Albury will win the grand final, according to the players.
Seventeen of the 40 players said the Tigers will bounce back after last year’s loss to Wangaratta.
Ten believe the Pies will retain the title, while Wodonga Raiders (six), Yarrawonga (five) and Lavington (two) also attracted some attention.
“I kind of think Albury, but I’m still on Wangaratta to be honest,” Corowa-Rutherglen coach Marc Almond said.
“They’ve got all the boxes ticked, they’ve got a good backline, obviously really solid up front and the midfield’s capable, so I’d go for Wangaratta.”
If the Pies are to retain their title, they’ll have to overcome the biggest loss by the premiers in more than 30 years.
They’ve got all the boxes ticked, they’ve got a good backline, obviously really solid up front and the midfield’s capable, so I’d go for Wangaratta.Marc Almond
A decimated Wangaratta fell to Albury by 97 points last week, surpassing Lavington’s 91-point defeat to Myrtleford in round 10, 2005.
“Albury’s still clearly got the tools and the leaders to be able to win and their kids are highly talented,” Almond added.