CQ honours for three Eagles
Three Whitsunday Sea Eagles have been selected in the Central Queensland squad after dominating the North Queensland Academy Championships in Airlie Beach over the weekend.
Mitch Healey, Jake Kennedy and Lachlan Matthews joined three other Mackay players in the CQ squad which will contest the Under-14 State Championships later this year.
AFL Queensland regional manager Jeff Neumann said he was delighted the region’s talent was recognised.
“To have three players from the Sea Eagles is credit to the way that particular football club goes about their player development,” he said.
“Six in total is a great result and with the State Academy Championships not until September a few more Mackay players could get the call up.”
Nine Sea Eagles were picked in the Mackay team that played four games at the Whitsunday Sportspark on Saturday and Sunday.
Jayden Clark, Xander Hall, Callum McMurdo, Logan Milligan, Alex Shultz, Mitch Healey, Jake Kennedy, Lachlan Matthews and Mackay co-captain Max Cornish led the team to one win for the weekend.
In game one Mackay went down to Townsville 8.7.55-1.3.9 despite the best efforts of Lachlan and Max while Mitch was in the thick of the action for game two against Capricornia, leading Mackay to a 4.5.29-3.5.23 win.
Xander and Max finished the game with one goal each.
Game three on Sunday resulted in a 15.12.102 to 1.0.6 loss to Cairns where Mitch was again named in the best players.
The fourth and final fixture saw Cape York win a thriller, with Mackay falling 4.3.275.5.29.
In other representative football news, Whitsunday Sea Eagle Eli Gunders has helped the Mackay Crows win the Tri-Series Shield.
The 17-year-old key position player contributed to wins over Capricornia and Townsville on Saturday at Harrup Park.
In game one Mackay won 5.7.37 to Capricornia’s 4.4.28 before backing-up against Townsville later that day.
The second match was a comfortable victory for Mackay, running out 11.2.68 to 3.3.21 winners.
Mackay’s women’s team also won its Tri-Series competition, winning by 17 and 47 points over Capricornia and Townsville respectively.
HIGH FLYING: Mitch Healey (left) flies for a mark against Townsville on Saturday at the Whitsunday Sportspark. Mitch was one of three Sea Eagles eventually picked for the CQ team.