Lindenow created history by winning its first East Gippsland Football Netball League back-toback premierships at Bairnsdale City Oval on Saturday. The Cats backed up their 2016 win over Paynesville with a punishing second half to get past a fired up Lucknow, winning by 42 points. Lindenow trailed by 10 points at halftime, however went to work in the third and fourth quarters to seal victory. Four-time league best and fairest winner, Luke Dyer, was adjudged best afield for the second year in a row, collecting 29 possessions and kicking three goals, while Bayden Ashwood and Harold Hood were also highly influential. Wy Yung took home the most premierships of any club, claiming five – under 16 and reserves football, 17 and under, “C” grade and “B” grade netball – Stratford claimed two netball flags in the 15 and under age group and “D” grade, while Lakes Entrance (under 18 football), Lindenow (senior football) and Orbost Snowy Rovers (“A” grade netball) claimed one each.
For the Blues it was history making in the “A” grade netball. Since Orbost and Snowy Rovers amalgamated in 2003, it was just the second “A” grade grand final the club had made to go with one senior football attempt. With three returning players from a losing 2008 effort against the Cats, Orbost Snowy was outstanding from start to finish against the minor premier to win by four goals. Coach Hattie Seal led the way at goal attack, being named best on court. The grand final gate was down slightly on last year, netting $16,258.