KOLORA Noorat overcame a slow start to comprehensively outplay Allansford in their Warrnambool and District league senior football match last Saturday.
The Power found themselves trailing by as much as four goals late in the second term, before a late burst of goals saw the Power enter the main break three points ahead.
Kolora Noorat then broke the game open with a 14 goals to three second half, going on to record a 22.8 (140) to 10.11 (71) victory.
Power coach Danny Finn said the win was good in the end but even he did not expect his side to be leading after the way most of the first half had panned out.
“We were lucky to be in front at half-time,” Finn said.
“Allansford made the play and were probably first in and a bit more proactive than us.
“It (the scoreboard) probably didn’t replicate how the game was being played at that moment.”
After an even first term in which the Power held a five point lead, Allansford made all the play early in the second quarter and appeared to be well in control of the match nearing half-time.
Having trailed for most of the quarter, Kolora Noorat responded late in the term and swung the game back in their favour with a flurry of goals.
“Probably a little bit of luck went our way in terms of a momentum swing,” Finn said.
“Allansford didn’t make us pay for their dominance.
“We had a five or six goal period of play where we got a run on and got it out of the middle and got it forward.”
While Finn admitted it was “bit of a surprise to be in front” at the main change, he said he addressed some concerns with his playing group, who responded in positive fashion in the second half.
The Power went on a goal scoring spree in the third term, kicking 9.1 to Allansford’s two behinds to lead by 56 points.
Kolora Noorat’s two forwards Ben Fraser (five goals) and Bailey Kemp (four) also started to impact the contest, as the Power was able to isolate the pair inside 50.
“The game completely changed (after half-time),” Finn said.
“The run on (late in the second term) obviously helped but a fair bit to do with it was changing how we wanted to play.
“We were a lot more aggressive and controlled the tempo and got it into Fraser and Kemp one on one.”
The Power finished the game strongly to record a 69 point win, which pleased Finn, but the coach was quick to point out that he wants his side to perform for “four quarters”.
Jonathon Gleeson was best on ground for Kolora Noorat, with the premiership wingman playing a different role against the Cats.
One of the Power’s best users of the football, Gleeson moved from the wing to play “behind the ball” in an effort to add “polish” and “run” out of the back half.
“Jono Gleeson was real good, he went to half back on Saturday,” Finn said.
“It’s not a new role for him but he’s been playing on a wing this year.
“He was our four quarter performer.”
Liam Howarth, Fraser and Lachlan Mackay also caught the coach’s eye with their performances.
“Liam Howarth was really good again,” Finn said.
“He played midfield and half forward and is starting to run into some nice form.
“(Ben) Fraser was real good again and Lachie Mackay was good in the ruck before moving into another role.”
Kolora Noorat faces Russells Creek this weekend at Mack Oval, with the Power carrying a familiar theme across the next few weeks.
Finn said the focus for his side would be ensuring they are on top in the contested ball stakes and quick to spread from the contest in their coming games.
“We have to really make sure we’re into the footy first and on the move with our spread,” Finn said.
“We were stagnant in those two areas on Saturday.”
In the other football matches, the Power prevailed in the reserves (68 points), the under 17.5s (44) and under 14.5s (11).