Swans hold off Seagulls

STRATFORD held off a determined Lakes Entrance in round 12 of East Gippsland football to maintain its two-game buffer at the top of the table.

Lakes Entrance came home strongly in the second half, with both sides struggling to convert in blustery conditions but it was the Swans that held on to prevail 11.19 (85) to 9.16 (70).

The Swans made the most of the better first half conditions with their strong opening quarter the difference. Booting five goals in the first term to open up a 29-point buffer, conditions became difficult after the long break.

The Swans attacked but couldn’t convert into the strong breeze, adding 1.8 for the term, while the Seagulls booted four goals to give themselves a chance in the final term.

Lakes Entrance also found it difficult to convert, adding 1.11 for the final term to ultimately fall 15 points short.

Josh Kiss returned to form for the Swans, booting five goals, while Jack Bacon with two majors and Rod O’Keefe were prominent across half-forward.

Nick French and Corey Scholtes won the ball from the middle, while Pat Gordon, Lachie Heywood and Alan Beechey limited the impact of the Seagull’s talls.

Joel Waters kicked three goals for Lakes Entrance, while Adam Lowcock, Michael Battista, Adam Walker, Wade Bushby and Corey Anketell set-up attacks further up the field.

WY Yung returned to form with a thrilling three-point victory over Paynesville, 14.9 (93) to 13.12 (90).

A strong start set-up the Tigers’ win, kicking seven goals in the opening term to open up a 22-point buffer before extending the lead to 33 by three-quarter-time.

The Gulls finished strongly but left their charge too late, kicking six goals to one to fall agonisingly short of stealing the four points. The loss leaves the Gulls still four points outside the top four.

Mark Sellings booted seven goals for the Tigers, while Tom Smith provided good support, booting three majors.

Gulls spearhead Keith Ritchie led the final quarter charge, finishing with four goals.

LINDENOW did as expected in recording a comfortable win over Orbost-Snowy Rovers, 12.13 (85) to 7.8 (50).

Taking a six-goal lead into half-time, the Cats took the foot off the pedal, with the Blues winning the second half with four goals to three.

Midfielder David Donchi created plenty of opportunities for the Cats, finishing with three goals himself in a best afield display. The Blues were again well served by Curtley Nettleton, who also finished with three majors.

LUCKNOW had the bye.