WANGARATTA Rovers slumped to their second straight loss on Saturday, suffering a heartbreaking two-point defeat to league powerhouse Albury at the WJ Findlay Oval.
After a terrible performance against Lavington seven days earlier, the Hawks threw absolutely everything at the Tigers but eventually fell short 12.14 (86) to 12.12 (84).
As has been the case for a number of seasons now, Albury tried to intimidate the Hawks from start, however, the home team had a point to prove and stood up to the Tigers.
Daniel McCullough was back to his best with five goals, Ryan Stone kicked three while midfield stars Sam Caruso, Karl Norman and Jamie Sheahan were superb.
In what was a see-sawing contest all afternoon, it was the Tigers that got away to the better start, keeping the Hawks goalless in the first term to open up a 15-point lead.
But instead of going into their shells and playing safe football, the Hawks got their self belief back and took it right up to the Hawks.
In fact, they kicked six goals to three for the quarter and took an unexpected, but deserved, three-point lead into the main break.