Lakes Entrance claimed its third win of the season, holding off a determined Orbost Snowy outfit by 12 points at the Lakeside Oval in what was an error-filled scrappy affair.
The Blues weren’t without their chances of taking home their first win of the season, kicking a wayward 6.14, including some horror second term misses from set shots in the goalsquare.
The Seagulls opened up with three majors prior to the 10- minute mark and it appeared one way traffic, however the visitors stemmed the flow and gradually fought back.
Lakes had no answer for the attacking Orbost Snowy unit in the second term, time and again turning the ball over exiting defence as the Blues made their run. The Seagulls were held to one behind from very little forward 50m entries, however Orbost failed to capitalise at the other end, kicking 2.4 for the term which was only enough to level the scores at the main break.
Kicking with the breeze in the third term, two Seagulls goals steadied the ship for the home side before Max Welsh answered from long-rage at the 13-minute mark to cut the deficit to seven. Lakes youngster Noah Bottom added his third at the 20-minute mark before Brenton Fall, who spent the first half deep in defence, nailed a set shot after the siren to open up an 18-point lead.
The Blues, as they have shown throughout the season, weren’t going to take the foot off the gas in an attempt to seal their first win and it was the in-form Braeden Ross who put his side on the righttrack with a brilliant banana from the gate pocket in the opening minutes. The Seagulls needed to respond and after minutes of hard work at the source, a thrust forward allowed Kane Thomson to wrap up his defender in the goalsquare, earn a holding the ball free kick and regain a three-goal advantage. Despite Lakes’ efforts, Orbost Snowy kept coming and when Seagulls debutant, Flinn Carroll, ran too far rebounding from defence, Sam Morrow drilled a set shot that would get his side back to within 11.
A contested battle ensued and neither side was able to deliver once in scoring range until the clock ticked into time on where Fall made a quick snap out of congestion for his second and a 19-point lead.
Despite a Max Herbert goal on the siren, the Blues could not close the gap any further and fell 12 points shorts.
Ryan Marsden, Jason Purnuntatameri and Mick Anson repelled superbly in an under siege Lakes
defence, while for Orbost Snowy, second gamer Stephen Groves and youngster Herbert contributed
significantly over four quarters.
Wy Yung replaced Lucknow inside the top four with victory in a low scoring match, 6.17 (53) to 4.5 (29).
Despite ending up with 15 more scoring shots than their opponents, the Tigers had to be content with a 24-point win.
An even first quarter saw both teams scrap desperately until the opening break, before a contrasting tale ensued in the second. Lucknow scored the only goal for the term, while Wy Yung’s efforts could only see it manage five behinds.
Both sides continued to scrap in the third quarter and by three-quarter-time, the Tigers had wrestled momentum back in their favour, taking a six-point lead heading into the fourth.
Wy Yung’s defence stood tall in the final term, keeping Lucknow score-less as the Tigers’ on-ball brigade continually fed its forwards to put the game beyond doubt, scoring two goals and a stack of behinds to take their record to five wins-five losses.
Wy Yung coach Shaun Mooney was adjudged best-on-ground, along with Darcy Murray and Chris Wheeler, while Lucknow’s best players were Brandon Sauer, Beau Haslam and Billy Trinder.
At the AJ Freeman Reserve, Lindenow held off Paynesville by 11 points.
The Gulls were the better side in the opening quarter as they held a six-point lead.
Lindenow found its form in the second, booting 4.3 to Paynesville’s one goal.
Trailing by 15 points heading into the third quarter the Gulls hit back and only trailed by
seven points at the final break.
Both sides went head-to-head in the final quarter, however, Lindenow held firm to claim its ninth victory of the season.
The Gulls’ second quarter lapse proved costly, although Aaron Cameron’s young brigade has shown it is more than capable of mixing it with the league’s powerhouses.
Alex McLaren kicked four goals for the Gulls in a best-on-ground performance while Jack van Reyk booted three for the Cats.
Lindenow coach, Justin Gould, was at his very best through the midfield.
It took Boisdale-Briagolong until the final term to break a determined Stratford outfit 10.12 (72) to 9.7 (61).
Both sides will have taken something out of the game, in what was a virtual arm wrestle throughout.
At the main break the Bombers led by six points, before Stratford reversed the trend to lead by five points at three-quarter-time.
Not for the first time this season, Boisdale-Briagolong did enough in the final term to win by two goals, after scoring four majors to the Swans' two.
With these two teams primed to feature heavily in finals action, the match hopefully offered a good precursor to what spectators may expect to see in 10 week's time.
Stratford showed it will not be giving up its premiership defence without a fight, while warning bells may be ringing at the Bombers, who, despite still being unbeaten, have only won three of their past four matches by five, eight and 11 points respectively.
Nic Campbell was best afield for the Bombers, with his four goals having a big say in the result, while Callan Egan and Matt Goodwin also performed well.
Jesse Broadbent, Brad White and Rod O'Keefe, with three goals, were Stratford's top performers.
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