Lucknow has won a thrilling East Gippsland senior football ANZAC Day blockbuster against Paynesville by 14 points at Lucknow.
It was Lucknow’s first win of the season and coach, Rhys Robinson, says he is proud of his side’s effort.
“It was a good effort from the boys,” he said.
“We applied good pressure around the field and it was a really good battle.
“Our contested ball matched theirs but our spread was a bit better I think.
“The conditions were pretty hard and it turned into a scrap, luckily their inaccuracy helped us out a fair bit.”
Robinson says that every player played their role and it was a good all round performance.
“Brandon Sauer won the ANZAC Day medal while through the middle Ash Smith was good,” he said.
“Beau Haslam was good down back while Brady Pendergast kicked two goals across half forward.
“The youngsters are going really good.”
The Magpies got off to a strong start, booting four goals to the Gulls’ one, opening up a 14- point lead at quarter time.
Both sides were evenly matched in the second with two goals a piece but it was Paynesville’s inaccuracy, which would prove to cost it the game. The Gulls had six more scoring shots than the Magpies.
By half time Lucknow had a 10-point lead. In the third quarter, Paynesville again had plenty of opportunities to punish Lucknow but failed, kicking two goals and five points. The Magpies made the most of their opportunities with two goals and two behinds. At three quarter time Lucknow’s lead had grown to 13 points.
Like the second quarter both side’s were evenly poised with two goals a piece but it was the Magpies accuracy that saw them come across the line with the points.
Boisdale-Briagolong caused an early season boilover, defeating reigning East Gippsland football premier Stratford by a surprising margin.
The Bombers won by 48 points, 16.10 (106) to 8.10 (58), in front of a large home crowd.
Following an even first quarter, everything the Bombers touched turned to gold in the second, as they slammed on nine goals to go into the main break with a 53-point lead.
The decision making which, at times, let the Bombers down in the first quarter, causing turnovers, was rectified in the second term.
The Bombers used their knowledge of the small home ground to advantage, moving the ball quickly to make the most of one-on-one contests up forward.
Stratford got some respectability back on the scoreboard with five final quarter goals, but by then the damage was done as the Bombers were able to maintain their dominance and round out the match eight-goal winners to keep their unbeaten start to the season intact.
The winners were well serviced by Shaun Bates, Leigh Fulford, Brendon Rathnow, Nick Marshall and Jonty Landy, who kicked four goals.
Ruckman Lachlan Heywood stood out for the Swans, while Jesse Broadbent, Nathan Pollard, Brad White, Justin Slattery and Jackson Cottrell were also among their better players.Liam Durkin - Gippsland Times
2018 grand finalist, Lakes Entrance, secured its first premiership points in a heated affair against rival, Orbost Snowy, at Lochiel Park.
The Seagulls won the back and forth battle by seven points, holding off a fast finishing Blues outfit, which boasted Maffra permit players Ben Brunt, Mitch Dignan and homegrown talent, Curtley Nettleton.
It was largely a goal-for-goal affair with the home side leading at quarter and half time by 10 and five points respectively before Lakes found its gear in the third term on its way to a 20-point advantage.
Looking to ice the game, Seagulls coach, James Gibbs, plugged himself in defence, however it left his side without a key attacking target and Orbost Snowy sensed an opportunity.
The Blues would push hard and manage three goals and when Josh Piper missed an opportunity to seal the game for Lakes with a set shot from the goal square, the door was left ajar.
However, the Blues’ late run was not enough, the Seagulls scoring one final quarter goal to seal victory.
Tom Smith was outstanding against his former club with four goals and plenty of midfield touches, while Ben Crittenden was at his line-breaking best.
Brunt was the Blues’ best midfield contributor, winning numerous clearances and setting up Curtley Nettleton for three goals.
Lindenow ran all over Wy Yung in the second half of yesterday’s round three East Gippsland senior football clash at the Cattery to record a convincing 34-point win and remain undefeated alongside Boisdale Briagolong.
The Cats and Tigers engaged in a dour first half battle, both side’s struggling to score effectively due to strong winds, and at the main break the visitors held a slender one-point lead.
However, the tide turned in the third term as Lindenow made its mark with the wind, effectively shutting out the game by taking a 39- point lead into the final term. It was a physical opening quarter as both sides battled it out between the 50 metre arcs.
The Cats had plenty of the football, but their poor disposal efficiency across half forward let them down going into attack. Riley Carroll was able to control the ball in the wind, goaling from 45 metres to putting the Cats in the lead midway through the term following a bullet-like Justin Blair pass. Lachlan Dumaresq booted another goal for the Cats in the 25th minute to give his side an 11-point lead heading into the first change.
Four-time league best and fairest winner, Luke Dyer, had plenty of the ball through the midfield for the Cats while Jack Neal was impressive off half back.
At the opposing end, Wy Yung coach, Shaun Mooney, found a lot of the football across half back. Wy Yung scored the first goal of the second quarter through James Beha who delivered from the boundary on his left boot, trimming the Cats’ lead to five.
Marcus Savage received a free kick for a high tackle directly in front 20m out soon after but missed the opportunity to put Wy Yung in front.
The ball was locked in the Tigers’ forward half as the wind made it extremely difficult for Lindenow to rebound. In the 10th minute Chris Wheeler goaled from point blank range as the Tigers now grabbed the lead. James Young had an opportunity to put the Tigers a further goal clear, but missed as the Tigers held onto a one-point half time advantage.
Momentum was up for grabs and Lindenow began to seize it when Dumaresq received a 50m penalty and shot on goal from the goal square to put the Cats back in front just two minutes into the third quarter. Like the first quarter, Lindenow had the majority of the football but failed to put the Tigers away on the scoreboard. When Matt Irish kicked the Cats’ second for the quarter after taking a strong mark over Josh Street and Mooney, Lindenow still hadn’t taken control as Wy Yung’s Luke Elia answered.
The Cats made the most of an opportunity moments later when Darren Allen found Angus Fortune, who goaled from 10m out. Luke Dyer hit the scoreboard seconds later, snapping on his left foot after roving a pack and Lindenow’s lead was out to 20. The Cats started to find their gear as Dumaresq goaled from long range followed seconds later by Allen drilling a goal from 70m as the wind carried the ball out the back of a pack, rolling through the big sticks. His brother, Harold Hood, goaled a minute later, streaming onto a loose ball and sending it through from 35m out. Lindenow led by 39 at the final break and it
was game over.
Brodie Anderson had the first shot on goal for the Tigers in the last, but couldn’t pull back a snap from the boundary. He soon had another shot from 50m out, but missed to the left hand side as the Tigers continued to press. Norm Betts took a strong contested mark over Mitchell Neal and he didn’t disappoint, goaling from 30m out, however for the most part Lindenow’s defence was staunch.
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