Make or break for Bombers

Alex Ford

THE race is on for Boisdale-Briagolong to make the East Gippsland football finals.

Taking on Orbost-Snowy Rovers on Saturday, Lakes Entrance will finish the home-and-away season in second spot, and will play Stratford in the second semi-final in a fortnight. But it’s third-placed Wy Yung’s opponent in the first semi-final next week that’s still fairly wide open.

Knocked out of the top four by Lindenow after its loss to the Seagulls last week, Boisdale-Briag needs to thrash Wy Yung and hope Stratford can pull together to put Lindenow to the sword. Should that happen, and there’s a reasonable chance it will given Wy Yung’s 23-point loss to Lindenow last week, the Bombers can crawl back into fourth spot.

Should the Cats and Bombers lose, Lucknow, two points outside the top four, could go into fourth with a win at Paynesville.

Lindenow, which has been thumped by Stratford twice this year, will be playing similarly desperate football.

The Swans could commit to a full force demolition, which would certainly make Boisdale-Briag’s job easier, as the Cats are just ahead on percentage.

Wy Yung, handily sitting in third two wins above the fray, will progress regardless.

If Boisdale-Briagolong doesn’t defeat the Tigers, and Lindenow rallies for a win, it could be consigned to finish in fifth, or in sixth behind Lucknow — not a good reflection for a solid season the Bombers have been enjoying.