EGFNL season resumes

Stratford is scheduled to play Lakes Entrance on Saturdya. File photo

David Braithwaite

THE East Gippsland Football-Netball League season has been pushed back a week.
The season was due to resume at the weekend, but was delayed by the recent lockdown.
Two rounds of the home-and-away season will be played before the finals begin August 28. Grand final day will now be on September 11, the same day at the North Gippsland league’s.
With the senior football finalists confirmed, the top four sides will be jockeying for positions
ahead of the finals.
The reduction of the season has meant the four senior finalists have been sorted.
Boisdale-Briagolong has already gained four points for a victory with its opponent
Paynesville forfeiting this weekend because of a lack of players.
In fact, Paynesville will sit out the rest of the season. The Gulls have struggled to field teams this season, having not taken part in thirds football, and A grade and under 17s netball, and forfeited four matches in the reserves.
The Paynesville forfeit means the Bombers strengthens their hold on a spot in the senior
football top two ahead of their next match against reigning premier Lindenow.
Stratford can secure the minor premiership with victory at Lakes Entrance. Set to gain victory in the final round because of a Paynesville forfeit, the Swans will have created
an unassailable margin if they defeat the Seagulls.
The Seagulls only trail second-placed Boisdale-Briagolong on percentage, and could earn the finals double chance if they defeat the Swans then following up with success in a winnable match against Lucknow.
Lindenow can force its way into the top two with victories over Orbost-Snowy Rovers and
Boisdale-Briagolong. The Cats will on Saturday host a Blues now out of finals calculations, but with an ability to shape the premiership race.
Wy Yung and Lucknow will be playing for pride. Just four points separates the sides on
the ladder, both both in the fight with Orbost-Snowy Rovers to finish the season in fifth place.