Bright Mountain Men are counting on experience

Bright Mountain Men co-coach Regan Alexander (right).

Bright Mountain Men co-coach Regan Alexander (right).

BRIGHT co-coach Regan Alexander is hoping the experience gained from playing in last year’s Ovens and King finals series holds his team in good stead against Bonnie Doon at Milawa on Sunday.

The Mountain Men were knocked out of the premiership race by Whorouly last season and Alexander said yesterday his players were eager to progress beyond the elimination final.

“We’re really keen to do well,” Alexander said.

“This is the time of the year that everyone wants to be playing.

“Last year we got a taste of it and hopefully we learnt from that experience.

“We are still a fairly inexperienced side but everyone is looking forward to it.”

Bright will be close to full strength for the clash, with Ben Jones, Nathan Smith and James Love set to return after missing last weekend’s final round match against Benalla All Blacks.

The Mountain Men’s biggest challenge could be containing Baker medallist Daniel Godsmark.

Godsmark was best afield last time the teams clashed and Alexander admitted plenty of thought had been put into stopping the gun Bomber.

“He’s going to be one of the players we have to watch,” Alexander said.

“He’s a powerful player.

“We took a team approach last time we played Bonnie Doon.

“We will have a good look at which way we go.”

Bright, who lost by 14 points when it played Bonnie Doon in round 10, held its vote count last weekend with Ben Bond winning the club’s best and fairest.

He finished ahead of Love and Tom Buckley.

Meanwhile, Alexander and Jones have been re-appointed as coaches.

In Saturday’s elimination final, Tarrawingee should advance by defeating Whorouly.