EIGHT goals from Josh Kiss sealed Stratford’s place in the East Gippsland football finals, helping the Swans to a 26-point win over Paynesville.
Stratford’s 16.12 (108) to 11.16 (82) victory keeps it six points clear of Wy Yung, which was threatening to break into the finals race.
The match was close until the final quarter, when the Swans picked up 4.4 to Paynesville’s 1.4, pulling ahead from an eight point lead at three-quarter-time.
Kiss was supported by Sam Brasington, who kicked two goals, and best-on Jesse Broadbent.
Best for the Gulls, Beau Haslam kicked three.
While Stratford will be happy to be back on the winner’s list for the second week in a row after having a rough patch last month, the fact bottom-placed Paynesville was nipping at its heels for three quarters should be concerning as preparation for the finals begins.
Big loss for Bombers
BOISDALE-BRIAGOLONG suffered through a heavy loss to Lakes Entrance, losing 25.22 (172) to 10.8 (68).
The Seagulls hit the ground running, with a nine-goal to two first quarter.
Nine goal kickers shared the spoils for Lakes, including coach James Gibbs, who kicked six.
The Bombers were cursed with awful accuracy, which frustrated usually reliable players like Cal Egan.
Egan did put in a good performance tackling in the midfield, as did Alistair Sandison, who took on ruck duties.
Mathew Goodwin stood out with four goals, and Jonty Landy got two, including one from a ridiculous angle near the goal square.
Patrick St John was best-on-ground for the home team, while Kane Thompson, who kicked five, was best for the Seagulls.
LINDENOW was tested by Wy Yung, only winning by 13 points.
Tellingly, the Tigers’ behinds count may have been their undoing, as they lost 11.5 (71) to 7.16 (58).
Lindenow’s Michael Preston pushed his season total to 88 with five more goals, and Will Blackley was best, while Wy Yung’s top goal scorer Brayden McCarrey added three more, with Josh Broome best.
ORBOST-SNOWY Rovers were overrun by Lucknow at home, with the Magpies winning 14.14 (98) to 7.13 (55).
Interestingly, Lucknow blew a strong early lead, with the Blues only scoring a single point in the first quarter as the opposition kicked six goals.
The Magpies were kept to just three behinds in the second, and Orbost was three points ahead at half time, but couldn’t build the momentum, kicking a single behind again in the third.
Lucknow’s five goals in the final term sealed the win.
Brent Isles kicked three for the visitors, leading eight other goal kickers, and William Siana was the Magpies’ best. Max Battel was best for Orbost.