STRATFORD asserted its dominance over East Gippsland football with an 89-point drubbing of Lindenow.
Returning to the club for a cameo appearance, Bairnsdale goal kicker Josh Kiss contributed seven, with Jack Bacon kicking five in the Swans’ 18.10 (118) to 4.5 (29) victory. The reliable Nick French was named best-on-ground for the visitors.
Lindenow was kept score-less in the third term, with Luke Dyer kicking two goals for the game, and Rohan Blandford named the Cats’ best player.
The Swans remain on top of the ladder, with a comfortably high percentage gap over Lakes Entrance.
BOISDALE-BRIAGOLONG dropped out of the top four after a disappointing showing against Wy Yung, which won 7.17 (59) to 3.8 (26).
The game was a struggle in the first half for the Bombers, their first goal coming in the third term.
Ruckman Nicoll Sandison returned to the side after injury, and kicked a goal, but Wy Yung had all the momentum.
Leigh Fulford was best for the Bombers, while Peter Craze kicked three goals for Wy Yung.
LUCKNOW defeated Paynesville in a close and low-scoring game, 6.13 (49) to 4.6 (30).
The lack of accuracy from the Magpies was all that stopped the match becoming a blow-out win.
Paynesville kicked just two points in the second term, before out-scoring Lucknow in the third to get within seven points at three-quarter-time, but was silenced from there, kept score-less in the final term.
James Sanford was named best for Lucknow, with Travis Balmer and Jacob Green kicking two each, while Ben McKinnon top-scored for Paynesville with two.
SECOND-PLACED Lakes Entrance dunked on Orbost-Snowy Rovers at home, winning 19.24 (138) to 2.6 (18).
The Blues struggled to find the goals at all, with two majors in the second the only highlight.
Lakes Entrance had eight goal kickers, including six majors for coach James Gibbs in a best-on-ground performance.