STRATFORD pulled away in the final quarter to record a 31-point win over Lakes Entrance to finish the home and away season of East Gippsland football.
Leading by just four points at three-quarter-time, the Swans kept the Seagulls scoreless in the final term while adding four goals themselves to run away with a 10.11 (71) to 6.4 (40) victory.
Stratford booted six goals in the second term to hold a 20-point lead at the main change, but Lakes Entrance fought back in the third quarter, restricting the Swans to just three behinds to trail by just four points.
Wearing commemorative guernseys to honour the heroes and legends of the club, the Swans ran away with it in the final term to finish their first season in East Gippsland football on a high.
Lewis Bolton, Dylan Cartwright, Pat Goodman, Andrew Lipman and Rowan Marsden were Stratford’s best, while James Russell booted three goals.
Lakes Entrance recorded comfortable wins in the reserves and under 18s, with the sides to again meet this weekend in the second semi-final at Bairnsdale City Oval.
REIGNING premier Lindenow will take momentum into the second semi-final after recording a 52-point win over minor premier Wy Yung, 16.15 (111) to 8.11 (59).
The Cats set-up the win with a 10-goal first half, and will again meet the Tigers in Saturday’s second semi final at Bairnsdale.
Matt Busch kicked five goals for Lindenow.
SIX goals from Shaun Ryan helped Lucknow hold off a fast-finishing Orbost-Snowy Rovers, 16.16 (112) to 15.7 (97).
Trailing by 33 points at three-quarter-time, the Blues kicked five goals to the Magpies two in the final term, with Jacob Kane and Deon Scott both finishing with four majors.
Lucknow will take on Paynesville, who will be fresh following the bye, in the first semi-final on Sunday, also to be played at Bairnsdale City Oval.