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

2017 EFL B&F Votes

TeamFirst nameFamily NameTotal
Luke Hannon – Seniors


Jordan Granland – Reserves


Dylan Dower – U19’s


Brad Mills – Veterans

EFL Chandler Medal Night

Boronia Hawks Football Netball Club was well represented at the 2017 EFL Chandler Medal Night across both football and netball.

Congratulations to Melissa Martinov from Boronia Hawks who was the Leading Goal Shooter in Premier Division with an incredible 432 goals.  Congratulations also to Leanne Fredricks from Boronia Gold who was the Leading Goal Shooter in Division 1 with 257 goals.


Congratulations to Mollie McMahon from Boronia Brown who was runner-up in the Division 4 Best and Fairest.

A sensational result for Boronia Hawks Netball to have four members of our premiership team named in the #EFL Premier Division Team of the Year! Congratulations to Petra Keogh, Mel Martinov, Bec Allen and Nikki Phillips!

Congratulations to Jess Bolton on being named in the #EFL Div 3 Team of the Year for the 5th time.

Senior Coaching Appointments

The Chairman and Board of Boronia Hawks Football Netball Club are very pleased to announce the appointment of Matthew Clark as our new Senior Coach.  
Matthew has been the successful senior coach of Wantirna South Football Club for seven years, taking them to the Division 3 premiership in 2014.  Prior to that, he was the Devils’ senior assistant coach for seven years.  Matthew was awarded Senior Coach of the Year for the Eastern Region in 2013, and was named Senior Coach of the EFL Team of the Year for Division 3 in 2014.  Clarky’s strong coaching philosophy, together with his commitment and experience, ensures he is well-placed to take our young group forward.
Assisting Matthew will be Steve Teakel, who was Matt’s Assistant Coach at Wantirna South. Steve brings a wealth of knowledge and experience with him to the Hawks and is currently AFL Victoria’s Coaching Development Manager.
We believe both men bring exceptional knowledge and experience to our Club and are very well equipped to continually teach and develop our young playing group.
Rounding out the announcement, we are delighted that Drew O’Hare will be continuing with the Club as an Assistant Coach.  Drew’s long list of achievements are well known to all of us and we are thrilled that he will be continuing on with the group in 2018.
We are very pleased to welcome Matt and his wife Tina, and Steve and his wife Ellen, and their families to Tormore Reserve.  We all now need to get behind Clarky, Steve and Drew and work together to make 2018 a successful year for the Club.  Go Hawkers!
Kristan Wood
2018 Senior Coach – Matthew Clark


Assistant Coach – Steve Teakel
Assistant Coach – Drew O’Hare

Division 3 Team of the Year Nominees

Congratulations to our three nominees from Boronia Hawks for the EFL Division 3 Team of the Year.  Jess Bolton, Luke Hannon and Ryan Henderson have all been recognised for their consistent performances throughout the season by being named in the initial squad of thirty.  

The final Team of the Year will be announced at the Eastern Football League’s Chandler Medal Night on Wednesday, September 20.

2017 Division 3 Team of the Year Nominees
2017 Division 3 Team of the Year Nominees

Boronia Hawks are very grateful for the generous support of Knox Club.

Premier Division Netball Team of the Year

Congratulations to our four nominees from Boronia Hawks for the EFL Netball Premier Division 2017 Team of the Year.  Nikki Phillips, Melissa Martinov, Petra Keogh and Bec Allen have all been recognised for their outstanding performances in a premiership season by being named in the initial squad of fifteen.  

Boronia, Fairpark and Wantirna South each have four players named in the initial squad, along with Blackburn (one) and Montrose (two).

The final team of 10 will be announced on Wednesday, September 20 at the Eastern Football League’s Chandler Medal.  

Nominees for Netball 2017 Team of the Year
Nominees for Netball 2017 Team of the Year


Boronia Hawks Netball is always grateful for the generous support of BusyBodies Health and Fitness.



Boronia Hawks win Premier Division Netball

It’s a Premiership! Our top ranked netball team, Boronia Hawks, has won the Grand Final in EFL Premier Division scoring 48 goals to Fairpark Yellow 32.  The Hawks were in great form from the outset.  They established an early lead and then stayed on top, pressuring the opposition, to record a very convincing win over last year’s premiers.


Boronia Hawks: 2017 Premiers
Boronia Hawks: 2017 Premiers
The incredible Nikki Phillips was presented with the Blue Ribbon Medal for Best on Court by EFL CEO Phil Murton.


Nikki Phillips - Blue Ribbon Medallist
Nikki Phillips – Blue Ribbon Medallist


Congratulations to Petra Keogh from @boroniahawks who has announced her retirement in the best possible way – with a premiership medal around her neck! Many thanks for your fantastic contribution to our netball program Petra!


Petra Keogh announces her retirement.
Petra Keogh announces her retirement.



U19’s Squad for Preliminary Final

U19’s Squad for Preliminary Final v Park Orchards at 10:00am on Sunday 10 September at East Burwood – presented by Knox Club.

13 A. Biddau 5 Z. Brasher 3 H. Chinn 11 D. Dower 26 T. Dower 17 Z. Dower 14 F. Duke 1 S. Fung 19 J. Gardiner-Hoffman 8 T. Griffiths 7 P. Kinniff 15 J. Lech 23 J. Mellis 10 R. Migues 27 J. Mueller 9 K. Notley 2 J. O’Neill 4 J. Purdon 6 M. Smith 30 J. Stamatakos 16 T. Steele 29 J. Whitmore 40 B. Wright 21 J. Zmood. Emergencies: C De Boer H Clarke.