Bright back in O&K top six

Alpine Observer - - Front Page - By JUSTIN JEN­VEY

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.

PHO­TOS: Justin Jen­vey

IN FORM: Paul Har­ri­son dishes off a hand­ball in Bright’s im­por­tant win over King Val­ley on Satur­day.

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