Great turnout for Sea Eagles annual pre-season carnival
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.