ONE week after falling to the Timboon Demons in their first loss of the season, Kolora Noorat were again tested last Saturday.
Merrivale have experienced inconsistent form throughout season 2017, but turned up the heat early at home against the Power.
The Tigers led by three goals at the first break, before Kolora Noorat charged back in the second term, holding the hosts goalless to level the scores at half-time.
The third term ebbed and flowed, as Merrivale booted three goals to the Power’s two, as the Tigers held a six-point advantage with a quarter to play.
The visitors had six scoring shots to Merrivale’s two in the final term, overunning the Tigers to win by three points.
Midfielder Scott Judd was named best on ground for the Power.
Ben Fraser’s four-goal haul, was complemented nicely by wingmen Jono Gleeson and Will Carter.
Merrivale spearhead Jason Rowan again proved dangerous booting three majors.
The victory has all but sewn up a double chance for finals.
Following this weekend’s league bye, the Power’s next big challenge comes on July 22 as they visit red-hot reigning premiers Nirranda.
Accuracy in front of goal proved the catalyst behind the Power’s reserves football victory.
Kolora Noorat booted eight goals straight, needing four less scoring shots to get the job done by 11 points.
Two goals each from Martin Wynd and Stephen O’Brien led the way, while Mitchell Clark was named best on ground.
Despite trailing at quarter time, the Power’s under 17.5 footballers got the four points against Merrivale.
Jack Aitken led the Power’s goal kickers with three for the match, while Isaac Kenna and Thomas Henderson both managed two apiece.
Henderson and Kenna were also named in the best along with Caleb McLean, Luke Justin, Louis Cain and Charlie Scanlon.
It was a clean sweep on the football field for Kolora Noorat, as the under 14.5 side demolished the Tigers by 101 points.
Six goals from Riley Scanlon and four to Ned Payne saw them among the Power’s biggest contributors.
Also named in the best were Sam Kenna, Michael Hoey, Bailey Kavenagh and Henry Kenna.
The A grade netballers scored a hard-fought three goal win to remain two games clear of the pack in third position.
The Power by three at quarter time and two at the main break, before Merrivale made its move in the third term.
Trailing by one goal at three quarter time, the Power made all the right moves in the final term to secure a 35-32 victory.
Jocelyn McDonald scored 19 goals and shooter Emma Lucas netted 16 to be named in the best along with Alison Kenna.
In other senior grade matches, the Power won A reserve 32-18 and triumphed 26-19 in the B grade clash.
Despite battling hard in the second half, Kolora Noorat’s 17 and under netballers fell by three goals to sixth placed Merrivale.
In 15 and under, the Power scored just three goals over the final three quarters to fall by 22 goals.
The 13 and under side enjoyed more success, winning 26-14, led by Elizabeth Justin, Chloe Vick and Isabelle Kenna.