Yarra Junior Football League can confirm the merger between Balwyn Greythorn JFC and Boroondara Hawks FC to create Balwyn Junior Football Club. Balwyn JFC will field teams in U8 to Youth competitions in the 2024 season and beyond.
David Fileccia, current President of Balwyn Greythorn and incoming President of Balwyn JFC provided a statement on the merger.
“We are thrilled to announce the strategic alliance between the Balwyn Greythorn Junior Football Club and the Balwyn Tigers. This collaboration underscores our commitment to a regional approach that aligns with our community's aspirations. It emphasizes the necessity for a professional junior program that fosters ongoing development through structured programs that allow for scale and consistency. It's about turning aspirations into reality, providing positive role models, and above all, keeping children of all levels engaged in our great game.” “The Balwyn Tigers will place a strong emphasis on accelerating girls football pathways. We are dedicated to fostering skill development, promoting equality, and empowering the next generation of female athletes to shine both on and off the field. We are fully committed to the journey ahead in 2024 and beyond."
The Balwyn Junior Football Club align with Balwyn Tigers FC, creating a pathway for YJFL players to the senior competitions in the Eastern Football Netball League. Vin O'Halloran, President of the Balwyn Tigers FC commented on the alignment with the premier division club.
"We are super excited to realign with the juniors in the Balwyn region and I would like to thank all involved in making it happen. Supporting a strong pathway for boys and girls to play senior men's and women's football is a key criteria for our success in the coming years. We can't wait to get started this summer and build up to what should be big year for Balwyn football in 2024"
Balwyn JFC are hosting their first club event, a Kicking Masterclass on October 16th for participants aged 10 – 17. Registrations for the event can be purchased through the attached link: Balwyn Kicking Masterclass