It was a tough season for Yea who combined with Broadford (just in football) in the seniors and reserves. Unfortunately, they didn’t manage to win a game as the one win was Broadford defeating Yea in Round 1. Round 5 was the first game played as ‘Broadford Yea’ where they went down to Warburton Millgrove 85-24 which was a much more competitive result than the ones, they had in the previous weeks separately.
The coach Jayden Welch (Broadford) was happy with how they Yea guys slotted in, “They actually gelled really well and really quickly to be honest.”
During that game, Broadford Yea started slowly, finding themselves goalless at half time and down by 51 points. However, in the second half they equalled Warburton Millgrove for scoring shots, with nine apiece. Unfortunately, accuracy wasn’t high, however it was certainly promising to match a reasonable opponent in that area of the game for a half.
Although often on the end of heavy losses, the team improved throughout the season and had multiple games where they were much more competitive. In Round 9 Broadford Yea were able to run with Alexandra for a half, trailing at half time by just nine points, before letting the margin slide in the third quarter, but regrouped and won the last quarter. They lost by 5 goals in the end, but it was a much improved performance.
Round 17 brought a much-improved performance also, however this time it was the start of the game that hurt them, finding themselves 35 points down at half time, courtesy of first quarter dominance by Warburton Millgrove. The Broadford Yea boys lifted and ended up outscoring their opposition in the second half.
Looking forward to 2023 Yea and Broadford look to field their own sides again.
Ben Wilsmore was the standout of the Yea boys, earning his spot in Team of the Year. Wilsmore started the season very well and ranked elite in most categories. After the merge he was still above average in most areas such as contested marks, clearances, and tackles.
Heading into 2023, Yea need improvement at both ends of the ground and will be looking to be more competitive next year.
Yea-Broadford in the reserves also struggled, winning just the two games for the year, finishing three games behind the 5th placed Powelltown.
It was a difficult season for Yea, finishing with just the one win and 14 losses (along with four byes). The early part of the season saw Yea struggle to put up strong scores, often losing by around 30 goals. In Round 5 they came oh-so close to grabbing their first win, against Kinglake, going down by the slimmest of margins 39-40.
After the Kinglake match, they were more competitive, still occasionally losing by large margins, but these were certainly becoming less frequent.
Round 14 saw them play Kinglake again, this time winning convincingly over Kinglake 43-22, with Rhiannon Aldous shooting a whopping 28 goals, with Nikki Watts adding 15 of her own. Molly Jarvie was also one of the better plays on court.
Rhiannon Aldous scored 210 goals for the season, impressive given it was from just 13 games, with Nikki Watts scoring 49 from just the seven games. The GA position was shared around a lot given Watts only got to play seven games.
Other standouts for the season were Ruby O’Dwyer, Chelsea Spagnolo, Alicia McLeod. Molly Jarvie also had a great season and was brilliant later in the year, as was Ellie Hendrie.
Unfortunately for Yea, there were games where they only had seven or eight players whilst the opposition had 10, and often had to play around with positions, making it a bit more difficult for players to become dominant in a position.
Despite one win a piece with Kinglake, Yea look a better team and they will also take confidence out of losing just 31-44 against a strong outfit in Alexandra in Round 16 and will look to climb a few rungs on the ladder, especially considering they were heavily beaten by them earlier in the year.
By Jordan Peeler