Albury bounce back with huge win over Corowa-Rutherglen

UNDER THE PUMP: Corowa-Rutherglen's Nash Kusen gets a quick kick away under pressure at John Foord Oval on Saturday. Picture: SIMON BAYLISS

UNDER THE PUMP: Corowa-Rutherglen's Nash Kusen gets a quick kick away under pressure at John Foord Oval on Saturday. Picture: SIMON BAYLISS

ALBURY responded to last weekend’s surprise loss by recording its biggest win over Corowa-Rutherglen at John Foord Oval on Saturday.

The Tigers won by a staggering 209 points which bettered the previous margin of 183 points in 2013.

Some different goalkickers bobbed up which is what you want and it was a fairly even performance. - Shaun Daly

The reigning premier made its intentions clear in the opening quarter by kicking 11 goals to none and, besides a lapse in the third quarter, refused to ease up with Chris Hyde leading a goal-kicking procession.

Hyde and Erishmiilan Uthayakumar kicked six majors each while Alex Goodall and Michael Duncan bagged career-best five-goal hauls.

The victors finished with 14 goalkickers including 16-year-old debutant Jacob Koschitzke.

“I thought we had a good spread of contributors,” Albury co-coach Shaun Daly said.

“Some different goalkickers bobbed up which is what you want and it was a fairly even performance.

“Like Corowa-Rutherglen, we had a young side out there and they all played their roles for us.”

Corowa-Rutherglen only managed two points in the first-half as Hyde, Alex Jones and Shaun Daly orchestrated attack after attack.

The Roos came out after half-time a better side with William and John Robinson, Jay O'Donoghue and Jack Bates pivotal in the home team kicking six goals for the quarter.

William Robinson kicked two goals in an entertaining battle with young Albury defender Billy Robertson, O'Donoghue had his moments in the midfield and drifting forward and Bates competed well against Ben Dower and Ollie McEwan in the ruck.

Albury eased Sam Schulz back into the fray by playing him for just over a half in his comeback match.

Schulz kicked two goals and moved well in his first senior appearance since undergoing a knee reconstruction at Greater Western Sydney.

Corowa-Rutherglen, who is considering its future for next season due to dwindling playing numbers and volunteers, were also severely undermanned in the reserves and thirds.

The Roos lost by 283 points in the reserves with young Tiger Ben Kelly booting 14 goals.

The thirds match was 16-a-side.

Albury still has premiership players Daniel Cross, Dean Polo, Luke Daly, Brayden O’Hara, James Grills, John Mitchell and Josh Mellington to return to its senior line-up.

The Tigers take on North Albury on Anzac Day at Albury Sportsground while Corowa-Rutherglen will be looking for a good showing against Wangaratta Rovers.

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