BOISDALE-Briagolong was able to pull ahead of Stratford to record a 46-point win to begin the East Gippsland football season.
The 12.22 (94) to 7.6 (48) victory was the Bombers’ first over their local rivals since transferring to the league.
Playing on home turf, the Bombers were able to capitalise on the momentum heading their way, but struggled with inaccurate kicking in windy conditions.
Good aggression from Stratford saw it pull up neck and neck early, with both teams on 31 for much of the second quarter before Boisdale-Briagolong began to break away.
Stratford’s defence began to collapse by the beginning of the third quarter, and the Bombers ran rampant.
After leading by 14 points at half-time, the home team extended the margin to 27 by the end of the third term.
The Bombers kicked four goals to one in the final term to win by 46 points, which will build confidence under new coach John Tyquin.
Owen Booth stood out for Boisdale-Briagolong, as the ruckman was moved to the forward line after kicking a ridiculous goal from the centre square.
Boisdale-Briagolong’s Matthew Lee and Stratford’s Liam Lemon were the best players for their respective teams, while Lachlan Schilg impressed with four goals for the Swans.
LUCKNOW narrowly defeated East Gippsland premier Wy Yung in the upset of the opening round.
The Magpies kept up with the premiers for three quarters before pulling out all the stops in a barnstorming five-goal final quarter to win 12.13 (85) to 12.8 (80).
Shaun Ryan managed three goals, with stand-out performances from Kallam Orchard and Ryan Halford.
Wy Yung’s Brayden Mccarey also kicked three goals, with two from best-on-ground Nathan Dennison.
The Tigers were playing several rookies and under 18s in this game, as many of their senior premiership players were unavailable, however the strong first three quarters indicates a promising season.
THE rebuilding Orbost-Snowy Rovers was given a clinic by last year’s runner-up at Lindenow, with the Cats winning 18.9 (117) to 5.9 (39).
While the Blues were competitive early, pulling ahead in the first quarter, Lindenow wore the wooden spooners down, allowing new coach Kane Ashwood to put his team through their paces.
LAKES Entrance led Paynesville the entire game on its way to winning 12.11 (83) to 10.9 (69) under lights at home.
New coach Nathan Pegler should be pleased with the result, with Bobby Sproule kicking four goals and Brandon Sauer three in a best-on-ground performance.
For Paynesville, Jordan Farquhar scored four goals, while new forward Mathew Davidson managed two.
The Gulls rallied in the final quarter, with four goals to Lakes’ one, but it was not quite enough.