STRATFORD will enjoy the bye in round eight of East Gippsland football, satisfied with the start of its season 2013 campaign.
The Swans have lost just the one match to ladder leader Paynesville, and boast the best percentage in the competition.
Stratford enters the bye in good form, comfortably accounting for Lakes Entrance last week.
Kicking with a strong breeze in the first quarter, the Swans could have been further in front at the first change but held the Seagulls kicking into it to again break the game open in the third quarter.
Stratford has been strong out of the blocks after half time, setting up many of its wins in the third term and last weekend was no different, booting six majors to the Seagulls’ one.
Kaine Kerton is having an excellent season, giving midfielders first use in the ruck.
Keiran O’Dwyer has enjoyed precision delivery from the likes of Corey Scholtes and Michael Walker, and added another six majors to his season haul last weekend.
Stratford will also be pleased with the return to form of Josh Kiss, who also kicked six goals after a lean patch with the Swans 5-1 record setting up its push to return to finals football.
An upset win to Wy Yung over Paynesville would move the Swans to top of the table.
PAYNESVILLE will enter its contest against a Wy Yung outfit coming off a win well aware it can’t afford to take the foot off the pedal.
LUCKNOW will look to keep its two-game break on fourth spot in-tact when it takes on Orbost-Snowy Rovers away.
LAKES Entrance will look to register its first win of the season when it hosts the undermanned Lindenow.
For more read Friday’s Gippsland Times.