OUTGOING Horsham Saint coach Brendan Broadbent did not get the fairytale finish to his coaching career.
Broadbent, who will not coach next season because of work commitments, was a massive reason behind his side’s September surge.
The Saints’ premiership dream looked a fair chance of becoming a reality when they knocked out Minyip-Murtoa, Warrack Eagles and Horsham in consecutive weeks.
But Broadbent could not get them over the line at the final hurdle, with Dimboola far too strong in Saturday’s grand final.
“The Roos were an emerging team last season and they made it through to a preliminary final,” he said.
“But the addition of Toohey Medallist Justin Chilver, Ash Clugston, Josh Rentsch and Andrew Seers made them really even across the board.”
Broadbent described his frustrations of continually trying to ‘plug holes’ in an attempt to cover Dimboola’s star-studded line-up.
He praised the Saints’ defence for their efforts on Peter MacFarlane and Ash Clugston.
“To have Alex McRae keep Clugston really quiet was exceptional,” Broadbent said.
“He really hit his straps at the business end of the season.”
The Saints can hold their heads up high after a fantastic finish to the season.
Not many people would have predicted them to end the Demons’ decade-long era of dominance.
But to their credit, they broke through their mental barrier over Horsham and beat an 11-game losing streak.
Broadbent was confident his three players who were more than 35 years old – Gavin Kelm, Heath Watson and Steven Thomas – would play on next season.
He said despite the loss, the future looked bright at Horsham Saints Football Netball Club.
“There were 10 fellas from 16-18 years old playing in our senior side this season,” Broadbent said.
“We were clearly outmuscled against Dimboola, but the sustainability of the club is there with all these good youngsters coming through.”