An opportunity went missing for Broadford-Yea on Saturday after a promising first half on the scoreboard slipped away against Alexandra.
The Kangaroos performed similar in the first quarter as it did last week against Kinglake, holding what looked to be the upper hand on the Rebels before allowing them to fight back and take a 21-12 lead into quarter-time.
Still in it during the second quarter, the margin remained at nine points going into the main break in favour of the Rebels who adapted to wet conditions at Harley Hammond Reserve.
“We started not too bad, but that last five minutes hurt us a bit,” Broadford-Yea coach Jayden Welch said.
“It was like the way we played against Kinglake in that first quarter, we let them take the lead.
“In the second we came back but nowhere near as good as what we played like last week … it may have been different if we were on top of it.”
A third-quarter blitz from the visiting side saw Alexandra kick five goals to Broadford-Yea’s one, extending its lead 66-32.
Although the Roos’ kept their opponent to scoring only one goal in the final term, they too could only contribute one major, going down 6.7 (43) to 11.7 (73).
Welch said his side played far from its best form of football and didn’t reflect its efforts against Outer League’s top side last week.
“To be honest, I don’t think we rocked, it was far from our best footy played all day … it was just a rough day,” he said.
“Pretty much everything wasn’t working, work rate wasn’t there, we were making poor decisions and just all the small things hurt us a lot.
“It was one of those days and we missed a big opportunity to get a win.”
Despite the lackluster performance, Brandon Austin was comfortable in the forward line, kicking four of the Roos’ six majors of the afternoon.
Welch also commended the efforts of Lachlan Phillip who he said has been consistent over the past few weeks, and Jaye Ruedin who he deemed best-on-ground for Broadford-Yea on Saturday.
Round 11 is split this weekend due to the Queen’s Birthday long weekend and will see Broadford-Yea have the weekend off, returning to play an away match against Powelltown on June 18.
Netballers secure wins
It was a more successful weekend for the Broadford netballers, who secured wins in its B and C grade matches.
Rachel Scully and Cassie Zolnierczyk combined for 15 and 12 goals respectively in their side’s 27-24 win against Alexandra. Zolnierczyk, Scully and T. Walker were judged best.
In C Grade, Broadford secured a 21-15 win after leading at each quarter. Jazmine Pearson shot 13 goals, while Alyssa Spratling supported with eight. Along with Pearson, Erica and Sarah Heers were among best players.
A Grade were narrowly defeated by three points after struggling to come back from a nine-point deficit at quarter time.
The Roos were only one point down at three quarter time, and the Rebels held on to win 41-38.
Renee Sari was the Roos’ best goal scorer for the day, shooting 24 goals, while Caitlin Hinrichsen scored 13.
Best players for the Roos were Sari, Amanda Rothwell and Carina Mills.