TURNING momentum in a game is something top sides are renowned for.
Kolora-Noorat, sitting second on the Warrnambool and District league ladder with two rounds to play, has been working on that aspect of its game.
It proved crucial against South Rovers in a rain-soaked match on Saturday with the Power turning a narrow eight-point half-time lead into a 9.12 (66) to 4.7 (31) win.
"We've spoken a few times about wanting to get good at handling the pressure or momentum changes so it was a good opportunity at half-time to work our way through that when things weren't going perfectly to plan," coach Ben Walsh said.
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"That was the most pleasing part - we were able to come out positively in the third quarter and play really well after we came into the rooms at half-time frustrated with how it was going."
Walsh said his half-time address centred around positivity.
"It was more about how you can help other people and getting frustrated doesn't help anyone in terms of body language and the way we communicate," he said.
"It was more about looking at some solutions and being positive, energetic and enthusiastic."
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The Power kicked six goals to two in the second half as players like Joel Moloney took control.
"The first half was a bit of an arm-wrestle and we got going after half-time and were able to break it open a bit," Walsh said.
"It took a fair bit of doing. It was hard work with the conditions.
"It was great conditions for someone like Joel Moloney but we were happy with everyone competed.
"Nick Hoare was really clean and some of the other midfielders, like Tom McKenzie and Scott Judd, were also pretty creative when there was lots of numbers around (the ball).
"To be able to squeeze out possession gave us some space."
South Rovers coach Adam Matheson said the fifth-placed Lions showed they could match the Power - one of competition's premiership contenders - for large patches.
"We thought we played pretty well and were probably just beaten by a better team in the end," he said.
"Our endeavour at the contested footy was fantastic and everything we spoke about we did.
"We probably just didn't capitalise on a couple of things and apply a bit more scoreboard pressure. But apart from that we were pretty happy with our performance."
Matheson said Joe Higgins was the Lions' best and "Trent Harman was very good as well".
"We had a couple of young fellas who stood up in very trying conditions - Sam Hodgins, Jack Dowd and Eamon Dowd," he said.
"They played really well for young kids in their first year of senior footy really."
Lion pair Kieran Timms (quad) and Caleb McNaughton (concussion) were hurt.
Matheson said McNaughton would miss round 17 under the concussion protocols.
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