Gutsy Sea Ea­gles front Mo­ran­bah against the odds

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

AUSSIE RULES

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.

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