Gallant Tigers go down
PORTLAND put up a strong effort against a formidable opponent in reigning premiers Koroit in the Hampden Netball League on Saturday, but came up short, going down 73-56 at Hanlon Park.
It was always going to be a tough assignment for the young Tigers outfit, and it was the side’s experienced players which led from the front, especially during a promising first half.
While the Saints surged ahead during the first term to lead by seven at quarter time, the Tigers were able to reduce the margin back to two goals in the second, before falling back to a seven-goal deficit at half time.
Playing coach Lauren Hockley was excellent in attack, shooting 29 goals, while midcourter Rebekah Payne – who came up from division one – and goal Steph Arnott were also impressive.
Hockley said she was happy with the efforts from the players, coming up against one of the best sides in the competition.
“We were doing some nice things during the first quarter and we had to work a bit hard for it, but we let the margin get out a bit in the second quarter,” Hockley said.