Meister Gestier Tigers’ priority

Luke Gestier

Luke Gestier

LUKE Gestier was surprisingly overlooked at the interleague selection table this week, but Albury co-coach Daniel Maher reckons the Tigers have taken notice of Corowa-Rutherglen’s new gun forward ahead of today’s clash at the sportsground.

Gestier has booted 17 goals in three rounds.

Maher, who was selected in the league’s 35-man training squad, said Gestier shaped as a problem for the Tigers’ defence.

“I’ve connections in the GV and there are wraps on him,” Maher said.

“It looks like the Ovens and Murray has suited him as well.

“We need to limit the footy he gets because he’s kicked bags already.”

Amazingly, Albury has beaten Corowa-Rutherglen by more than 110 points in the clubs’ past five encounters.

The Tigers’ average winning margin is almost 122 points a game.

Maher couldn’t pin-point why that was the case, but said the Tigers weren’t expecting another walkover this afternoon.

The Roos copped a 96-point hiding from Yarrawonga last Sunday.

“The landscape of their side has changed a lot and they’ve added some quality,” Maher said.

“We expect they’ll be a bit wounded from the weekend and will make a game of it.

“We can’t afford to give them a sniff because they certainly have talent there.

“Young guys as well like Jarred Lane and Hayden Filliponi have been exposed to senior footy for a while now, which would have benefited them.”

Albury accounted for North Albury by 43 points on Anzac Day but Maher said the Tigers were far from happy with that performance.

“We want to change a few things from that game,” he said.

“We need to start the game better.

“Our decision-making was ordinary, too, but obviously that had a bit to do with North’s pressure.

“We didn’t finish the game off, either.

“So there is still plenty to work on.”