Power locked in to decider

Ben Fraser managed two goals in the first half as Kolora Noorat marched into the premiership decider.

KOLORA Noorat has advanced to the Warrnambool and District league senior football grand final after a dominant display last Saturday.

The Power were ruthless in their 51-point belting of minor premier Old Collegians in the second semi-final at Merrivale Recreation Reserve.

The result was made even more impressive after club leading goal kicker Ben Fraser was sidelined with a calf injury during the second term, while the Power also entered the clash without small forward Mark Clissold (hamstring) and assistant coach Ben Walsh (back).

Fraser still managed three goals in his limited playing time, as a makeshift forward line startled the Warriors defence.

The Power added big man Bailey Kemp to the mix and switched Paul McSween from defence to attack which resulted in him booting two majors.

The smaller brigade also provided plenty of life as Sam Harkin kicked two goals, single goal kickers included Kemp, Will Carter, captain Joey Conheady, Matt Harkin, Luke Tebble and veteran duo Ben Kenna and Jono Gleeson.

A best on ground performance from Joel Moloney helped guide the Power into the 2017 grand final.

Joel Moloney was named best on ground for the Power, not only racking up disposals at will, but creating countless passages of play which resulted in goals.

Old Collegians are yet to topple the Power in 2017, as the Noorat based club remains the only team to defeat the Warriors.

While both Clissold and Walsh are expected to be fit for the grand final, the wait will continue on Fraser.

The Power is expected to give the spearhead every chance to prove his fitness for the most important game of the season.

Kolora Noorat awaits the winner of this weekend’s preliminary final between Old Collegians and Nirranda in the premiership decider.

It will be Kolora Noorat’s sixth grand final appearance in the last decade.

This Saturday’s preliminary final has been moved from the Reid Oval to Merrivale Recreation Reserve due to the condition of Warrnambool’s premier ground.

Paddy Glennen was prolific in the reserves contest, despite his side suffering a heavy defeat.

The Power’s reserves are set to make use of the double chance after falling to Old Collegians last Saturday.

Kolora Noorat proved no competition for the Warriors, going down by 77 points.

The deficit was just one-point at quarter time before the Warriors stamped their authority on the game.

An eight goals to one final term drove the nail into the coffin, as the Power now gears up to face Merrivale this Saturday to earn another shot at Old Collegians in the premiership decider.

Coach Martin Wynd, his brother Damien, Jason Blackley and Jack Kenna were the Power’s only goal kickers.

Eamonn O’Connor was named best for his team, supported well by brother Declan, Ryan Robbins, Paddy Glennen and big man Warren Attrill.

Nick Hoare was named among the best in the Power’s under 17.5 victory.

The Power’s under 17.5 footballers earned the most direct path to the grand final, after the minor premiers held Old Collegians to just one goal in Saturday semi.

A seven-point quarter time lead quickly turned into a 35-point half-time advantage, as the Warriors remained goalless entering the third term.

The Power added a further five majors in the second half to win by 66 points.

Louis Cain and Luke McConnell both kicked three goals to do the major damage on the scoreboard.

Luke Justin, Bailey Karney, Nick Hoare, Ben O’Sullivan, Brad Lucas and Jacob Moloney were named in the best.

Kolora Noorat’s Jehrin Bateman is hounded by Rovers’ players during last Saturday’s under 14.5 match.

Another dominant display from Kolora Noorat’s under 14.5 side saw them book a spot in the grand final.

South Rovers remained goalless throughout the contest, as Riley Scanlon kicked two of the Power’s five majors in a 30-point triumph.

Henry Kenna was named best on ground, with Ned Payne, Declan Barbary, Ryley Hutchins, George Beasley and William Baker all playing their role in the victory.

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