Training pays dividends for Sea Eagles
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.