Stratford celebrates first win

STRATFORD celebrated its first win in the East Gippsland Football-Netball League after a 46-point victory over Orbost-Snowy Rovers.

Stratford led at every change, taking a two-goal lead into the first change before an even second quarter where both sides booted four goals each.

The Swans broke away in the second half, conceding just two goals and booting seven themselves to finish with a comfortable 46-point win over the Blues, 14.12 (96) to 7.8 (50).

Jamie Willox proved the focal point up forward with five majors, while Matthew Tatterson and Samuel Breakspear booted two each.

Gavin Bickery continued his fine form, setting up numerous attacks from defence while Pat Goodman, Lewis Bolton, Josh Kiss and Cory Kee were all prominent for the home side.

Dean Combridge was the only multiple goal scorer for the visitors with three, while Darren Granger was the Blues’ best.

LUCKNOW continued its impressive start to the season with a 42-point win over reigning premier Lindenow.

A six-goal to to two second quarter set up the win, with both sides booting six goals in the second half. The Magpies won 15.15 (105) to 9.9 (63).

LAKES Entrance also scored its first win for season 2012 with a narrow 13-point win over an inaccurate Paynesville on Saturday night.

A six-goal to three first quarter set up the home side’s win, taking a 28-point lead into the long break. Inaccurate kicking hurt Paynesville, scoring seven behinds in the second quarter.

The visitors found their range in the third term with three goals straight to reduce the margin to 19 points, but inaccuracy was again costly in the final term with one goal seven to fall 13 points short, 10.10 (70) to 7.15 (57).