Terang Express
Power fires pre-finals warning shot

KOLORA Noorat made light work of fellow top three side Merrivale in round 18 of Warrnambool and District league football.

The Power proved dominant throughout the contest, extending their lead at every change.

A seven goal second term saw them head into half-time with a 51 point advantage, and while the flow of goals lessened in the second half, they remained steadfast in defence en route to an 18.11

(119) to 6.4 (40) triumph at Noorat Recreation Reserve.

Ben Reid booted five goals for the home side to be the leading goal kicker on the day, with key forward Ben Fraser contributing four.

Jason Moloney finished the match with two goals, with singles to Ben Walsh, Harry O’Sullivan, Luke McConnell, Nick Hoare, Bailey Kemp, Scott Judd and Luke Justin.

As reward for finishing on top of the ladder, Kolora Noorat will take this weekend off before returning in the second semi-final against the winner of Nirranda versus Merrivale on August 24.

A low scoring reserves encounter saw the Power prevail 3.4 (22) to 1.5 (11).

Louis Cain, Matthew Harkin and Thomas Clissold all hit the scoreboard for the victors, as Warren Attrill was named best on ground.

These two sides could potentially cross paths again in finals, with Kolora Noorat opening its campaign this Saturday against Old Collegians at D.C. Farran Oval.

The Tigers will play Allansford in Sunday’s elimination final at Merrivale Recreation Reserve.

Kolora Noorat’s under 18 footballers wrapped up the double chance courtesy of a 10.8 (68) to 6.2 (38) win over the Tigers.

A fast start proved pivotal for the home side as they opened with four goals to nil in the first quarter.

Merrivale clawed their way back to within 11 points by three quarter time, however the Power kept its opposition goalless in the final term to record a comfortable win.

League leading goal kicker Ryley Hutchins continued his dominance with a four goal haul, while Charlie Scanlon was named best on ground.

The Power secured second position as a result of the five goal triumph with Merrivale ending the home and away season fourth.

Kolora Noorat will now play Timboon Demons in this Saturday’s qualifying final, while the Tigers meet Old Collegians in a sudden death encounter on Sunday.

The Power’s under 15 footballers will enter their finals campaign on a high following a 12.16 (88) to 1.1 (7) victory over Merrivale.

The home side had four multiple goal kickers, with Lucas and Nick Castersen, Jacan Brooks and Fred Beasley all slotting two majors.

Ryley Hutchins won his second league goal kicking award after booting one in a best on ground display.

The result secured Kolora Noorat top position on the ladder, earning them a week’s rest to open the 2019 finals series.

They now await the winner of South Rovers versus Timboon Demons in the second semi-final on August 24.