KOLORA-Noorat’s shock loss in the Warrnambool and District league preliminary final will have ramifications on its reserves side this weekend.
The Power will take on Dennington in the reserves grand final at Reid Oval on Sunday without the services of three top players.
Under WDFNL bylaws, open-age footballers can play no more than eight senior matches to be eligible for reserves finals.
The only exception is if a club has both its senior and reserves sides playing on the same weekend.
But the Power is out of the senior football flag race, which means three players will be ineligible to play in the reserves season decider.
The trio are Joe O’Sullivan, Sam Elford and Dominic Kenna.
O’Sullivan played seniors in all 18 home-and-away rounds before featuring in the reserves for the second semi-final.
Elford ran out with the seniors 16 times, while Kenna featured on 15 occasions.
The omissions mean Kolora-Noorat coach Josh Dillon will have to search elsewhere for replacements. But there are answers.
Luke Kenna has played seniors just seven times this season and is free to run out with the reserves on Saturday.
Teenager George O’Sullivan is also eligible for the grand final, despite having played every senior match, because the rule does not apply to under 17½ players.
Dennington does not have the same issues because its seniors and reserves will both feature in grand finals.