Tigers spring surprise

Albury under-14 players celebrate after downing North Albury. North Albury’s Kieran Hill wraps up Albury’s Jaara Moran.

ALBURY saved its best performance for last to record a shock 16-point victory against North Albury in the AWJFL under-14 division two grand final at Bunton Park yesterday.

Only a fortnight after losing by 31 points in the semi-finals, the Tigers looked a different side as they gained an early lead and stormed to a 4.9 (33) to 2.5 (17) win.

The loss was even more creditable considering key duo Cooper Boyle and Jacob Koschitzke were forced to spend almost a half on the interchange due to injuries.

Coach Brian Kelly said it was a huge effort to turn around its semi-final loss to North Albury.

“The boys were super today,” Kelly said.

“Everyone played their role really well and it was easily the best performance they have put in.

“They worked hard for each other, particularly the backline who kept North to two goals for the game, and it was fantastic they were able to stand up when they came back at us late.”

Smart midfielder Jackson Carmody was the stand-out for Albury with support coming from Rhys King, Campbell Gale, Fraser Duryea, Ben Kelly and Jaara Moran.

Koschitzke returned late to seal the win.

North Albury’s Jack Sawyer and Campbell Nicol did everything in their power to get the Hoppers back into the contest, but lacked the support to get any closer than five points early in the final term.

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