LUCKNOW scored an important win over Paynesville in round 18 of East Gippsland football after it was docked 12 points due to an administrative error.
Lucknow, who had a change in administration mid-season, played an under 15 player on permit for 11 matches, three more than what the permit allowed. The Magpies were docked points for each of the three extra games the player participated in, which Lucknow won against Paynesville, Orbost-Snowy Rovers and Wy Yung from rounds 13 to 15.
The decision by the VCFL ended any chance the Magpies had of finishing in the top two.
A five goal to two first quarter set up the 14.17 (101) to 9.8 (62) win, which secures the Magpies’ finals berth.
Former Sale player Brenton Martin and William Hamilton kicked three goals each.
Keith Ritchie was the only multiple goal scorer for the Gulls, also booting three.
A BIG first half set-up Lindenow’s comfortable 16.13 (109) to 10.10 (70) win over Orbost-Snowy Rovers.
The Cats booted eight goals to three in the opening term to take a commanding 46-point lead into the main change before the Blues hit back and won the second half.
Nathan Storer booted four goals for Lindenow, while Kobi Cook and Paul Collier scored three majors each. Deon Scott and Aaron Hambling kicked three goals each for the Blues.
WY YUNG defeated Lakes Entrance by 81 points, 19.18 (132) to 7.9 (51).
The Tigers inflicted most of the damage in the second term with nine goals before adding a further five to one in the final quarter.
Matt Counahan kicked seven goals for the Tigers, while Nicholas Woodland was the Seagulls’ major scorer with four majors.
STRATFORD, who will wear commemorative “Heroes and Legends” jumpers to honour former greats of the club this week against Lakes Entrance, had the bye.