Bombers bow out as Cats win

Alex Ford

BOISDALE-Briagolong will not play in the East Gippsland football finals after Stratford’s loss to Lindenow in round 18.

Despite defeating Wy Yung at home, the Bombers needed Stratford to thump the Cats to lock in fourth place, but Lindenow won 15.12 (102) to 6.7 (43).

Stratford gave a couple of younger players a run, and key midfielder Gavin Bickery suffered a severe foot injury, which will be operated on this week.

The Cats led from the start, with Stratford kicking just one goal in the first and final terms.

Lindenow’s Darren Allen kicked six goals to finish on top of the home-and-away season’s goal kickers list, with 54, just in front of Stratford’s Haydn Erfurth, on 50 — he kicked two in the match, as did tall forward Tim Hawkins.

Best for Stratford was ruckman Lachie Heywood, while best for Lindenow was Luke Dyer.

Stratford finished the season on top of the ladder, and will play Lakes Entrance in the second semi-final on September 1.

THE Bombers had a good win against third-placed Wy Yung, 9.12 (66) to 6.8 (44), showing they would have been strong finals contenders.

Despite a scare in the second term, when they only kicked three behinds, the Bombers managed to stay in front at each of the changes, and kicked 2.3 to 1.1 in the final quarter.

Brendan Rathnow, Billy Marshall, and Daniel Stubbe kicked two goals apiece for Boisdale-Briag, with club best-and-fairest Shaun Bates was named best-on-ground.

Wes Russell top-scored for the Tigers with two goals, with Peter Craze their best.

Wy Yung will play Lindenow this Saturday in the first semi-final.

LAKES Entrance cruised to a win over Orbost-Snowy Rovers, 17.19 (121) to 4.6 (30).

Best-on-ground Alex Saunders and Anthony Bence kicked four goals each for the Seagulls, helping to keep Orbost scoreless in the third term.

Hamish Nettleton was best for the Blues, and Braeden Ross kicked two goals.

LUCKNOW finished its season with a 119-point win over Paynesville.

Keenan Hynes and Jacob Green booted six goals each in the  19.27 (141) to 1.6 (12) win, with Andrew Nelson named best.

Lachlan Willmostt was the only goal kicker for the Gulls.

First semi-final, Saturday at Bairnsdale City Oval:

Seniors: Wy Yung v Lindenow, 2.15pm.

Reserves: Stratford v Lucknow, 12.30pm.

Under 18s: Lindenow v Stratford, 10.45am.

Under 16s: Lindenow v Orbost-Snowy Rovers, 9am.