IN the sort of low scoring, tooth and nail sort of match which has become the Hamilton Kangaroos reserves team ‘trademark’, they once again showed grit and a never-say-die attitude to run over Portland in the elimination final at Koroit on Sunday.
Becoming the first Kangaroos football team to win a final, the Kangaroos were down by 10 points at half time, but using superior fitness and pure pace around the ground kicked six second half goals to three to win by eight points.
Cam Penny was a late withdrawal for the Kangaroos, allowing Under-18.5 player Cam Pepper to take his place, and under an unusual glowing orange ball in the sky which hadn’t been in ages and with a tricky cross breeze, it was Portland using the power and strength of Jamie Blacksell and Joel Mirtschin which had the better of the early play, scoring the first goal.
It was a terrific battle in the trenches during the opening term, with both sides playing to their strengths to clear the ball from half back to half forward, only to see the ball being swiftly returned back towards them soon after.
Full story in The Spectator on Tuesday, September 3, 2013.