Portland are on the board in the Hampden league open netball

STRONG: Portland coach Lauren Hockley said Brianna Bensch (pictured) was one of the standouts for the Tigers in their breakthrough victory. Picture: Christine Ansorge

STRONG: Portland coach Lauren Hockley said Brianna Bensch (pictured) was one of the standouts for the Tigers in their breakthrough victory. Picture: Christine Ansorge

The first win is under the belt but Portland coach Lauren Hockley said there is still room for improvement.

One area of the Tigers game that Hockley has marked as a work in progress is her side’s passing.

“We need to work on stronger passing at training and the girls have to wind it up and be confident to let it go if it has got power,” the goaler said after the 57-56 victory over Terang Mortlake.

“We just didn’t get the speed or height right with our passes and it was easily intercepted a bit more than I would have liked.”

Hockley believes her side’s line-up and play are starting to come together.

We have got a few things that we have been working on and they are starting to come off.

Portland coach Lauren Hockley

“We have got a few things that we have been working on and they are starting to come off,” she said.

“We’ve been focusing on individual play and trying to bring the ball out of defence and down the court and it’s getting heaps better every week.”

One thing that delighted Hockley was the efforts of her defenders Jaymie Falconer and Brianna Bensch.

“They both lack a bit of height but they don’t give up,” she said. 

“They never feel daunted and considering a lot of teams have tall goalers they just put their heads down, keep giving and get the job done for us.”