Ea­gles leave nest on a high

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

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.

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