Premier­ship beck­ons Moun­tain Men

Alpine Observer - - Front Page - BY SCOTT AN­DER­SON san­der­son@ ne­me­

THE Ovens and King re­serves premier­ship looks to be headed to Bright this year if the week­end’s re­sults were a true in­di­ca­tion of just how strong the Moun­tain Men are.

Bright cruised through to the grand fi­nal, earn­ing an­other week off, after com­pletely dis­man­tling mi­nor pre­mier Glen­rowan by 100 points at Tar­rawingee on Satur­day.

The Moun­tain Men took their time to get set­tled, man­ag­ing only one goal in the open­ing term as the Kelly Tigers took a five-point buf­fer into the quar­ter time break.

But as the likes of Nick How­den, Ricky Weimer, Joel Buis, Daniel Sgam­bel­loni, Grant Har­ris and Ross Hed­ley be­gan to put their stamp on the match, Bright took full con­trol, pil­ing on 6.6 to 2.0 in the sec­ond term to hold a 25-point ad­van­tage at the long break.

It was pure car­nage in the third.

While Glen­rowan coach Trent White­cross was do­ing his best to lead his side back from the brink, and Craig Coad, Zac Pear­son and Joel Todd fol­lowed suit, the Tigers just didn’t have the class to match it with Bright.

The Moun­tain Men moved the ball with pre­ci­sion and opened the Tigers up on the wings as How­den and Sgam­bel­loni ran riot, with Weimer the ben­e­fi­ciary up for­ward, tak­ing his tally to eight goals as Bright added 9.3 to see the mar­gin blow out to 82 points.

The fi­nal stanza was more of a train­ing drill than a con­test, with both sides play­ing out time.

How­den went close to pull- ing off what would have been a cer­tain Mark of the Year in AFL ranks, get­ting ridicu­lous el­e­va­tion and at­tain­ing the per­fect sit on his op­po­nent’s shoul­ders, but un­for­tu­nately the ball slipped from his clutches.

Sam Buck­ley bobbed up with a cou­ple of late goals as a re­minder that the Moun­tain Men have op­tions be­yond Weimer in at­tack, with How­den, Ryan Peace and Sgam­bel­loni all boot­ing two goals apiece as well.

Glen­rowan will now face Whorouly in the pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal, and will be hop­ing star mid­fielder Brad Lay­wood, who missed Satur­day’s match, will be fit to re­turn.

PHOTO: Emma Hil­lier

ON FIRE: Sam Buck­ley takes a mark dur­ing Bright’s 100-point thrash­ing of Glen­rowan in the O&K re­serves semi fi­nal at Tar­rawingee on the week­end.

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