Bright back in O&K top six
BRIGHT is back in the top six after a five-goal win over King Valley.
Saturday’s 13.8 (86) to 9.2 (56) result was much needed one for the Mountain Men and will likely have a huge baring on the make-up of this year’s finals.
It was Bright’s sixth win of the season and with it they replace Greta in sixth following the Blues’ loss to Tarrawingee.
Paul Harrison (five goals) and Jarrod Hayse (four) dominated up forward for Bright for the second consecutive week, kicking nine majors between them against the Roos.
Jai Dyskstra, Nick Lebish and Daniel Sgambelloni were also sensational for the home side.
Bright led for most of the match, however, the efforts of Ryan Wait (three goals), Adam and Sam Evans and Daniel Bruce kept King Valley in the contest all day.
The Roos were up early in the first quarter after two quick goals from Stuart Cooper but the experienced forward suffered a head knock late in the term and played no further part in the match.
After Bright kicked three straight goals to end the first quarter King Valley cut the margin to four points with the first score of the second, but it would be their only major for the term as Hayse and Harrison fired.
The pair was responsible for all four of Bright’s second quarter goals with Hayse nailing three in the space of just five minutes to give the Mountain Men a 28-point halftime lead.
Despite losing Brody Gaul with a hamstring injury, Bright stretched their advantage out to a game-high 33 points midway through the third quarter.
However, Brett Sessions and Damien Bradley lifted for King Valley and in attack Wait was able to capitalise on some good delivery.
The Roos’ ruckman out marked Brad Nightingale to kick his first goal and then added a second shortly after, when he beat Dylan Cudmore, to reduce the margin to 21 points ahead of the last.
Bright scored the much needed first goal to start the fourth as Harrison marked on the goal-line after a penetrating kick from Darcy Sholl.
But King Valley weren’t going away, and the deficit was cut to 16 points when Nathan Morris goaled and Wait slotted his third after another contested mark.
Bright held firm in the late stages, with goals to Harrison and Hayse in the final minute, sealing the win.
With so much riding on the match for the Mountain Men, coach Paul Dalbosco said it was timely beating a team above them for the first time.
“I guess the most pleasing thing is we worked hard for four quarters because we’ve been dropping off in one quarter and allowing sides to take the game away from us,” he said.
“I think after that Greta loss the boys were pretty upset with themselves and they’re driving themselves a little but more now.”
Dalbosco said the play of Hayse and Harrison and the addition of some bigger bodies in recent weeks have and will be crucial for his side moving forward.
“I think the boys now understand how Harro likes the ball delivered and when they get that right there isn’t going to be many blokes that can stop him,” he said.
“Haysey was again sensational deep in attack and further up the ground, and even went into defence a couple of times and took marks which he just takes upon himself to do.
“Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve also brought some guys into the team for their hardness.
“Sam Buckley, Ben Jones, Jack Fraser and Ricky Clarke are all doing a job and especially in a wet game today, they were really valuable for us.”
HARD AT IT: Chad Martin tracks down a loose ball during Bright’s round 11 matchup with King Valley on Saturday.
IN FORM: Paul Harrison dishes off a handball in Bright’s important win over King Valley on Saturday.