KOLORA-Noorat coach Ben Kenna has lauded the attitude of his players as they chase redemption for their worst display of the season.
The Power was inaccurate and faded badly in losing to Panmure by 20 points in the second semi-final at Mortlake last weekend.
The defeat condemned it to a preliminary final against Dennington at Reid Oval today, a contest which looms as a danger match for the minor premier.
Kenna yesterday conceded the Power performed below-par against the Bulldogs.
He said he had put the responsibility of bouncing back on to the players and had been pleased with their response.
“Both nights have been really good. There’s been a lot of energy on the track, particularly last night. We had guys travel back from Melbourne to get to training, which is good commitment,” he said.
“We had close to all of the senior list on the track. That feeling wasn’t there last week through the week.”
Kenna said the Power had an open discussion after training on Thursday about their response.
He said the players had resolved to do everything they could to turn opportunity into a premiership.
“It came up from a couple of guys that we’ve been up there all year, you don’t lose your ability overnight,” he said.
“You’ve got to bring that effort and commitment to the contest. We think we can turn around the game from last week. We were a little bit reactive. We have to initiate the play a bit more.
“The appreciation for the contest has to be up, we’ve got to be hungrier. I thought we were OK but not great.”
Kolora-Noorat named an unchanged side for the preliminary final, with Kenna resisting the temptation to make a statement at the selection table.
The Power have twice beaten the Dogs convincingly, asserting their dominance the longer the contests went on.
The midfield — Luke Rounds, Sean Bourke, ruckman Brodie Edge and Joe Kenna — took the honours on both occasions.
The half-back line was also resilient, particularly when conceding just 2.6 in round 14.
Kolora-Noorat again starts favourite today but Kenna said he was wary of an opponent in season-best form.
“It’s like last year, they came from fifth and made the preliminary final,” Kenna said.
“They’ve got momentum at the right time, which is what every side needs and wants.
“We’ve got to respect that.”