THE push for a debut Hampden league finals appearance in 2019 for Portland has received a boost with a commitment from a young gun.
Onballer Aaron Shepherd has confirmed he will remain at the Hanlon Park-based club. Shepherd’s decision comes after the 19-year-old’s win in the Tigers senior best-and-fairest award.
The 2018 season was Shepherd’s first full foray into senior football, playing all 18 games. Prior to this season, his senior opportunities had been limited due to time spent at the Greater Western Victoria Rebels.
Shepherd said he enjoyed returning to his home club.
“It was certainly more team focused,” Shepherd said.
“I wasn’t sure what to expect but I was able to go okay and get a few kicks. I’m probably more of a running midfielder with a licence to go forward.”
Shepherd believes the Tigers are well placed.
“The young blokes are getting games into them and we have some experienced players coming back so it’s looking good,” he said.
Portland 2018 best-and-fairest results.
Senior, 1st Aaron Shepherd, 2nd Brett Uebergang.
Reserves, 1st Sam Hampshire, 2nd Jayden Clark.
U18.5s, 1st Tannar Stone, 2nd, Zane Barker.
Open, 1st Lauren Hockley, 2nd Jaymie Falconer.
Division one, 1st Tanya Knight, 2nd Rebekah Payne.
Division two, 1st Jenna Domburg, 2nd Janelle Lancaster.
Division three, 1st Stephanie Hein, 2nd Felicity Alford.