STAR North Albury co-coach Chris Schmidt made a solid debut in the Hoppers’ 20-point loss to Tatura at Tatura on Saturday.
Schmidt played three quarters in the midfield and, despite being tagged, was one of the Hoppers’ best.
“He was pretty good,” co-coach Clinton Gilson said.
“Obviously he’s still getting to know everyone which makes things hard.”
North Albury fielded a stronger side than last weekend with Clay Moscher-Thomas, George Godde and Will McGrath performing well.
Recruit Clem Smith kicked two goals and missed several other shots.
He also took a spectacular mark in attack.
“We probably had more available players this week, but I thought we improved on the previous week,” Gilson said.
North Albury play Riverina league club Coolamon at Coolamon on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Lavington edged out Ainslie in a tight clash in Canberra.