Swans look for finals springboard

STRATFORD will return to action following the bye confident it has created the springboard to play in the East Gippsland football finals when it travels to Lindenow for round nine.

The Swans have added Michael Walker, Corey Scholtes, Tye Morrison and Keiran O’Dwyer to complement their existing young talent, and have set-up the opportunity to push towards finals football with just one loss to ladder leader Paynesville to date.

Stratford will enter the contest fresh off the bye, and will be favoured to get the four points against an undermanned Lindenow side. The Cats’ injury woes continued on the weekend, losing tall Rod Harrison in the loss to Lakes Entrance last week.

Justin Blair was a strong influence in the midfield for Lindenow last week, but will need some support in getting the ball to outside runners Will Blackley and Paul Gould with the Cats facing a strong Stratford centre square set-up.

Missing some key forwards from their best 22, early inaccuracy hurt the Cats last week. Travis Lawson and Brett Walker gave the side some hope last week, while John Dick was well held and will look to respond.

O’Dwyer and Josh Kiss have been in good form in front of goal, and will be difficult for the Cats to contain.

LUCKNOW will hope to continue its winning ways to keep in touch with the top two sides when it hosts Wy Yung.

BUZZING from its opening win of the season, Lakes Entrance will face the acid test when it comes up against ladder leader Paynesville.

DESPITE not playing, Orbost-Snowy Rovers could enter the top four this week. The bye will gift the Blues four points, and fourth spot if Lindenow and Wy Yung go down to their more fancied opponents.

For more read Friday’s Gippsland Times.