Lindenow dusted off the cobwebs with a comprehensive victory over Paynesville at the Cattery, showing their desire to get back to the league’s pinnacle.
The Cats’ veterans led the way with Luke Dyer kicking three goals in a best afield performance, while Kane Ashwood and coach, Justin Gould, were major ball winners with debutant, Jay Robbie, also playing well and fellow debutant, Riley Carroll, booted two goals as their side hit back after a slow first term.
Jake Keown, coach, Aaron Cameron, and Cory Pescod, booted two goals each for Paynesville, while athletic big man, Ash Pescod, Nathan Wilson and Ethan Hall were solid contributors.
Paynesville held a five-point quarter time lead, however, Lindenow turned the table with a six-goal to one second quarter and never looked back. The Gulls showed fight in the third quarter, however the home side ran away with a 4.8 last quarter.
After seemingly being a lock for finals midway through the 2018 season, Boisdale Briagolong’s season went off the rails. On Saturday the Bombers showed they are back on track with a convincing win over Orbost Snowy at Lochiel Park.
The teams traded goals in the first quarter before Boisdale kicked five goals to one in the second quarter. The Bombers doubled the Blues’ goals in the second half to claim an important first-up victory.
Goals were shared with Jordan Stubbe and Danny Pratt scoring four each, Nathanial Campbell booting three with two each coming from Cal Egan and Aaron Scicluna. Campbell was named the Bombers’ best, Tom Lee was prolific and the reliable Shaun Bates did plenty of in and under work. Hamish Nettleton led the way up front for Orbost Snowy with four goals, while younger brother, Jarrah booted two. Bobby Marshall, in his first game for the Blues, was his side’s best, Michael Heyne impressed in his return and youngsters Jack Bills and Curtley Farley were also impressive.
Wy Yung and Lucknow endured a back and forth battle. Tigers coach, Shaun Mooney, said he was pleased his side could “grind out the result”, however admitted it wasn’t the best performance.
The Tigers led by 18 points at half time, however conceded 11 scoring shots to one in the third term. Luckily for Wy Yung, the Magpies could only manage 2.9 for the term before the Tigers steadied in the final quarter to seal the win.
“Lucknow’s intensity around the ball in the third quarter was impressive,” Mooney said.
“I thought our work rate dropped off, our intensity and concentration dropped off as well and Lucknow really took control, we were just lucky they didn’t take their chances.
“Having said that, it was pleasing we stood up and kicked those important goals in the last quarter.”
Mooney was particularly pleased with the output of his younger troops.
“Norm Betts was excellent, Mitch Toms, playing his first senior game for us, he did a great job across half back, Nick Ward was another who was important and Mitch Dewar was consistent down back for four quarters,” Mooney said.
The Tigers coach praised the defensive work of veterans Dave Waddell and Daniel Perrin, while forwards Jimmy Young and James Beha – both new attacking additions – kicked three goals each and “will get better as the season goes on”.
Lucknow kicked the first two goals of the match before the Tigers responded with two of their own, Young hitting the scoreboard with two majors and letting slip a third when dropping a mark just prior to the quarter time siren. The Tigers lead by seven points at the first break.
The second term was a dour struggle for the opening 10 minutes before Wy Yung broke the deadlock with successive majors. Lucknow would find a late answer, however the Tigers, who were more systematic going forward, would end the half with a three-goal advantage. After both teams goaled early in the third, the Magpies started their takeover. The Magpies were cleaner in the clinches and free on the outside, rebounding from defence rapidly, however, despite seizing the momentum, Lucknow missed gettable opportunities. The Tigers, despite a lacklustre third term, held firm in the last kicking three goals to two to win by 11 points.
The Magpies will be ruing a missed opportunity at a round one win having had four more scoring shots. Tim Keyte was Lucknow’s best in attack with three goals, Jake Green kicked two, Joel McNamara was a rebounding force from defence and through the midfield, while Nick Sinclair worked tirelessly.
STRATFORD began its premiership defence in emphatic fashion, inflicting Lakes Entrance with a 65-point hammering in the opening round of East Gippsland football.
After unfurling their premiership flag at Stratford on Saturday, the Swans won the grand final rematch 19.9 (123) to 9.4 (58).
The Swans were well served up forward by Jacob Bennett and Rodney O'Keefe who both bagged four goals, along with Hayden Erfurth and Nick French who scored three each.
Work by Nathan Pollard, Regan Tait, Lachlan Heywood and Lewis Bolton in the middle of the ground had a major bearing on the result.
Despite kicking against the breeze, the Swans dominated the first quarter, kicking six goals to one.
An O'Keefe kick set-up Erfurth's opening goal four minutes in. A minute later, Bennett gave the Swans a 13-point lead.
The Swans were controlling the midfield, with the Seagulls unable to get the ball forward.
It wasn't until the sixth minute that the ball entered the Seagulls' forward 50, and the visitors made good use of it, with coach James Gibbs booting what would be their only goal of the term.
Stratford immediately responded with a goal before Tim Hawkins increased the margin to 19 points.
Bennett kicked his second goal after drifting into open space in the forward line unattended.
Bolton marked a Lakes Entrance kick and send the ball to Erfurth, who set-up Bennett's third goal.
The Swans led by 33 at quarter-time, with the margin increasing to 40 by the main break.
Gibbs, the focal point for the Seagulls in attack, kicked his side's second goal early in the second term.
French restored the Swans' 33-point lead with a goal after playing on from a free kick, before Gibbs kicked his third for Lakes.
Midway through the quarter, O'Keefe gathered the ball from a boundary throw-in, avoided his opponents and kicked a smart goal. O'Keefe had another goal soon after.
Back-to-back goals gave the Seagulls a glimmer of hope in time-on before French kicked another major for the home side.
Erfurth took a mark inside the boundary. His kick for goal was made easier when he received a 50-metre penalty after his opponent gave him a shove.
The goal after the siren virtually put the result beyond doubt.
Stratford continued its dominance in the second half, scoring eight goals to four to send a strong message to the rest of the competition.
Gibbs played a lone hand in attack for the Seagulls, scoring five goals, while Koby Sellings, Josh Piper and Jason Puruntatameri battled hard.
Beau Mynard, Cohan Lee, Jack Bacon, Gavin Bickery, Liam Lemon and Josh Kiss were absent from the Swans' line-up.
A scare went across the ground when Virgil Puruntatameri had a heart attack. He was taken to a Melbourne hospital, and according to the Seagulls' Facebook page, is progressing well.David Braithwaite & Liam Durkin - Gippsland Times
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