Re­serves fly­ing the fi­nals flag for Sea Ea­gles

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AUSSIE RULES SE­NIORS

A DIS­AP­POINT­ING 2013 sea­son came to an end for the Whit­sun­day Sea Ea­gles on Satur­day with a big loss to the Mackay City Hawks.

Last year’s pre­miers were far too good for the Sea Ea­gles with their 24.14.158-4.5.20 win ce­ment­ing the mi­nor premier­ship.

Satur­day’s loss ended the Sea Ea­gles fi­nal chances and brought an end to their 2013 cam­paign which failed to reach the heights of last sea­son’s grand fi­nal ap­pear­ance.

Coach Troy Weller ad­mit­ted it was a dif­fi­cult year for the club with a lack of num­bers mak­ing the bat­tle hard.

“Liv­ing in a tran­sient com­mu­nity like the Whit­sun­days, it’s al­ways hard to keep play­ers from year to year. We lost 15 guys who played in last year’s grand fi­nal but all in all we’ve learnt a lot from the year we’ve had,” he said

“There are a lot pos­i­tives to take out of this year. It’s great to see promis­ing young play­ers get­ting to play A grade games and we had lots of guys who put in cham­pion ef­forts, play­ing two games a week. It’s great that we have peo­ple will­ing to do that for our club.”

The club’s pre­sen­ta­tion night is on Septem­ber 21 at the Metropole Ho­tel.

RE­SERVES

Play­ing coach Mick ‘Micky T’ Jarvis kicked the Sea Ea­gles only two goals in their 9.9-63-2.2.14 loss to the Mackay City Hawks on Satur­day.

Af­ter trail­ing by just one point at quar­ter time the Sea Ea­gles faded away against their Mackay ri­vals and ended up go­ing down by 49 points.

Rhys Gor­don, Ron Beavis, Trevor Ritchie and Cale Bar­nett were the stand­outs for the Sea Ea­gles.

Af­ter fin­ish­ing in fourth spot for the sea­son the Sea Ea­gles will face the third-placed North Mackay Saints in an elim­i­na­tion fi­nal at Har­rup Park this Satur­day.

RUCK­MAN: Sea Ea­gles player Robert Whit­ton and Hawks player Daniel Pol­lack go­ing for the ball in their game at Har­rup Park in Mackay on Satur­day.

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