Gutsy Sea Eagles front Moranbah against the odds
THE scoreboard didn’t make for good reading, but Whitsunday’s performance on Saturday in Moranbah was all heart.
The Sea Eagles took on Mackay AFL’s longest road trip undermanned but not lacking in endeavour, eager to finish the 2014 season without a forfeit.
Despite the club’s bravest efforts, Whitsunday would draw a close on its season with 35.22.232 to 3.6.24 loss at Stevenson Sports Park.
To their credit the Sea Eagles gave their all until the final siren, and can certainly hold their heads high for getting on the bus, let alone taking the field knowing full well what was to come against a legitimate premiership contender.
The Bulldogs raced 56-point lead at quarter time, booting home 10 majors in a clinical display. Moranbah raised the bat for a century in the second quarter, leading 107-15 at the main break.
The second half would see the Bulldogs kick a further 19 goals, posting an eye-popping 208-point win.
Ryan Dempsey kicked two goals for Whitsunday, while Robert Whitton, Cody Wright, Mel Harrison and coach John Ryan were named the best players.
The Sea Eagles will not play finals, finishing the season in fifth spot with four wins to their names.
This weekend the Hawks will host Moranbah at Harrup Park for a spot in the grand final while it’s do or die in the match between North Mackay and the Easter Swans at Zeolia Park.
In other news, due to a lack of numbers Whitsunday’s reserves forfeited their clash against Moranbah.
Like the A-grade team, the reserves will also miss finals, finishing in fifth spot with three wins.