Power surge before finals

Laurimar are just one win away from the Northern Football Netball League division three minor premiership after a 59-point win over rival Mernda.

Wet and wild conditions prevailed for much of the local derby, but it didn’t trouble the Power who started well with a four goal to one first term.

Mernda struggled to get on the scoreboard in the second term, adding just two behinds while Laurimar extended its lead to 34-point with a three goal quarter.

The Power came out for the second half with the same intensity, blowing their lead out to 54 points with a four goal to one quarter, before a deluge of hail fell on Waterview Recreation Reserve just before the three-quarter time siren.

Laurimar was only able to add one more goal to its tally before the final siren, but the result was determined well before that.

The Power are a game clear on top of the ladder, but still need to win at home against South Morang this week to guarantee the minor premiership.

They can miss out with a loss and a win for Panton Hill over Reservoir.

Mernda is still in the finals race, half a game behind fourth-placed South Morang.

The Demons can sneak into the finals with a win over Old Eltham Collegians in Eltham this week and a South Morang loss.

Mernda 2.11 (23) def by Laurimar 12.10 (82)

MERNDA
Goals: R. Kannegiesser, A. Talbot.
Best: B. Dimech, A. Bradford, T. Sparkes, M. Dean, C. Cawsey, R. Kannegiesser

LAURIMAR
Goals: M. Golby 5, J. McKinnon 2, J. Cecil 2, M. Brennan, E. Frawley, J. Leather
Best: M. Golby, J. Stewart, J. Cecil, M. Thompson, K. Sheehan, J. Leather

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