President’s Welcome to Season 2023

Hi all and welcome to the Box Hills Hawks 2023 season!

The fact that the footy season is just around the corner seems to be even a bit more exciting than normal!

First up, it is great to welcome back our VFLW team to the Box Hill fold! This now really ‘completes’ our club. So to coach Cherie O’Neill, her staff and players, its great to have you with us!

Also a big welcome to our new VFL coach, Zane Littlejohn, his wife Katarina and kids, Boyd and Alba! Zane joins us with raft experience via various coaching roles in his native Tasmania, as well as a number of years spent with the Brisbane Lions (under former Box Hill Board Member, Chris Fagan!).

With a few training venue challenges to negotiate, the pre-season has been ‘fluid’ however we have been thrilled how the teams have knuckled down and got on with the job. Pre-season matches are now well underway with first games looming!

As always, the process of appointing our club captains has been extremely rigorous. So to Nicole Garner, Hugh Beasley and Cal Porter, well done! The club holds you in in high regard and we know you will do great jobs!

Off field, the club has again been busy in building for the future.

We hosted 120 guests for our inaugural Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations as we continue to build our relationship with the Chinese community. We will also upgrade our hugely successful Footy for Fun program that last year saw some budding stars begin their footy journey!

The club continues to work with the various stakeholders with the redevelopment of City Oval. As a club we should be proud that our advocacy ensured the redevelopment was fully funded by the various levels of Government.

Our commitment to the ‘East’ continues; this time by playing a doubleheader at Wonthaggi in Round 6. By supporting the footy community in the East, we play our role as a leading state league club.

We are also thrilled to welcome back Max Bailey, this time as a Board Member. The ultimate in ‘poacher turned gamekeeper’. Welcome Max!

Thanks for all your wonderful support. We pride ourselves on providing an inclusive environment that gets the balance of high performance and community just right.

I look forward to seeing you on the terrace during the year!

As always, Go Hawks!

Box Hill Hawks President, 
Ed Sill

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