VETERAN Steve Meredith will miss the rest of the season after breaking his arm in Saturday’s win.
Meredith, who has been one of Albury’s most consistent performers, underwent surgery on his ulna yesterday after landing awkwardly early in the second-half.
“It’s a real shame,” coach Josh Cale said.
“He’s been playing some good footy and is an experienced player with such a young pack.
“The rest of us need to step up and chip in.”
Young forward Andrew Cowhan was one player who stepped up with a sensational performance.
Cowhan led the pack with several of his bustling runs up the middle of the park resulting in scoring opportunities for the home team.
“It was a really good win,” he said.
“It gives us top spot and a couple of weeks off to get our injuries right.
“Gundagai is a good side and we knew it would be tough.”
Thunder has the youngest and best pack in the group with Tiger coach James Smart’s worst fears coming true in the second-half when Cowhan, Mitch Davis, Jake Grace, Lou Goodwin and Jon Huggett got on top.
“I thought they were really good,” Cale said.
“The experience will do them good even though most of them have played at a high level.
“Cowhan and Davis are 22, Walsham (Mark) is 26 and Grace, Goodwin and Huggeet are 22 as well so it’s a very young run-on pack.”