Premiership beckons Mountain Men
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.
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.