A LAST quarter surge wasn’t enough to drag Portland over the line as Hamilton claimed a resilient victory on Anzac Day netball at Hanlon Park last Friday.
Portland trailed by seven goals at three-quarter time and was seemingly out of the game before a late revival almost produced a dramatic come from behind victory.
Portland coach Kerri Jennings said she told her playing chargers to enjoy themselves throughout the last quarter when the game appeared out of reach.
“I told them (at three-quarter time) to just go out there and enjoy the game.
“At the stage I thought the game could have been done and they didn’t look like they were enjoying themselves so I told them to go out and have fun,” Jennings said.
“I thought we could have got back to snatch it, we got it back to three goals from nine, so that is always a good sign.”
With the margin dramatically reduced and a home crowd on the edge of their seats, it looked like Portland would run over the top of Hamilton to claim the esteemed Ted Kenna VC Cup.
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