Whit­sun­day ju­nior Sea Ea­gles soar­ing high af­ter club pre­sen­ta­tions

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

AUSSIE RULES

AF­TER a bril­liant sea­son which saw all three grades qual­ify for the fi­nals of the Mackay Ju­nior AFL com­pe­ti­tion, the Whit­sun­day Sea Ea­gles Ju­niors cel­e­brated their achieve­ments at the club’s pre­sen­ta­tion day at the Proser­pine Pool on Sun­day.

High­lights of the day came when best and fairest awards were pre­sented to un­der-18s Rhys Adam­son, un­der-15s Ter­rence Neal and un­der-13s Brodie Jack­son, who was also awarded as the over­all best and fairest player in the Mackay Ju­nior AFL com­pe­ti­tion last month.

Club vice-pres­i­dent Jim Bar­nett praised all play­ers for their ef­forts and the pride they had brought to the club.

“All teams made the fi­nals this year which was a great re­sult and sadly, we didn’t make the grand fi­nals, but over­all we made the most of a great sea­son with the lim­ited num­bers we had,” he said.

“Many of the un­der-15s stood up tire­lessly to play for the un­der-18s which meant they played two games on a weekend but we wouldn’t have been able to field the teams we did with­out their ded­i­ca­tion to the game and their team mates.”

Bar­nett’s main goal is to in­crease lo­cal tal­ent play­ing for the club and main­tain num­bers through­out the 2014 sea­son.

“We are look­ing for­ward to com­ing back next year and mak­ing the teams big­ger and stronger,” he said.

“The re­la­tion­ship be­tween the se­nior and ju­nior club is get­ting bet­ter all the time with a lot of the se­nior play­ers help­ing out at train­ing and that has a re­ally pos­i­tive im­pact on our young play­ers.”

Many ju­niors from the un­der-18s side are now pre­par­ing to make their de­but in the se­nior Whit­sun­day Sea Ea­gles re­serve and A grade side next year.

Un­der-13s coach Steve McGre­gor thanked all club vol­un­teers and par­ents who trans­ported play­ers to Mackay and helped with scor­ing, coach­ing and um­pir­ing over the sea­son.

TRO­PHY WIN­NERS: Michael Maltby was pre­sented with the most im­proved award and Mitch Brock­ley was the run­ner-up to Rhys Adam­son who was awarded the best and fairest in the un­der-18s dur­ing the Whit­sun­day Sea Ea­gles pre­sen­ta­tions at the Proser­pine Pool on Sun­day.

SOLID PER­FORM­ERS: In the Whit­sun­day Sea Ea­gles Ju­nior AFL un­der-15s pre­sen­ta­tions the coaches award went to Mathew Jenk­ins, most con­sis­tent Ja­cob Healey, Hud­son McGre­gor and Rhys Fuhrmann both re­cieved run­ner-up awards and Nathan Simm was pre­sented with the most im­porved award on Sun­day.

GREAT ACHIEVE­MENT: Whit­sun­day Sea Ea­gles un­der-18's player Deon Ball was pre­sented with the coaches award at the club pre­sen­ta­tions on the weekend.

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