The Boronia Hawks Football Club pulled off one of the rarest feats in local football last weekend, taking home the premiership in all three senior sides − seniors, reserves and under 19s.
The Hawks competed in division three of the Eastern Football League, however the club has earned themselves a promotion into division two for 2019 as a result of their seniors’ premiership.
The accomplishment of a ‘triple flag’ recently occurred in 2015 when Warrandyte Football Club were victors in all three sides while competing in division four. Prior to that, you would have to look back to 2000 when East Burwood Football Club took home three premiership cups in the top division of the EFL.
Ironically, Boronia’s historic day took place at East Burwood Reserve − the current home ground of the East Burwood Football Club.
What is even more remarkable is that the Hawks went into every game as clear underdogs.
The Boronia under 19s set the tone early for the club, winning their respective Grand Final in a nail-biting 5-point victory over Waverley Blues.
Dscribe spoke to Craig McKenzie − coach of the Boronia under 19s after his team’s upset win.
The Boronia Reserves came up against top of the table Scoresby who had only been defeated on one occasion throughout the season. The Hawks finished in fourth spot on the ladder, having to win three finals’ games to book a spot in the Grand Final. In comparison, Scoresby only required one finals’ victory to secure their place in the Premiership decider.
The additional games didn’t seem to bother the underdogs, as Boronia ran away with a 20-point win to be crowned premiers of division 3 reserves.
With the club two from two, you would have thought the pressure was on the Boronia seniors to complete the trifecta. However, the Hawks were up against the undefeated outfit of the Ringwood Football Club, who were yet to drop a single game on their path to the Grand Final.
Ringwood had defeated Boronia both times the two teams met during the regular season, going into the clash as considerable favourites.
The sporting nightmare of going undefeated throughout a season only to fall short at the final hurdle came to life for Ringwood, who went down by 16-points, securing the fairytale trifecta for the Boronia Football Club.
Philip Jurkovsky spoke exclusively to Boronia senior captain Lachlan McKernan about the historic day for his club.
What was the mood in the club leading up to the game?
The mood all week was just genuine excitement. We are a really proud group and relished the fact that nobody gave us a chance, bottling that within the group just gave us a really good excited energy and Clarkey (coach Matt Clark) did a really good job of harnessing that all week and heading into the game.
Did you take extra confidence going into your match knowing your 19s and reserves had both won?
After the first week of finals when we lost to Scoresby, we got the chance to play after our 19s and reserves each week and that gave us a huge boost to see them win. Each week we talked about how they were passing the baton onto us so it really gave us a bit of extra responsibility to make sure we weren’t letting the group down after they’d both done their jobs. Having three teams still on the track right up to the last night of the season also gave us a huge boost, the club was absolutely buzzing.
Considering you’re a very young playing group, what will this win do for the club going forwards?
I think this just proves to the group what we can achieve when we all play our roles and work hard together. Playing roles has been the mantra all year so if we can build on that going forward with the confidence gained from this premiership we’ll hopefully be able to continue to improve as a group.
Are you excited about the promotion into division 2 for 2019?
With the restructure next year, we’ll be playing with the top six from this current division along with the bottom two from Div 2 in a newly formed Division 2 (next year will be premier, div 1, div 2). We’re really excited at the prospect of how tough that division is going to be with a hard fought game every week. It’s a great opportunity to continue to build on the grind-it-out mentality we’ve formed and improve as a playing group.