Broadford, Victoria

Last Wednesday Scoreboard Pressure went on a father-son road-trip to some of the Riddell league grounds, an hour north of Melbourne. We loaded the car with snacks, P plates, cameras, a footy, a bike and a map. (And a few old numbers from the old Williamstown scoreboard.) We visited four grounds – Broadford, Kilmore, Lancefield and Romsey. When we checked the Riddell league scores last Sunday we learnt that all four clubs had lost last weekend. The curse of a visit from Scoreboard Pressure?

Broadford, our first stop, had lost to Sunbury by nearly 70 points. The Kangaroos play at Harley Hammond Reserve. They’ve won seven flags since the 1920s, the last in 1996 when they were part of the Heathcote league.

The club was formed soon after a paper mill was built in the town in 1890 and for nearly 60 years played in the now-disbanded Waranga-North East Football League.

Broadford wore a black guernsey with a red sash before a jumper clash prompted the switch to light blue and white stripesĀ  in 1977.

The club’s most famous sons are Barry Hall (St Kilda, Sydney, Western Bulldogs) and Alan Ezard (Essendon).

More stories from the road-trip soon.

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