Ea­gles fall in fi­nal hur­dle

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

AUSSIE RULES: The Al­lied Pick­ford’s Cup sea­son is of­fi­cially over for the Whit­sun­day Sea Ea­gles who ended the year with a loss to the Mag­pies.

Whit­sun­day started last Satur­day’s game at Mag­pies Sports Park un­der­manned, lead­ing to a quar­ter-time deficit of 38 points.

Once the team’s re­in­force­ments ar­rived, in the way of ju­nior play­ers, the Sea Ea­gles more than held their own against the league’s third-ranked side, match­ing Mag­pies for most of the re­main­ing three quar­ters.

Ul­ti­mately, the dam­age was done in the first term and Whit­sun­day even­tu­ally lost 19.10.124 to 9.9.63 to cap what has been a test­ing sea­son for the club.

The team fin­ished the Mackay AFL sea­son in sixth po­si­tion, with four wins from 15 games.

The com­pe­ti­tion’s fi­nals se­ries starts this week­end, with Eastern Swans to play Mackay City Hawks in the qual­i­fy­ing fi­nal. The loser plays ei­ther Mag­pies or Saints the fol­low­ing week.

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