By Tricia Mifsud
The trip east to Alexandra was unsuccessful for the Broadford footballers, who recorded losses both in the seniors and reserves against Alexandra on Saturday afternoon.
The seniors were handed a whopping 161-point loss, 193 to 32, while the reserves fell by 84 points.
It was only Broadford’s second match in the AFL Outer East league, in which the team has now faced Yea and Alexandra, two big-bodied sides in comparison to the Kangaroo’s younger line-up.
Senior coach Russell Humphrey said his side was only made up of three players over the age of 28, with majority of the men being under 25.
He said fielding a younger side had been noticeable in both losses.
“I think what it is that physically; we were not as strong as our opposition we’ve come up against,” he said.
Zac Neilson and Caleb Blay were among the younger players to step up this week according to Humphrey, with co-captain Neeson Cook once again leading the way on the field.
The Kangaroos also welcomed back Isaac Smithwick, who returned from a hamstring injury sustained in a practice match against Heathcote earlier in the year.
Among the players, Humphrey said there didn’t appear to be a lack of confidence, rather an initial disappointment post-match.
“The guys are disappointed that they can’t showcase their abilities. They need to be more consistent to achieve this,” he said.
“We’re going to get some bumps in the road unfortunately. But we just have to keep working and keep trying really.”
Humphrey said at the conclusion of the weekend’s game, he spoke to his side about ‘not going away from what we’re trying to achieve’.
He added he would rather approach the loss – and any loss in the future – with a positive mindset, looking at where the Kangaroos were doing well and using training sessions to hone in on skill development.
“It’s all about skill fundamentals, and right now our turnovers are bad … we’re also poor at moving the ball from the midfield into the forward,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Broadford netballers celebrated a clean sweep against Alexandra.
A close game in A Grade saw Broadford net a six-point win, 55-49. B and C Grade secured convincing wins, 68-32 and 56-12 respectively. The D Grade side secured a nail-biting one-point win, 22-21 on the final whistle.