Injury ends top two clash

A SERIOUS leg injury led to East Gippsland football’s top of the table clash being abandoned on Saturday.

Stratford and Lakes Entrance were forced to share the points.

Saturday’s match was halted after Lakes Entrance player Gary Puruntatameri injured his leg during the first quarter. The injury was so severe, Puruntatameri could not be moved from the ground until an ambulance arrived.

Matches unable to resume after 30 minutes are abandoned. If the stoppage happens before half-time, the match is declared a draw.

The Seagulls’ Facebook page said Puruntatameri’s surgery on Sunday was successful, that he’s in good spirits and returned home on Monday.

Out of action for a considerable amount of time, Puruntatameri is one of the Seagulls’ better players, and has kicked a club-leading 34 goals this season.

Stratford had kicked the first four goals of the match before it was abandoned.

The draw means the top three teams are on the same amount of points, with the Swans remaining in first place on percentage, followed by Wy Yung and the Seagulls.

BOISDALE-BRIAGOLONG sits a little more comfortably in fourth place following its 122-point victory over Orbost-Snowy Rovers at home.

After winning 24.18 (162) to 7.4 (46), the Bombers are six points ahead of fifth-placed Lucknow on the ladder.

Nicoll Sandison kicked seven goals in a best-on-ground performance, while Dylan Bolton kicked four goals and Cal Egan three. Josh Stubbe and Jordan Rodda also made strong contributions.

The Bombers dominated from the outset, kicking five goals to one in the first term. The match was firmly put out of the Blues’ reach after the Bombers’ 12-goal to one second quarter gave the home side a 73-point lead at the main break.

The rampage continued in the second half, as the Bombers added 11 goals to four.

Braeden Ross and Curtley Nettleton was best for the Blues.

WY Yung moved into second place on percentage with a 159-point thumping of Paynesville.

Brodie Anderson kicked 10 goals and Wes Russell eight as the Tigers won at home, 28.12 (180) to 3.3 (21).

Coach Shaun Mooney and Josh Broome also stood-out for the Tigers.

It was one-way traffic, with the Gulls kicked just three goals for the match. The Tigers were particularly dominant during the third term, kicking 10 unanswered goals.

LINDENOW ended a three-game losing streak by defeating Lucknow by 10 points at home.

Little separated the sides throughout the match, with Cats’ two unanswered second term goals proving to be the difference, as the home side won 11.4 (70) to 9.6 (60).

Lachlan Dumaresq and Harold Hood were best for the Cats, with Darren Allen kicking four goals and Luke Dyer three.

Daniel Evans and Jacob Green kicked three each for the Magpies, with Chris Hammond their best player.