ALBURY showed it has plenty of work to do heading into its first round blockbuster against Yarrawonga after a 33-point loss to Queanbeyan on Saturday.
The NEAFL heavyweight proved too nimble for the Ovens and Murray Tigers at Wodonga Senior Secondary College.
Queanbeyan captain Ryan Quade kicked five goals in the win, while former Corowa-Rutherglen youngster Ben King gave the NEAFL Tigers plenty in the midfield.
Former Essendon speedster Jarrod Atkinson also starred.
For Albury, livewire recruit Jim Grills added plenty of spark in his first hitout with his new club, roaming across half-forward.
Dean Polo, co-coach Chris Hyde and Joel Mackie also had their moments.
Boom recruit Setanta O’hAilpin rotated between playing forward and in the ruck, while brother Aisake spent much of the game in the centre.
Queanbeyan coach Kade Klemke said he wouldn’t be getting too carried away with the practice match victory.
“It was a good contest but we both had a few out and it was both clubs’ first hitout for the year,” Klemke said.
“I think we might have been that little bit fitter.
“They were really strong around the footy, but NEAFL footy is a bit quicker.”