STRATFORD managed to demolish Lucknow in appalling conditions during East Gippsland football’s round 12.
The Swans won 7.8 (50) to 4.7 (31) at home, making better use of the ball up forward to deliver goals.
There were notable dead zones on the ground, with players scrapping through the mud to gain possession.
A chilly wind and plenty of rain kept things reasonably unpredictable, but Stratford adapted well and threw players at the ball — the quarter-time score was 1.4 (10) to 1, and it was hard going for both teams from there.
Adding to the unpredictability, the electronic scoreboard was knocked out for most of the match, until the netball court’s was dragged out.
Haydn Erfurth led the goal kickers with five, his teammates able to find him from any angle, and ruckman Lachie Heywood was named best-on-ground ahead of midfield Lewis Bolton and the hardworking Nathan Pollard, who made the most of the centre clearances.
Aidan Jewell was best for Lucknow.
BOISDALE-BRIAGOLONG is still in the finals race after defeating Lindenow 7.14 (56) to 5.5 (35) on the Cats’ home patch.
The Bombers took the lead in the second quarter, but were held to just a single point in the third.
Indicating a considerable headwind, Lindenow was then score-less in the fourth as Boisdale-Briag romped home, kicking four goals straight to win.
Jeremy Reid was the stand-out, with three goals, and captain Shaun Bates was named best.
Luke Dyer kicked three for the Cats.
LAKES Entrance and Wy Yung were the winners in the other matches, defeating Paynesville by 101 points and Orbost-Snowy Rovers by 90 points respectively.