Merrivale had Dane Swan but Kolora-Noorat had the Power to win.
Ben Walsh's side kept Merrivale goalless in the first half to run out 12.11 (83) to 5.11 (41) winners at Merrivale Recreation Reserve on Saturday.
Swan, a 2010 Collingwood premiership player, picked up plenty of disposals and showcased his class as he played forward, back and midfield.
He kicked a major in the final quarter which was met with a cheer from the Tigers' clubrooms.
While disappointed by the loss, Merrivale Josh Sobey said it was great to have the 2011 Brownlow medallist on board for the day.
"For the community, for the club, for both team's players, through the pandemic you couldn't ask for anything better, really," he said.
"With businesses shutdown and understanding the impact it's had, something like this really puts a smile on everyone's face so really appreciate Chicken (Ricky Nixon) and Swanny coming down, thoroughly enjoyed it but just didn't quite get the result we were after."
Sobey valued Swan's contribution.
"He's certainly a good player, we found he certainly found some ball through the middle and half-back," he said.
"If we could possible keep him for a few more weeks that would be nice," he added with a laugh.
Sobey felt the Tigers' delivery forward early didn't help Swan and the other Tigers' forwards.
The Merrivale mentor feels his side needs to get better under pressure.
"We understand where we are going wrong and what we need to improve, we've just got to be better at executing it against quality sides when we're put under pressure," he said.
Walsh labeled it one of his side's "best performances for the year".
He praised his group for dealing well with pressure - something the Power has been working on.
"I thought a couple of times this year, the Nirranda and Panmure games, which were quite tight, we probably just didn't handle periods of those games very well in terms of momentum shifts and probably lost our way a little bit," he said.
He felt the players improved in that area against the Tigers.
"We just held our nerve, our leaders stood up, our communication around the ground was great," he said.
Walsh encouraged his players to do the little things away from training to get better with the Power on track for another finals series.
"We're probably in a bit of a unique situation with the location of our players, a lot of our guys live in Geelong and a few in Melbourne and Ballarat so it's about the players taking responsibility for their own game in terms of their recovery and fitness and things like that," he said.
Neither side sustained injuries.
Kolora-Noorat 3.2, 6.4, 8.7, 12.11 (83)
Merrivale 0.3, 0.6, 3.7, 5.11 (41)
Kolora-Noorat : Scott Judd 4, Mark Clissold 2, Nick Marshall 1, Jacob Mahony 1, Ryley Hutchins 1, Luke McConnell 1, Nicholas Hoare 1, Justin Wallace 1
Merrivale : Blair McCutcheon 2, Dane Swan 1, Oliver Watson 1, Nathan Krepp 1
Kolora-Noorat : Scott Judd, Joel Moloney, Luke McConnell, Benjamin O'Sullivan, Jake Richardson
Merrivale : Samuel Doukas, Blair McCutcheon, Manny Sandow, Tate Porter, Mark Stewart, James Fary
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