Winning start to title defence

LUCKNOW began the defence of its East Gippsland football premiership with a 47-point win at home against Orbost-Snowy Rovers.

The Magpies led by eight points at quarter-time. The lead was extended to 16 by half-time.

Despite inaccurate kicking for goal, the Magpies made sure of the victory with a seven-goal to three second half, winning 13.19 (97) to 7.8 (50).

Will Hamilton and Gary Jones, in his first game as Magpies coach, kicked three goals each.

Ashley Smith, Jones and Stephen Zappelli were the Magpies’ best, with Curtley Nettleton leading the way for the Blues.

PAYNESVILLE came from 26 points down at quarter-time to defeat Wy Yung by 13 points at home.

The Tigers looked set for victory after booting five goals to one in the first term, but the Gulls fought back in the second quarter, kicking five unanswered goals to take a nine-point lead into the main break.

In a tight second half, the Gulls kicked three goals to two to win 9.11 (65) to 7.10 (52).

Brayden Radford and James Young were the Gulls’ best with Jason Waddell and Haydn Robins booting three goals each. Michael Young was the Tigers’ best.

COMPLETING a clean sweep for home teams, Lindenow defeated Lakes Entrance by 30 points.

The Cats held the edge throughout the match, with a six unanswered goals in the third quarter the main difference between the teams. The Cats won 17.19 (121) to 14.7 (91).

Matt Busch booted five goals in a best-on-ground performance, while John Dick kicked four goals.

STRATFORD had the bye.