Finals wildcard

Mountain Men dominate Bonnie Doon and shape as legitimate flag threat

ENGINE ROOM: Bright co-coach Ben Jones gets the ball out of traffic and snaps towards goal. PHOTO Melissa Beattie

A SECOND quarter blitz in Sunday’s Ovens and King elimination final was enough to secure Bright passage into the second round of the post season, with the Mountain Men blasting Bonnie Doon off the park en route to a 44-point victory.

It was a monumental turnaround after the Bombers looked far more switched on in the opening term.

With Daniel Godsmark, Matt Vasey and Tyler Chisholm firing, and regular key defender Matt Zanini doing a great job in the ruck, Bonnie Doon made full use of the breeze in the first quarter.

They got out to a 23-point lead after Godsmark took advantage of some ill discipline from opponent Anthony Rowe, slotting his second goal after a 50m penalty put him at point blank range.

But a late major to Bright skipper Tom Buckley, who was rewarded for a superb tackle just inside the 50m arc, kept Bright within reach at quarter time, down by 16 points.

With the wind dropping off the Mountain Men needed a spark in the second quarter, and Nic Lebish, replacing Joel Buis in the ruck, helped provide it.

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