KOLORA-NOORAT has delivered the biggest statement about its flag credentials with a crucial 15-goal triumph against Timboon Demons.
The Power defeated the Demons 40-25 at Terang Recreation Reserve as part of the Super Saturday initiative with neighbour Terang Mortlake.
The win lifted the Glenice Justin-coached side to fourth with a 4-2 record. Old Collegians (6-0), Dennington (5-1) and Panmure (5-1) head the table.
Justin said beating the Demons was important for the Power, given both sides form part of a congested mid-table and are chasing finals berths.
“We’ve had those two tough rounds. I feel for us to cement our spot we’ve got to keep winning. From third to seventh or eighth, it’s anyone’s game,” she said.
“If you’re going to cement yourself in the five, you’ve got to keep winning those games.
“Last week we played Deakin and beat them and today we played Timboon and beat them. You’ve got to look at that as all positive.”
Kolora-Noorat increased its advantage over Timboon Demons the longer the match went on, gradually wearing down its opponent.
The Power led 9-6 at quarter-time, 17-10 at half-time and 29-17 at the last break. The 15-goal final margin was the biggest of the match.
Penny Smith shot 27 goals for the victors and earned best-on-court honours alongside defensive pair Kelly Mullen and the returned Tania Barbary.
Coach Hayley Plozza led the attack end for the Demons, dropping 19 goals. They named Chloe Marr, Prue Hunter and Emma Wilkie as their best.
Justin had high praise for sharpshooter Smith under the ring.
“She’s a nice, tall, strong girl, she’s learning to trust her body and realise she can mix it up there with the best of them,” she said.
In other A grade matches, unbeaten Old Collegians had to work hard for their 36-27 win against Deakin University at The Pond.
Allansford beat South Rovers 47-28 at Walter Oval, Dennington downed Nirranda 64-23 at Dennington Recreation Reserve and Merrivale kept in touch with the top five by accounting for East Warrnambool 54-20.