Portland’s hockey sides shine in finals
THE premiership dream remains alive for two of the three Portland Hockey Clubs competing in this year’s Lower South East Hockey Association finals series after the weekend’s play.
Portland’s division two women’s team are through to the grand final after an outstanding 5-2 win over West in Mount Gambier on Sunday.
After finishing the regular season on top of the ladder Portland entered the qualifying final with plenty of confidence and the results quickly followed on the scoreboard.
In the first half Portland found goals via Emily Parsons, Jo Clover and Mel De Bruin and after controlling possession for the majority of play, entered the main break with a 3-0 advantage.
Despite conceding two goals in the second half Portland continued to dominant the flow of play, and with two more goals coming from Emily Parsons, secured a comfortable victory and a spot in the grand final.
Portland coach Andrew Thomas said the team made its intentions clear in the opening minutes of the match.
“Jo Clover scored in the first two minutes of the game and the team was just on, straight away,” Thomas said.
“The focus for the match was to defensively hunt them down, grinding really hard to create the turnover opportunities and then getting them hard the other way with overlap play.
“We did that really well in the first half, it really opened everything else and we had half the field to play with in threes and fours at a time.
“Mel (De Bruin) pulled off a really cool goal early on, and it really pumped the side up and got everyone motivated.
“We had a three goal advantage at half time and then gave up two goals in the second half after they got a bit of momentum going in attack.
“We ended up pulling back as a team to work together defensively and after those two goals the opposition team just couldn’t find any room to move, any avenue towards goal at all, it was great to see.”
Portland will appear in the division two women’s grand final on September 23.