Sec­onds out, thirds get se­cond chance for Moun­tain Men

Myrtleford Times - - Sport -

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.

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