Port Fairy assistant coach Shane Threlfall believes defence will be the key to the Seagulls quest for victory against Portland this Saturday.
The Seagulls will be searching for their second win of the Hampden league season when they head over to Hanlon Park for the clash with the Tigers.
While the home team will be coming off a big loss to Koroit, Threlfall said Port Fairy would need to prepare for a strong attacking performance from Portland.
"They were very good against us the first time we played them earlier in the season," Threlfall said.
"Their ball movement is really good going forward so we will need our defensive mechanisms is place behind the footy to counter that style of play.
"If we can get some intercept marks and cause some turnovers that will give us a chance to hurt them the other way. We were good last Saturday against Hamilton Kangaroos for the first half but we need to sustain that effort for four quarters."
Port Fairy led by a point at half-time against the Kangaroos at Gardens Oval last Saturday before falling away to lose 13. 8. (86) to 7.8. (50).
Josh Dwyer continued his stellar season when he was named as the Seagulls' best.
Defender Murray Staude also won praise from Threlfall for his ability to play effectively as an undersized defender.
A highlight from the weekend for the Seagulls came in junior football on Sunday when the under 16s team pulled off an upset.
Port Fairy hosted the previously undefeated Kangaroos and defeated them 10.12. (72) to 4.7. (31).
The win helped the Seagulls maintain a one-game buffer in third place, from Cobden in fourth. Port Fairy should continue its winning form when it plays eight-placed Portland this Sunday.