FINALS-bound teams have been decided in East Gippsland football.

Wy Yung, Stratford, Lucknow and Lindenow will all take part in the post-regular season, and can now rest easy in the knowledge they are headed for the bright lights of finals football.

While the above-mentioned teams cannot miss the finals (pending an unregistered player fiasco or similar), the exact finishing positions could still come down to the last round of the home-and-away season.

Those at the foot of the ladder still have something to play for, as the inglorious distinction to determine who gets the wooden spoon remains alive.

STRATFORD is one win away from making the double-chance a mathematical certainty.

The Swans are six points clear in second with two rounds to play, after defeating local rival Boisdale-Briagolong at the weekend.

The fallout from the Round 16 clash had polar opposite effects for the respective teams, with the Swans now well in the hunt for the flag, and the Bombers in a battle to avoid finishing the season last.

As the final siren sounded at Stratford on Saturday, showing a final scoreboard reading 16.5 (101) to 9.7 (61), it was enough to send Boisdale-Briagolong to the bottom of the ladder.

While they weren’t to know it then and there, once news of Orbost Snowy Rovers’ win over Paynesville came to hand, it was set in stone.

Despite having won more games than the Blues, the Bombers fell to last by virtue of being on the same number of points but with an inferior percentage.

Boisdale-Briagolong competed honestly with Stratford right up until three quarter time, when they trailed by only 18 points.

In the last term however, it was all one-way-traffic. The Swans kicked five goals to one to make sure of the result, giving their home crowd plenty to cheer about.

Haydn Erfurth and Will Webb were productive inside 50 for the winners, kicking nine between them.

Zane Perkins was best-on-ground for Stratford, while Gavin Bickery, Reegan Tait and James Channing also played well.

For the Bombers, Matt Wilkinson did his best to steer the side to victory with four goals.

Others to play well in the red and black were Daniel Johnson, Ben Wilkinson, Tom Lee, Sam Bedggood and Byron Sandeman.

Boisdale Briagolong player Declan Scriven tries to escape the strong grasp of Stratford. Photo Zoe Askew

There was double-delight for Stratford, who also won a vitally important match in the reserves.

A win to the Swans in the ‘Lunchtime League’ over the second-placed team ensured they remained in the top four.

Stratford faces an exciting end to the home-and-away season in the reserves, as it is equal on points with Orbost Snowy Rovers in fifth.

While its senior team is done, Boisdale-Briagolong will at least see finals action in the seconds this season.

The Bombers’ match against third-placed Lindenow this week will virtually determine who gets the double-chance.

The last two weeks of the regular season could provide a challenge of a different kind for Boisdale-Briagolong, as it will need to weigh-up the importance of fielding a strong seconds team without totally compromising its senior side, given there is likely to be players on the verge of over-qualifying to play reserves finals.

OTHER results for Round 16 saw Orbost Snowy Rovers defeat Paynesville.

The Blues drove away from Paynesville with a 12.15 (87) to 7.9 (51) triumph, making it two wins in three weeks.

While such a feat might not be worth celebrating for those at the top end of the ladder, for a team that has struggled in recent seasons as Orbost Snowy Rovers has, few could begrudge them for enjoying the spoils of victory.

Gus Rogers, Max Welsh, Jessie Pescod, Campbell Macalister, Jake Humphreys and Andrew Kenny played well in the win.

Best for Paynesville was Josh Cameron, Ben McKinnon, Jordan Farquhar, Caleb Holland, Nick Pincott and David Ashworth.

After looking to be one of the competition’s big improvers during the early stages of the season, the Gulls have fallen away in recent weeks.

Orbost Snowy Rovers on the other hand has shown there is a bit to be excited about at The Bridge, and another win before the year is out will surely provide a spark to carry into preseason.

LUCKNOW caused the upset of the round, defeating top-side Wy Yung.

The Magpies were too strong at home, winning 13.12 (90) to 7.9 (51).

Lucknow is still a chance to dispose of Stratford in second, and will be baying for blood now that they have handed Wy Yung just their second defeat of the season.

At the risk of delving into clich├ęs – was it the loss Wy Yung had to have?

LINDENOW and Lakes Entrance played out a competitive game.

Scores were level at three quarter time, before the visiting Cats did enough in the finish.

Lindenow kicked four goals to two in the final quarter, taking the points 12.8 (80) to 10.9 (69).

Brodie Cameron, Kevin Bongers, Josh Lando, Todd Alexander, Stephen Henshaw and Jack van Reyk were best for the Cats.

The Seagulls were well-served by Jake Fisher, Jarred McDonnell, Jordan Cullen, Jarrod Matthews, Fraser Dostine and James Gibbs.