Boisdale Briagolong escaped a scare against Lucknow at home, winning by eight points, while Wy Yung caused a nine-point upset against Stratford at Stratford.
Boisdale Briagolong controlled most of the match, but survived a late Magpies charge and Bombers coach, Josh Stubbe, said it was a tough contest.
“They came out with a real intent and they made it known to us that their presence was to be felt,” he said.
“We played patchy footy. We strung a few passages of play together, but couldn’t kick straight.
“Our ball movement going forward is one of our strengths and we found our forwards in good space.”
Stubbe says that his side’s last quarter drop off was a disappointing way to finish the game.
“We put the cue in the rack a bit too early,” he said.
“They broke our lines and it was a disappointing finish although we are still happy we got the points.
“Our ability to win the ball dropped off and we gave them to many easy exits.”
The Bombers led by three, 26 and 21 points at the first three breaks, however, the Magpies didn’t give up and piled on five last quarter goals to Boisdale Briagolong’s three. Boisdale Briagolong’s Danny Pratt bagged two goals, while Patrick St John had plenty of touches.
For the Magpies, Brandon Sauer showed how dangerous he is around goals with three majors, while Joel McNamara played well.
Lindenow was awarded the four points over Lakes Entrance in what was another traumatic game for the Seagulls.
With the Cats leading by 35 points during the third quarter, Lakes Entrance player Jordan Cullen was seriously injured, so much so the game had to be called off.
Under AFL Victoria rules, if a match is abandoned after half-time, the game is still declared official, meaning Lindenow was victorious - 7.7 (49) to 2.2 (14) - although no further score was added after the main break.
The situation was the second time a Lakes Entrance player has been serious injured this season, after William Virgil (Junior) Puruntatameri suffered a heart attack in round one.
Jeremy Woodward, Conor Harvey and Angus Fortune were Lindenow's best, while Fraser Dostine, Michael Anson and Cullen, who was playing well before the incident, all performed admirably for Lakes Entrance.Liam Durkin - Gippsland Times
Orbost Snowy suffered a heart-breaking nine-point loss to Paynesville on Saturday during round nine of East Gippsland
senior football action at the AJ Freeman Reserve.
Trailing by 39 points at half time, the Blues almost clutched their first win of the season.
The Gulls were in control most of the afternoon before the Blues rallied in the last quarter.
Paynesville held a 34-point lead at three quarter time but were powerless as the Blues kicked five last quarter goals to the Gulls’ one.
Despite Orbost Snowy’s best efforts, the Gulls’ dominance in the first half gave the home side the buffer they needed to claim the four points.
In the first term Paynesville got off to a flying start, booting 5.1 to Orbost Snowy’s two goals, opening up a 19-point lead at the first break.
The Gulls piled on a further four goals in the second term as the Blues were beginning to slip. To their credit they fought back, putting in their best performance of the season.
For Paynesville, Jack Haslam kicked five goals, while Hamish Nettleton was best on ground for the Blues with four.
Stratford's winning run came to an end at the hands of Wy Yung, which managed to have its nose in front at the final siren by nine points, 10.11 (71) to 9.8 (62).
A high scoring opening quarter saw both sides kick five goals before the Swans managed to head into the main break with a one-goal lead.
In the second half, neither side could manage to break away with any momentum, with Wy Yung ahead by just two points at the final change.
Just the one goal was kicked in the final term by the Tigers, but it proved to be enough, as they were able to record a confidence-boosting win on the road.
The victory puts Wy Yung equal in fourth alongside Lucknow, with only 0.49 percentage points separating them, while Stratford remains outright third.
Best players were Alex Crowe, James Beha and James Young for the Tigers, and Jordan Robertson, Ethan Albrecht and Lachlan Heywood for the Swans.Liam Durkin - Gippsland Times
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