Mountain mudlarks slay the Tiger giant

Bright’s Jake Pronk and Regan Alexander get their heads over the ball in the Mountain Men’s monumental  five-point win over Glenrowan in muddy conditions on Saturday.  Picture: GILLIAN JONES

Bright’s Jake Pronk and Regan Alexander get their heads over the ball in the Mountain Men’s monumental five-point win over Glenrowan in muddy conditions on Saturday. Picture: GILLIAN JONES

INSTEAD of slinging stones it was mud, but as far as David and Goliath moments go Bright must feel like giant slayers.

The score was small but the Mountain Men slipped, slid and slugged their way to a stunning 3.6 (24) to 2.7 (19) victory over Glenrowan, which was, until then, undefeated.

Club stalwarts hailed it as one of Bright’s finest wins and co-coach Ben Jones didn’t disagree.

“I’ve been involved with the club a long time, I grew up there, and that would be one of the best victories outside of finals the club’s ever had,” he said.

“I’m sure I’ve been involved in others that come close but that was as good as it gets, to knock off a side that most players didn’t give themselves a chance against if they were honest.

“And when damage control is in the back of your mind, to turn it around and win the game is unbelievable.

“In the context of the season it’s massive for us — at the end of the season there’s going to be a very close pack and a game like that is priceless.”

Not to mention the self belief it brings.

“You realise those top sides are only human and they’re beatable,” Jones said.

It soon became clear it would be a tough day for both teams.

The Mountain Men hugged the wings and played a stoppage game, and with every goal worth five it was a nervy wait for the siren.

“The ball stayed in their 50 for the last 10 minutes so it was pretty nerve-racking in the muddiest part of the ground,” Jones said.

“And a fair few guys were cramping in that last quarter — it’s hard to run a game out on a heavy ground when you’re giving your all the whole time.”

Sam Buckley was dominant across the back along with Jake Pronk and Nathan Smith.

“They’re the unsung heroes,” Jones said. “The back pockets and lesser known players who held up all day — and Anthony Rowe was another.

“It shows on a day like that the guys who are making an effort, it shows you who’s committed.

“Our one percenters were off the charts and the boys did everything asked of them, which went a long way to winning the game.”

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