Great turnout for Sea Ea­gles an­nual pre-sea­son car­ni­val

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -


FOOTY fans flocked to the Whit­sun­day Sports Park on Satur­day to see the re­gion’s top AFL teams go head-to­head for the Whit­sun­day Sea Ea­gles an­nual pre-sea­son car­ni­val.

All se­nior grade teams were in ac­tion with teams trav­el­ling from the North­ern Beaches Mag­pies, Bak­ers Creek, Mackay City, East­ern Swans, North Mackay and Mo­ran­bah to take part in the en­ter­tain­ing 12-match round-robin event against the Sea Ea­gles and the Bald Ea­gles, who were known as the Pres­i­dents on the day.

The Whit­sun­day Sea Ea­gles posted a huge 52-0 win over the Pres­i­dents mas­ter’s team in the first match of the day be­fore re­turn­ing to the field to take on Bak­ers Creek.

The Sea Ea­gles dom­i­nated the match and were pleased to se­cure an­other solid 58-0 vic­tory over the side.

De­spite their good form early on, the North­ern Beaches Mag­pies edged out the home side claim­ing a nar­row 25-22 vic­tory.

Mackay’s North­ern Beaches Mag­pies and the East­ern Swans were both un­de­feated on the day but it was the Mag­pies who were de­clared the over­all win­ners of the pre-sea­son car­ni­val shield as a re­sult of the points per­cent­age rul­ing that was en­forced.

A ma­jor high­light of the car­ni­val was the in­tense ex­hi­bi­tion match be­tween the two women’s teams from the Mo­ran­bah Bull­dogs and Mackay.

There were a num­ber of play­ers who dom­i­nated the game and showed their skill to kick a num­ber of goals through the up­rights.

Whit­sun­day Sea Ea­gles Club rep­re­sen­ta­tive Barb Adam­son com­mended the women on their gal­lant ef­forts.

“Some of the girls were play­ing for the first time but it is great to see women pro­gress­ing in the sport of AFL and play­ing such a fan­tas­tic match,” she said.

The pre-sea­son car­ni­val served as the per­fect warmup for the lo­cal AFL masters team, the Whit­sun­day Bald Ea­gles, who are now look­ing for­ward to host­ing the Trop­i­cal AFL Masters 12’s Cup over the Easter weekend. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Jack Lumby on 0417 628 939.

EPIC MARK: Sea Ea­gles Ryan Dempsey marked an out­stand­ing kick dur­ing his team's clash with Bak­ers Creek on Satur­day at the Whit­sun­day Sports Park.

TEAM EF­FORT: Whit­sun­day Sea Ea­gles player Trevor Den­ham charged a Bak­ers Creek de­fender as Cody Wright made a break dur­ing their 58-0 vic­tory on Satur­day.

ON FORM: Mackay's Danielle Over­all made a break dur­ing the women's ex­hi­bi­tion match with Mo­ran­bah Bull­dogs at the Whit­sun­day Sea Ea­gles pre-sea­son car­ni­val on Satur­day.

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