Kenna thrives despite Power reshuffle

KOLORA-Noorat coach Ben Kenna says he has been pleased with the efforts of new full-forward Tom Kenna.

The off-season departures at the Power have prompted a positional reshuffle, the most notable being the shift of Tom into the forward line.

The premiership player spent last season at half-back as teammates Mark Clissold and Sam Moloney unleashed on opposition defences.

But with both finding new football homes in the off-season, Tom has answered a call to give the side a tall marking option in attack.

“He’s been pretty reliable each week up there without kicking a lot of goals,” Ben said, describing the move as “out of necessity pretty much”.

“He doesn’t care what his role is for the team, which you would expect from most players.”

The Power takes on Deakin University at Noorat Recreation Reserve today hoping to improve its record to 3-2.

Coach Ben, Luke Kenna, Michael Tebble and Daniel O’Connell will miss. Damien Wynd, Martin Wynd, Jonathon Sloane and Brad Hillman are the inclusions.

Deakin University regains height in the form of ruckman Mitch Hodgson. Adam Williams, Dylan Walsh, recruit Jack Ryan and Aiden Bourke also come in.

But Brent Astle rolled an ankle last weekend and will miss, along with Jed Rodgers, Jarrod Stafford, Jake Zippel and Brandon Cole.

Deakin University coach Trent Anderson said the Sharks’ second-tier players needed to stand taller if they were to end a three-match losing streak. Anderson, who sidelined with a broken foot, said player changes had been a frustrating factor in their disappointing start.

“I reckon don’t hit the panic button yet. I reckon we can come back. Our best football when we play it is up there with a lot of these clubs,” he said.

“But if we go out there and it’s not our best football, we’re going to get annihilated.”

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