GRILLS ILLS: Albury youngster suffers serious knee injury

ALBURY has been left devastated after talented youngster Jim Grills suffered what looks like a season-ending knee injury on Saturday.

The Tigers are bracing themselves for the worst, with the promising recruit set to undergo scans as soon as today after his left knee collapsed during a practice match against Benalla.

Grills, 19, had his fingers crossed when contacted by The Border Mail but wasn’t expecting good news.

“I’m not really sure yet, but it doesn’t look good,” Grills said.

The Tigers lost to the Goulburn Valley premiership contender by three goals.

The Saints ran over the top of Albury late, booting five goals to none in the final term.

Albury has a week off ahead of its round 1 blockbuster against Yarrawonga.

The Tigers won just one of their three practice games.

In a further concern, star ruckman Luke Wells played a half in the reserves for the Tigers but was clearly hampered by his injured foot.

Albury will regain star midfield duo Brayden O’Hara and Joel Mackie for that game, with the pair sitting out Saturday’s contest.

Boom recruits Setanta and Aisake O’hAilpin both returned to the Tigers’ line up and contributed well.

Aisake was again used mainly in the ruck, with Setanta posted deep forward for much of the game.

Dean Polo, Chris Hyde, John Mitchell, Lonnie Hampton and Tom Yates all had their moments.