Portland has started its Hampden Football League season strongly but played out an agonising draw against North Warrnambool in the opening round of the Hampden Football League on Saturday.
Leading by 25 points at three-quarter-time the Eagles kicked five goals to the Tigers' one in the last term the final score 13.12 (90) to 14.6 (90).
Defender-come-forward Jake Wilson made an impression with six goals while Harris Jennings was best-on-ground.
Hamilton had a tough day in its season opener against five-time reigning premier Koroit losing the match 52 to 129.
While Darren Ewing kicked 11 goals in Warrnambool's big win against Cobden and South Warrnambool and Camperdown were also victors.