Nine Sea Ea­gles in un­der-14 NQ ti­tles

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

Lo­cal knowl­edge will come to the fore this week­end when a host of Sea Ea­gles rep­re­sents the re­gion in the Mackay un­der-14’s team to con­test the North Queens­land Cham­pi­onships.

The Whit­sun­day Sportspark will host the two-day car­ni­val which will fea­ture nine Sea Ea­gles, in­clud­ing Jay­den Clark, Max Cor­nish, Xan­der Hall, Mitch Healey, Jake Kennedy, Lach­lan Matthews, Cal­lum McMurdo, Lo­gan Mil­li­gan and Alex Shultz.

The 24-man squad will play games against Townsville, Ca- pri­cor­nia, Cairns and Cape York over the week­end and AFL Mackay re­gional manager Jeff Neu­mann said the team would ben­e­fit from play­ing at The Nest.

“The home ground ad­van­tage is some­thing we’ve got up our sleeve. Kick­ing with the breeze and against it will be some­thing we can use to our ad­van­tage,” he said.

Neu­mann also praised the re­gion’s devel­op­ment path, high­light­ing the fact that the ma­jor­ity of the squad hails from the Whit­sun­days.

“To have so many play­ers come out of one club shows that they’ve got the right sys­tems in place. What the Sea Ea­gles are do­ing is work­ing,” he said.

“To have nine play­ers from the Whit­sun­day Sea Ea­gles is bet­ter for us be­cause they know how each other plays.

“We’ve picked a well bal­anced squad which has given us the best prepa­ra­tion to per­form on the field.”

The Un­der-14 North Queens­land Cham­pi­onships will start at the Whit­sun­day Sportspark on Satur­day.

Mackay plays at noon and

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