Albury veterans approach three figures in terms of touches against Roos

Albury veterans Dean Polo and Chris Hyde have picked up around 100 touches between them in the pasting of Corowa-Rutherglen.

Polo snared just over 50 and Hyde around 45 in the 23.17 (155) to 6.6 (42) home victory.

“Yeah, he was (sensational),” Tiger Luke Daly said of Polo.

“He just showed he’s a class above really.”

Daly himself was superb with seven goals, including four in the opening quarter.

The Tigers had 13 goalkickers, with debutant and former St Kilda rookie Nick Coughlan landing three.

“He went well, he played forward whereas he’s been mainly playing defence in his time with the Saints,” Daly said.

Polo also kicked two goals, taking his tally to four this season after kicking 10 last year.

“He’s really clean under pressure and he’s got really good awareness around him,” Daly said.

“Every time he’s got the footy, you get a smile on your face because you know he’s going to do something smart with it.”

Interestingly, Polo wasn’t named in the best.

Hyde was wonderful to win best on ground, cutting the Roos to pieces with his pace and skill off the left foot.

The Tigers had two more debutants in thirds’ premiership players Tom O’Brien and Fraser Duryea.

The impressive O’Brien potted a double.

Fellow youngsters Zach Bye and Jake Gaynor were also named in the home team’s best, while Michael Duncan looks certain to be one of the first selected at interleague level after again starring with his pace.

Duncan started last year in defence, but made the move to midfield during the season and he’s now capable of playing both at a high level.

He also kicked his second goal for the year after drilling one against North Albury on Anzac Day.

The Tigers are the league’s only undefeated team with an average winning margin of 70 points, including successive three-figure wins over Myrtleford and the Roos.

The visitors were best served by Tyson Logie and captain Hayden Filliponi, who played his 100th game earlier in the season.

Exciting forward Cody Parker continues to impress, booting three majors.

Coach Marc Almond said after his breakout five-goal performance against Myrtleford in round two, Parker has the potential to be an elite player because of his work ethic and appetite to learn.