New Broadford senior football coach Russell Humphrey.

By Tricia Mifsud

BROADFORD Football Club have suffered its largest defeat of the season, after being thumped by Yarra Glen by 205 points on Saturday.

The Kangaroo’s only goal came by Michael Fenech in the first quarter, where coach Russell Humphrey said the side played its best footy in the opening 10 minutes before being outplayed by a better side that was ‘too good for us’.

For at least six of the players in the senior side, it was their second game for the day, putting their hands up on the Saturday to ensure the seniors had enough players to field its side.

Co-captain Sean Duggan missed the game with back soreness, Brandon Austin was forced to miss the match while waiting for a COVID-19 test result following a trip to New South Wales, and other players were unavailable for reasons such as work commitments.

“At least six played reserves and seniors, and one in the under 18’s, so that’s not ideal but we can put a bit of a positive spin on it in the way that players are putting the club first in that situation,” Humphrey said.

“The seven players that played either 18’s or Reserves made sure that the game was played, which is very admirable.

“But I think that having the six or seven blokes who had played a game before, just caught up with us.”

To make things harder on the selection front, the versatility of Neil Johnson will be missed after suffering a hamstring injury that will keep him sidelined for the remainder of the season.

“He’s done a grade two hamstring so he’ll be out for six weeks,” Humphrey said.

Humphrey said that when looking for ways to improve in the long-term, it would come down to recruiting and bringing in players to support what Broadford had tried to achieve this year.

“We’ve taken a lot of steps forward, and this week was the first time in a long, long time we took steps back and I think that’s because of personnel rather than other things,” he said.

Humphrey said he hoped during the off-season, the club could recruit two key positioned players across each part of the field.

“We’re looking for two players in each line; two forwards, two defenders and two midfields, but who they are right now I don’t know but that’s our plan,” he said.

“Hopefully then we get better because we’re adding at least those six players who, who knows, maybe they bring their mates too to play for the club.”

With four games left for the season, including two clashes with Outer East’s top-of-the-ladder side Kinglake, Humphrey said all his side could do was what they had done all season and ‘stick to what they know’.

“We’ve just got to keep going; keep that positive spin going,” Hunphrey said.

“We’ve got four games until the season ends, and we want to try and finish as well as we can and hopefully we get a few blokes back, which we will I think.”

In other results for Broadford, the Reserves suffered a big loss, going down 29.19 (181) to 1.4(10).

A and B grades in the netball weren’t able to get the win, but C and D pulled off three and four point wins respectively.

Broadford Football and Netball Clubs will host Powelltown on Saturday.