AN 11-goal to five second half gave Stratford a vital 51-point victory at Lakes Entrance.
The 21.12 (138) to 12.15 (87) victory increased the gap between the fifth-placed Swans and sixth-placed Seagulls to six points, and maintained the same margin to Lucknow in fourth on the East Gippsland football ladder.
The Swans were tested early, trailing by seven points at quarter-time before booting five goals to two in the second half to take an eight-point lead into half-time, though that could have been different if the home side had kicked straighter.
With their finals hopes still alive, the Swans dominated the second half.
Josh Kiss continued his great season, booting six goals, while Clint Gartung contributed three.
Kaine Kerton, Rowan Marsden, Dylan Cartwright and Matthew Tatterson put in solid efforts to lead the Swans to victory.
The Seagulls’ best were Nathan Pegler, Kane Thomson and James Beha, while Graham Sellings kicked four goals.
WY Yung defeated Lindenow by 43 points in the top of the table contest.
Lindenow led by a point at half-time before the Tigers booted six unanswered goals in the third term to put the contest out of the Cats’ reach. The Tigers won 15.18 (108) to 9.11 (65).
LUCKNOW helped to maintain its lead on Stratford on the ladder with a 128-point thumping of Orbost-Snowy Rovers.
Six unanswered goals in the first term set up the victory, as the Blues were unable to respond to the Magpies’ onslaught, going down 23.20 (158) to 4.6 (30).
PAYNESVILLE had the bye.