Lakes Entrance moved back into second on the ladder with a comfortable 33-point win over Lucknow.
The loss of Gary Puruntatameri didn’t sour the efforts of the Seagulls, who jumped out to a 28-point lead at half time.
The visitors then put the game beyond doubt in the third term, kicking 6.3 to 3.2 to head into the last break with a 47 point buffer.
The Magpies managed to outscore their opponents in the final term, 4.4 to 2.2, but it was too little too late.
The loss for the home side has put a severe dent in any finals aspirations they may have held, now sitting 2 and a half wins outside the top 4 and still have to play Wy Yung and Boisdale-Briagolong in the next two rounds.
For Lakes Entrance, Gibbs and Puruntatmeri kicked 3 each, while Joel Campbell was named best on ground.
For Lucknow, Shaun Ryan kicked 4 goals, while Dion Grace was named their best player for the day.Gippsland Footy admin
Lindenow kept their finals chances alive with an expected win over Orbost-Snowy Rovers.
But OSR made the Cats work for it, staying in touch with their more fancied opponents for the first three quarters. The home side may lament their poor conversion in front of goal, having only two less scoring shots at 3/4 time, but trailed by 22 points at the end of the final break.
The last term saw the Cats put the game to bed, booting 5.1 to two behinds and running away 51 point winners.
Lindenow was well serviced in front of goal by Michael Preston who kicked 6 goals for the game, while Matt Irish was named best on ground.
The Cats currently sit two wins outside of the top 4, and play Lakes Entrance, Wy Yung and Stratford in 3 of the last 4 rounds.
For Orbost-Snowy Rovers, Curtley Nettleton kicked 3 goals in his 100th senior game, with Jordan Clegg named the best player for his side.Gippsland Footy admin
BOISDALE-BRIAGOLONG strengthened its hold on fourth place with a 68-point win at Paynesville.
The Bombers won 17.17 (199) to 8.3 (51), and are now two wins ahead of fifth-placed Lindenow with four rounds of the home-and-away season remaining.
The visitors dominated the first term, but kicked four goals from 11 scoring shots, as the Gulls kicked one major.
Leading by 25 points at quarter-time, the Bombers kicked three goals to two in the second term to extend the margin to 33 by half-time.
Any hope the Gulls had of coming back were ended during the third quarter, when the Bombers kicked five goals to two. The Bombers ended the match strongly, booting five goals to three in the final term.
Brendan Rathnow and Shaun Bates stood-out for the Bombers, while Dylan Bolton kicked six goals and Jeremy Reid three.
Earlier in the reserves, Danny Pratt kicked 22 goals in the Bombers’ 240-point thumping. Three other Bombers kicked more than the Gulls’ total of two.David Braithwaite
STRAFORD kept Wy Yung score-less in the second half as it powered away to a 148-point victory, and remain on top of the East Gippsland football ladder.
With both sides going into Saturday’s match at Stratford level on points, the Swans made the top of the table clash look anything but, winning 25.20 (170) to 3.4 (22).
The matter was settled in the first term, when the Swans kicked nine unanswered goals to lead by 57 points at quarter-time.
Tim Hawkins marked his 100th senior game with a best-on-ground performance.
Hawkins was a constant danger for the Tiger defence, finishing with four goals.
Haydn Erfurth led the way on the scoreboard, kicking five goals, while onballer Nick French drifted forward to also kick four goals, and Cohan Lee, Jack Bacon and another 100-gamer, Josh Kiss, booted three each.
With the Stratford defence giving little room for the Tigers, Lewis Bolton gave the home plenty of drive off half-back, with Regan Taitand French among the Swans hitting forward targets from the midfield.
The Tigers put the Swans under pressure in the opening minutes of the match, but that was short-lived as Erfurth kicked the first goal from the Swans’ first forward entry.
After a Wy Yung kick-out from full back went out on the full, Jordan Robertson set-up a goal Lee.
Stratford was not giving the Tigers any room to advance forward, restricting the visitors to short kicks.
The Swans were winning the contests, a point highlighted by Mitch Hawkins’ goal in the 13th minute.
The Swans were punishing Tiger turnovers, with Tim Hawkins’ kick finding Kiss for another major.
With the quarter heading into time-on, French and Bacon kept the goals flowing before Tim Hawkins’ roving goal. Bacon kicked the Swans’ ninth goal on the run shortly before the quarter-time siren.
Both sides were missing chances to kick goals early in the second term until Marcus Savage posted the Tigers’ first major 13 minutes into the quarter.
The Tigers won the quarter, kicking three goals to two, but the Swans were still leading by 52 points at the main break. That was as good as it got for the visitors, who didn’t add to their score in the second half, while the Swans added 14 goals.
Stratford remains on top of the ladder, ahead of Lakes Entrance on percentage, while Wy Yung dropped to third place. The Swans will host fourth-placed local rival Boisdale-Briagolong this Saturday in a big match for both teams.David Braithwaite
Stratford v Wy Yung and Paynesville v Boisdale-Briagolong match reviews taken from article written by David Braithwaite reporting for Gippsland Times. To view original article in full online visit http://www.gippslandtimes.com.au/story/5541992/swans-too-tough-for-tigers/?cs=1576
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