PORTLAND coach Kerri Jennings is not too concerned with the result from her side’s first match up with last year’s premiers, North Warrnambool, saying she could not have expected much more given the players missing from the line up on the day.
The Eagles beat Portland by 27 goals on Saturday in round six of the Hampden Netball League, with Portland going into the match without three of the four players to play in goals for the season so far.
Tayla Falconer and Laura Tagell were both unavailable for the match, while 2014 recruit Kayla Pickert departed from the Tigers mid-week, leaving just Lauren Hockley as a regular shooter on the day.
Jennings had to draw on her A1 side, bringing up Steph Arnott for some depth in the goal circle, while starting dynamic midcourter Hannah Bunney in goals alongside Hockley.
The dominant Eagles team made the most of the unsettled Tigers’ line up at the start of the game, with Laura Blackburn in particular getting busy at the attacking end to post 10 goals for the quarter as the Eagles broke out to a 12-goal lead.
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