Ipswich City speedster Josh Broadrick (left) gets heavily involved during a recent Division 1 match.
Ipswich City speedster Josh Broadrick (left) gets heavily involved during a recent Division 1 match. Sarah Harvey

Father and son happy at Bulls

IPSWICH City Bulls speedster Josh Broadrick happily tells you his son Ethan comes first.

That's why he joined the Bulls this season after a break following a stint at Western Spirit.

Broadrick is glad he made the move to the Brassall-based Division 1 club, which ironically beat Western Spirit in the Division 2 grand final when he last played.

"They're a good bunch of guys at Brassall," he said. "I'm really enjoying it down there at the moment."

Preparing for tonight's clash against Pine Hills at Sutton Park, Broadrick said his son was the main reason he switched to the Bulls. Ethan turns four in two weeks.

"It was too far to travel to Goodna," said Broadrick who lives at Leichhardt and works as a knife hand at Churchill meatworks.

"I was getting home at 11 o'clock at night after training so I thought it would probably be more sensible to play at the Bulls.

"I want to secure a full-time position in the first grade side and hopefully teach my son to play soccer when he gets a bit older. He comes before anything."

Broadrick was injured in the season opener against his former club after colliding with Spirit goalkeeper Matt Baker.

"I thought I'd broken my leg," he said. "But it was just very deep bruising."

Since then, Broadrick has been one of the Bulls' more creative strikers this season, being like a terrier with the ball at his feet.

He played with current co-coach Danny Wilson during his junior career with Coalstars and Ipswich Knights, working with former coach Jon Kitching.

Broadrick, 28, rated the Bulls' 1-0 loss to highly rated Mitchelton the team's best performance of the season.

"We had so many chances to win that game but we just couldn't finish it off," he said. "I reckon we dominated 80% of the game."

He warned the Bulls were getting closer to their first win since March 3.

"We're nearly getting there," he said.

"It's a bit frustrating when you watch all these balls fly centrimetres past the post.

"We have a five-minute lapse then they (the opposition) put one, two or three goals past and we're that far behind and we get frustrated with each other.

"When they (Bulls goals) start, we'll be starting to put some wins together."

Broadrick is enjoying a new role. "Nev (co-coach Nev O'Sullivan) is trying me on the right wing at the moment," Broadrick said.

"He wants to give me more space. He tried me there last week and it went real good.

"I'm hoping I do better there than in the congested area as striker."



Bulls squad for tonight's 7pm game at Brassall: Dean Stenzel, Andrew McWaters, Ronan Geoghegan, Scott Hyland, Norbert Duga, Aaron Willmann, Joshua Gallagher, Luke Slater, Matt Grassick, Josh Broadrick, Nathan Manttan, Zygan Condie (if cleared), Chris Speranza, Justin Hilliard, Grant Haviland.

Tonight: Division 1 - Ipswich City Bulls v Pine Hills at Sutton Park, Brassall. Main game at 7pm. Ipswich Knights and Western Spirit have the weekend off. The Knights women playing in the SEQ Diamond League also have no game this weekend.

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