Affiliated with EFNL. Seniors, Reserves, U19's, Junior Boys & Girls Teams, two Women's Teams, Veterans Football & Women’s Netball. We acknowledge the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation as the traditional custodians of the land in Boronia.
Boronia Hawks is very proud of our strong coaching teams across all our football programs at junior and senior level. We can now announce a significant boost to the coaching staff for our women’s football teams with the appointment of seven very experienced specialist coaches.
Corey Burgess, Jackson Lech and Luke Hannon are returning from last year while we welcome Jess Bolton, Dane Romano, Danny Weston and Ryan White to the team for the first time. Congratulations and thank you for your contribution to our women’s program.
Do you know someone who might be interested in being part of one of the largest women’s football programs in the Eastern Football Netball League?
Boronia Hawks pre-season training begins on Tuesday 16 November at 6pm, and we’re welcoming new and experienced players to be part of our squad for the 2022 season. With two teams (Div 1 and Div 3) and a great culture now entering our fifth season, there’s no better time to join!
For more information please contact Senior Coach Scott on 0403 238 494 or Football Manager Karen on 0417 077 783.
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
Boronia Hawks are very pleased to announce the Coaches for our Women’s Football teams for the 2022 season. Please join us in congratulating them all on their appointment and thanking them for their commitment to the Hawks and Women’s Football.
Senior Coach: Scott Nicholas
Senior Assistant Coach: Lachlan Watson
Co-Coaches – Development Squad: Candyce Wright & Ray Lacey.
Message from Snicko: “Looking forward, we’re pleased and grateful to announce that all four coaches have been appointed to lead our squad for next season! Ray and Candyce will be Co-Coaches of the Development team, while Scott (Senior Coach) and Lach (Senior Assistant) will coach the Senior team. We’ll announce our Specialist Coaches and additional support staff as we get closer to next year. We can’t wait to get started, and continue to build on our success from 2021”.
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.
The Award is sponsored by EACH – Eastern Access Community Health and the award function will be held in the New Year when the nominees can receive the recognition that they deserve in front of friends, relatives, and colleagues.
Boronia Hawks are absolutely committed to active participation of women and girls across the Club and are also pleased to have so many women contributing to the Club in a voluntary capacity on our Board and Committees. Our Gender Equity Plan is an important step as we move forward in this area and both Karen and Candyce have made significant contributions in promoting awareness throughout the Club.
Please join us all in congratulating all three finalists.
Boronia Hawks are thrilled to announce a number of support staff roles for the 2021 season.
Candyce Wright has played with our squad since 2018, and after undertaking junior coaching, being appointed Junior Female Football Coordinator and taking part in the AFL VIC She Can Coach Development program, she is going to continue her coach development in 2021 and will serve as an amazing role model for future female coaches at our club.
Lachlan Watson has played over 100 Senior games, 2018 Senior Premiership player, the clubs leading goal kocker over the past decade and Head of Heathmont Sports Academy. Will take a lead role with our forwards in 2021 and bring a wealth of experience to our program.
Angela Bernaldo comes from a Triathlon background qualifying for World Champs in 2019. Currently studying sports science and psychology with a passion for empowering women and girls in sport, Ange will develop a new Player Welfare program to provide injury prevention, positive psychology and individual support for players and coaches in 2021. An amazing, innovative step forward for our program and a first for community clubs in our region.
Jackson Lech is on board as a Specialist Forward coach to support Lach once a month to provide insight and for our forwards. An exciting forward who was part of the 2018 Under 19s premiership team, with a big future at the club.
Luke Hannon is on board as a Specialist Midfield Coach to support Ray with our mids once a month. 2018 premiership player and Best on Ground, Two time senior best and fairest winner, multiple appearances in EFNL Team of The Year, former Eastern Ranges Captain and BNF winner; Luke is studying teaching and keen to develop his coaching with our squad.
Corey Burgess is on board to support as a Specialist Backs coach supporting Scott with our backs once a month. 2018 premiership player with the Development side, and was recognised in the 2019 EFNL Team of the Year. Previous experience supporting our Under 17s and keen to develop his coaching with our squad.Please join Ray, Nathan and myself, in congratulating them all on joining the squad. Exciting times ahead for 2021.
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.