PORTLAND coach Jake Myles says the Tigers’ midfield must step up in Luke Crane’s absence.
Myles said the Magarey medallist, out for the remainder of the season, was a high-calibre player who would leave a big hole.
But Myles said it was imperative Portland worked collectively to overcome the injury blow in its final two home-and-away games, starting with a home fixture against Cobden today.
“Luke only played two minutes last week and I thought our midfield held its own,” Myles said.
“I will probably spend more time in there.”
Myles said the Tigers, in a finals tug-of-war with Terang Mortlake and Camperdown, were proud of their efforts against the Bombers earlier in the season at Cobden Recreation Reserve.
“We match up pretty well and it was probably the best win we have had as a football club in the Hampden league, to go to Cobden and get over the line,” he said.
Cobden is out of the finals race, having won two of its past 13 games after starting its campaign with three straight wins.