PORTLAND retained its unbeaten status with a hard fought 14.10 (94) to 11.5 (71) win against Hamilton on Saturday at Hanlon Park.
But the Tigers aren’t getting carried away with their unblemished start to their 2012 Western Border Football League season campaign.
Those at Tigerland know only too well that there is still a lot more hard work to be done as the season continues to unfold.
“You’d rather be four and zip, than zip and four,” senior playing coach Jarrod Holt told the Portland Observer in his post match interview.
“We want to make sure that we’re playing our best footy at the end of the year, which hasn’t been the case the last few years.
“That’s what we’re all about.
“It doesn’t mean a lot in the end.
“If we win our first nine games again and bomb out in the finals, then it will be a disappointing year.
“But if we can keep improving as the year goes on … that’s what we’re looking for and that’s hopefully what we can do.”
By the same token, Holt was still pleased to be able to claim the four premiership points.
“We’re always looking for a win, so I am happy with that aspect,” he said.
“I thought we lacked a bit of intensity at times today.
“But take nothing away from Hamilton.
“They’re a pretty good side and they showed some pretty good intensity at times and probably stood us up a bit in that area.
“They had some really good passages of play, which they looked dangerous.
“I thought maybe our lack of intensity might have allowed that at times.”
Holt described Portland’s first half as “good”.
Read more in Monday’s edition of the Portland Observer.