THE Hampden League proved to be no match for an inspired Oven and Murray Football League in the AFL Victorian Country Championships at Wangaratta on Saturday.
They lost to O and M by 125 points and were outclassed by a league desperate to return to the lofty heights of yesteryear.
Further souring the loss was an injury sustained to key Portland midfielder Jake Dignan who looks set to spend several weeks on the sidelines.
Dignan injured his thumb in a tackle and didn’t return to the field after three-quarter time.
Coach of the Hampden League side Nick O’Sullivan said the injury was unfortunate after Dignan was amongst the best players during the first three quarters of the contest.
“He was in and under, he won his own ball and read the play well,” O’Sullivan said.
“He is a pretty smart footballer and he done everything we asked of him, he was definitely in our best.”
O’Sullivan said he wasn’t aware of the extent of the injury although he forecast at least two to three weeks on the sidelines.
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