Stratford storms to victory

FACED with a nine-point deficit at three-quarter-time, Stratford came from behind to defeat Lucknow by a solitary point in round 10 of East Gippsland football.

Restricting the Magpies to just one goal in a thrilling final term, the Swans managed two themselves to pinch victory by the slimmest of margins, 9.15 (69) to 9.14 (68).

The match ebbed and flowed, with the Magpies taking an eight-point lead into quarter-time before the Swans wrestled back the lead in the second, keeping Lucknow to just three behinds for the term.

The contest opened up in the third term, with the Magpies kicking five goals to the Swans three to hold a slight advantage into the final change of ends.

The ladder leaders were never out of the contest and came again in a tight final term, with the Swans adding two goals to one to get the four points, albeit after a tense finish.

Josh Kiss returned to much needed form, booting four goals for the Swans, while Nick Channing booted two majors.

Lewis Bolton provided good drive for the Swans, particularly in the tense final term, while Rod O’Keefe, Lachlan Channing, Kaine Allen and Jesse Broadbent won the ball in the key moments. They had good support from Pat Gordon, who continued his good form.

The Magpies held their own in the midfield battle, with Aidan Fitzgerald, coach Gary Jones, Beau Hammond, Tim Saunders and Will Sianna among Lucknow’s better players.

Nick Fowler and Brent Isles each kicked two goals for the Magpies.

LAKES Entrance also prevailed by a solitary point over Wy Yung to leapfrog the Tigers into second spot on the ladder.

The Seagulls got off to a strong start, but had to hold off the fast finishing Tigers, eventually prevailing 8.14 (62) to 8.13 (61).

Lakes Entrance opened up a 20-point lead at quarter-time, but the Tigers worked their way back into the contest with three goals to one in the second term.

Holding the Tigers at bay in the third term, the Seagulls had to stand firm as Wy Yung charged home, the Tigers left to rue missed opportunities on goal with 2.4 for the term.

Mark Sellings made a welcome return to the Tigers line-up with three majors, while Daniel Zammit also added three goals in a best afield effort.

It was the Seagulls’ talls that stood up when it mattered most, with Jesse Beha, Jarrod Matthews and Adam Lowcock all prominent.

REIGNING premier Paynesville continued its charge towards the top four with a percentage boosting win over Orbost-Snowy Rovers, as spearhead Keith Ritchie ran rampant with 17 goals.

The Gulls kicked seven goals in the opening term and were never headed, adding another six goals in the third term to kill the contest. Sensing an opportunity to add some much needed percentage, Paynesville didn’t let up in the final term, adding nine goals to run away with it 26.22 (178) to 4.11 (35).

Ritchie was the stand-out performer, while Ryan Holland, Jordan Farquhar and Damian Ashcroft ensured he had good supply.

Hamish Nettleton booted two goals for the Blues, while Jamie Hambling toiled hard.

LINDENOW had the bye.