A LOT rests on the results of Stratford’s home game against Lindenow tomorrow.
The Swans will need to win make sure they remain on top of the East Gippsland football ladder for another week, while the Cats could return to the top four with victory.
The Cats fell to fifth place after their loss at home to Lakes Entrance. A tight match throughout, the Seagulls held the edge in the second half.
In the race for fourth spot against Wy Yung and Lakes Entrance, percentage is in Lindenow’s favour, but that will be useless if it doesn’t win matches.
Before its bye last round, Stratford scored an important win against Lakes Entrance by 63 points. Kieran O’Dwyer and Tye Morrison caused headaches for the Seagulls’ defence and will be looking to stretch the Lindenow back line tomorrow.
O’Dwyer is only one goal off league leading goal kicker Matt Counahan of Wy Yung.
The Swans and Cats have split their two meetings this season.
LAKES Entrance will host Paynesville in the battle of the league’s two coastal clubs.
Paynesville relinquished top spot with its three-point loss at home to Wy Yung.
Lakes Entrance defeated another top four side, Lindenow, last weekend.
Winless after seven rounds, the Seagulls have won four of their next seven games to remain in finals contention. They are three wins behind fourth-placed Wy Yung, but have a better percentage.
The Seagulls posted their first win of the season in round eight, upsetting then ladder leader Paynesville by 52 points.
The Gulls won the other meeting against Lakes Entrance by 22 points.
Pies v Tigers
LUCKNOW will head to Wy Yung knowing victory could see it jump from third place to the top of the table.
The Magpies are level on points with Stratford and Paynesville, who will have testing matches tomorrow.
Not that the Magpies face any less a challenge, with Wy Yung trying to see off Lindenow and Lakes Entrance to claim fourth place.
The Tigers will enter the match with some confidence after overcoming Paynesville, while Lucknow’s 35-point win over Orbost-Snowy Rovers didn’t show how much it had to work for the victory.
ORBOST-SNOWY Rovers will have the bye.