Solid battle expected

BRIGHT coach Ben Jones is expecting a shell-shocked Moyhu to hit back hard when they do battle in the Ovens and King league at Bright on Saturday.

With the Hoppers suffering their second heaviest loss in the club’s history against Glenrowan last weekend, Jones said his team were prepared for an early assault.

“We expect a big improvement from Moyhu,” Jones said yesterday.

“They would have been disappointed with that result and I’m sure they will come out hard.

“It’s common knowledge they had some players out with cricket as well.”

Bright also has a point to prove after losing to King Valley by 20 points in round one with Jones hopeful of a big improvement across the board.

Steve Nightingale (ankle) is under an injury cloud.

“King Valley played its ground really well,” he said.

“We probably didn’t adapt as well as we should have.”

Ned Smith was solid in defence for Bright last weekend, Ben Bond patrolled the midfield well and Tom Buckley was a constant threat in attack.

Moyhu finished last weekend without a bench and, although several key players including Jeremy Wilson will return from cricket, it could be missing Corey Dagoli, Marcus Kennedy and Jason Shaw.

Ryan Craig is also in doubt after being concussed while full-forward Rich Findlay is battling a hamstring problem.