Broadford are pleasingly fielding their own sides for season 2023, after joining with Yea last season after Round 4.
The vast majority of the Senior side were Broadford players and although they didn’t win any games whilst joined with Yea, they were quite competitive for large amounts of most games and especially against Alexandra, where they trailed by just nine at half time, eventually losing by just five goals.
There were a few standout players in 2022 for Broadford, such as Liam Lucas, who was named amongst the best players in all but one of his 15 matches and was named in Team of the Year. Braydon Hardstaff and Jayme Ruedin also enjoyed brilliant seasons.
With larger playing numbers this year (around a dozen in’s with just a few outs), Broadford look to be on the improve for 2023 and will be looking to winning a few games.
An exciting year lies ahead for Broadford, as they look to be in the thick of finals action again.
They went down to Warburton Millgrove in the Grand final after being competitive for a fair chunk of the game. Ultimately Warburton Millgrove were too strong, however this was a fantastic result, especially from finishing fourth to pushing a star team for most of the Grand Final.
2022 showed that Broadford have plenty of resilience. They had a three-week losing patch in the middle of the season, all narrow losses, finding themselves 4-6 and absolutely no certainty of making finals. They hit back with five wins on the trot and finished the H&A season 10-7.
After matching it a few times with other strong teams, including losing by just 1 to Warburton Millgrove in Round 12, they know they can beat anyone.
Unfortunately, Caitlin Hinrichsen was injured during the Preliminary Final, weakening their side for the Grand Final.
A lot of the A Grade side last year hadn’t played A Grade before, meaning their team should be better off in 2023 for the experience gained in 2022.
They found the scoreboard 795 times, thanks to Renee Sari 333 and Caitlin Hinrichsen 311, boasting a strong front half but also a strong team across the court, with Ally Black (Team of the Year) (Centre) and Amanda Rothwell (Team of the Year) (GK/GD) both having standout seasons, as well as a strong season from Ebony Heers.
If they can convert some more of the close games into wins and have a clean bill of health, Broadford will be giving the competition a red hot shake in 2023.
Written by Jordan Peeler