Bright bullied by Bulldogs
By JUSTIN JENVEY
BRIGHT has been dealt multiple blows on the injury front ahead of its run home in Oven and King football.
Adding to the disappointment of their second biggest defeat, a 5.7 (37) to 19.14 (128) loss to Tarrawingee, captain Nick Lebish looks set to miss a number of weeks with a quad injury.
Lebish limped off in the first quarter of Saturday’s match, further depleting the Mountain Men who lost veteran Ben Jones for the clash with a broken hand while Nick Howell was a late withdrawal and will be lucky to play again this season due to groin injury.
Bright was also without Daniel Sgambelloni and Sam Buckley who were both unavailable and has missed Steve Nightingale, Brody Ricardi and Kane Michelini who are all set to return from holidays in the next two weeks.
After only losing to Tarrawingee by two points in round one, Bright was no match for the Bulldogs at the kennel in round 12.
Tarrawingee’s opening quarter score was almost more than Bright’s total for the match.
They kicked 5.6 to Bright’s 1.0 before the Mountain Men briefly challenged in the second term, kicking the first two majors through key forwards Paul Harrison (two goals) and Jarrod Hayse (two) before Tarrawingee responded with the next three.
After halftime Danyon Hearne and Jason Cook controlled midfield while Frazer Judd (six goals) and Daniel Salmon (three) helped the Bull- dogs add 11 second half majors.
The play of Xavier Norden and Pat Byrne in defence also limited Bright to just 2.4 in the last half with both goals coming in the final term.
For Bright, Sam Dalbosco produced his best four quarter performance of the year while Jack Fraser again impressed in defence and Damien Jenvey worked tirelessly in midfield.
Bright coach Paul Dalbosco didn’t want to use injury as an excuse.
“It’s been a bit of a train wreck really, we have a really good list when all the boys are available but we just can’t get them all on the park,” he said.
“I was still confident in the guys we brought in but it ended up being a pretty disappointing day.
“At halftime I thought we were in the game, we were ok in the third, but the last quarter was tough to watch, we really didn’t show any fight.”
The Mountain Men should bounce back this week when they host one-win North Wangaratta.
Meanwhile Bright’s under 19 team has continued its great run of form with a third straight win.
A week after beating the top placed Snow Road Saints the side consolidated its great play of the past month with their biggest win of the year, beating Southern Suns 92 to 17 to draw level with Saturday’s opponent on the same number of wins.
Cal Mantyvirta kicked six goals while Harry Jamieson and Devon Turner each kick three and Adam Hurst two.
All four were among the best players along with Zander Dalbosco.
A DEVASTATING 19-4 final quarter has seen Whorouly’s A grade netball side storm to their sixth win of season.
Glenrowan were chasing just their second win and looked good early as they opened up a 13-8 lead.
But after steadying the ship throughout the middle quarters, Whorouly exploded to give the Kelly Tigers girls the blitzing many would have expected pre-game.
Rachael Newton’s move from wing attack to centre in the final quarter proved instrumental in the 49-24 win while shooters Kaitlin Paul (25 goals) and Sophie Morey (24) were superb.
The Lions have a tough clash against Greta next week before crunch clashes against fellow fringe finals teams Bonnie Doon, Bright, Goorambat and King Valley.
The B grade Lions also did their finals hopes no harm with a comfortable 38-25 win.
The team’s 13-goal triumph was the closest margin of the day as Whorouly easily picked up victories in all grades.
Impressively, the Lions under 15 girls who are third on the ladder, held their opponents goalless for the first half in a 23-4 result.