Bright’s fi­nals push suf­fers big blow

Alpine Observer - - Front Page - BYJUSTIN JENVEY jjen­vey@ ne­me­

BRIGHT coach Paul Dal­bosco has been left frus­trated by his sides lat­est performance, a nine-point loss to fel­low fi­nals con­tender Greta.

In a match Dal­bosco thought his side could win by four or five goals the Moun­tain Men trailed all day and slipped to their fifth de­feat of the season.

The bat­tle for the sixth and fi­nal fi­nals place looks cer­tain to be be­tween Bright and Greta, with the Blues mov­ing a game clear of the Moun­tain Men with Satur­day’s 12.6 (78) to 10.9 (69) re­sult.

Greta at 5-4 are two wins be­hind the next three sides while Bright is three wins be­hind the third, fourth and fifth ranked sides at the half­way mark.

“We could have pipped them but once again poor dis­posal into our for­ward line and poor goal kick­ing re­ally cost us,” Dal­bosco said.

“We kicked 4.3 in the fi­nal quar­ter and the three be­hinds were gimmes.

“The quar­ter be­fore, Greta kicked four goals to our one when I thought our boys were go­ing to put them away.

“I felt ill af­ter that game be­cause it was a cru­cial game for both sides but one we thought we could have won by four or five goals.

“I don’t know if the boys can see the po­ten­tial in them­selves, we keep talk­ing about how good we could be.

“When we look at the way we played against Tar­rawingee and Be­nalla it was only one quar­ter that we lapsed in con- cen­tra­tion, and on the week­end, in an­other big game, that hap­pened again.”

Dy­lan Bur­sill was named Bright’s best player for the third straight week af­ter al­most will­ing the Moun­tain Men over the line af­ter mov­ing from de­fence into the mid­field for the fi­nal quar­ter, with his side trail­ing by 23 points.

The 26 year-old con­tin­u­ally won the ball from the stop­pages and had he con­verted his three fi­nal-quar­ter shots on goal it might have been a dif­fer­ent out­come.

Damien Jenvey also pro­duced an­other strong dis­play play­ing the first three quar­ters in the mid­dle while Sam Dal­bosco con­tin­ued his good form too.

“I should have ro­tated Burs through the mid­dle ear­lier, but I didn’t want to take him out of de­fence be­cause he was do­ing such a great job down there,” Dal­bosco said.

“Damo Jenvey went back when Dyl went into the mid­dle and it just gave us fresh legs in the last.”

Bright faces league cel­lar dwellers Bon­nie Doon on Satur­day be­fore a must-win match against King Val­ley.

“This week­end we might just go man-on-man and aim to have ev­ery­one beat their op­po­nent, we just need to keep things re­ally sim­ple I think,” Dal­bosco said.

“Guys have to stop get­ting sucked to the ball and just play their roles and do the team thing be­cause if we don’t change we’re go­ing to miss the fi­nals.” TOP SEASON: Dy­lan Bur­sill was again a shin­ing light for Bright but his ef­forts on Satur­day couldn’t quite lift his side over Greta.

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