Hamilton Kangaroos defeat Portland, edge closer to Hampden league top five

BEST ON GROUND: Hugh Douglas kicked four goals in Hamilton Kangaroos' win over Portland. Picture: Morgan Hancock
BEST ON GROUND: Hugh Douglas kicked four goals in Hamilton Kangaroos' win over Portland. Picture: Morgan Hancock

PORTLAND coach Luke Crane is searching for answers as the Tigers look to arrest a six-game losing streak.

Crane said the Tigers had “gone backwards” after their 13.16 (94) to 5.9 (39) loss to Hamilton Kangaroos on Saturday.

“We’re not playing the confident footy we were playing earlier in the year,” he said. “I can’t put a finger on it.

“I wish I knew the magic thing we could change. I am scratching my head at the minute."

In stark contrast, an even contribution is helping Kangaroos make a late finals charge.

The Matt Dunn-led side sits one game outside the Hampden league top-five after winning four and drawing one of their past six matches.

Forward Hugh Douglas was named best-on-ground for his four-goal effort but Dunn believes the Roos’ even spread is the catalyst for their form spike.

“There wasn’t much difference between our first and 15th players,” he said.

Tigers’ Crane (corked hip), Daniel Jackson (hand) and Connor Peters (ankle) were hurt, while best 21 regular Tom Sharp (calf) was a late inclusion in the reserves, kicking four goals.