Sea Eagles dust off cobwebs for trial
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.