SHARKS tightened their stranglehold on Albury Tigers and the 2012-13 competition yesterday with a come-from-behind win at Albury Swim Centre.
Tigers started the game in brilliant fashion but were ultimately worn down by a well-oiled Sharks outfit.
A long distance shot from Albury centre forward Nick Dempsey found the top left corner to give Albury a 1-0 lead early in the first quarter.
Junior Harry Duck took advantage of slack marking soon after to put away a tee-shot and when Andrew Grove scored again it was the Tigers leading 3-0 at the first break.
Star Sharks recruit Ben Douglass got his team on the board early in the second quarter to stem the flow.
But Albury wasn’t lettg up and it hit back through Tom Duck a few minutes later.
The quarter continued on level terms until the final minutes when Matt Hogan scored for the Sharks to reduce the half-time deficit, 5-3.
Sensing they were getting on top, Sharks came out firing in the third quarter.
Hogan, Taylor Miller, Shannon Gould and Andrew Dennis all scored for the quarter give their team the lead while Albury could only manage one goal and squandered several chances.
The last quarter was a carbon copy of the third with Sharks using all of their skill and experience to get over the line 11-7.
It means they have defeated Albury in three of their last four games despite missing Canberra imports Greg Ward and Rich Davis and star recruit Chaz Sergeant.
Earlier, Wagga caused the upset of the season, defeating reigning premier Pool Pirates by a goal.
With no players on the bench Pirates couldn’t keep pace, falling 3-4 in a scrappy match.
Matt O’Connell scored his side’s only three goals but Wagga had all the answers.
Sharks won the first game of their double header, taking down Wagga 20-3.
In women’s action Leah Dodd scored five goals in Sharks 10-5 win against Pool Pirates.
Hollie Wornes scored two goals in her team’s loss.
The result leaves Sharks undefeated on top of the ladder.