Wodonga Bulldogs squashed by a steam-roller

Wodonga coach Ben Hollands.
Wodonga coach Ben Hollands.

OUTGOING Wodonga coach Ben Hollands says Albury is “head and shoulders” above the rest of the competition after the Tigers mauled his Bulldogs by 140 points on Saturday.

Albury has emerged as the outright premiership favourite half-way through the season after yet another emphatic victory.

With Yarrawonga struggling, and Lavington still unable to beat the Tigers, Albury looks primed to win its fourth flag in the space of six years.

Hollands, who announced on Thursday night he’d be standing down at the end of the year, said the Tigers were streets ahead of the pack.

“In my personal opinion, they’re head and shoulders above the rest,” Hollands said.

“It was a pretty tough day at the office.

“Obviously there’s a lot spoken about their midfield and they’ve got plenty at either end, as well.

“I think they have Yarra covered and probably Lavi, too.”

The Tigers put the foot down early with eight goals in the first quarter and didn’t let up.

Albury scored more than 200 points for the second week.

Setanta O’hAilpin booted 10 goals to soar to the top of the league goalkicking charts.

He’s booted 32 of his 43 goals for the season in the past three weeks.

Brayden O’Hara is the Morris Medal favourite after another dynamic display that is sure to see him feature in the votes.

Aisake O’hAilpin, Daniel Maher and Joel O’Connell also played their part.

While Setanta O’hAilpin was the chief destroyer on the scoreboard, O’Hara (four goals), Aisake O’hAilpin (three), Josh Maher (three), Jim Carroll (two), John Mitchell (two) and Lonnie Hampton (two) also did damage on a regular basis.

Albury hosts Wangaratta this week, while Wodonga will tackle Wangaratta Rovers at the W.J. Findlay Oval.