James McQuillan’s visit has Albury Tigers on song

James McQuillan in the rooms with the Albury team.

James McQuillan in the rooms with the Albury team.

JAMES McQuillan was on deck to help Albury belt out its theme song after a record-breaking 196-point destruction of Wodonga Raiders on Saturday.

McQuillan, who returned to the Border for the first time since suffering a life-changing spinal injury in round 1, watched on as the Tigers put on an absolute clinic at Birallee Park.

Albury co-coach Daniel Maher said McQuillan’s presence gave Albury a significant lift on the day.

It was the Tigers’ greatest ever winning margin over the Raiders.

“It was great to have him in there,” Maher said.

“It was probably the best we’d sung the song since those grand final wins.”

Somehow, the Raiders sunk to even worse depths than their insipid showing against Lavington last week in which they kicked two goals for the game.

They managed just one on Saturday and it didn’t come until the final quarter.

But Maher was only concerned about the Tigers.

And he liked what he saw.

“We just wanted the boys to go back to enjoying their footy with their mates, which they did,” Maher said.

“We played some really exciting, team-orientated footy.

Setanta O’hAilpin surged even closer to a century of goals with another bag of 10 on Saturday.

The former AFL player has 92 goals for the season.

Powerhouse forward Andy Carey also had an impact and finished with four goals.

He booted three of the game’s first five majors.

Michael Steven was by far the Raiders’ best player and kept them somewhat competitive at the stoppages.

But the Tigers simply dominated everywhere else. The Tigers have Wodonga and Wangaratta in the lead up to finals.