Intriguing round of East Gippy footy

David Braithwaite

SATURDAY’S round of East Gippsland football is full of intriguing contests.

Two matches will involve the top four sides, while the other two games provide the bottom four teams the chance to close the gap.

Boisdale-Briagolong will host Lakes Entrance.

The Bombers have won their previous two matches by an average margin of 70 points, while the Seagulls are unbeaten in 2021, although they needed to dig deep to overcome Wy Yung that weekend.

After falling short of Stratford in round one, tomorrow’s match will provide signs of how much the Bombers are improving.

Bomber veterans Shaun Bates and Nicoll Sandison have the led the way for the side, which is beginning to see its recruits fit into the game plan.

Victory tomorrow will continue the momentum they’ve gained ahead of winnable matches against Orbost-Snowy Rovers and Paynesville.

STRATFORD will play its first match away from home this season, when the Swans head to Lindenow.

The Cats’ two wins so far have come against the two bottom sides on the ladder, with Saturday’s match providing them an opportunity to claim a big scalp.

The Swans haven’t really been challenged over the opening three rounds. They boast a percentage of 395, well ahead of the next best, Boisdale-Briagolong’s 169.

Rodney O’Keefe has been in superb form in attack, kicking a league-leading 16 goals, including eight at the weekend against Orbost-Snowy Rovers. But the pressure applied by the Swans’ midfield has troubled their three opponents so far to set up the victories.

As it has shown in recent seasons, Lindenow has the quality in the midfield, and it will be interesting to see how it fares against the Swans.

A SECOND win is up for grabs when Orbost-Snowy Rovers and Lucknow meet at Lochiel Park.

The Blues were welcome the return to familiar surrounds following their 85-point loss at Stratford.

The Magpies’ two trips to the league’s west has been forgetful, going down to Stratford by 129 and Boisdale-Briagolong by 48.

Both sides will see Saturday’s match as a good chance to return to the winners’ list.

BARRING a draw, Wy Yung or Paynesville will open their account for 2021 on Saturday.

The Tigers had the chance to defeat Lakes Entrance at the weekend, trailing by a point at three-quarter-time, but lost by seven.

The Gulls had good periods against Lindenow, but the Cats had the better of the first and third quarters to win by 39 points.