PORTLAND coach Jarrod Holt hopes his young side will use its come-from-behind victory over Terang Mortlake as a reference point if it finds itself in the same situation again this season.
"It gives the boys a bit of confidence in the future and as a reference to know that it doesn't have to go all your way all day to be able to still have the confidence that we can turn it around and get over the line," he said after the 10.18 (78) to 10.7 (67) win.
The Tigers had 16 scoring shots in the final term as they overwhelmed a tiring Bloods' outfit, which led by four goals at the final change.
Holt shifted his magnets at the last break and threw Jamieson Ballantyne, who scored a long bomb to put his side up for the first time, into the midfield from the wing.
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Ruck Ben Malcom also started to get on top of his Bloods' counterparts in the final quarter.
Holt praised his side and said it had shown a lot of resilience.
"I've been impressed with the boys and the character they've shown and that's just another bow to that as well," he said.
"Plenty of people who play footy over the years have hung their heads at half-time thinking they're not going to have a good day but it doesn't matter, it's always how you finish.
"When we still had an opportunity to win the game we thought the boys really stood up and got the job done. Which was really pleasing."
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Terang Mortlake coach Ben Kenna said his side was still looking to put together a four-quarter performance.
"We were probably pleased for three quarters but three quarters doesn't get you a win," he said.
"We know we are doing things well for the best part of a game but we just need to do it for longer.
"For three quarters we were pretty happy. We were up by four goals at three-quarter-time, we were playing pretty well and our pressure was good when we didn't have the footy.
"But it dropped off in the last quarter which allowed them to hurt us outside the contest more and they took the game on.
"They knew they had to from a position where they were down and they played well and deserved the win."
Kenna conceded the Bloods, who have a 2-3 win-loss record, needed to make the most of their chances.
"There is a couple of stages in the game where we had the chance to get that next goal," he said.
"Even that first goal in the last quarter (which the Bloods missed). If we get that we make it very difficult for the opposition to come back from there.
"Taking our chances at different stages, and that has happened in other games too, that we need to get better at and cashing in when those good chance arises to make it difficult for opposition."
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