Senior Women’s Preseason Camp

It was a very successful preseason camp for our Women’s Football Squad at Phillip Island. Lots of fun and games on the Saturday, and a focus on footy with a high standard intra-club game on the Sunday.

The Women’s Football Squad held their 2nd Annual Preseason Camp at Phillip Island on the weekend of the 19th and 20th of March. Just over forty players and coaches made the trip and enjoyed a really good team building experience. Saturday’s activities included a scavenger hunt, a coastal walk and a team meeting with a session facilitated by Bree Watson, before relaxing in the evening with a 90’s themed dress-up night.

The intra-club game on Sunday was at Newhaven College. Senior Coach, Scott Nicholas, was very pleased with the high standard of football, with eleven goals being scored by the two teams in a shortened match. Kat McMahon and Darcy Langford were amongst the goals.

Better players? Scott reeled off 14 names who really stood out with a combination of disposals, strong marking and consistent pressure acts. It was pleasing to see the players from the Dev. Squad integrating with the senior players and combining well in the game plan, structures and chains of possessions. Scott also remarked on how well our new recruits slotted in – well done Alex, Christina, Crystal, Emily and Lauren.

Thanks to all coaches and players for their contribution to the success of the camp. Thanks also to Ben Robertson on video duty and Karen Little for her faultless organisational efforts!

Women’s Health Session – Pelvic Health

The Women’s football squad will run a Pelvic Health session on Wednesday 23rd March, 7-8pm in the clubrooms at Tormore. All women of the Club would be invited (footballers, netballers, volunteers, members and the women in their families).

Poor pelvic health is a barrier for women to participate in sport and while it’s an issue that impacts many women, it’s not often spoken about.

We’ve engaged a Pelvic Health professional to run the session who is currently completing her PhD in poor pelvic health and the impact on women participating in community sport. Her presentation will be supported by Meg McKernan, who is a specialist obstetrics nurse. This was Meg’s initiative and one that will be of interest to many women in our Club community.

We are anticipating that this will be the first in a series of three Women’s Health sessions that will be run by the Women’s squad throughout the season.


Preseason Football Training is Coming Up

Boronia Hawks will commence preseason training for senior football teams in January. All newcomers are very welcome to join us for a kick.

Our Veterans Squad kick off first on Wednesday 19 January – please contact Grant Bertram, Senior Secretary, on 0433 950 847 for all enquiries.

Senior Men, including Under 19’s, will start up on Monday 24 January at Tormore Reserve and will be training there on Mondays and Wednesdays until the end of cricket season. Please contact Andrew Wright, Football Operations Manager, on 0455 020 770 for all enquiries.

Senior Women take to the training track on Monday 31 January at Millers Reserve and will be training there on Mondays and Wednesdays until further notice. Please contact Karen Little, Football Operations Manager, on 0417 077 783 for all enquiries.

Returning to team sport after childbirth

Boronia Hawks are featured with a nice photo in this week’s edition of “A Note from Leisure”, the informative newsletter from Knox City Council’s Suranga Dissakarunaratne, Leisure Services Officer.

Joint Training Day

“Playing for team motherhood”: Returning to team sport after childbirth

“Motherhood and a decrease in physical activity participation often go hand in hand. Specifically, early motherhood is a time when women have some of their lowest rates of sport participation. This is a problem, because during the postnatal period (up to 1 year after giving birth) women are at high risk of drastic weight gain, postpartum depression, isolation and anxiety. While physical changes that affect sport participation are well-addressed, how postnatal women re-engage in sport is also affected by gendered expectations accompanying motherhood. These expectations include gender roles dictating how mothers “should” behave. Another expectation is intensive mothering, that is, the expectation that mothers must prioritize their child’s needs over their own. These expectations both decrease mothers’ physical activity levels and also weaken their emotional and physical well-being”. Learn more……..