With the biggest day on the Maryborough Castlemaine District Football Netball League’s calendar completed at the weekend, two winning coaches have summarised their respective victories with one word — “unbelievable”.
Co-coach of Natte Bealiba’s senior football side, Zeb Broadbent and Avoca A grade netball co-coach Maddy Egan spoke to The Advertiser on Saturday directly after claiming the league’s two most senior premierships, both labelling their wins as “unbelievable”.
In his first year with Natte, Broadbent and fellow coach Marc Lindsay, guided the Swans to the ultimate redemption win over Carisbrook in one of the most highly contested senior football grand finals that the league has seen in quite some time.
The win was elevated by the fact that the Swans met Brook in last year ’s grand final, with a heartbreaking result.
“It’s unbelievable. We set out to do it at the start of the year, we thought we had a list good enough to get here again, we just had to get over Carisbrook,” Broadbent said.
“They’ve been the benchmark for a few years so we honed in on them a little bit. We knew what we had to do to win and we executed that really well today in a close game.
“We went in with the mindset to apply a lot of pressure to them around stoppages and around the ground and we did that. I believe that was the real winner for us today.
“We applied a great amount of pressure to their ball carriers, we just feel that during the last couple of years they probably haven’t felt
that pressure so we knew if we turned the heat up on them today, that they’d be turning the footy over to us.”
For more on this story see Page 20 of The Advertiser, Tuesday, September 17