BOISDALE-BRIAGOLONG continued its unbeaten run in East Gippsland football, defeating Lakes Entrance.
The Bombers won at home on Saturday, 12.14 (86) to 7.4 (46).
Despite trailing at quarter-time and leading by only seven points at half-time, the Bombers stamped their authority on the contest in the third term, keeping the Seagulls goal-less and taking a 26-point lead heading into the final change.
The final term saw the Bombers do enough to claim the four points and look forward to bigger challenges in weeks to come.
Nicoll Sandison was best-on-ground for Boisdale-Briagolong, along with Nick Marshall and Jordan Stubbe. Josh Piper, Tom Smith and Jason Puruntatameri were Lakes Entrance's best players.
STRATFORD did as predicted, inflicting Orbost-Snowy Rovers with a 108-point drubbing.
The Swans opened things up with a four-goal opening term and added the same number of goals in the following.
The match blew out in the second half, as Stratford piled on seven goals in the final term to complete the 18.15 (123) to 2.3 (15) rout.
Hayden Erfurth kicked seven majors to take his season tally to 45, as Nick French and Lewis Bolton also found plenty of the football around the ground.
For the Blues, Quinn Christy, Hamish Nettleton and Jake Lawrence put in honest performances.
LUCKNOW became the first team other than Boisdale-Briagolong to defeat Lindenow in 2019, in what was a huge boost for the Magpies' finals aspirations.
The 9.6 (60) to 6.11 (47) win was Lucknow's first for the season over a higher team, and sets up an intriguing match with fourth-placed Stratford this weekend.
After a slow start, in which the Magpies could only manage two behinds in the opening quarter, they came to life in the second, scoring four goals to take a nine-point lead into the main break.
The third term saw an arm-wrestle, as both sides competed desperately to break ahead. At the final change, the margin was just three points in Lucknow's favour, with the game well and truly anyone's for the taking.
Knowing a win would make life easier for them in the long run, the Magpies stood tall in the last stanza.
The back six kept Lindenow to a solitary goal, while the forwards and midfielders booted three majors to see the Magpies record a morale boosting 13-point victory.
The win places Lucknow just one game outside the top four, and some further scalps in coming weeks may see the Magpies dislodge either Stratford or Wy Yung for a place in post-season action.
Best players for those wearing the black and white were Chris Hammond, Dion Grace and Jacob Green, while Brodie Cameron, Jeremy Woodward and Mark Baylis did their best to attempt to get Lindenow across the line.
WY Yung easily accounted for Paynesville, and found good contributions across the board as 13 players kicked a goal for the Tigers in the 18.7 (115) to 10.6 (66) win.
After an even first quarter, Wy Yung dominated play in the second term, kicking eight goals to one to all but bury any hopes the Gulls may have had at the start of the quarter.
The Tigers added a further seven goals after the main break to take an insurmountable 77-point lead at three-quarter-time.
With the game all but over by this stage, Wy Yung rested a few players and went through the motions for the final 25 minutes, as Paynesville kicked five consolation goals to get some respectability back on its side of the scoreboard.
The win was enough for Wy Yung to hang onto third position on the ladder, although only 1.8 percentage points separates the Tigers from their closest challengers in the Swans.
Best for Wy Yung were Alex Crowe, Josh Broome and Mitchell Dewar.
Jack Haslam, Christian Ferretti and Nick Pincott battled hard for Paynesville.