By Tricia Mifsud
BROADFORD’S debut in the AFL Outer East league didn’t go to plan, as the Kangaroos’ seniors went down to Yea 50-95 on Saturday.
Neil Johnson was the Kangaroos’ leading goal-scorer, bagging three goals, with co-captains Sean Duggan and Neeson Cook, as well as Brandon Austin and Rhys Carmen, among the best on the day.
Cook led the Kangaroos for the first time, pleasing coach Russell Humphrey on his ability to lead despite being only 20 years old.
“Neeson played extremely well on Saturday … I think it may help his footy going forward [being a captain], and him needing to be involved all day. His overall work rate through the whole day was fantastic,” he said.
Humphrey said the commitment from his team as a whole was something to be commended.
“There were a lot more positives than what the scoreboard showed. It gives us an idea where we are at, also acknowledging that Yea played some really good footy,” he said.
“We need to tidy up our disposal by foot. We got enough of it, we just didn’t at times connect through to the regions of the ground.
“When we did that, we were okay, but you could really tell when we weren’t.”
Broadford fielded five debutants; Nicholas Franks, Hugh Hart, Liam Lucas, Lachlan Phillips and Zachary Neilson. Lucas was also regarded as one of Broadford’s best, playing with smarts in his role in the midfield.
Most notable of the day was the support from players’ family, friends as well as supporters of the club.
Cars were parked out on the surrounding streets of Harley Hammond Reserve, and the boundary was full of supporters throughout the entire day.
“The support that the players had was unreal and it was the work from the committee that ensured there was support for not only the football, but for the netball too,” Humphrey said.
Broadford’s netballers had a mostly successful day, with the A Grade team narrowly losing to Yea 33-35.
All other grades, B, C and D, scored convincing wins over the Tigers.
Broadford’s next game in Saturday against Alexandra at Alexandra Football Ground.