Swans out to stay on top

David Braithwaite

STRATFORD will play in its second East Gippsland football top of the table clash in as many weeks on Saturday.

The Swans will host Wy Yung, with both sides on 38 premiership points. The Swans are on top of the ladder thanks to a better percentage, but the Tigers can move to first with victory at Stratford.

The Swans are coming off a match against Lakes Entrance which was abandoned and declared a draw because of a serious leg injury to Lakes forward Gary Puruntatameri during the first quarter.

Wy Yung’s 159-point thumping of Paynesville moved it level on points with Stratford and Lakes Entrance, but put it into second on percentage.

Brodie Anderson and Wes Russell had a good day in front of goal, kicking 10 and eight majors respectively.

Before the draw, the Swans had won their previous four matches, while the Tigers are enjoying a five-game winning run.

In round seven at Wy Yung, the Swans won a four-point thriller after trailing by nine at the final change.

BOISDALE-BRIAGOLONG can take a big step towards securing a finals berth by winning at Paynesville.

Following back-to-back losses at the end of June, the Bombers have regained form, winning their past two.

Last weekend, the Bombers defeated Orbost-Snowy Rovers by 116 points.

The Bombers need to keep winning to stave off the challenge from Lucknow and Lindenow, which are six and eight points behind them on the ladder respectively.

Boisdale-Briagolong particularly needs to win tomorrow, with a tough final month of the season to come, including matches against the other teams in the top four.

Having lost its past five matches, Paynesville is out of the finals equation, but can still play the role of spoiler.

When the side last met, the Bombers were victorious by 116 points.

LUCKNOW will host Lakes Entrance, with plenty at stake for both sides.

The fifth-placed Magpies are looking to bridge the gap to the top four, while the Seagulls can return to the top two with victory.

Back-to-back defeats have seen the Magpies in danger of losing touch with the top four. The Magpies will play teams currently in the top four in each of the next three rounds, and probably need to win at one of those ahead of games against the bottom two sides if they’re going to make the finals.

Three straight wins preceded the Seagulls’ abandoned match with Stratford last weekend. However, they began poorly against the Swans, conceding the four goals before the match’s premature conclusion.

LINDENOW will look to continue its rediscovered form as it tries to keep in touch with the top four when it plays Orbost-Snowy Rovers.

After three consecutive losses, the Cats overcame Lucknow to keep their finals hopes alive.

Eight points behind fourth-placed Boisdale-Briagolong, the Cats, in sixth, must win at Orbost on Saturday.

The Blues will welcome the return to familiar surroundings following a disappointing display at Boisdale. Bottom of the ladder with just one win, the Blues have lost their past seven matches.