Top four could be settled

Brad White kicks the ball upfield playing for Stratford against Lindenow. Photo: David Braithwaite

David Braithwaite

UPDATE: Because of the current five-day lockdown, local sport has been cancelled.

THE teams contesting the East Gippsland football finals could be all-but set by Saturday.
Twelve points — three wins — separate the top and bottom halves of the ladder. The gap could be four wins with as many rounds to play if the higher-ranked teams win on Saturday — with the lower percentage of Orbost-Snowy Rovers and Lucknow extending the margin further.
HAVING won just one of its previous five matches, Orbost-Snowy Rovers will hit the road to play Boisdale-Briagolong on Saturday.
The Blues are coming off a nine-point loss at home to Lucknow, with the pair on the same points in fifth and sixth positions on the ladder.
A win will keep the door ajar for the Blues to sneak into the finals, but that’s easier said than done.
The Bombers have won their past three matches, with last weekend’s victory at Lakes Entrance moving them into second place ahead of the Seagulls on percentage.
When the sides met in round five in Orbost, the Bombers won by 84 points, and the Blues did not kick a goal until the final quarter.
The Bombers will be looking to consolidate their place in the top two with an eye to securing the double chance during the finals.
IN-FORM Stratford will head east to play Wy Yung.
The ladder-leading Swans are enjoying a run of five consecutive wins, the latest being a testing victory over Lindenow.
Guaranteed a berth in the finals, the Swans will be looking to at secure a spot in the top two and will be favoured to extend their winning streak to six on Saturday.
Out of finals contention, the Tigers are coming off just their second win of the season, with both victories coming over Paynesville.
The Swans defeated the Tigers by 97 points in round five.
LINDENOW will host Lucknow, with plenty right on the contest for both teams.
The Cats went down in a tough clash in Stratford, but can go a long way to sealing a finals berth with a win tomorrow.
Lucknow simply has to win. The Magpies will be hoping their victory over Orbost following back-to-back losses has put their season back on track.
The Magpies know they can match it with the Cats. In round five, the Cats overcame the Magpies by 15 points after leading by just three at three-quarter-time.
LAKES Entrance will be looking for a percentage-boosting win when its hosts Paynesville.
The Seagulls fell to third place on percentage after losing to Boisdale-Briagolong. With an eye on securing a spot in the top two, the Seagulls will need a big win over the win-less Gulls to boost their percentage.
A repeat of their 93-point victory over the Gulls earlier this season would be ideal.