Boisdale-Briagolong broke away from a persistent Lucknow after half-time to win 9.16 (70) to 4.12 (36).
Honours were shared in the opening quarter, as both sides went to their huddles with scores locked at 2.3 (15) apiece. It was a similarly tight tussle in the second term, with the Bombers able to edge slightly ahead to go into the main break 13 points in advance.
Boisdale-Briagolong then showed why it is one of the premiership favourites in the second half, keeping Lucknow to a single goal and singing the club song for the 14th time this season.
Hayden Burgiel qualified to play in finals and was among the Bomber’s best players in the win, along with Shaun Bates and Nicoll Sandison, who were also prominent.
Damien Hodder was best afield for Lucknow, and received good support from Chris Hammond and Daniel Evans.
A fast-starting Lindenow secured a 37-point win over Lakes Entrance at the Lakeside Oval.
The Cats piled on 5.4 to one point in the opening term to lead by 33 points at quarter time.
The Seagulls fought back to win the second stanza, keeping Lindenow to 1.1 while they kicked 3.3 to trail by 19 points at the half.
The game evened out in the third with both sides conceding one goal, although the Cats were ruing their missed opportunities with a wayward 1.6. With this Lindenow held a 25-point buffer heading into the last quarter, where the Cats put the game beyond doubt with three goals.
Justin Blair and captain, Luke Dyer, booted two goals each for Lindenow while Paul Gould and Josh Lando impressed.
For the Seagulls, Tom Smith kicked three majors, with Ryan Marsden and Liam Carroll the best performers.
Paynesville secured its fifth win of the season by 70 points over the winless Orbost Snowy at
the AJ Freeman Reserve, The Gulls put together a solid four-quarter effort, one of which coach, Aaron Cameron, has been asking for all season.
The home side got out to a 15-point lead at quarter time before it kicked away in the second with five majors to lead by 29 points at the half.
The Blues struggled in the second half and could only manage 1.2 as Paynesville piled on a further eight goals.
A six-goal third quarter set up the Gulls’ win with youngster, Alex McLaren, leading the way with four for the game.
Jessie Pescod and Nick Pincott were also dangerous around goals with three each, the latter earning himself a best on ground performance.
Hamish Nettleton, Mark McDonald, Braeden Ross, Mitchell Fenner and Max Welsh were the goalscorers for Orbost Snowy, while Cody Robertson and Quinn Christy stood out.
Stratford will be ruing the chance it had to claim outright third position on the East Gippsland football ladder, after the Swans returned a sorry score line of 5.13 (43) to Wy Yung's 8.4 (52).
As a result, the Tigers replaced the Swans in third position, leaving Stratford locked on points and in a two-way battle with fifth-placed Lucknow for a finals berth with two rounds to play.
Travelling to Wy Yung, the Swans only managed two behinds in the opening term, while the Tigers kicked two majors to take an early lead.
Wy Yung extended its lead to 22 points at the main break, before a better performance from Stratford in the third term saw the game in the balance at three-quarter-time, with the Tigers leading by 16 points.
Despite only kicking one goal in the final term, Wy Yung was able to hang on, with Stratford's inaccuracy proving its undoing, as the Swans kicked one goal and five behinds to lament what might have been.
Best players for the victors were Alex Crowe, Mitchell Toms and Mitchell Dewar. Best for Stratford were Brad White, Jack Bacon and Lachlan Heywood.
LADDER AFTER ROUND 16
LEADING GOAL KICKERS AFTER ROUND 16
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Wy Yung v Stratford and Boisdale-Briagolong v Lucknow match reviews written by Liam Durkin reporting for Gippsland Times. To view original article in full online click here.
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