Stratford’s finals hopes on the line

STRATFORD’S bid to remain in contention for East Gippsland football finals takes it to Lindenow tomorrow.

The Swans’ win at Lakes Entrance kept them a win and a half outside the top four, with results needing to go their way over the next five rounds to make the finals.

After a tight first half, the Swans slammed on 12 goals to five to win by 51 points. The Swans played like a team hungry to make the finals, attacking with ease.

Josh Kiss is proving to be one of the league’s most dangerous forwards, having kicked 31 goals in his past six matches.

Kaine Kerton dominated in the ruck at Lakes Entrance, instigating many midfield moves.

Lindenow’s four-match winning streak came to a halt last weekend against premiership favourite Wy Yung.

With only a point in it at half-time, a 15-minute burst during the third term helped Wy Yung win by 43 points and extend its lead over the Cats at the top of the table to two and a half wins.

Last time the Swans met the Cats they led by 14 points at the final break before the premiers fought back to draw the match.

IN other EGFNL matches, Paynesville will host bottom side Orbost-Snowy Rovers tomorrow and Lucknow can go a long way to sealing a spot in the finals with an unlikely win over ladder leader Wy Yung on Sunday. Lakes Entrance has the bye.

For more read Friday’s Gippsland Times.