SORRY Stratford and Boisdale-Briagolong, but Orbost Snowy Rovers are getting the most coverage this week.

While it had been said the Blues were due for an upset in East Gippsland football, no one in their right mind could have foreseen what was to take place at the weekend.

Heading into their Round 14 match against third-placed Lindenow, the bottom of the table Blues entered with little more than the home ground advantage working in their favour.

What transpired was truly astonishing.

Not only did Orbost Snowy Rovers win, they did so by 73 points.

The final scoreboard read 23.13 (151) to 11.12 (78).

The result meant it was the first time the Blues had beaten Lindenow since Round 17, 2009.

A five-goal to three first quarter had Orbost Snowy Rovers entertaining thoughts of a famous upset. A six-goal to four second quarter had them well and truly believing.

The Blues led by 22 points at the main break, and then put the game beyond all reasonable doubt, adding seven goals in the third term.

Up by 45 points early in the last, the Blues kept going, and grinded the Cats further and further into the ground.

Lachlan Fenner and Hamish Nettleton kicked five goals each for the winners, while Max Welsh helped himself to four.

All in all, 10 players hit the scoreboard, in a legendary performance that will surely become folklore at the Bridge in years to come.

Wesley Russell, Nettleton, Gus Rogers, Fenner, Cody Robertson and Max Herbert were voted best on.

Matt Irish, Dylan Bolton (five goals), Rohan Blandford, Tom Van Den Eindon, Cooper Shaw and Stephen Henshaw were best for Lindenow.


STRATFORD benefited greatly from Lindenow’s loss.

The Swans were able to claim outright second spot on the ladder, after getting up over a determined Paynesville.

Playing away, Stratford was made to work for the points, but got them in the end, winning 9.14 (68) to 6.7 (43).

The Swans led at every change, although their biggest lead at any break was 24 points – a margin still within reach for Paynesville.

Scott Joustra was best for the Guls, while Jordan Farquhar, Ben McKinnon, Nick Pincott, Matt Silva and Caleb Holland played well.

Dylan Cartwright was again best for Stratford, and received good support from Gavin Bickery, Liam Cunningham, Jackson Cottrell, James Channing and Alex Morcom.


BOISDALE-BRIAGOLONG’S season came crashing down.

The Bombers barely gave a yelp against Wy Yung, losing 21.14 (140) to 3.6 (24).

The Tigers made sure their loss to Boisdale-Briagolong from earlier in the season was nothing more than a blip on the radar. At half-time they led by 55 points, and at three quarter time by 93.

Those watching the Bombers would have found it hard to believe they had actually defeated Wy Yung this season, as they looked a mere shadow of the side that did so.

Jack Halabut, Alex Halabut, Dylan Somerville, Kaleb Hobson, Mitchell Toms and Jobe Somerville were best in the victory.

Sam Bedggood, Daniel Johnson, Brendon Rathnow, Matt Wilkinson, Zak Harrigan and Tom Brew got in the best for Boisdale-Briagolong.


LUCKNOW won a close match against Lakes Entrance.

The Magpies made the Seagulls pay for inaccuracy in front of goal in a 13.4 (82) to 10.10 (70) scoreline.

Lucknow held a six-point lead at three quarter time, and managed to hold on in an exciting finish.

Darren Allen kicked six goals for the Magpies, and had Jackson Smith, Dion Grace, Kyran McNaughton, Luke Belfrage, Joel Mcnamara and Jesse Glassborrow in the best for company.

Jordan Cullen, Tom Smith, Joel Campbell, Jarred McDonnell, Jarrod Matthews and Angus McKenzie were best for Lakes Entrance.

The loss could prove costly for the Seagulls, who are now two games out of the top four.