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