STRATFORD moved to second spot on the East Gippsland football ladder after comfortably accounting for Wy Yung in round six.
The Swans again pulled away after a tight first half, with seven goals from Keiran O’Dwyer instrumental in the 15.17 (107) to 6.4 (40) win.
Taking a two-point lead into the first change following a tight first quarter, Stratford increased the margin to 15 at the half, scoring the only two goals of the second quarter.
As they have done in recent weeks, the Swans again broke the game open in the third quarter with six goals to two to set up a 47-point buffer at the last change.
Stratford would add a further four goals to one in the last quarter to run out comfortable 67-point victor.
Kaine Kerton continued his fine form, with Michael Walker, Tye Morrison and Corey Scholtes all reaping the rewards of his ruck work. Nicholas Channing was also prominent for the Swans, while O’Dwyer received good delivery to finish with seven majors.
Matt Counahan scored three of the Tigers’ six goals.
PAYNESVILLE stamped its premiership credentials with a comfortable win over reigning premier Lucknow.
The Gulls began and finished strongly in recording a 21.17 (143) to 14.7 (91) victory.
Seven first quarter goals gave the Gulls an early break before running away with it, piling on eight goals to three in the final quarter.
The Magpies were competitive for the most part, remaining in the contest until the Gulls stormed home in the final term.
Haydn Robins, Derek Hayes and Adrian Gibbs were amongst the goals for Paynesville.
Brenton Martin was Lucknow’s best, booting four goals.
Magpies back into top four
LINDENOW moved back into the top four with victory over Orbost-Snowy Rovers, 14.18 (102) to 12.10 (82).
The match was a tight affair throughout, with the Cats opening up a 14-point quarter-time margin and keeping the Blues at arms length for the remainder of the contest.
Brett Walker kicked five goals for the Cats, while Deon Scott hit the scoreboard at the other end, also booting five majors.
LAKES Entrance had the bye.