ROUND 13 of East Gippsland football featured plenty of upsets, with the two top of the ladder teams losing.
Stratford was humbled at home by Lakes Entrance 23.19 (157) to 8.7 (55).
Beset by injuries to a number of star players, Stratford struggled from the beginning.
Nick French stood out up forward with two goals and was the Swans' best player, chasing contested possessions and taking good marks.
But it was not enough, as usually reliable goalkickers like Liam Lemon and Josh Kiss were sent to help out in the middle. This was telling in the third term, with a number of inaccurate set-shots.
The overwhelmed defence kept on fighting, but was unable to prevent goals from within Lakes' goal square.
Seagulls coach James Gibbs kicked seven goals, an impressive effort, followed by Mathew Dugins and Jake Sands with four apiece. Sean Kelly was best for the visitors.
The loss drops Stratford to third on the ladder, but as long as players like Regan Tait, Gavin Bickery, and Sam Brasington make a full recovery, the Swans will certainly be competitive in the run-up to the finals.
BOISDALE-Briagolong's woes continued, losing to Orbost-Snowy Rovers 20.17 (137) to 4.4 (28).
The win improved the Blues' percentage and pushed them into second on the ladder.
Hamish Nettleton was the Blues' best, and Nick Heyne led the goal kickers with five.
The Bombers' Nicoll Sandison, a handy ruckman and tall forward, was best in a challenging match, with a six goal to one behind first quarter.
THE highlight of Lucknow's patchy season would have to be defeating Lindenow by a single goal, 11.6 (72) to 10.6 (66).
The Cats have been unbeatable all year, and finally went down to fifth placed Lucknow in a very close match.
Lucknow was ten points up at half time, before the Cats clawed their way to a two point lead at three quarter time.
The Magpies were able to hold their nerve to get over the line in a very close finish.
Daniel Evans was the top scorer for Lucknow with three goals, and Daniel Gledhill was named best, while Michael Preston added another three goals to his season-leading tally of 64.
Travis Lawson was best for the visitors.
WY Yung made short work of Paynesville, winning 14.18 (102) to 10.5 (65).
Brayden McCarrey, who is second on the leading goal kickers, booted seven against the Gulls, with Andrew Rooney named best-on-ground.
Cory Pescod kicked three goals for the Gulls, with Jordan Farquhar their best.
A late four-goal surge from Paynesville wasn't enough to stop the Tigers, who are still sitting fourth on the ladder.