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

 

Annual General Meeting of Boronia Hawks Football Netball Club

All members and supporters of Boronia Football Club and the Boronia Junior Football Club are cordially invited to the inaugural Annual General Meeting of Boronia Hawks Football Netball Club.

When: Monday 30th October
Where: Knox Club Function Room
Time: 7:00pm onwards

Enquiries: Brett Smith, Director of Administration
E-mail:boronia@efl.org.au

 

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 Netball Awards

Congratulations to all our netballers on another successful season, with all teams making finals and Boronia Hawks winning the Premier Division flag.

 

Premier Division – Boronia Hawks

Melissa Martinov – Best & Fairest
Petra Keogh – Runner Up
Nikki Phillips – Best Finals Player
Melissa Martinov
Melissa Martinov

Division 1 – Boronia Gold

 
Mandy Bell – Best & Fairest
Rhiannon Crompton and Katy Harper – Runners Up

Hannah Urquart – Best Finals Player

Katy Harper, Mandy Bell and Rhiannon Crompton

Division 4 – Boronia Brown

Mollie McMahon – Best & Fairest
Alex McKaige – Runner Up

Alex McKaige – Best Finals Player

Alex McKaige and Allan Dowdell (Coach)

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.

Seniors

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.

U19’s

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.

Veterans

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

Thanks to Millsy and Wrighty

Boronia Hawks Football Netball Club would like to thank Rick Mills and Andrew Wright for their service to the Club after they have both stepped down from key coaching positions.

Rick has coached the Development Squad in the EFL Reserves competition in 2016 and 2017.  The boys made finals in both years under Millsy’s guidance but were unable to continue their strong early season form as injuries to key players took their toll.  Rick fully embraced the development aspect of his role and pushed hard for his boys to be rewarded with senior selection.  The depth of the Club’s playing stocks has been clearly enhanced by Rick’s approach to coaching.

Wrighty took on the critical role as our U19’s coach when Andrew Catley stepped down due to work commitments.  Wrighty tackled the role with huge enthusiasm and got the boys through to the Preliminary Final.  Numbers were an issue throughout the year, but this gave Wrighty the opportunity to develop the leadership and versatility of the top age players.  Just as importantly, half a dozen U17’s were blooded in the U19’s during the year which is a great example of our “One Club” approach that will benefit the Hawks for years to come.  Wrighty also filled the role of senior runner throughout the season, which again demonstrates his commitment and enthusiasm.

Many thanks to both Millsy and Wrighty for their work.  We really appreciate their contribution to the Club and hope to see them around in future.

Rick Mills
Rick Mills
Andrew Wright
Andrew Wright