Power outage in preliminary final

Gippsland Power were beaten by Oakleigh in the TAC Cup preliminary final at the weekend. file photograph

Gippsland Power were beaten by Oakleigh in the TAC Cup preliminary final at the weekend. file photograph

Gippsland Power's 2018 season has come to a grinding halt at the hands of Oakleigh Chargers in the TAC Cup preliminary final on Saturday, 17.13 (115) to 3.4 (22).

Oakleigh was bolstered for the clash with a full list for the first time all season while the absence of Power key defender Kyle Reid was noticeable across the back from the first bounce.

The Chargers peppered a staggering 15 unanswered goals before Power scored their first through Caleb Serong – in the final term – to blow the margin past 100 points.

Coach Leigh Brown labelled the loss a "disappointing way to finish a year", but admitted there were a myriad of positives to take out of the season.

"To finish second and get that opportunity in the top four and have the week off ... I thought we played really well in our first final last week and unfortunately it didn't carry over this week," Brown said.

"It's been a good season and a long one, a lot of travel and we've been able to blood a lot of bottom-age boys which holds us in really good stead next year."

Power strung together three consecutive majors in the final term to save themselves from a goalless scorecard – another positive according to Brown.

"I thought the way we finished off the game was a positive but today there weren't too many," he said.

Oakleigh will now meet powerhouse Dandenong Stingrays in this weekend's grand final.

"We were up against a really good side who will give Dandenong a fair shake [this] week I would imagine, and they are a really slick team," Brown said.

Much of Power's list will be retained with a strong crop of 24 bottom-agers in line for selection again in 2019.

"It was great experience for our group and it should burn a little bit and hurt and they'll go away and hopefully it'll drive the boys to have a really strong preseason, particularly those bottom-age boys, and we wish our top-age boys all the best in whatever the future holds for them," Brown said.

"For now it hurts a little bit and we'll regroup and get ready to go again for next year."

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