KOLORA Noorat’s under 17.5 football side went back-to-back after they defeated Merrivale in their grand final last Saturday.
The Power surged clear after a close battle in the opening term, kicking 10 goals to three in the final three quarters to win 13.5 (83) to 5.6 (36).
Power coach Patrick Glennen said his players entered the match with level heads and “stuck to the task at hand”, “applying themselves well” in what was a “pleasing” victory.
“The boys were aware of what they needed to do and everyone bought into what they had to do and contributed, which was pleasing,” he said.
Glennen said that in the lead-up to the match, his players had put aside talk of going back-to-back.
However, he was quick to add the possibility of what could occur never left their thoughts.
“That thought was always in the back of their minds, but we tried to keep a lid on it especially with Merrivale beating us twice in the season,” he said.
“The boys knew it wasn’t as clear cut as some thought it was going to be.”
He said going back-to-back was a “terrific” achievement, particularly for the core group of players that remained after last season.
Glennen said at least seven to eight players had moved into the club’s senior ranks following the 2017 flag, while a number from this year’s side spent time playing senior football across the season.
“For them to come back (from senior football) and play in a junior premiership is a really good effort,” he said.
Merrivale started the match with the first two goals, before Isaac Kenna opened Kolora Noorat’s account.
Goals to Luke Justin and Ned Payne followed, helping the Power to an eight point quarter time lead.
Merrivale hit back at the start of the second term before Kenna added a second, before another Tigers’ goal brought the margin back to a point.
However, the Power started to get on top late in the term, with goals to Nick Hoare and Robert McInnes, along with Kenna’s third pushed their lead out to 18 points.
Glennen said the first quarter and half was a tight tussle, but slowly the Power was able to nudge ahead.
He said they gained momentum late in the second quarter, which allowed them to break the game well and truly open in the third quarter.
Four unanswered goals to Justin, Thomas Henderson (two) and Sam Kenna effectively sealed victory and put Kolora Noorat 42 points ahead at the final change.
The last term saw Merrivale register their only goal for the second half five minutes into the last quarter before McInnes added a second for his side.
Another late Power goal pushed the margin out to 47 points at the final siren, as Kolora Noorat secured a second successive premiership.
Ned Payne received the best on ground medal from the umpires, while Kolora Noorat’s best was not as easily picked according to Glennen.
While Isaac Kenna, Robert McInnes, Caleb McLean, Thomas Henderson, Nick Hoare and Jack Aitken were named the best players, he said there was a long list of players that played well.
“It was a pretty even spread,” he said.
“I really struggled to pick the best players; it went down to the 10th or 11th player which was pleasing.”