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Broadford Roos finals bound: Outer East Football Netball League

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Jordyn Grubisic
Jordyn Grubisic
Jordyn Grubisic is a senior journalist for the North Central Review primarily covering politics at all levels and sport with a particular interest in basketball. Since 2019 she has worked for several publications across Victoria including most recently at the Alexandra Standard and Yea Chronicle. She is always keen to hear from local community members about issues they face and has an interest in crime and court reporting.

Broadford will field five out of six teams in the Outer East Football Netball League division two finals this weekend.

In a coup for Broadford, the club will host the preliminary final on August 26.

The league announced the finals venues last week, with the semi-finals at Woori Yallock and Yarra Junction on Saturday, and the grand final to be at Yarra Glen on September 2.

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The Roos’ reserves team snuck into fourth place after a big win over Yarra Junction on Saturday.

A 38-point win means for the first time in eight years Broadford’s reserves will play finals.

The Roos will take on Alexandra in the semi-final on Saturday, with the exact venue still being determined yesterday.

In netball, all four Broadford teams will contest finals.

The Roos A Grade side, in second spot on the ladder, has a challenge ahead of them as it takes on the dominant Warburton-Millgrove in this weekend’s semi-final.

The A Grade team, missing star goal attack Kate Berger, comes of a 48-all draw against Yarra Junction on Saturday.

Captain Ally Black and goal-shooter Renee Sari led from the front for the Roos.

Broadford B Grade come off a 46-22 win against Yarra Junction on Saturday, and end the season on top of the ladder after losing just once this season. The Roos will also play Warburton-Millgrove on Saturday.

The Roos’ C Grade team ended its season in fourth place after a convincing 34-15 win on Saturday and face a tough semi-final against Powelltown.

Broadford under 17s will also take on Powelltown in its semi-final, coming off a 20-16 win over Yarra Junction.

Broadford’s senior footballers went down 72-140 against Yarra Junction on Saturday to end their season in fifth place.

Members vote to move leagues

Club members voted at a special general meeting on Thursday night to formally apply to enter Kyabram District Football Netball League, KDFNL, next season.

A total of 74 financial members voted on the motion ‘that Broadford Football Netball Club should apply to enter the KDFNL for season 2024’.

Seventy-one members voted ‘yes’ and three voted ‘no’.

BFNC president Bonnie Welch addressed the meeting to outline the reasons why the club needed to leave the Outer East league to ensure its long-term sustainability.

The Outer East league is currently reviewing its competition structure, with recommendations released last week that the league change to two divisions – which would require Broadford to travel further to clubs based east of Melbourne. 

There was strong feedback from the playing group to move on from the Outer East league.

Ms Welch outlined why the KDFNL was the best fit for BFNC, providing a country-based football and netball league consisting of 14 clubs across senior and junior competitions, with all clubs located less than 1.5 hours from Broadford.

The KDFNL falls under the AFL Goulburn Murray governance, which aligns with Broadford’s junior club who plays in the Seymour District Junior Football League that also falls in the AFL Goulburn Murray catchment.

After a formal application is made to the KDFNL, the league’s executive must give their clubs two weeks’ notice of a special general meeting where club delegates and league executive members vote on accepting Broadford’s nomination. The date for the meeting is yet to be determined.

BFNC requires 70 per cent of the votes for the application to be successful, and to play in the KDFNL next season.

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