EMILY Porra might have to plan a pre-game cooking session after finding the recipe for success on Sunday.
The Old Collegians goal defender was influential in the Warriors' 63-47 Warrnambool and District league elimination final win over Timboon Demons.
Porra, 24, enjoyed some banter with the Warriors' bench during the second quarter at Merrivale Recreation Reserve.
"We were joking today because I made myself some special bliss balls before the game to get the protein up," she said.
"That was what that was about, it was a turnover on the centre pass and they turned to me and said 'what have you eaten? What did you have for tea last night?'."
Porra said she might need to incorporate the bliss balls into her first semi-final preparation.
"I'll be making them, I'll have to remember the recipe," she said.
Porra was part of a dominant Old Collegians' back court which helped the team race to a match-defining 16-goal lead.
"I was very happy with my game today but I do think it was a credit to the other girls as well," she said.
"Essentially they made me look good, Meagan (Forth) in wing defence and then Nicole (O'Shannessy) as well, which enabled me to create the turnovers.
"The same with Sara Quinn in goal keeper. Her ability to stick tight onto her player enabled me to get those turnovers that we needed."
Old Collegians co-coach Jess Toleman said Porra and Quinn benefitted from pressure up the court.
"It was definitely a team effort," she said.
"Emily and Sara were best on but I do believe they were best on because of the work that was put out in front of them and those girls creating the play for those girls in defence.
"The way the girls came out today showed they want to be here next week and I think they deserve to be there after the game they played."
NETBALL 3QT:— Justine McCullagh-Beasy (@JustineMB_29) August 18, 2019
Old Collegians withstand Timboon’s fast start and hold a commanding lead at the final break of their elimination final. Plenty of encouragement from coaches Jess Toleman and Meagan Forth on the sidelines. @WboolStandard
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Timboon coach Leah Sinnott conceded the Demons "were flat and we didn't have the defensive pressure we normally have or the passages we do".
"Credit to Collegians...they just came at us with everything," she said.
"We were caught napping for first half and tried lots of different changes to try and counteract that."
Sinnott praised Kelly Gowland for her "grit and tenacity with everything" and Raina Hunt for their contributions.
The first-year Demons mentor has committed for the 2020 WDFNL season and is bullish about what they can achieve.
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