Albury's innacuracy has Tigers' coach at breaking point

The Tigers will need to improve their accuracy to be a chance against Adam Prior’s ladder-leading Panthers next weekend. Prior kicked three goals in Lavington’s 61-point win on Saturday. Picture: JOHN RUSSELL

The Tigers will need to improve their accuracy to be a chance against Adam Prior’s ladder-leading Panthers next weekend. Prior kicked three goals in Lavington’s 61-point win on Saturday. Picture: JOHN RUSSELL

ALBURY co-coach Daniel Maher has blasted the Tigers’ inaccuracy in front of goal, saying it could cost them Saturday’s blockbuster against Lavington.

Albury has booted a sloppy 36.39 in its past two games and while the Tigers remain unbeaten after four rounds, Maher was far from satisfied following their 51-point win over Corowa-Rutherglen at the weekend.

The Tigers had 40 scoring shots against the Roos on Saturday but managed just 19 goals.

“That’s probably not good enough at this level,” Maher said.

“It’s a pretty ordinary effort.

“If you have 40 shots on goal, you’ve got to kick more than 19 goals.

“The goals have to outweigh the points.

“There were a few shots missed that blokes would normally kick with their eyes closed.

“They’re shots you’ve got to nail because you might only get one or two against Lavi.”

Maher said the Tigers had already addressed the issue after booting 17.18 against North Albury on Anzac Day.

Setanta O’hAilpin was the chief offender at the weekend.

The former AFL player booted three goals but missed a handful of guilt-edged chances.

“We spoke about it during the week,” Maher said.

“Blokes are having shots from the pockets and things like that.

“Our shots on goal were actually good shots on goal but we were very lazy with the footy in hand, I thought.”

Maher said the Tigers were looking forward to taking on the ladder leader at Albury Sportsground this weekend.

The Panthers kept top spot with a comfortable 61-point victory over North Albury on Saturday.

“It’s finals-like against this mob,” Maher said.

“There will be some guys in the side that will be exposed to some high intensity pressure for the first time.

“But we’d like to think our guys are capable.

“We certainly won’t change anything structurally, we’ve just got to win the footy.

“We’ve got to roll up our sleeves and be really disciplined this week.”

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