Old Collegians coach Josh Reichman holds no fears of Warrnambool’s Reid Oval as his side prepares for its third straight Warrnambool and District league grand final appearance.
The Warriors booked a spot in next weekend’s decider with a 11.11 (77) to 8.7 (55) victory over Kolora-Noorat on the same oval they will play Nirranda.
“We really want to hit Nirranda on a ground like this and getting a really good win the week before is going to be a huge advantage for us,” Reichman said.
“It’s perfect to have a test like this before next week as Nirranda had it against us two years ago and they got to play it and they played it well come grand final day.
“So I don’t know if they have played it much this year at all but it’s an advantage to get on the ground and play it so we will try and run with that.”
The playing coach believed the Reid Oval suited his side’s style of play, which was able to cut through the Power defence in the 22-point victory.
“The way we chip the ball around and cut angles I think it can really suit our game,” Reichman said.
“If our skills are on, like they were today, we can chew through teams through the middle and use the whole ground to our advantage.”
Despite the confidence-boosting victory, Reichman still marked some room for improvement ahead of next Saturday’s season finale.
“We missed a few opportunities going forward and we could have used it differently going forward,” he said.
“That’s something we will continue to work on and if we can get those last two disposals into our forward line we are going to be a lot better suited.”
Reichman commended his back line for its effort in keeping the Power to eight goals for the game.
“I thought our backs and the way they set up stood out today,” he said.
“Aaron Williams was vital early chopping off marks. Danny (Daniel) Weel was good also and Paul Campbell in his 150th was good.”
Blake Rudland-Castles was named best on ground for the Warriors, while familiar faces in Weel, Sam Dwyer, Scott Lenehan and Izaac Dwyer were also prominent around the ground.
Reichman praised ex-Warriors captain Paul Campbell after he played his 150th game.
“He captained for two years and he has been at the club his whole life,” he said.
“He has given the club a great service in the time he has been here.”
Alex Wallis, Sam Dwyer and Bodie Hibberson were the only multiple goal scorers (two goals each) from the Warriors’ nine individual goal-kickers.
Old Collegians got through the game unscathed with only sore bodies from the physical contest to deal with.