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Boisdale-Briagolong continued its unbeaten run in East Gippsland football, defeating Lakes Entrance.
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.
Lucknow made a statement to the rest of the league with a thrilling 13-point victory over Lindenow during round 12 of East
Gippsland senior football on Saturday, ensuring it remains in the finals race.
The fifth placed Magpies had been in danger of falling out of the race, but following their stirring win they are now just one win behind Wy Yung and Stratford, who recorded wins against Paynesville and Orbost Snowy respectively.
Lucknow coach, Rhys Robinson, said his team’s triumph was an important step in its quest for September.
“We absolutely had to beat sides above us to prove that we are actually a finals contender. We still have a long way to go, but beating a top side helps,” he said.
“I think we have always thought internally we were good enough to play in the top four, but a couple of our showings haven’t justified being in the top four. We just have to keep ticking a few boxes in the next six weeks.”
Lindenow held an early advantage, but despite recording six scoring shots to two, led by only nine at the first break.
The Magpies worked their way back into the contest and by half time led by nine. Lindenow closed the gap to three with one term to go, though Lucknow held firm in the final stanza and earned its sixth win of the year.
“It was a good contest. It was neck and neck all day. We got our lead out to a couple goals and were able to hold on,” Robinson said.
“They had a few out, but they replaced them with some good guys. We played our brand of football and when they put it to us we answered the challenge.
“Lindenow has always been the top side in the midfield with their superstars so it was always
going to be a contested game.
“Our ball pressure had to be up for us to get first hands on it and not let their better players get it on the outside and use it.
“We tried to work on the basics things, do them right and get the game on our terms early. We know that if we can get it on our terms early we are in with a chance.”
Jake Green was fantastic for the Magpies along the wing and in attack, while Chris Hammond and Dion Grace both stood up.
Brodie Cameron led the way for Lindenow with Jeremy Woodward, Rohan Blandford and Paul Gould all influential.
At AJ Freeman Reserve, Wy Yung cruised to a 49-point win against
The opening stanza was even as both teams settled, the Gulls leading by one at quarter time.
After that it was one-way traffic asthe Tigers took control, slotting 15 goals in the next to terms to lead by 77 with one quarter to go.
Paynesville booted five goals to zero in the last to salvage some pride, but the damage had already been done.
Wy Yung’s Josh Broome had plenty of touches, as did Alex Crowe, while Shaun Mooney directed play in attack and defence.
Jack Haslam continued his strong form for Paynesville and Christian Ferretti and Liam Rathman both tried hard.
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.
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Lakes Entrance v Boisdale-Briagolong and Stratford v Orbost-Snowy Rovers match reviews written by Liam Durkin reporting for Gippsland Times. To view original article in full online click here.
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