Honour for Heywood

Alex Ford

STRATFORD ruckman and midfielder Lachie Heywood is the 2018 East Gippsland senior football best-and-fairest, picking up 21 votes.

Heywood was followed by fellow Stratford ruck Regan Tait, on 19 votes.

The one-two finish shows how strong the Swans were this season, with finals beckoning, according to coach Peter Morrison.

“It’s a pretty special effort,” he said.

“They’ve had outstanding years, it’s a bit disappointing for Reggie to finish second, but he was rapt for Lachie and same with Lachie for Reggie.”

A premiership player for Stratford, Heywood finished the home-and-away season with 22 goals, in his fourth year playing seniors for the club.

Boisdale-Briagolong’s top player was coach Jeremy Reid, who polled nine votes.

In the A grade netball count, Orbost-Snowy Rovers Lucretia Quin and Wy Yung’s Kate Websdale tied with 23 votes.

Emerson Connolly was the top netballer for Boisdale-Briagolong, on 14 votes, and Kiana Minchin was Stratford’s best, with 13.

First semi-final, Saturday at Bairnsdale City Oval:

Football, seniors: Wy Yung v Lindenow, 2.15pm; reserves: Stratford v Lucknow, 12.30pm; under 18s: Lindenow v Stratford v Stratford, 10.45am; under 16s: Lindenow v Orbost-Snowy Rovers, 9am.

Netball, A grade: Lindenow v Orbost-Snowy Rovers, 2pm; B grade: Stratford v Boisdale-Briagolong, 1pm; C grade: Paynesville v Lakes Entrance, noon; D grade: Wy Yung v Lindenow, 11am; under 17s: Orbost-Snowy Rovers v Lucknow, 10am; under 15s: Wy Yung v Lucknow, 9am.