Bright caps sea­son with win O&K FOOT­BALL By JUSTIN JENVEY

Myrtleford Times - - Sport -

BRIGHT has capped off its sea­son with vic­tory over Gooram­bat on Satur­day.

The Moun­tain Men downed their fi­nals bound op­po­nent by 31 points to fin­ish the year on a four game win streak. They ended the sea­son with six wins and 12 losses after some early sea­son strug­gles and fourth quar­ter fade­outs.

How­ever, there were no fi­nal term yips against Gooram­bat as the home side kicked away in the last to win 9.12 (66) to 5.5 (35).

In heavy con­di­tions at Pioneer Park the game went up a notch after half­time as Gooram­bat looked to find a way back from a 21-point deficit at the main break.

But Bright with­stood the pres­sure in the third term be­fore the game opened up in the fi­nal stanza.

Nathan Jones was in­stru­men­tal in the last kick­ing four fi­nal quar­ter goals to put the game out of vis­i­tor’s reach.

Grant Har­ris, Damien Jenvey, Nick Le­bish and Jai Dyk­stra were also ma­jor con­trib­u­tors in the win.

Bright coach Ben Jones said a four quar­ter ef­fort got his side over the line.

“We fought right to the end, that’s some­thing we’ve prob­a­bly done for the last month and it’s helped us win games,” he said. “We re­sponded to a chal­lenge in the third quar­ter IN AND UN­DER: Liam Pack­ham dishes a hand­ball to Euan Ren­nie dur­ing Bright’s fi­nal round match against Gooram­bat. with a strong last quar­ter and it was good to get another win and end the sea­son how we did.”

Bright had just two wins through the first eight rounds and then went win­less be­tween weeks 9-14 be­fore fi­nally see­ing some favourable re­sults late in the sea­son.

Jones said there were plen- ty of pos­i­tives to take out of the last six weeks.

“I think things changed for us against Tar­rawingee in round 13, we went there with the plan to play one-on-one ac­count­able footy and we did that,” he said.

“Sure they won quite com­fort­ably in the end but any side with that much qual­ity will get­ting on top of you even­tu­ally.

“The next week we brought the same ef­fort against Be­nalla and were still in the game up to three quar­ter time.

“Look­ing back I wouldn’t say we had our colours low­ered to often, our per­for­mance against Mi­lawa at Bright was one I don’t think we’re very proud of.

“We lost some key guys ahead of the sea­son and didn’t get a com­mit­ment from oth­ers but we kept per­sist­ing.

“We played a lot of guys who hadn’t played a lot of se­nior footy be­fore and those guys have come on a long way.”

Bright re­serves fin­ished PHOTO: Justin Jenvey their home and away cam­paign with another big win while the un­der 18s knocked off top placed Be­nalla United.

The un­der 18s play Snow Road Saints in the elim­i­na­tion fi­nal on Sunday while the re­serves face Glen­rowan in the first semi-fi­nal next week.

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