Setanta’s century a non issue

ALBURY co-coach Chris Hyde says Setanta O’hAilpin’s looming goalkicking milestone hasn’t been mentioned in the lead-up to today’s clash against Wodonga at Albury Sportsground.

Although O’hAilpin needs just eight goals to become the third Tiger to reach the century, Hyde said yesterday team structures were always the club’s top priority.

Only Doug Strang (1938 and 1939) and Daryl Bakes (1982) have brought up triple figures for Albury, with Wodonga Raiders’ Patty Rose and Yarrawonga’s Brendan Fevola the last to achieve the feat in 2012.

“No one has spoken about it (the milestone),” Hyde said.

“I thought the guys were playing for each other again last week and that’s the most important thing.

“We had a 70-odd point win against Myrtleford and we had a lot of individuals and then last week we had a sizeable win but it was the manner in which we went about it that was most pleasing.”

Albury returned to its brilliant best last weekend with its trademark run causing havoc.

The Bulldogs can expect similar pain today if they fail to nullify Brayden O’Hara, Hyde, Dean Polo, Lonnie Hampton and Matt Munro.

Wodonga pulled a surprise move by playing Sam Maher and Matt Seiter in the centre square against Myrtleford last weekend, but the same tactic could be fraught with danger on the fast track today.