THE logjam that is the East Gippsland football ladder remained so at the conclusion of Round 11.

While the winners toasted victory and were able to secure vital premiership points, it was still not enough to cause too much disruption in the overall scheme of things.

Only one win still separates second from fifth, and with seven weeks of regular season action remaining, pundits could be in for a grandstand finish.

STRATFORD went a game clear into the top four after defeating Lakes Entrance.

The victory gave the Swans their sixth for the season, placing them ahead of Paynesville for the time being.

Granted there is still a fair bit of football to be played this season, Stratford’s percentage of 135.56 may be of great benefit in the long run when final positions are decided.

The Swans percentage wasn’t given a huge boost on Saturday, although at quarter time many in the red and white would have been entertaining thoughts of this happening.

At that stage, Stratford led by 22 points and had registered eight scoring shots to one.

The Seagulls slowly but surely hit back, and reduced the deficit to just 16-points at the last change.

Stratford found enough winners in the finish, and with their home crowd spurring them on, kicked three goals to one to record a 9.13 (67) to 5.7 (37) victory.

Pleasingly for Stratford coach Jarryd Clohesy, his side showed it was not reliant on Haydn Erfurth, Jack Bacon or Rod O’Keefe doing all the scoring, as the Swans had eight individual goal-kickers.

Bacon was among the best players, while the man with the deadly pull shot Ben Channing was voted best of the lot. Others to play well were Regan Tait, Jesse Broadbent, Brad White and Nick French.

Best for Lakes Entrance was Sam Nickless, Jarred McDonnell, Jake Fisher, Angus McKenzie, Liam Carroll and Tom Duncan.

IT MUST be equally exciting and frustrating to coach Boisdale-Briagolong.

The Bombers headed to Lucknow with their confidence up following last week’s win over Lindenow, and it continued into quarter time when they went in with scores level.

A little over two hours later however, Boisdale-Briagolong was heading home with its tail between its legs after losing 22.9 (141) to 8.2 (50).

What happened after quarter time was an absolute train wreck as far as the Bombers were concerned.

Lucknow kicked seven goals in the second term, six in the third and a further five in the last. Conversely, Boisdale-Briagolong kicked one after half-time – and didn’t even score in the third.

Darren Allen kicked seven for the Magpies, while Dallas and Jackson Smith got in on the act with five and four respectively. Joel McNamara was best on ground, along with Chris Hammond, Josh Carroll and Glen Perkins.

The Bombers did go into the match without Tim Dessent, Billy Marshall and Tyson Daly, but even still, it is highly unlikely the inclusion of those three would be able to haul in a 91-point margin.

Paddy Mack battled hard in a losing cause, and found some willing allies in Rhys Johnson, Daniel Johnson, Jim Reeves and playing-coach Sam Bedggood.

Bedggood is surely scratching his head over how his side is able to perform at extreme ends of the spectrum. Boisdale-Briagolong has defeated the top two teams in the competition, but is now facing a situation where virtually every match for the rest of the home-and-away season is an elimination final.

For the Bombers, perhaps it is a simple case of: When they are good they are very good, but when they are bad, they are horrendous.

IN other games, Lindenow was too strong for Paynesville.

The Cats broke away after an even first quarter, eventually winning 14.18 (102) to 5.9 (39) at home.

WY Yung defeated a spirited Orbost Snowy Rovers outfit.

A strong start from the Tigers saw them kick six goals in the opening quarter to set the game up.

The Blues however refused to surrender, outscoring Wy Yung in the third term.

Orbost Snowy Rovers managed to get some respectability on their home town scoreboard, as it read 18.14 (122) to 12.9 (81) at full time.

Aaron Hanuera kicked half a dozen for the Tigers, and Harry Kellow chipped in with four. Both were named best on ground, along with Mitchell Dewar, Jai Nicholls and Jock Overend.

Hamish Nettleton continued to amaze, kicking six goals to keep a famous name in the Orbost region flying proudly. Braeden Ross, Gus Rogers, Jordan Ross, Jarrah Nettleton and Will Walker also performed well.