Eagles leave nest on a high
IT WAS a memorable final home game for the Whitsunday Sea Eagles at the weekend, crushing the hapless Northern Beaches Magpies by 10 goals.
After enduring a series of substantial losses, the Sea Eagles were finally able to sing the song, triumphing 19.10.124 to 10.5.65 at the Whitsunday Sportspark on Saturday.
An accurate Whitsunday charged out of the gates to lead 36-20 at quarter time, before lifting impressively in the second term.
The Sea Eagles kicked five goals to one to boast a 39-point advantage at the main break, led by forward Rhett Simms.
Eager to depart ' the nest' on a high, Whitsunday continued to pepper the goals after the break, kicking eight more in the final two quarters to ultimately prevail by 59-points.
Simms, who clunked everything that came in his vicinity, bagged eight for the day while club president Daniel Fletcher finished with five.
Ruckman Trevor Ritchie, Rory Gallagher, Robert Whitton and Luke Sommerville also shone in slippery conditions.
Sea Eagles' coach John Ryan praised the team's efforts, lauding the character following a lean spell.
"The guys have worked very hard. We've gone through some rough patches over the last few weeks, so to come away with four points is a good result," he said. "It was set-up by Trev and Fletch in the middle winning clearances. Everything falls into place after that. It makes it easier for the backline and it makes it easier for the forward line. Everyone started to gel together nicely."
Out of finals contention in fifth on the Mackay AFL ladder, Whitsunday will play its final game of the season against the Bulldogs in Moranbah.
Ryan is hopeful the team can finish the season on a high and continue Saturday's strong form.
"It comes down to what numbers we can get on the bus. If we can take similar numbers to what we had today we are every chance of a win."
The A-grade team will play at Stevenson Sports Park from 2.45pm while the reserves are scheduled to run on at 1pm.
The reserves are still in finals contention, but will need results to go their way.
DECISIONS: Sea Eagles' midfielder Mel Harrison looks for an option against Northern Beaches Magpies on Saturday afternoon at the Whitsunday Sportspark.