A FOURTH straight win has kept Albury’s finals hopes alive as they downed Wangaratta 47 to 35 in the A grade.
The strong performance was a much-needed confidence booster as the Tigers still have to win their remaining two games to have a chance of stealing fifth place.
“It was a pleasing win and pleasing to see the girls back in a positive mind set now that we’re still vying for that top five,” Tigers coach Jenny Jones said.
“The girls are certainly very keen to get into that top five spot and we’re just four points out of that at the moment.”
But their destiny is not all in their own hands.
Their final two games against Myrtleford then Wangaratta are must-wins, but the Tigers will also have to rely on North Albury stumbling after their three-goal win over Corowa-Rutherglen.
“Unfortunately we’re reliant on other teams,” Jones said.
“But if we can put the pressure on maybe they will falter.”
The Hoppers have Lavington and Wodonga Raiders to come.
Jones said she had no doubt the Tigers could secure their final two wins.
“The girls have certainly got the ability and they’re able to turn on great games,” she said.
A fast start against the Magpies gave the Tigers a comfortable seven-goal lead at the end of the first term.
Adelle Gormly and Brigetta Hart, both best for the Tigers, again combined well to deny the Magpies access to goal.
“They were certainly our top two,” Jones said.
“But Sarah Moore is always a focal point in goal and Karlee Nolan does a power of work in the centre of the court and in the goals to assist Sarah.
“But Wangaratta are certainly a tough opponent and didn’t give in.
“They’ve got a lot of young girls, they’re very quick and very athletic and certainly have the right mix to take it to the top teams.
“I’m sure they will be a force in years to come.”
In the here and now the Tigers can only worry about the games in hand and hope other results fall their way.
“Everyone is looking forward to the next two games,” Jones said.
“The girls know that they can do it, we’ve just got to have the belief in ourselves and we’ll certainly be giving it our all.”