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FOOTBALL NETBALL PREVIEW: Broadford Football Netball Club netballers join Northern Football Netball League

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Jordyn Grubisic
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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.

The Broadford netballers have found a new home in the Northern Football Netball League, NFNL, this season, after the senior football went into recess.

President Bonnie Cavanagh said finding out the club had been accepted into the NFNL was ‘a relief and exciting’.

“We will never stop doing what we can to ensure the club operates in some fashion,” she said.

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“Once we knew the football was going to go into recess and that standalone netball wasn’t an option in Outer East, we immediately just turned to a competition we were familiar with and we knew had excellent netball standards.

“For us to present to them and be accepted is just really, really exciting and we’re really looking forward to the challenge.”

Tryouts finished last week with it looking likely the club will have three teams.

“It’s just been a really enjoyable process for us and the trials have been excellent,” Cavanagh said.

“We had a practice match to close out our trials against Longwood and everyone’s up and about and ready for round one.”

“We’ve retained a lot of our list. Noting it’s a Friday night rather than the traditional Saturday competition we’ve been doing forever, we have lost a couple of players because it doesn’t suit everyone.

“But we have retained majority of our A Grade and premiership B Grade side which is great and the additional players who can’t commit said they would love to fill in for us if time permits so they’re still very much committed to the club.

“We’re just rapt because again it’s a change and we are showing that passion and resilience to stay with the club in some fashion and they just want to get around us and support us as we go one a new journey.”

Club stalwarts Kirbie Theuma and Sarah Heers are projected to play 200 senior games this season becoming the next life members.

B Grade premiership player Carina Mill is expected to play her 150th, and April Maunder and Hayley White are expected to play their 100th.

Last year’s A Grade runner up best and fairest Megan Berger is also projected to play her 50th game this season.

Despite the senior football program going into recess, Broadford is committed to ensuring football is back alive in 2025.

A working committee are operating alongside the general committee to ensure the footballers remain connected through functions and general interaction and engagement.

“The club is still alive and operating. Everyone is up and about trying to get the boys back on the track,” Cavanagh said.

“We’re still trying to fundraise and sell our memberships which are available online if anyone would like to show their support.”

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