Hawks Appoint 2018 Development Coach

Boronia Hawks Football Netball Club is delighted to announce the appointment of Craig Brockley to the role of Development Coach for the 2018 season.  Craig’s strengths are his communication skills; his capacity to form positive relationships with his players; and his capacity to keep his game plans simple and his teams goals achievable.

Craig’s coaching experience is as follows:

  • Under 18 coach of the Upwey-Tecoma Football Club
  • Reserves coach of the Upwey-Tecoma Football Club
  • Reserves coach of Old Haileybury Football Club
  • Senior assistant coach of the Old Haileybury Football Club

Craig is really looking forward to working with our young playing list and developing relationships with all stakeholders of the Boronia Football Netball Club. Craig has an incredible passion for football which will be evident for all players when they start working with him. He is looking forward to working closely with Matt, Steve, Drew and Fletch and we are hopeful of announcing Craig’s support in the coming days.


Preseason Training Kicks Off on 20 November

Preseason training for all U17’s, U19’s, Development & Senior players commences on Monday 20 November 2017 at 6:00pm sharp and will run each Monday and Wednesday up to 20 December 2017.

Venue is St Joseph’s Primary School on Boronia  Road.  Strictly runners only please – no footy boots.

2018 Preseason Training


Junior Star comes Home to the Hawks

Boronia Football Netball Club is excited to announce the signing of Brayden Bowes from Silvan.

Brayden was a Boronia junior who won the U13 B&F in 2010 and then left the Club to play senior football at the age of 16.   He stands at 6′ 4″ (193cm) and has a strong resume including a Division 4 Senior premiership at the age of 17.   Brayden won two U19’s B&F’s while also backing up playing Seniors in each year.   He won the Senior B&F at Silvan in 2016 and was also selected as an EFL Inter league Squad member that year.

Brayden is excited to put the in the hard work required to help us achieve our goals in 2018 

Welcome home Brayden Bowes!

Brayden Bowes
Brayden Bowes

Meet the Coach Day

Boronia Hawks Football Netball Club is hosting a “Meet the Coach Day” to welcome Matt Clark and Steve Teakel to the Hawks.  Please join us at 1:00pm on Sunday Oct 29th at Tormore Reserve.

Ellen will organise finger food and the bar will be open for refreshments.  We look forward to seeing all players and our loyal supporters there to set the scene for a huge 2018.

Steve Teakel and Matt Clark
Steve Teakel and Matt Clark


Craig McKenzie at the ERCA Awards

Congratulations to Craig McKenzie from @boroniahawks who was again a nominee for Youth Coach of the Year at the Eastern Region Coaches Association Awards. Fletch is a previous winner of this award.

The Hawks are very fortunate to have such a talented coach developing our young players.  Fletch was recently announced as the coach of both the Boronia U17’s and U19’s, a great move by the Club to develop the strong junior talent coming through the junior ranks.

NB: Craig is more commonly known as “Fletch” because his playing style was so reminiscent of Essendon great Dustin Fletcher, a fellow full back.

Craig McKenzie


2017 Bob Henry Medal Night

Congratulations to all the players who were recognised for their success in season 2017 at the Bob Henry Medal Night.


Luke Hannon – Bob Henry Medal for Seniors Best & Fairest.
Jess Bolton – Runner Up in the Seniors Best & Fairest.
Jarrod Lake – Most Courageous Player
Lachie McKernan – Most Consistent Player
Tom Dodd – Most Determined Player
Luke Hannon, Tom Dodd, Jess Bolton, Bob Henry, Jarrod Lake, Lachie McKernan.
Luke Hannon, Tom Dodd, Jess Bolton, Bob Henry, Jarrod Lake, Lachie McKernan.

Development Squad

Jordan Granland – Ian McKenzie Medal for Reserves Best & Fairest
Jarrod Eccleston – Runner Up in the Best & Fairest
Dane Romano – Most Courageous Player
Ryan Warren – Most Consistent Player
Nick Carrodus – Most Determined Player
Nick Carrodus – Best Finals Player
Ryan Warren, Dane Romano, Jarrod Eccleston, Jordan Granland.
Ryan Warren, Dane Romano, Jarrod Eccleston, Jordan Granland.


Dylan Dower – David Murrihy Medal for U19’s Best & Fairest
Jayden Purdon – Runner Up in the Best & Fairest
Rhys Migues – Most Courageous Player
Fletcher Duke – Most Consistent Player
Michael Smith – Most Determined Player
Anthony Biddau – Best Finals Player
Michael Smith, Fletcher Duke, Rhys Migues, Anthony Biddau, Jayden Purdon, Dylan Dower, Andrew Wright.


Steven O’Reilly – Veterans Best & Fairest
Brad Mills – Runner Up in the Best & Fairest
Greg Joseph (Coach) and Steven O’Reilly.


Matt Clark signs on as Boronia coach in the Eastern Football League

Toby Prime, Knox Leader  

NEW Boronia mentor Matt Clark says the club’s exciting young list convinced him to continue his coaching career after departing neighbouring Wantirna South.  Clark said he intended to have a year away from coaching in 2018 after a seven-year stint at Walker Reserve.  But the prospect of developing Boronia’s emerging players proved too good an opportunity to turn down.  Clark replaces Peter Brown, whose contract was not renewed after the Hawks missed finals this year despite recording more wins than 2016.

“That was probably my mindset the whole way through to take a year off, but it was such an attractive club that the way they presented, it talked me out of that,” Clark said. “The whole way along I was leaning towards, strongly leaning towards, taking a year off just to reset but when Boronia’s job became available I think it was probably too good (an opportunity) to not take.”

Clark said the prospect of working with Boronia’s young talent, which includes a host of former TAC Cup players, enticed him to take the top job.  “I’ve admired them from afar, just how impressive their whole off-field set up has been and they’ve blooded a lot of kids so credit to the previous coach,” he said.  “I think they’ve got a bit of work to do but they’ve got the potential to get improvement.”

Clark, who will be joined by former Devils assistant coach Steve Teakel, took Wantirna South from Division 3 to Division 2 after winning the 2014 premiership and steered it to last year’s second-tier decider.  He said he was hopeful of achieving similar success at Boronia. 

“I’m confident that what I can bring and support I’ll bring, if matched by their enthusiasm, we’ll get improvement but where that improvement takes us is hard because I don’t know the players,” Clark said.  “I’ve spoken to a few of them on the phone already and I’ve been absolutely impressed with their attitude and willingness to want to go places.”

Link to Herald-Sun Local Footy article