EXPERIENCED Leeton-Whitton defender Jamie Broadbent rates the Crows group as one of the best he has been associated with.
Broadbent is one of the Crows’ success stories this season, making a comeback to first grade at age 35 and he hopes another chapter can be added to the story at Narrandera Sportsground today.
Leeton-Whitton will face arch rival Narrandera in a sudden-death first semi-final showdown as both teams attempt to keep the premiership dream alive.
Leeton-Whitton is yet to win a Riverina Football League premiership and Broadbent was at the helm with coach Damian Lang when the Crows went close in 2006.
Broadbent and Lang were co-coaches when Leeton-Whitton made the grand final, only to go down to Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong by 39 points.
Broadbent yesterday rated the current Crows group as better than the 2006 team.
“I rate them higher than (2006) overall,” Broadbent said yesterday.
“In 2006 we were a bit weak in a few spots. This year’s team doesn’t really have that.”
Broadbent played in 2007 with the Crows before heading to Tullibigeal for a season in 2008 where he was assistant coach.
He returned and played the last half of the 2009 season under Matt Smith and has since spent the past few years running around in reserve grade.
Broadbent was convinced to return to the top grade this year after a discussion with the new coach, Lang, and his wife.
He is happy he chose to do it.
“It’s been good, I’m enjoying it,” Broadbent said.
“I’ve played reserves the last couple of years and Langy came and had a chat to me earlier this year.
“I spoke to Neil McCallum, one of the selectors, and my wife too and decided to have one last crack at it.”
Broadbent understands Leeton-Whitton face no easy task today.
He said the Crows are certainly capable, but must play at their best.
“We’re pretty confident but Narrandera will be fairly tough,” Broadbent said.
“Both want to win the game so it will be which ever team turns up ready to play on the day.”
Leeton-Whitton’s Jamie Broadbent
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