Seconds out, thirds get second chance for Mountain Men
REIGNING premiers Bright are out of premiership race in the Ovens and King reserves football after letting slip a winning position against Greta on Sunday.
The Mountain Men held a 13-point advantage at three quarter time but allowed the Blues to kick four final quarter goals to steal the match 11.17 (83) to 11.7 (73).
Bright was far from their best for much of the day while Greta con- trolled the first half to lead by 11 points at the main break.
The Mountain Men put their best foot forward immediately after halftime with a six-goal to two third quarter giving them the upper hand ahead before being overrun by Greta in final term.
With James Mcleish, Matt Gathercole (four goals) and Harley Dalgleish (3) starring for the Blues, Bright fell to their second loss of the season to Greta when it matted most.
Defenders John Teunon, Nathan Smith and Judd Cudmore along with Adrian Williams tried their best for Bright but their hopes were dashed when they could only muster one goal in the last.
Jack Dalbosco finished with three goals for the Mountain Men while Darcy Martin and Peter Ricardi each kicked two majors.
Meanwhile Bright’s under 19s also lost their semi-final but will have another shot at qualifying for the grand final this Saturday.
Against Snow Road Saints who they had beaten twice in their last three encounters, Bright got off to a positive start but their failure to capitalise on all the play would ultimately cost them.
Bright dominated for long periods in the first quarter and a half but failed to register that on the scoreboard.
They kicked the only goal in the opening term but should have had more, and despite it looking like they might do it easy when they had the first three goals of the match, things would soon change.
With their first two goals Snow Road closed the gap to 20-13 at the long break and would go on to kick seven unanswered goals.
In doing so the minor premiers booked their place in the grand final as Bright added just two behinds in the second half as the low scoring affair finished 3.4 (22) to 7.5 (47).
Fred Jensen medallist Zander Dalbosco was again Bright’s best while PJ Crocombe and Devon Turner also had good games.