Swans set to secure top spot

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VICTORY over Lakes Entrance would secure Stratford the East Gippsland football minor premiership.

Coming off an impressive victory over finals bound Lindenow, the Swans will host a Lakes Entrance outfit desperate to hold its place in the top four over reigning premier Paynesville, who is making a charge towards finals action.

Fresh from the bye and with their place in the top four vulnerable, the Seagulls will throw everything at the Swans. With Paynesville already holding a significant percentage point advantage, the Gulls play the lowly Orbost-Snowy Rovers.

With the Gulls expected to win and to win well, nothing short of victory over the ladder leaders will be enough to keep the hold on fourth spot safe.

Stratford will enter the contest aware victory will deliver the minor premiership, so the Swans won’t be laying down. Impressive in disposing of fellow contender Lindenow last week, the Swans are close to putting its best 22 on the park and building some impressive form ahead of finals.

PAYNESVILLE will be eyeing off a place in the top four when it hosts Orbost-Snowy Rovers at AJ Freeman Reserve.

Making a charge towards finals, the Gulls have been building and will know victory over the Blues and a Lakes Entrance loss to Stratford would see it inside the top four on Saturday night.

Still searching for its first win of season 2014, the Blues once again find themselves up against it. Competing for a half against Wy Yung last week, the Blues will aim for a full four quarter effort this week to ensure the Gulls don’t have it all their way.

WY Yung, Lindenow and Lucknow all have the bye, with the rest bearing no implications on their ladder standing.