents, what an effort. In the coming few weeks we will be having a pleasant Sunday afternoon of thanks to all our helpers, I’ll get that date and time locked in ASAP.
Once all the bills are paid, we hope to announce our profit as it’s important all volunteers understand just how meaningful it is to the club to give so much of their time over the past four weekends.
Behind the scenes, we are working most nights to speak with potential recruits, plan our pre-season, reflect with trainers, and work diligently to ensure 2023 is an amazing year for the Hawka! Our coaches in all areas are now appointed and we hope you can all join us at one of our two presentation nights to properly give thanks and gratitude for this season.
Sincerely, thank you once again!!!
GREG HANNON, Senior President, BHFNC
Work is now underway at Tormore Reserve on the installation of artificial turf in front of the benches.
Thanks to Knox City Council for getting this done as part of the continual improvement of our Club facilities. Millers will also receive the same upgrade, with work expected to be completed this week – weather permitting!
Please keep off the works areas until work is completed. Thanks to Phil Watson for the photos!
The poles have arrived for the new nets behind the goals at the scoreboard end of Tormore Reserve!
A very big thank you to Knox City Council for the installation of nets at both ends of the ground over the past two years. These new nets will protect the neighbours and will save on lost footies for the Club.
Thanks to our roving reporter Phil Watson who always keeps a very close eye on all developments in the surrounds at Tormore Reserve, Home of the HAWKA!
One of our key objectives as a club is to make life easier for our volunteers by upgrading our facilities, equipment and technology whenever possible. With this in mind, we have recently invested in a brand new kitchen range for Tormore Reserve.
The purchase of the oven, griller and deep fryer was funded by the Club, together with a generous contribution from our co-tenants Boronia Cricket Club. For those who may not know, Ellen Johnson manages the kitchen and canteen for both clubs, doing a superb job throughout the seasons. Ellen is now supported by premium equipment to turn out match day snacks and regular meals for the teams and supporters on Wednesday and Thursday nights during the football season.
We are very grateful to Craig Brockley, our super-successful Men’s Development Squad Coach, who installed the new equipment through his firm, Brighton Gas Company. “Brighton Gas specialises in the servicing and repairs of gas products in Melbourne. When it comes to the servicing and repairs of gas heating for your home or gas cooking appliance repairs and servicing we can help”.
At today’s President’s Lunch, Alan announced the commitment of $5M for the development and construction of new clubrooms at Tormore Reserve.
Please join us all in thanking Alan for this enormous vote of confidence in our club and our contribution to the local community.
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.
Greg Hannon, Senior President BHFNC
Boronia Hawks hosted Jessie Doull from AFL Victoria and Troy Swainston from Eastern Football League last night for the presentation of AFL funding for the outstanding new sports light installation at Tormore Reserve.
Jessie is AFL Victoria’s Facilities and Planning Manager and was instrumental in the success of our submission for funding under the AFL’s Facilities Development Reserve. This funding was in addition to the federal funding from the Australian Sports Commission with the great support of Alan Tudge MP.
Club Chairman, Scott Nicholas said “Thanks to everyone at the Club for your contributions to this project, large or small. It was a great example of a number of people across the Club coming together to make it happen!”
“Particular thanks to Kerryn Westcott for the initial application, David Nicholas for his assistance in crunching the numbers and making the financials work, and Kristan Wood for his work in managing the project. Finally Greg “Flash” Hannon for his work behind the scenes to bring this all together!”
“Great work team, with an outcome that will benefit the club for many years to come!”
Tormore Reserve is a leading community facility and the addition of new sporting lights through the great support of Alan Tudge MP, AFL Victoria and Knox Council will ensure that reputation is maintained for many years to come.
The four 28 metre high poles, with six lights on each, will give our players the opportunity to train on a top-quality oval with state of the art LED lighting for many years to come. The Club’s vision is to always strive to innovate and improve across all aspects of operations, both on and off the field. These new lights will give us tremendous flexibility in relation to the fixturing of matches for our men’s and women’s football teams.
Planning for the new lights started in 2018 as the old lights were no longer at the required levels for training, let alone night football. With the support of Knox City Council and Alan Tudge MP, the Club lodged a submission for Federal Government funding under the Australian Sports Commission’s Community Sport Infrastructure Program.
It was a great day for the Club when Alan Tudge announced the ASC’s approval of our application for $190,000 to fund the project. The successful application for further funding of $24,000 from AFL Victoria under the Facility Development Program ensured that the Club’s own contribution to the project was manageable, while still significant.
The Lights were officially switched on by Club great Kristan Wood, accompanied by three other former Club Presidents, at a ceremony on 29 August.
The Club would like to express out gratitude and appreciation to the following people and organisations for their significant contribution to the successful completion of this project.
- Alan Tudge MP who was the Club’s supporter in our application for Federal Funding through the ASC;
- Sue McGill, Director, Community Sport & Infrastructure with Sports Australia;
- Jessie Doull, Facilities and Planning Manager at AFL Victoria;
- Jake Keogh, the Mayor of Knox;
- Councillors Peter Lockwood and John Mortimore;
- Daniel Clarke and the Leisure Development team at Knox City Council;
- Tim Gates, Managing Director of Wallgates Electrical Services;
- Stuart McDonald from Nuvo Group;
- Kerryn Westcott, the Club’s Grants Manager;
- Kristan Wood, the Club’s Project Manager;
- David Nicholas; the Club’s Finance Director;
- Greg Hannon, Senior Club President;
- Scott Nicholas, Chair of the Club’s Board of Directors.