ALBURY co-coach Daniel Maher says the club’s thrashing of Yarrawonga in the final round has not given the Tigers a false sense of security.
The Ovens and Murray powerhouse stormed into premiership favouritism with a 47-point victory over the reigning premier a fortnight ago that saw Albury finish as the minor premier.
But Maher said that title would count for little at Bunton Park today.
“It was one of our best home-and-away wins in my time but it hasn’t given us a false sense of security, or anything like that,” he said.
“We shifted our focus pretty quickly.
“We’ve still got a few things to work on and we haven’t won a final yet.
“We’re expecting it to go up another cog this week and it should be another beauty.”
The Pigeons bounced back with a vengeance after their round 18 defeat, thrashing Lavington in Saturday’s qualifying final.
Maher said the Tigers were expecting a far better Yarrawonga than the one they took on in the final round.
“They showed last week they can beat anyone,” he said.
“They certainly came to play.
“But I expect both teams to still have a few tricks up their sleeve from last time.
“At the end of the day, you can set up structures and make all these plans but if you don’t win the footy, you’re in trouble.
Maher said the Tigers weren’t under added pressure to perform because of their final round success.
“We’ve just told our guys to enjoy the opportunity of playing in an Ovens and Murray final,” Maher said.
The Tigers exposed Yarrawonga for a lack of pace at the Albury Sportsground last month but this afternoon’s clash at Bunton Park is expected to be more of a contested encounter on a thinner ground.
Maher said North Albury’s home ground, which Albury dismantled the Hoppers on by 80 points in July, held no fear for the Tigers.
“We won last year’s prelim there, too,” Maher said.
“You’ve just got to play each ground on its merit.
“I don’t think it will favour either team.”