Albury defender Michael Duncan is transforming into an attacking player

MICHAEL'S METAMORPHOSIS: Albury's Michael Duncan is moving from a classy defender to dangerous forward. Picture: JAMES WILTSHIRE
MICHAEL'S METAMORPHOSIS: Albury's Michael Duncan is moving from a classy defender to dangerous forward. Picture: JAMES WILTSHIRE
Lavington's James Saker.

Lavington's James Saker.

DUNC’S DEVELOPMENT

Albury’s interleague defender Michael Duncan is now making a name in attack.

Duncan kicked the Tigers’ first two goals against Wangaratta.

“It’s just part of his development as a player,” co-coach Shaun Daly said.

“He adds that pace through that half-forward line or midfield.

“He’ll be one of the premier midfielders in the comp in years to come.”

DROUGHT BREAKER

Lavington coach James Saker is one of the league’s best defenders, but he snapped a five-year goal drought against Wangaratta Rovers.

Saker’s snap from 30 metres, on his non-preferred left, has been cheekingly touted as a goal of the year contender by the Panthers.

POLO’S PRECISION

Dean Polo is the league’s best manufactured kick.

The former AFL player has an amazing ability to find a team-mate, using an unorthodox style.

“The key is obviously trying to stay as composed as you can …I just try to take that extra second and hit someone,” he said.

Under the points system, a player fresh from the AFL attracts the maximum six points.

But Polo’s in his fifth season, so he’s a one-pointer.

There’s no doubt the points system has levelled out the competition, but let’s hope clubs still sign players straight from the AFL because they add so much.

LEITCH’S LEGACY

Zac Leitch is one of Wangaratta’s more underrated players.

He’s not a big ruckman, but he makes up for it with desire, aggression and deceptive pace.

Leitch was terrific against the Tigers.

FAMILY CLUB

Yarrawonga is firming as the family club.

A fortnight ago, three Frauenfelder siblings debuted on the same day.

Now, three Hargreaves brothers – Connor, Marcus and Travis – all lined up on the ball against the Roos.

“I think it would have been a nice moment for the family,” Pigeons’ co-coach Chris Kennedy said.

Travis then celebrated his 21st birthday on Saturday night.

PERCENTAGE PUZZLE

Clubs face a dilemma in the run home.

The comp is so tight that the absence of a star could be the difference between a win and a loss.

Unfortunately, the Hoppers, Hawks and Roos are considered automatic wins, so the temptation’s there to rest star players.

The flipside, of course, is a massive win over the bottom three could provide a pivotal percentage boost.