Alpine Observer - - Front Page - PHOTO: Justin Jenvey

ON a mis­er­able win­ter’s day on Sun­day, Bright’s un­der 12 and un­der 14 foot­ballers found plenty to cel­e­brate as both teams en­joyed their sec­ond wins of the Wan­garatta and Dis­trict Ju­nior Foot­ball League season. The youngest Moun­tain Men in­clud­ing Rune Fol­lett (pic­tured) weren’t de­terred by the weather as both teams saw off their more fan­cied op­po­si­tion from Be­nalla.

BRIGHT un­der 12s and un­der 14s have both picked up their sec­ond wins of the Wan­garatta and Dis­trict Ju­nior Foot­ball League season.

A dark, bleak, win­try day faced the play­ers at Pi­o­neer Park on Sun­day but both teams came off the ground tri­umphant with the un­der 12s beat­ing Be­nalla Red by 18 points and un­der 14s vic­to­ri­ous over Be­nalla Gi­ants by 35 points.

The youngest Moun­tain Men were not de­terred by the rain as Sonny Fel­trin snapped a quick goal to get Bright away in the un­der 12s.

Two more goals for the quar­ter from Yan­nick Paulsen and Tyler Thomason de­fied the con­di­tions and gave the side their best start of the year against a more fan­cied op­po­si­tion.

Bright con­tin­ued to at­tack in the sec­ond quar­ter but couldn’t break through for a goal while Be­nalla snapped a much-needed ma­jor against the run of play.

Rain con­tin­ued to fall in the third quar­ter and, despite the cold, Bright play­ers bat­tled on and pro­vided some ex­cel­lent pas­sages of play.

They were re­warded with an­other goal by Luca Barthelmess be­fore the Bright back­line, which had de­fended strongly all day, with­stood a fi­nal quar­ter bar­rage by Be­nalla.

They lim­ited the dam­age to one goal to se­cure a fine 31-13 win in try­ing con­di­tions.

In­spired by the ef­forts of the U12s, the U14s got off to a slow but solid start in the first quar­ter.

They kicked away with a dom­i­nant sec­ond term with three late goals at the Bright end, among them a fine fin­ish from Harry He­witt deep in the pocket.

An out­stand­ing three first-half goals by Jet Wal­ton, sup­ported by two from James Lan­tjin set the team up for a solid fin­ish.

Bright made the most of their op­por­tu­ni­ties in the sec­ond half adding 3.0 while hold­ing Be­nalla to just two for the match, run­ning out com­fort­able win­ners, 50-15.

Mikka Paulsen and He­witt were out­stand­ing in the performance.

Myrtle­ford also en­joyed wins across all grades with the un­der 16s well and truly af­firm­ing pre­mier­ship favouritism with a dom­i­nant 59-point win over sec­ond placed Mans­field.

The Saints booted 10 of their 12 goals in the first and third quar­ters with Josh Mu­raca best on ground with three ma­jors.

The un­der 14s held off the Ea­gles by three goals in a match that saw just nine goals, but 22 be­hinds kicked, while the un­der 12s did things easy in their win over third placed Be­nalla Green.

PHOTO: Justin Jenvey

DOU­BLE TEAM: Seth Mal­let and Luca Witts de­fended well against Be­nalla Gi­ants on the week­end.

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