By Tricia Mifsud
TROUBLING winds and rain worked against the Broadford’s senior side on Saturday afternoon as they fell to a 42 to 94 defeat at the hands of Yarra Glen.
Despite the loss, there were promising signs from the Kangaroos, whose past three losses in AFL Outer East’s division two league have been by 144, 79 and 161 points.
The loss against Yarra Glen was, in coach Russell Humphrey’s eyes, one of the best displays from his side this season.
“Our start was the best we’ve started, our first quarter was really positive in the way we moved the ball,” Humphrey said.
“It seriously was our best footy of the year.”
The Kangaroos fell victim to the same mistakes from the second quarter onwards, with disposal efficiency still being a major room for improvement.
This worked against the Kangaroo’s in the second and fourth term who were unable to convert in front of goal.
“In the second quarter, we just didn’t use the ball as efficiently as we did in the first. We didn’t get our hands on it as much,” Humphrey said.
“The annoying bit is we can’t keep that four quarter pressure up, we drop off a little bit. We’re a bit younger but I don’t want to harp on that.
“[The players] need to understand 10 to 15 minutes of good footy isn’t quite enough. We proved it on Saturday that if we worked hard for a full quarter we will get the results we’re after.”
Co-captain Sean Duggan, Brandon Austin and Bryce Fleming were among the best for the afternoon, with Humphrey pleased with the trio.
“Sean’s just trying to get some good touch of the ball and he is, Brandon’s played pretty consistently across the five games and Bryce missed a couple games because of concussion, but is starting to get back into it now,” he said.
“Bryce is stepping up and playing a pivotal role for us. We started him forward, but [Yarra Glen] had a tall forward, so we put Bryce down back.”
Unfortunately, the injury woes continue for Broadford with Jayden Welch’s return from a hamstring injury tarnished after going down in a contest. Humphrey suspects Welch will be sidelined for another month.
Humphrey has already rotated 31 players through the senior side, and worries the number will only increase with further injuries or unavailability from the players.
A feature of Saturday’s game day was Broadford Auskickers playing at half time of the senior’s game for the first time this season.
The Auskickers are expected to feature again during half time of some more of Broadford’s home games this season.
It was a mixed day for Broadford netballers, with wins in two out of four games.
The A Grade side, led by Ebony Heers, scored a 41-27 win after a strong finish.
C Grade also scored a win over Yarra Glen 28-21. D Grade lost by just one goal in a low-scoring game, while B Grade suffered its first loss of the season, 32-42.