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Dees close to a win: Farrugia

Portarlington is winless after the opening three rounds of the 2019 season. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

PORTARLINGTON vice-captain Lucas Farrugia is confident his club’s first win is just around the corner heading into the Anzac Day meeting with arch-rival Drysdale.

The Demons were on the end of consecutive 100-point hidings from Anglesea and Geelong Amateur to open the 2019 season, but they produced a more competitive effort in the Good Friday loss to the unbeaten Newcomb.

Portarlington held a 13-point lead after holding the Power to two first-half goals, but Jesse Smith’s men were unable to go the distance with the visitors.

“We go into every week genuinely thinking we’re a massive chance, and we are because if we play our type of footy … we’re a high intensity, high tackling team, and the three games we won last year we had 80-plus tackles,” Farrugia said.

“If we reach that mark, we’re in every game, and I think it’s going to come soon.”


After being on the end of some smashings by the Hawks in the first six Anzac Day meetings, the Demons have won three of the last four, including by five points at Mortimer Oval last year.

Farrugia, who joined Portarlington from St Joseph’s ahead of the 2018 season, says they will use that win as motivation.

“I think last year the Anzac Day game was the first game I felt like our team really clicked,” he said.

“We hit our straps and hit that third or fourth gear, which we thought we could, so it was a massive boost for us.

“We’ll definitely look back and see what we did well against them.”

For Drysdale, the meeting with Portarlington can’t come quick enough following its 77-point loss to Anglesea on Saturday.

Vice-captain Jack Jenkins says the Hawks have moved on quickly.

“You’ve got to front-up straight away for the next game,” he said.

“So, we don’t really have a choice, and everyone’s looking forward to another challenge this week.”

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