Mudlarks protect two-goal fortress

BRIGHT maintained its imposing home record with a 54-point victory over King Valley on Saturday.

After a slow start in which neither team scored a major in the opening quarter, the Mountain Men came to life in the second, kicking five goals and setting a tough pace in the wet.

Bright co-coach Ben Jones said the win came down to attitude.

“Apart from the first quarter we had the run of the game,” he said.

“The boys just did what we asked them, they played like a team and played like mates.

“I got stuck into them at half-time because the biggest thing for us is getting the attitude right — to celebrate goals and get around players whether they’ve done something good or bad.”

Three teams in the past month — Glenrowan, North Wangaratta and King Valley — have only managed two goals at Bright as it proves itself a tough place in the middle of winter.

Only Tarrawingee has beaten the Mountain Men on their home turf this year.

“There’s no doubt it’s a tough trip for other sides,” Jones said.

“It’s one of those cauldrons, no one wants to come up to Bright, especially at this time of year.

“It was a pretty wet game but the ground had improved slightly — though King Valley probably didn’t think that.”

It was also about playing the conditions right.

Bright’s Tom Buckley played a captain’s game, while ruckman Tom Mcdonagh also played an important role.

Jake Henshall and Mitchell Gamble scored the Roos’ only two goals, while Adam Williams was their best.

Hamish Moore booted 12 goals for Tarrawingee in its 138-point belting of North Wangaratta to take his Vic Country-leading tally to 88.

For the second week running the Hawks’ reserves failed to score.

Bonnie Doon edged Whorouly by two points in the first half of the season, but the Lions turned the tables on Saturday to win by the same margin.

Glenrowan held off Moyhu by six points for its second straight win with one less goal than the opposition.

Greta downed Goorambat by 51 points and Milawa cruised past Benalla All Blacks by 100 points.