PORTLAND coach Jake Myles says his side cleared a significant hurdle in recording its first away win this season with a 13-point win against Cobden.
The 11.13 (79) to 10.6 (66) result was Portland’s third victory on the road since joining the Hampden league at the start of last season.
“A few of the boys have said it’s one of their best (wins),” Myles said. “Obviously beating Warrnambool at home last year was good but to play Cobden at home anytime is a tough game, let alone win.
“It probably gets the monkey off the back a little bit and the boys get a bit of confidence.”
It also raises expectation the Tigers could win more games away from their Hanlon Park home.
Myles said the win was more significant than just an away win.
“It’s a win against a side in the top five,” he said.
“We set little goals. We’ve played 26 games now in the Hampden league and we’ve got North (Warrnambool Eagles) and Koroit to go. We’ve beaten every side except them since coming into the Hampden league. We’ve got Koroit twice this season and North once more. If we can beat every side in two years it’s a good effort.”
Myles said the Tigers wasted opportunities against the Bombers on Saturday.
They trailed by eight points at half-time despite having two more scoring shots.
Cobden led at every change — three points, eight points and then one point before Portland kicked 3.3 to 1.1 in the final term.
The win lifted Portland from sixth to fourth on the ladder and sent Cobden spiralling from fourth to seventh.
It was the Bombers’ fifth consecutive loss after opening the season with a hat-trick of wins.