Broadford’s new ruckman Nic Franks came up against Yea’s Darcy Pell in the Kangaroos’ 45-point loss in April this year.

By Tricia Mifsud

BROADFORD Football Netball Club continues its dominance on the netball court in its first season in the Outer East League, securing a clean sweep across the four grades against Yarra Junction on Saturday.

The most successful team for the Kangaroos continues to be C grade, which remain undefeated and atop the ladder after their 36-10 win against the Eagles.

A, B and D grades are all third on the ladder after the weekend’s matches, securing wins, 47-28, 47-37 and 21-4 respectively.

Broadford president Bonnie Cavanagh said the C grade netballers had been impressive both on and off the court.

“The senior leaders in the C grade team have stepped up to keep continuity around the game plan,” she said.

“They are a really strong group, not only in staying undefeated, but supporting the coaching staff.”

Broadford will this week face one of its biggest challenges at home against Warburton Millgrove, and for the C grade, it’s a top of the ladder clash not to be missed.

“Because it is going to be a home game against a tough outfit in Warburton, the girls are passionate about continuing that streak, but also coming off that break they’re still ensured they prepared well enough for the finals in sight,” she said.

Cavanagh said it was very much possible for all the grades this weekend to secure wins again, with the netballers’ positive attitude toward training an equal factor along with performance on game day.

“The girls just need to make sure that they won’t get too far ahead of themselves where they will underperform,” she said.

“They’ve wanted to train as soon as they could after the latest COVID-19 lockdown.

“Coming up against Warburton at home is a great challenge in terms of how the prepare.”

The club researched extensively the competition they would face in the Outer East League, which Cavanagh said influenced the way the teams approached this season.

The club knew the type of opponents they would face each week and what they would have to do to have a successful maiden season in the league.

In the football, Broadford seniors suffered a large loss to Yarra Junction, going down 47 to 180, while the reserves team also lost 17-98 and the under 17s footballers went down 25-48 to Seville.

The netball action begins at 10am on Saturday at Harley Hammond Reserve with the D grade match, with the A grade match at 1.45pm.

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