Swans, Cats in top of table clash

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LINDENOW will host Stratford in a top of the table clash to headline round 16 of East Gippsland football.

Coming off an impressive win over reigning premier Paynesville to maintain a hold on second spot on the ladder, the Cats will welcome the challenge against the ladder leader to see where they are at in the lead-up to finals.

With just the one loss to date, the Swans have been the stand-out team of the competition and will aim to keep its momentum going as finals approach. Fresh from the bye and enjoying a 12-point gap to the rivals below it, victory would move the Swans closer to securing the minor premiership.

Set to face the four teams directly below it in the run home, Stratford will have a good preparation for finals football, and will be out to show it is still the team to beat.

Fighting for second spot on the ladder and the subsequent double chance that comes with it, the Cats will be primed for the contest on their home deck, fully aware an upset over the ladder leaders will hold their ambitions in good stead.

WY Yung will travel to Lochiel Park to take on Orbost-Snowy Rovers with the double chance firmly in its sight.

Holding off Lucknow in a high scoring affair last week, the Tigers will aim to kick another big score to boost their percentage as the fight with Lindenow for the double chance heats up.

Kicking 13 goals between them last week, Tom Smith and Mark Sellings will pose big problems for the Blues’ defence.

Victory over the lowly Blues and a Stratford victory over Lindenow would see the Tigers leapfrog the Cats into second spot on the ladder. The bid for the second chance could come down to the final round clash between the Cats and Tigers.

Enduring a tough season, the Blues will be hoping to put in a competitive showing against one of the better sides as they build for next season.

PAYNESVILLE will aim to get its finals campaign back on track against Lucknow.

Sitting four points outside the top four, the Gulls will be aware of the need to win to stay in touch.

With Lakes Entrance set to bank four points by virtue of the bye, another loss would put the reigning premier behind the eight ball.

Making a late charge to the top four, Paynesville was halted by a Lindenow outfit desperate in its bid to secure the double chance.

The Magpies enter the contest in good form, pushing Wy Yung all the way last week. Up against a side that will relish the opportunity to help shape the top four, the Gulls will need to be at their best to return to the winners’ list.

LAKES Entrance has the bye.