Sea Ea­gles dust off cob­webs for trial

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AUSSIE RULES

THE Whit­sun­day Sea Ea­gles were back in ac­tion for a se­ries of trial matches at the Whit­sun­day Sports Park on Satur­day.

A round-robin car­ni­val was played be­tween the Whit­sun­day Sea Ea­gles, Mackay City Hawks and Townsville’s Tar­ren­gower Bull­dogs, with the Hawks tak­ing out the Mag­nums Cup.

A grade coach Brett Laskey said the trial matches were the per­fect pre-sea­son hit out to dust off the cob­webs.

“We had about eight or nine A grade play­ers miss­ing from the side and a num­ber of new faces on the field but it was our gen­eral fit­ness that was the prob­lem,” he said.

“We are plan­ning to travel to Townville in a fort­night to play in an­other car­ni­val be­cause we need to con­tin­u­ally get bet­ter each week and step up our game be­fore the start of the sea­son.”

All teams, coaches and spec­ta­tors gath­ered on the field be­fore the first match for a one min­utes si­lence to hon­our Bruce Steen­son, who was a re­cent vic­tim of a one-punch as­sault on the Sun­shine Coast.

Steen­son was the for­mer Queens­land pres­i­dent of the AFL Masters com­pe­ti­tion and will be dearly missed by club mem­bers.

Found­ing pres­i­dent of the Whit­sun­day Bald Ea­gles, Jack Lumby, said it was through Steen­son’s drive and pas­sion that the Whit­sun­day re­gion had a masters side.

“We are the only club based masters team above the Sun­shine Coast as all other teams are re­gion based,” he said.

“His legacy started 10 years ago as pres­i­dent when there were only 10 masters teams in all of Queens­land and now there are more than 40 teams in the com­pe­ti­tion.”

On Tues­day, four Whit­sun­day Bald Ea­gles play­ers trav­elled to a me­mo­rial for Steen­son at the As­p­ley Foot­ball grounds in Bris­bane.

The Whit­sun­day Sea Ea­gles will play their first game of the sea­son on May 5.

Train­ing is held ev­ery Tues­day and Thurs­day at the Whit­sun­day Sports Park from 6pm.

All past, present and prospec­tive play­ers are en­cour­aged to at­tend.

QUICK OFF­LOAD: Cody Wright got a pass off to Daniel Fletcher dur­ing the Whit­sun­day Sea Ea­gles home game clash with Mackay City Hawks on Satur­day.

ON THE BOOT: Whit­sun­day Sea Ea­gles player Trevor Den­ham booted the ball up­field dur­ing his team’s clash with Mackay City at the Whit­sun­day Sports Park on Satur­day.

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