Bright bul­lied by Bull­dogs

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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.

PHOTO: Justin Jenvey

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