By Tricia Mifsud
BROADFORD Football Club slumped to its lowest in the Outer East league this season, as Powelltown handed the Kangaroos their biggest defeat, 191-21, on Saturday.
However, promising signs emerged from Caleb Keen and David Hussey, who have been brought up from the under 17s and reserves side respectively, an opportunity coach Russell Humphrey said was deserved for players performing at lower levels.
Keen was also named in the side’s best, with his speed on display during the afternoon at Powelltown.
“Keen came up from the 17s, we wanted to give him an opportunity to play in the senior side. He is a player who has genuine leg speed,” Humphrey said.
“He ran down two or three players each on a 25 metre chase. He got the ball a few times too, and yes he did get caught with the ball too, but he played really well.
“It gives the 17s the opportunity to let them know if you play good footy, you’ll be rewarded by playing in the senior side.”
Broadford is leading the division two competition with 389 tackles so far this season and 404 pressure acts.
Humphrey said the statistics could be looked at two ways – the side was not getting enough of the ball, but in turn was doing the right things to apply pressure and attempting to get the ball in its hands.
“There’s two ways of looking at it. One is that we simply are not getting enough of the footy,” he said.
“The other side is that we are trying to apply pressure on the ball. When we do that, we can lay four or five tackles in a row very quickly.”
Humphrey brought in a tackling coach earlier in the year to teach fundamental tackling skills, which he said had paid off.
The Kangaroos still have work to do across the ground though to ensure the ball makes it way to the forward line.
“Our problem is not in front of goal like the scoreboard would suggest. It’s getting the ball down to the forward line quick enough,” Humphrey said.
Broadford will have its biggest challenge this week, playing against undefeated Kinglake on the Lakers’ home turf.
Meanwhile, the Broadford netballers recorded wins in A Grade 40-31 and C Grade 33-29 against Powelltown. B Grade went down 61-49, while D grade were defeated 25-17.
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