THE future is looking brighter for Portland, according to playing-coach Tom Sharp.
Saturday's 7.13 (55) to 7.7 (49) come-from-behind victory over Terang Mortlake ended a eight-game losing streak and showed the first-year mentor a glimpse of what his young side can do.
"We take a lot of belief out of it that we have had eight losses on the trot and it's not like we have been playing terrible footy," he said.
"We have lapses during games and these wins give us lots of confidence that we can get the job done.
"One of most important things was that we came from behind. In previous weeks we would have fallen away for 15 to 20 minutes but this one we were able to fight for it to the end."
Sharp praised the efforts of young star Tylar Watts (four goals), defender-turned-attacker Sam Hampshire and second-gamer Jed Saunders (one goal).
"Sam went to centre half-forward from the back line and he provided an option all day, contested and took marks and moved footy well," he said. "Jed Saunders kicked a goal and looked lively.
"Tylar has had three games with us and it has been really good to get him back. He provided a contest down forward.
"He has that experienced (from VFL level) and is really composed and led well. Playing at Werribee has matured him a lot and it was good for him to kick four goals and his second efforts were great. It was good to have him back."
The Tigers mentor wants his side to finish the year strong against Camperdown and Warrnambool.
Dylan Barr re-injured his knee during the match. Sharp said Barr would have a clearer picture of the extent of his injury during the week.
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