For Bright, the chance to reignite season starts now


BRIGHT co-coach Regan Alexander is confident his team can rebound from a horror run of injuries and stay in the mix for Ovens and King finals action.

The Mountain Men have been decimated in recent losses to Milawa and Tarrawingee but expect their list to improve for Saturday’s must-win match against Benalla All Blacks at Bright.

“All clubs have bad runs, but we have had a pretty tough time of it this season,” Alexander said yesterday.

“We have up to 10 injuries on any week and most of them to senior players.

“That has tested depth, but, on the positive side of the ledger, it’s given senior experience to the younger guys.

“The last two weeks have been pretty bad.

“From here on we start getting a few back.

“And with byes coming up, that will be handy.

“We just need to stay in touch with the leaders and, hopefully, get moving in the second half of the season.”

Greensborough recruit James Love will play his first match this weekend after recovering from a shoulder injury while Brad Nightingale and Sam Buckley should also be prominent, allowing the Mountain Men to record a comfortable win.

Greta should have the answers against Bonnie Doon.

The Blues have climbed to fourth spot and will look to Chris O’Connor to kick a winning score with support from Thomas Fursdon and Brent Nichols.

Milawa will prove too strong for Moyhu, Glenrowan could kick anything against North Wangaratta, Tarrawingee will start favourite against Whorouly and King Valley should manage to edge out Goorambat.