Stratford stuns the Blues

Mitch Hawkins was best-on-ground in Stratford’s win over Orbost-Snowy Rovers.

Mitch Hawkins was best-on-ground in Stratford’s win over Orbost-Snowy Rovers.

STRATFORD produced a stunning return to form, defeating Orbost-Snowy Rovers by two points to remain in the East Gippsland football top four.

The Swans' 10.9 (69) to 9.13 (67) victory keeps them in fourth position on the ladder. It also throws open the race for second place and the double chance during the finals.

With two rounds before the finals, just four points separates the second-placed Blues and Wy Yung in fifth.

The signs were not good for the home side on Saturday, with Orbost kicking four goals to one to lead by 19 points at quarter-time. The Swans only took two points off the deficit by half-time.

But the Swans powered back into the match during the third term, kicking four goals to one, taking a three-point advantage into the final quarter.

When the final siren went, the Swans were eight points ahead before a Blues' goal cut the final margin to two.

The Swans' midfield provided the impetus for the victory, with Mitch Hawkins on the wing working well with Nick French and Liam Lemon.

Pat Gordon and Lewis Bolton stood-out in the forward, while Glenn Van Ruiswyk was solid in defence.

Jarrah Nettleton was best for the Blues, while Tom Smith leading all goal kickers with three.

Bombers bow out

LUCKNOW put paid to Boisdale-Briagolong's faint finals hopes, winning by 50 points at home.

Leading by four points at half-time, the visiting Bombers kicked just two goals in the second half while the Magpies booted 10 to win 14.17 (101) to 8.3 (51).

The Bombers failed to score in the first term as the Magpies kicked an inaccurate 2.7 to lead by 19 points at quarter-time.

The Bombers lifted in the second term, kicking six goals straight to the Lucknow's 2.1 to claim a half-time lead. That's as good as it got for the visitors.

Nicoll Sandison was best for the Bombers, kicking two goals, with Shaun Bates and Pat St John solid contributors.

Ryan Halford was best-on-groud for the Magpies, with Daniel Evans booting three goals.

The wins keeps the Magpies in third place, ahead of Stratford on percentage.

The seventh-placed Bombers are now three wins outside the top four.

LAKES Entrance also bowed out of the finals race after losing to Wy Yung at home by 15 points.

The Tigers trailed by 12 points at half-time, but kicked six goals to two after the main break to win 9.17 (71) to 8.8 (56). Inaccurate kicking for goal prevented a bigger win for the fifth-placed visitors.

Darcy Murray led the way for the Tigers, with Brayden McCarrey kicking three goals.

For Lakes, coach James Gibbs also booted three majors, with Nathan Pegler the Seagulls' best player.

TOP side Lindenow made light work of bottom-placed Paynesville, winning by 137 points.

The visiting Cats won 23.14 (152) to 1.9 (15).

Michael Preston kicked nine goals for the Cats and best-on-ground Luke Dyer six.

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