By Tricia Mifsud
DESPITE being handed a 144-point thumping by Warburton-Millgrove on Saturday, Broadford coach Russell Humphrey believes his side is still grasping an understanding of the competition in the Outer East league’s division two.
The Kangaroos’ slow one-goal first half to Warburton’s 13 demonstrated the undersized Broadford team has a lot of learning to do in order to secure a win this season – something Humphrey is still confident will happen.
“We’re learning what it’s about; we’ve got to understand we have to play a whole game and not a bit here and there,” he said.
“We do not quite understand the requirements of playing senior footy in this competition and hopefully that will change in order to see the results.”
Humphrey said his players were working together as a team, and ensuring each week they played according to the plan they had been set.
“There’s no doubt about [the team working together] and I don’t think we’re going to go away from our plan, we just have to execute it better,” he said.
“We’re going to stick to what we teach; we just have to hopefully continually to get better at it.”
Against Yarra Junction last week, Humphrey said Broadford played some of its best football regardless of the scoreboard.
It is that brand of football that Humphrey hopes his side can continue to play each week.
“The score wasn’t the greatest but we probably played our best footy that day,” he said.
“We played a standard of footy that was okay, but we lost our way a little, which is what you do as a young side.”
The final score was Warburton-Millgrove 27.15 (177) to Broadford 4.9 (33).
Broadford’s bad luck with injuries continued on the weekend, with Blake Hooper and James Hibbens expected to have lengthy spells on the sidelines after both sustained ankle injuries.
In return, Humphrey hopes Liam Bradshaw, Neil Johnson and John Hussey will be available for selection this week as the side prepares to take on Yarra Glen. Humphrey said Jayden Welch was expected back in one or two weeks, with Jack Connell a hope to return in three as he recovers from appendicitis.
There were mixed results for Broadford netballers, with A Grade losing 60-30; B Grade won a thriller by one goal 53-52; C Grade also won a close game 26-24 and D Grade lost 27-17.