Lucknow’s push to break into the top four continued with a convincing 63-point victory over Lakes Entrance at the Lakeside Oval.
While the Seagulls were undermanned, making almost a dozen changes due to unavailability and illness, the never let the Magpies pull away for what threatened to be a three figure margin.
Despite only kicking three first half goals, Lakes limited Lucknow to just five majors after half time in a dour battle.
The Magpies burst out of the block with Khai Collins kicking the opener at the two-minute mark before booting a contender for goal of the day with a right foot banana out of congestion in the right forward pocket.
Ash Smith, who has spent more time as a permanent forward in recent weeks, booted a set shot major at the 12-minute mark and there were ominous signs for the Seagulls, who trailed by three goals.
Ben Crittenden kicked a long goal in transition to put the home side on the board before midfielder Josh Piper previous effort at the other end with a brilliant snap from the scoreboard pocket boundary line.
Smith answered with another set shot in time on as Lucknow steadied for a 14-point quarter time lead.
Lucknow pushed its lead to 20 with Damien Hodder booting a goal in the opening minute of the second term, however the Seagulls were able to stem the flow for the following 15 minutes.
Lakes youngster, Thomas Duncan, made something from nothing as he booted his side’s third from the middle of a pack, however a long set shot goal to Jake Green and a snap on the run from Collins handed Lucknow a lead of 26 at the main break.
While the Seagulls continued their fight, Lucknow was always the better side after half time, Green adding two more goals, with Luke Belfrage, former Seagull, Brandon Sauer, and dashing defender, Joel McNamara, each hitting the scoreboard.
Jason Puruntatameri stood up in the face of a wave of Lucknow attackers, while Liam Carroll was a standout in his first senior match of the season.
Lindenow moved into equal first position on the East Gippsland football ladder after handing Boisdale-Briagolong its second loss in as many weeks.
The Cats put in a strong final quarter to win 10.9 (69) to 7.9 (51).
After travelling to Lindenow, Boisdale-Briaglong controlled the early stages of the match and went into the first change with a 13-point lead.
Things were similar in the following term, with the Bombers taking a 14-point advantage into the main break.
Lindenow hit back in the third quarter, keeping Boisdale-Briaglong to just two behinds while kicking two goals itself.
At three-quarter-time the match was up for grabs, with just one point separating the sides. In a determined showing, Lindenow performed best when it mattered most and kicked four goals in the final term to take the match from the Bombers, who were left to lament what might have been.
The win puts Lindenow in the box seat to claim top spot on the ladder, and has dismantled Boisdale-Briagolong's aura of invincibility. With only four weeks of regular season action to play, the Bombers will be hoping their current form line does not continue in the lead-up to finals.
Darren Allen kicked four goals for Lindenow and received good support from Justin Gould and Angus Fortune.
Josh Hegarty, Dylan Alexander and Shaun Bates were best for Boisdale-Briagolong.
Stratford got the job done against Paynesville, with forward Rod O'Keefe the star of the show kicking half a dozen majors in the 13.9 (87) to 7.3 (45) victory.
Stratford led from start to finish in a match which was something of a danger game considering the side had only posted one win from its previous five starts.
Paynesville was slow out of the blocks but wrestled back some momentum in the second term to go into the long break only 21 points adrift.
A low-scoring third quarter saw just three goals kicked by both teams before Stratford closed out proceedings with a five-goal to three final term to be crowned a 42-point winner.
The victory keeps Stratford inside the top four, although it is only hanging on by percentage from Lucknow.
O'Keefe was best afield for the Swans and took his season tally to 32 goals, while Jordan Robertson and Regan Tait were also productive. Jessie Pescot returned to form for Paynesville, along with Nick Pincott and Jordan Farquhar who played well.
Wy Yung thumped Orbost Snowy by 105 points in a one-sided affair at Tigerland.
Brodie Anderson once again starred around goal for the Tigers, booting five, while youngster, Nicholas Ward, stood up.
The Blues didn’t score their first goal until the final term as Wy Yung led by 17, 62 and 83 points at the breaks.
The game was put beyond doubt in the second quarter where Wy Yung booted an unanswered 7.3.
Tigers big man, James Beha, also had a good day around goal, booting four, while Darcy Murray was at his best across half back.
Hamish Nettleton again played well for Orbost Snowy while Max Battel and Braeden Ross stood out.
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