PRIDE ON THE LINE FOR BIG CATS

LAVINGTON forward Justin Koschitzke expects to lock horns with fellow former AFL player Setanta O’hAilpin when Albury hosts the Panthers in tomorrow’s blockbuster at Albury Sportsground.

Koschitzke, who played 200 games for St Kilda, told The Border Mail he was ready for ex-Carlton utility O’hAilpin to line-up in defence for the Tigers, despite spending the bulk of the season up forward.

“Me and my old sparring mate Setanta might cross paths,” Koschitzke said.

“I probably expect him to come down my end pretty early.”

Koschitzke was one of two inclusions for the Panthers last night, with livewire Myles Aalbers ruled out because of an ankle injury.

Luke McNeil also returned to the side at the expense of Tom Ross.

Andy Carey, John Mitchell and Joel O’Connell are back for the Tigers.

Koschitzke said he was looking forward to taking on the league heavyweight.

“I’m expecting a really hard, tough and physical contest,” Koschitzke said.

“I’ve seen Albury play over the past few years in grand finals and what not, so I know what they’re about.

“I know they’re a really mature, big-bodied side that is really well led.

“Both clubs probably haven’t been fully tested this year.

“In patches, certainly, but this might be a good one to see who comes out on top and who goes top of the table and a game clear.

“I’m looking forward to it.”

The former St Kilda forward said he was fresh and ready to go after last playing for Lavington against Myrtleford on Easter Sunday.

Koschitzke, who booted four goals against the Saints in round two, said he had enjoyed his extended break.

“I had a bit of a setback in round one and tweaked my knee a little bit but it’s feeling a bit fresher now,” he said.

Corowa-Rutherglen, meanwhile, received a big boost ahead of tomorrow’s crucial clash at Myrtleford, with coach Bryce Campbell poised to return from an adductor stain.

He was named on the ball after missing last week’s loss to Albury.

As expected, Brad Murray will miss for the Saints.

FOOTY FIX

JAKE'S been dwarfed on-screen again - this time by former AFL 200-gamer Justin Koschitzke. 

Kosi's ready and raring to take on the Tigers this weekend and despite continued knee troubles, can't wait to come up against old sparring buddy Setanta O'hAilpin and former Saints teammate Dean Polo.

Click play below for the full interview. (iPhone users go to 'video' tab in menu)\

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