Bombers blitz Swans

Liam Durkin

BOISDALE-BRIAGOLONG caused an early season boilover, defeating reigning East Gippsland football premier Stratford by a surprising margin.

The Bombers won by 48 points, 16.10 (106) to 8.10 (58), in front of a large home crowd.

Following an even first quarter, everything the Bombers touched turned to gold in the second, as they slammed on nine goals to go into the main break with a 53-point lead.

The decision making which, at times, let the Bombers down in the first quarter, causing turnovers, was rectified in the second term.

The Bombers used their knowledge of the small home ground to advantage, moving the ball quickly to make the most of one-on-one contests up forward.

Stratford got some respectability back on the scoreboard with five final quarter goals, but by then the damage was done as the Bombers were able to maintain their dominance and round out the match eight-goal winners to keep their unbeaten start to the season intact.

The winners were well serviced by Shaun Bates, Leigh Fulford, Brendon Rathnow, Nick Marshall and Jonty Landy, who kicked four goals.

Ruckman Lachlan Heywood stood out for the Swans, while Jesse Broadbent, Nathan Pollard, Brad White, Justin Slattery and Jackson Cottrell were also among their better players.

SOME close contests highlighted round three, as supporters across the region were treated to a three-day extravaganza of action.

Lucknow held off a determined Paynesville on Anzac Day by 14 points.

Having butchered many chances in front of goal in the first two matches of the season, Lucknow was the beneficiaries of its opponent not being able to convert in this match, as Paynesville sent home 16 behinds while only managing six goals.

Despite the fact the Magpies had six less scoring shots than the Gulls, they were still able to chalk their first win of the season, 10.6 (66) to 6.16 (52).

For the victors, Brandon Sauer, Ash Smith and Brock Smith performed well, while Jesse Pescod, Hayden Kraus and Ash Pescod were Paynesville’s best players.

ORBOST-SNOWY Rovers came agonisingly close to defeating 2018 grand finalist Lakes Entrance on Saturday, with the Blues going down by seven points in a pulsating finish.

A strong six-goal opening term by the Blues had the Seagulls shell shocked, before Lakes Entrance wrestled some ascendency back in the second to go into half-time with honours shared.

A disappointing third term by Orbost-Snowy Rovers, in which it only manned one goal, stretched the Lakes Entrance lead out to 20 points by the final change.

The Blues came back strongly, but left their run too late, as the siren gave Lakes Entrance their first win for the season, 14.8 (92) to 13.7 (85).

Tom Smith kicked four goals for the Seagulls in a best-on-ground display, and received good support from Ben Crittenden and Fraser Dostine.

For the Blues, their best players were Ben Brunt, Quinn Christy and Mitch Dignan.

LINDENOW kept top spot on the ladder after a 34-point win over Wy Yung on Sunday.

The Cats had the better of the Tigers in the opening term before Wy Yung worked their way to the lead at the main break. Lindenow flexed its muscle in the third quarter, kicking seven goals to one to effectively kill the contest, before the Cats went on to win 11.13 (79) to 6.9 (45).

Best players for the ladder leaders were Harold Hood, Jeremy Woodward and Mitchell Neal. Wy Yung found solid contributions from Chris Wheeler, Josh Broome and Norm Betts.