PORTLAND produced a patchy but at times brilliant performance to open its account for 2014 in the Hampden Netball League at HanlonPark on Saturday in a performance that has Tigers A grade coach Kerri Jennings excited about the season ahead.
The Tigers proved too strong for a dogged and competitive Terang-Mortlake side on the day, who to their credit kept the margin much closer than it initially looked like it would be.
Portland hit the court running in the opening court of the season and within the space of two minutes had already opened up a 6-0 lead, a deficit from which the Bloods would never really recover.
Everything clicked in the opening stages, with new shooting combination Kayla Pickert and Lauren Hockley working well together in the goal arc and much hyped Tigers recruit Donna Fearon-Ciugureanu causing some havoc through the centre with her height and ability to anticipate the play.
The match up between Fearon-Ciugureanu and Bloods coach Aimee Arundell at centre was a feature of the game early, with both playing quite wide of each other and backing themselves to win the battle for turnovers, with both getting their hands to plenty of passes in transition.
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