BOISDALE-BRIAGOLONG made it back-to-back wins to begin the East Gippsland football season, returning home from Lucknow with a 25-point victory.
A three-goal second quarter created some distance for the Bombers, which they were able to hold onto as the match progressed, winning 10.16 (76) to 7.9 (51).
Trailing at every stage, the Magpies found avenues to goal hard to come by, with all seven of their majors kicked by different players.
Josh Hegarty, Leigh Fulford, Billy Marshall, Nick Marshall, Matt Goodwin and Shaun Bates were the stand-outs for Boisdale-Briagolong, while Joel McNamara, Brock Smith, Damien Hodder, Dion Grace, Luke Belfrage and Brady Pendergast were gallant for the losers.
The match was moved to Lucknow as upgrades to the changerooms continue at the Boisdale Recreation Reserve.
STRATFORD’S well-drilled defensive structures held up against Wy Yung, as the Swans conceded just three goals to win by 50 points.
The reigning premier was unchallenged for the majority of the game, taking a 33-point lead into the main break, before blowing it out to 52 by three-quarter-time. By the time the final term rolled around, Stratford put the cue in the rack, scoring just one goal while the Tigers cost themselves, butchering the ball to register 1.5.
The Swans won 11.13 (79) to 3.11 (29).
Hayden Erfurth kicked four majors for Stratford, and received good support from Brad White, Lachlan Heywood, Jordan Robertson, Nathan Pollard, Jackson Cottrell and Juston Slattery.
In a disappointing day for Wy Yung, David Waddell, Matt Arnold, Liam Rooney, Robert Brick, Brodie Anderson and Chris Wheeler battled hard.
PAYNESVILLE secured its first win of the season, doing enough to defeat Orbost-Snowy Rovers, 13.5 (83) to 7.7 (49).
An even first quarter saw neither side able to gain much ascendency, before the Gulls blew the contest open before half-time, piling on five goals to none to give themselves a mountain of confidence at the main break.
The Blues managed to outscore Paynesville in the third term, to trail by 19 points at three-quarter-time.
Despite only kicking two goals in the final term, Paynesville got the job done, winning by 34 points to the relief of both players and supporters.
Jack Haslan’s six goals had a big say in the victory, along with the efforts of Jordan Farquhar, Jessie Pescod and Alex McLaren.
For Orbost-Snowy Rovers, its best players were Mikael Hume, Josh Hof and Max Battel.
LAKES Entrance was defeated convincingly at the hands of Lindenow, in what was always going to be a challenge for the Seagulls given the events of the week leading into the game.
The Cats took a 23-point lead into quarter-time and stretched their lead in the quarters following, to register an 85-point victory – 15.16 (106) to 2.9 (21) – to catapult themselves to the top of the ladder.
Best players for the winners were Todd Alexander, Mark Baylis, Harold Hood and Kane Ashwood.
For Lakes Entrance, the result was somewhat irrelevant in the scheme of things, but found contributions from Fraser Dostine, Josh Piper, Jarred McDonell and Jason Puruntatameri, whose cousin is recovering from a heart attack suffered towards the end of the Seagulls’ round one loss.