Wy Yung’s six-game East Gippsland senior football winning streak came to an abrupt end on Saturday against arch rival Lindenow at the Cattery, as the Cats firmed in the premiership betting.
The Cats kicked off their 125-year celebration in style, thumping the Tigers by 66 points with 250-gamer, Mark Baylis kicking the final goal of the match.
The win sees Lindenow remain in second, equal on points with Boisdale Briagolong, while Wy Yung sits fourth, equal with Stratford and Lucknow.
With the game in the balance early, Cats’ key defender, Jack van Reyk, said it was a good four quarter effort from his side.
“We’ve been trying to get a four quarter effort week-on-week now,” he said.
“We seem to be starting off a bit slow and then building towards the back end.
“It was good to get a win for the milestone boys (Baylis and Todd Alexander, the latter playing his 100th senior game) and for Shaggy (Mark Baylis) to get a goal at the end was good and all the boys got around him.
“They are both great clubman and it was good to get a win for them.”
The scoreboard flattered Wy Yung, who had nine scoring shots to Lindenow’s 35.
The home side’s inaccuracy of 14.21 kept the Tigers in the game until half time, where they trailed by four and 20 points at the first two breaks.
In desperate need of a big second half, Wy Yung was unable to break the shackles as Lindenow pilled on 7.4 to its 2.2 in the third quarter.
With a lead of 52 points at three quarter time, the Cats were in complete control.
The Tigers fought back with three last term goals, although it was a little too late with Wy Yung’s defence put under siege as Lindenow repeatedly kicked the ball inside its attacking 50-metre arc. The Cats kicked 4.8 in the last term, sending a warning to other finals aspirants that they are hitting their straps.
Hard-nosed midfielder, Justin Blair, line breaking Rohan Blandford, and live wire Darren Allen kicked two goals each while midfield bull, Bayden Ashwood, also booted two goals in his best-on-ground performance. Jeremy Woodward also had plenty of the football.
For the Tigers, James Beha booted three goals while coach Shaun Mooney, Daniel Perrin and half back flanker, Mitch Toms, were the standouts in a losing cause.
Lucknow continued its hot form with a 58-point win over Paynesville
The Magpies’ fast start set up their fifth straight win and with it they are now in striking distance of the top four.
In the first term, Lucknow kicked away with five goals to two, opening up a 19-point lead at quarter time.
The Gulls fought back in the second term, cutting the deficit to 15 points at the main break.
Lucknow’s inaccuracy kept the Gulls in the contest, although it was soon clear the Magpies were not letting this game slip.
A four-goal to one third quarter enabled Lucknow to build a 36-point lead by the final break.
Paynesville was held to just one point in the final term as the Magpies kicked away with 3.7.
Jake Green was superb with a bag of five goals, his season improving along with his side’s form, while Ash Smith chipped in with three goals as he gets more comfortable with the deep forward role. Damien Hodder kicked two goals saw plenty of action across half forward, while back pocket, Chris Hammond, was again a rebounding source along with Joel McNamara.
Paynesville coach, Aaron Cameron, and midfielder, Nick Pincott, led from the front with two goals each while youngster, Alex McLaren, continued his strong form in another best-on-ground display for his side.
Boisdale-Briagolong snapped a two-game losing streak with a comfortable 17.14 (116) to 3.2 (20) win over Orbost-Snowy Rovers.
The Blues were competitive in the first quarter and trailed by only 24 points at the first change, but things quickly unravelled from there.
The Bombers exerted their dominance on the match in the second term, and kept the Blues to a solidary behind to go into the main break 45 points ahead. It was a similar story in the third quarter, as
Boisdale-Brigolong kicked four goals and again kept the ball away from the Orbost-Snowy Rovers' goal.
The Blues got some consolation back from two quarters which yielded one behind, when they kicked two goals in the final term, but by then any feeling in the game was well and truly over, as the Bombers strode away to a 96-point victory.
Two former Maffra players featured in the best for the respective teams, with Dylan Alexander and Hamish Nettleton performing well for Boisdale-Briagolong and Orbost-Snowy Rovers respectively.
Others to feature prominently for the Bombers was Mitchell Semmens and Brendon Rathnow. Max Herbert and Jake Lawrence battled valiantly for the Blues.
Stratford did what was expected against Lakes Entrance, winning 15.14 (104) to 3.4 (22).
After the visiting Seagulls kicked two of the first three goals of the match, the Swans took control of play to add four goals and take a 21-point lead into the quarter-time.
The Swans led by 16 points at half-time, with Lakes Entrance kicking the only goal of the second term - the Seagulls' final goal of the match.
The second half never really reached any great heights, as Stratford controlled the tempo of the game and ran away with an 82-point win thanks to a seven-goal final quarter.
Jack Bacon was again in the best for Stratford, and kicked three goals for good measure. Jesse Broadbent and Jordan Robertson also played well for the Swans, while Jason Puruntatameri was again best afield for Lakes Entrance.
The Swans will now face arguably the most challenging run of all contending teams into the finals, which will see them play Wy Yung next week before finishing off the regular season by playing the top two teams in Boisdale-Briagolong and Lindenow.
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