Stratford off target

INACCURACY cost Stratford as it went down to Paynesville by 39 points in round 17 of East Gippsland football.

The Swans led by four points at quarter-time and could have enjoyed a bigger lead than the 14 points at half-time. Stratford kicked 3.6 in the second term, and further inaccuracy would prove costly for the Swans in the second half.

The Gulls turned the match on its head in the third term, booting eight goals to one to take a five-goal lead into the final change.

Stratford had its opportunities to reduce the gap in the final term, scoring six behinds to go with its two goals, while Paynesville managed four majors of its own to run out a comfortable victor, 16.14 (110) to 9.17 (71).

Nicholas Pincott and Keith Ritchie scored five and four goals respectively for the Gulls, while Jarryd Clohesy was Stratford’s major goal scorer with three.

Alan Beechey, Pat Goodman, Rowan Marsden and Lewis Bolton were other solid contributors for the Swans.

A FIVE-goal opening term set up Lakes Entrance’s 16-point win over Orbost-Snowy Rovers, 14.3 (87) to 10.11 (71).

The Blues could only manage five behinds in the first term, but were more competitive for the remaining three quarters.

Steven Battista booted five goals for the Seagulls, while Deon Scott kicked seven majors for the Blues.

WY Yung, Lindenow and Lucknow had the bye.