ALBURY co-coach Chris Hyde says Saturday’s loss to Yarrawonga was “pretty much” a carbon copy of the hiding the Tigers handed to the Pigeons in the final round.
Yarrawonga was the first team to progress to this year’s grand final after a comfortable 32-point win over the Tigers at Bunton Park on Saturday, just two weeks after being thumped by the Tigers at Albury Sportsground.
“It was pretty much a role reversal,” Hyde said.
“I thought Yarra dictated all day.
“They won the footy, they got in first and we were second to the footy and undisciplined. They really showed us up.”
Despite the big defeat, Albury’s heftiest since Brendan Fevola kicked 10 in Yarrawonga’s 44-point win at the Albury Sportsground last year, Hyde said they were confident of turning things around for the preliminary final.
“It was a disappointing day for us, but we’ll re-group,” he said.
“We have got some quality people at our footy club. We need to keep our heads up and shoulders back.
“You do all the work all year to get a double chance and while we’re very disappointed about our efforts, we’ll bounce back next week.”
The Tigers would have to defy modern history to win the flag from here but Hyde said they weren’t concerned about not earning another week off.
“You can make a case for it, both ways,” he said.
“We had the week off this week and didn’t perform well. They didn’t get it off and did.
“So you can make a case for and against. But we’re not even thinking about playing Yarrawonga again.
“We’ve got to win next week.”