Another tough weekend for Portland hockey
THE 19th round of the Lower South East Hockey Association’s home and away season was a tough one for the Portland Hockey Club, picking up a solitary win in Mount Gambier on Sunday.
The combined division one men’s team of Portland-Cavaliers took on ladder leaders Tigers for a second round in a row and was crushed 7-0.
Portland entered the contest severely undermanned but coach Andrew Thomas said it was still easy to pinpoint positives.
“We’re having an atrocious run with numbers and availability at the moment which has made things tough,” he said.
“Most of our division two players played in division one on the weekend and it was a good experience for them.
“Fraser Newton played his first game at the top level on the weekend and Rylan Newton played his second game in the ones and this time around he got to keep too.
“He did an exceptional job, and even though the scoreboard doesn’t make that seem obvious, I think he probably saved 27 goals for the seven that went through which is a return I’ll take any day as a coach.