After a less than convincing win last week, Wy Yung will be keen to improve against Lakes Entrance at Tigerland.
The Tigers booted only six goals from 23 scoring shots, however should be able to triumph against the 3-7 Seagulls.
The Tigers’ defence allowed only 29 points against Lucknow and will fancy their chances against a lesser Seagulls’ forward line.
Wy Yung has enjoyed some solid form over the last month that was kick started with a big win over Orbost-Snowy Rovers and a narrow loss to Lindenow, but will want to consolidate their place in the top 4 with Lucknow only a game behind them. Coach Shaun Mooney and James Beha's form has been important to the Tiger's performances in the last 3-4 weeks. James Young has also been a big focal point up forward, kicking 13 goals in 3 of the last 4 games.
Lakes Entrance have worked hard for their 3 wins so far this season and will need to put together four quality quarters to get over Wy Yung. Losses of the likes of coach and forward James Gibbs and Virgil Puruntatameri haven't helped their cause, and like other clubs have been forced to top up with some Under 17's players. Jason Puruntatameri will be important roaming across the Gulls' half back line mopping up but will need to find a few more avenues to goal to compile some scoreboard pressure.Bairnsdale Advertiser and Gippsland Footy admin
The top of the table Boisdale Briagolong will host the sixth placed Paynesville. The Bombers have been exceptional, especially
in their defensive half, which hasn’t conceded more than 70 points in a game this season.
Their forwards have also hit the scoreboard, scoring more than 100 points four times.
The Gulls head in as the underdogs, but will push the flag favourites if they continue their strong form.
However the Bombers have been pushed in the last month, with their winning margins over the last month 11, 8 and 5 points over Stratford, Lucknow and Lindenow respectively. Callan Egan and David McKean's form have been important in recent weeks, while Boisdale's ability to spread the load goal kicker wise has been key to their success.
Paynesville will go into this match knowing they have the ability to get out to an early lead, which will likely be crucial to any potential success. Last week the Seagulls lead at 1/4 time & finished with within arms reach of second-placed Lindenow and a month ago lead Stratford at half time before the Swans put the dampeners on and ran over their younger counterparts. Alex McLaren and Jack Haslam will be important players throughout the day for the visitors.Bairnsdale Advertiser and Gippsland Footy
Lindenow and Stratford will renew hostilities at the Cattery during round 11 of East Gippsland senior football.
The Cats smashed the Swans by 55 points when the two teams last met in round four, but Lindenow coach Justin Gould knows not to underestimate the defending champions.
“They have been building a bit throughout the season. They are coming off a couple of losses so they will be up and about,” he said.
“They match up pretty well against us, which will be a change. They have some big-bodied midfielders and some dangerous forwards.
“We will try to do a few things similar to last time. We played them a fair while ago now so it will be a bit different because they probably had a few players out and will get them back in.
“We are still trying to work on a few things, but hopefully we get a similar result.
“Haydn Erfurth is leading the goal kicking so he is a dangerous one along with (Rodney) O’Keefe. They are a couple of players we will look at.
“They have Nathan Pollard through the midfield and then Jesse Broadbent, who is a really good defender, down back. We will be looking to keep the ball out of his area.”
Gould has been impressed by his team’s defence, which has conceded the least amount of points this season, but acknowledged there is still room for improvement.
“I think our defence has been winning us a lot of games at the moment as we have been struggling to score a bit,” he said.
“Our back six and then our defensive work around the ground is helping us stay in and then win games.
“Jeremy Woodward, Mark Baylis and Josh Lando, who is a young fella, and Jack van Reyk are all going well down there. The whole group is going well.
“At the moment we are working on our last couple of kicks inside 50 and making sure we make the most of scoring opportunities.
“We will possibly have a few different players in different positions to try and find the best mix of players. We have to finish off
when we get those opportunities.”
Gould said four-time league best and fairest Luke Dyer had been integral to Lindenow’s 9-1 start to the season.
“Dyer gets recognised a fair bit, but he is just a star of the competition,” he said.
“Conor Harvey, our ruckman, is out this week unfortunately, but he is getting better each game after coming from Swifts Creek.
“Paul Gould came back last week and will get better, while Justin Blair will also continue to improve.”
After falling by 24 points against Wy Yung last week, Lucknow will be looking to bounce back when it faces Orbost-Snowy at Lochiel Park.
The Magpies have been playing a reasonable brand of football, but will need to regain their rhythm against the Blues, who showed signs of improvement during their two-goal loss to Lakes Entrance.
As it stands, Lucknow stand a game outside the top 4 and internally should chalk this up as a win, which will keep them in touch with finals contention. The Magpies are 2-2 in the last four weeks, with their wins coming against sides below them and their losses coming against Boisdale-Briagolong and Wy Yung who replaced them in the top 4 last week. Brandon Sauer, Khai Collins and Damien Hodder have been key contributors in front of the big sticks in recent weeks, while the likes of Dion Grace and Beau Haslam could be influencial in the end result.
While Orbost-Snowy Rovers have bared the brunt of some hidings so far this season, their last two games have been very promising, and should certain match situations have played out differently they may have come away with their first win last week. Hamish Nettleton continues his fine season and will play an important part if OSR are to snag their first win of the year. Max Herbert's form in recent weeks has also been beneficial to the side. However their win will only come if they can start using the ball a bit cleaner, particularly across half forward, and chuck on their best goal kicking boots.Bairnsdale Advertiser and Gippsland Footy
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