IT TOOK 12 rounds of fighting but Portland has given itself a chance to avoid consecutive wooden spoons with its first victory of the season.
The Lauren Hockley-led Tigers secured their first four points of the year with a 50-42 victory over Hamilton Kangaroos, who replace them on the bottom of the open grade ladder.
Hockley shot 39 of the team's 50 goals to play a big part in the Tigers scoring their first win. She was assisted by Remy Grant, who was named best on court, and Madeline Nash.
Portland's percentage of 70.25 gives it an advantage over the Kangaroos (63.52) heading into the final six rounds of the season.
Further up the ladder, Warrnambool maintained its gap in fourth spot with a gritty four-goal victory over Camperdown.
The Blues are eight points clear of fifth-placed Terang Mortlake and are within a game of their next opponent Koroit.
The seventh-placed Magpies are locked on 20 points with South Warrnambool, which is above them in sixth, and Port Fairy (eighth).
Camperdown faces North Warrnambool Eagles next.
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