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