Bombers back in form

Boisdale-Briagolong defeated Lucknow at home on Saturday.

Boisdale-Briagolong defeated Lucknow at home on Saturday.

BOISDALE-Briagolong found its form again with a thrilling win over Lucknow in East Gippsland football.

The Bombers won at home 17.5 (107) to 11.10 (76).

Players wore orange armbands in support of Orange Round, raising awareness of men's violence against women and children. These bands symbolise respect, dignity and equality.

The Bombers were well-disciplined, pushing themselves in front with a seven-goal second quarter before Lucknow attempted a comeback.

The one-point margin at three-quarter-time left supporters nervous, but Boisdale came back strong with a final quarter which left the Magpies with only a single scoring shot.

Jake Weatherley, who kicked four goals, and Danny Pratt, three, worked very well together, especially in the second half, with Weatherley finding Pratt from the midfield with almost every kick.

At one point early in the fourth quarter, Weatherley attempted a long bomb from the centre square, with the ball bouncing just in front of the posts. A Lucknow player ran straight underneath it, with Bomber Jayden Pratt following behind to pick it up and punt it through, putting the Bombers back in front.

Pratt also kicked the final goal of the match after the siren.

Shaun Bates was named best after another strong game, and Simon Jackson and Billy Marshall also impressed.

Bombers coach Dylan McLaren said he couldn't be more proud.

"They flogged us in round two by about a hundred points, so we sort of wanted to play defensive pressure because they smashed us all over ground," he said.

"Much to the boys' credit, apart from about ten minutes in the third, they did it really well."

James Sanford was best for Lucknow, and Shaun Ryan top-scored with three.

The loss drops Lucknow to sixth on the ladder, while Boisdale is now fifth.

Strong win for Swans

STRATFORD recorded another strong win against Orbost-Snowy Rovers, 22.11 (143) to 13.8 (86).

Pat Gordon was the star, with six goals for the Swans, followed by Liam Lemon with four and Tim Hawkins with three.

Nine goals in the second term left the Blues gasping and set up the win.

Ruckman Regan Tait put in another excellent performance to be named best for the second week in a row for the Swans, while Ryan Wait was best for Orbost.

Curtley Nettleton and Alex Saunders kicked three each for the Blues.

BRAYDEN McCarey kicked five goals to push Wy Yung into the top four, winning over Lakes Entrance 15.11 (101) to 10.8 (68).

In a consistent theme across the round, the Tigers had a slow start before powering away in the second quarter, this time by eight goals.

Wy Yung was kept to two scoring shots in the third, but the damage was done.

James Gibbs kicked two for the Seagulls and was their best, with Matt Arnold best for Wy Yung.

LINDENOW polished off Paynesville 22.17 (149) to 4.5 (29).

The Gulls are rebuilding, but the ladder-leaders showed no mercy.

Leading goal kicker Michael Preston kicked seven to take his total to 55, 22 goals clear of Orbost's Curtley Nettleton.

Darren Allen was named best for the Cats, and kicked four, while Dale Turvey was best for Paynesville.

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