Swans go to the top in style

David Braithwaite

STRATFORD moved to the top of the East Gippsland football ladder with a percentage-boosting victory over Lucknow on Saturday.

The Swans were ruthless at home, defeating the Magpies by 129 points, 20.17 (137) to 1.2 (8).

Six unanswered goals in the first term set the tone for the match. The Magpies’ only major came during the second term as the home side ended the first half leading by 62 points.

The carnage continued in the second half, as the Swans booted 10.9 to just two behinds.

Tim Hawkins booted 11 goals in a best-on-ground performance for the Swans, while teammate Rodney O’Keefe kicked four.

Brad White appeared free to roam off half-back, with Jackson Cottrell, Dylan Nikolajew and Gavin Bickery also damaging through the midfield. Lincoln Toner put in another strong effort in the ruck.

Brodie Matthews and Dion Grace were the best of the Magpies.

BOISDALE-Briagolong opened its season account in style, defeating Wy Yung by 92 points at home.

The visiting Tigers led by seven points after a high-scoring opening term before the Bombers edged ahead during the second to lead by three points at the main break. From there, the Bombers dominated, kicking 14 unanswered goals in the second half to win 22.16 (148) to 8.8 (56).

Best-on-ground Jim Reeves kicked eight goals for the Bombers, Tom Huts was also prominent in booting four, while Brandon Rimington and Jarrad Nelson kicked three each.

Shaun Bates, Josh Granger, Patrick Mack and Nicoll Sandison also stood out for the Bombers, who moved into third place on the ladder with the percent-booting win.

Best for a disappointing Wy Yung were Luke Elia, Harry Kellow and Tom Betts.

ALONG with Stratford, Lakes Entrance is now the only other undefeated team.

The Seagulls defeated reigning premier Lindenow by 16 points. After the Cats unfurled their 2019 premiership flag, the Seagulls led by five points at quarter-time, then booted five goals to one to lead by 26 at half-time. That margin served the visitors well, as the Cats out-scored the Seagulls 10 goals to eight in the second half, but went down 16.7 (103) to 13.9 (87).

Josh Piper and Ryan Marsden led the way for the Seagulls, with Tom Smith kicking four goals and Lucky Whelan three.

Lachlan Dumaresq kicked four majors for the Cats, with Todd Alexander and High McShane their best players.

ORBOST-Snowy Rovers defeated Paynesville to claim its first senior match since May 19, 2018.

The Blues won 22.14 (146) to 9.8 (62), with Hamish Nettleton kicking five goals and Ash Jonkers and Charles Solomon four each. Jack Herbert also stood-out.

Mitch Willmott was the best player for the Gulls, with Daniel Mowat kicking three goals.