Train­ing pays div­i­dends for Sea Ea­gles

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

AUSSIE RULES: A com­mit­ment to hard-work on the train­ing track is be­gin­ning to pay off for the Whit­sun­day Sea Ea­gles, who pro­duced a dom­i­nant per­for­mance to climb to fifth in the Al­lied Pick­fords Cup.

The Sea Ea­gles recorded a 13.16.94 to 7.8.50 win over Mo­ran­bah on Satur­day at the Whit­sun­day Sportspark, mak­ing it two wins in as many weeks fol­low­ing a dif­fi­cult start to the sea­son.

Whit­sun­day led at ev­ery in­ter­val on the back of a dom­i­nant 42-15 first quar­ter and never looked back.

The Bull­dogs, kick­ing with the wind in the sec­ond quar­ter, weren’t able to take ad­van­tage of the ground’s con­di­tions to trail by 23 at the main break. Whit­sun­day ex­tended their lead to 35 in the third quar­ter but the door was left open for Mo­ran­bah to over­run the home-side with the wind. It didn’t even­tu­ate for the Bull­dogs, as the Sea Ea- gles main­tained con­trol for a well-de­served 44-point victory. “We’ve been train­ing hard and we’re start­ing to get more of a fit­ter core group rather than just two or three play­ers turn­ing up for con­sis­tent train­ing,” Whit­sun­day coach Matthew Laskey said.

“Across the board there’s 10 to 15 play­ers that are fit now and that makes a lot of dif­fer­ence.” Jimmy Bourke con­tin­ued his ex­cel­lent sea­son while Troy Weller was lively in his re­turn from a bro­ken arm. Satur­day’s game was the last for Chris Bray and Steve Sul­li­van while ruck­man Trevor Ritchie will also be ab­sent for some time.

De­spite those losses, Laskey said the mood was still pos­i­tive.

“All the boys are pretty happy. We’ve got to keep work­ing and hope­fully get more blokes avail­able and get more wins on the board,” he said.

“It doesn’t help Chris Bray and Steve Sul­li­van are head­ing to Vic­to­ria and big Trevor is head­ing to Europe but I think we’ve got the depth to pick from. We’ll have a cou­ple of guys to come in and a few to go out but hope­fully we can get a solid core to play on Satur­day (against Swans) and we’ll cer­tainly put in a bet­ter ef­fort this time.” The Sea Ea­gles will host Eastern Swans on Satur­day at the Whit­sun­day Sportspark from 2.45pm.

IN REACH: Sea Ea­gles' Troy Weller grasps for the ball dur­ing Satur­day's bout against the Mo­ran­bah Bull­dogs.

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