KOLORA Noorat coach Danny Finn was pleased with the performance of his players despite losing to Old Collegians in the round 18 Warrnambool and District league senior football match last Saturday.
The second quarter proved the difference in the result, with the Warriors kicking three unanswered goals as they went on to register a 10.13 (73) to 6.6 (42) victory.
Finn was pleased with how his side performed after they made several changes before the first bounce, as the club adopted a no risk policy.
Any player who felt they were in doubt of getting through the match did not play, with their replacements stepping up in their absence in “tough conditions”.
“We were really happy with our performance and effort,” Finn said.
“We had some changes in personnel but everyone that came in played their role.
“I was pretty happy with the performance despite getting beaten.”
After a close opening term in which the Power trailed by eight points, the Warriors started to seize control of the match in the second quarter.
They kicked three unanswered goals to push their margin out to 28 points at the main break, with the second quarter proving to be the difference in the end result.
The contest was much more even in the second half, with both sides kicking four goals apiece as the Warriors recorded a 31 point win.
Sam Harkin kicked three goals in a best on ground performance for the Power, while Lachlan McKay, Ben Walsh, Jake Richardson, Patrick Moloney and Luke Justin all played well for the Power.
Post-match, Finn said he noticed the Warriors tried a few positional things with their key players, but apart from that they played as expected.
While he thinks his side will be able to cover those changes if they are made this weekend, he said the contest gave him one big insight into his own side.
Finn said the Power were able to apply “their method” for parts of the game last Saturday, but knows what it can do if they can sustain it for longer.
“It (the match) reinforced that if we bring our method for four quarters, we can apply some really good pressure,” he said.
Kolora Noorat’s attention has quickly turned to their fourth consecutive WDFNL finals campaign under Finn.
The outgoing coach said the club’s other football sides will also play finals footy, with competition for spots in the senior side hot at the moment.
Finn added the feeling around the club was “really good”, with two of the three sides set to play this weekend.
“We’ve got our juniors under 14.5s and 17.5s in also,” Finn said.
“In terms of footy, we’re all there bar the reserves.
“We’re all really excited for Saturday and Sunday.”
Finn said he was expecting an interesting game on Saturday, with conditions set to be pretty ordinary.
He is expecting some changes to the Warriors line-up, with the addition of some height to what he said is already a small side.
Finn said they had “five or six out” including some of their key talls and key ball winners, but he is expecting most of them to take the field.
Finn said the Power’s defence would match-up better if the Warriors go taller in their attacking 50.
He said the two sides have similar midfields, but he thinks the difference will be up forward for his side, where Finn thinks the Power has an edge over the Warriors.
“They run hard forward well, but if we can turn them over and get it in (forward 50) quickly, we can worry them,” he said.
In the remaining games, the season came to an end for the reserves, finishing eighth on the ladder after they were beaten by 71 points.
The under 17.5s defeated the top of the table Warriors side by 13 points, while the under 14.5s went through the home and away season undefeated after winning by 108 points.