THE ghosts of grand finals past were put to bed for Kolora-Noorat on Saturday when it marched home with the premiership cup.
The Power went into the game having lost the last three reserves grand finals.
But Saturday was to be a day of atonement with a 31-point win over Dennington.
It was the Power’s fifth straight reserves grand final appearance and second reserves premiership — the first coming in 2009.
The win was built on a solid if not spectacular start, with the Power holding firm despite kicking against a reasonable breeze blowing to the northern end of Reid Oval.
Dennington managed just one goal for the first quarter while the Power got two of their own to lead by six points at the first break.
The leaders then built on that early advantage, kicking two unanswered second-quarter goals to lead at half-time by 16 points.
With the game in their keeping the Power were not going to give up their ascendancy, keeping control in the second half to extend the lead and walk off as premiers.
Kolora-Noorat playing coach Josh Dillon said it was good to get the win after coming so close the last three seasons.
“There are a lot of new players in the team this year but there are also some of the blokes who have lost the grand finals in the last few years, so it was great to get over the line,” Dillon said.
“We got off to a good start and were able to restrict them early and kick some goals ourselves which really helped.”
Dillon led his team well from his roles across half-back and in the midfield while Tom Clissold was the game’s only multiple goalkicker with two.
The medals for best on ground went to Kolora-Noorat duo Paul Gleeson and Paul McSween.
Dillon praised the work of both across half-back, Gleeson winning the Michael Dawson Medal and McSween the Don Grossman Medal.
For Dennington it was a couple of veterans in Mark Phillips and Joey Chatfield who served them best.