Slow start costs Tigers as Port Fairy rolls on for win
PORTLAND’S hunt for their first win of the 2019 Hampden Football League season remains alive after suffering a heavy defeat at the hands of Port Fairy on Saturday.
Playing at Hanlon Park for the first time this season, Portland was crushed 19.16 (130) to 7.9 (51).
The Tigers’ first loss of the season arose after a sluggish start, slipping behind by 29 points and hitting the scoreboard with a solitary behind in the opening term.
Portland managed to hold the margin at the same mark across the majority of the second term, with both sides kicking two additional majors in the lead up to the main break.
After half time Portland’s inability to impact the contest returned, with Port Fairy pumping through six goals in the third and seven in the final term to charge home with a 79-point result.
Portland coach Tom Sharp said early dominance from Port Fairy’s on-ballers played a huge role in the early shift against the Tigers.