Bright’s finals push suffers big blow
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.