ALBURY’S finals tilt is in the Tigers’ hands after they leapt into the top five at the weekend.
The Tigers thrashed Myrtleford by 21 goals on Saturday.
The equation now is simple — Albury must beat four-time reigning premier Yarrawonga this week, and well, to play finals.
The Tigers have a 5 per cent break on sixth-placed North Albury, which was beaten comfortably by Lavington on Saturday.
However, the Hoppers host winless Wodonga Raiders this week and are almost certain to enjoy a comfortable victory.
Albury coach Jenny Jones said the Tigers, who have won their past five games, were fully aware of what they had to do this week.
“It’s going to be a big game,” Jones said.
“We’ve certainly popped ourselves into contention and now it’s about maintaining that which the girls certainly know.
“We haven’t beaten Yarra this year and they’re a formidable force.
“They’ve still got a lot of talented players and their combinations work well.”
The Tigers were rarely troubled on Saturday, leading at every change and finishing the game strongly.
Jones said everybody on the court had contributed.
Justine Willis and Brigetta Hart were standouts though, while Sarah Moore scored 40 goals.
The Pigeons, meanwhile, will enter this week’s contest out of sorts after suffering their third straight defeat.
Yarrawonga lost to premiership favourite Wodonga by seven goals.
Gemma Grimmond, Liona Edwards and Jane Cook were standouts for the Bulldogs in the win.
In other games, Corowa-Rutherglen trounced Wodonga Raiders by 38 goals at Birallee Park.
Kiara Mclean (34 goals) and Lauren Connell (27) did the damage on the scoreboard.
Catherine Svarc and Jessica Bice were also prominent.
Elsewhere, Lavington’s 15-goal win over North Albury threw another spanner in the finals race.
The Hoppers were crushed courtesy of a 40-goal haul from Haylee Penny.
Talented pair Kate Yensch and Emily Browne also starred for the Panthers.
Wangaratta Rovers won the derby against the Pies by 10 goals yesterday.