A his­toric home game

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

AUSSIE RULES: The re­sump­tion of Mackay/ Whit­sun­day AFL fix­tures at the week­end went a long way to restor­ing a sense of nor­mal­ity in the wake of Cy­clone Deb­bie.

The Sea Ea­gles took to the field on a high af­ter tak­ing out the grand fi­nal at the pre-sea­son car­ni­val and also tri­umph­ing over the Eastern Swans dur­ing round one.

At the fi­nal hooter, the Sea Ea­gles were 16.19.109 to the Mag­pies 4.5.29, with the home side set­ting up the win with an im­pres­sive first quar­ter per­for­mance.

Whit­sun­day Sea Ea­gles head coach Luke Somerville said the play­ers were keen to see round three go ahead as nor­mal af­ter round two was can­celled.

“It’s just get­ting back to some­thing nor­mal and some­thing they love. It has been a tough cou­ple of weeks for ev­ery­one,” he said.

At the end of the first quar­ter, the score­board ac­cu­rately con­veyed the en­thu­si­asm of the Sea Ea­gles – seven goals to one.

Mitchell Bell, Nick Proud, Jarred Camp­bell, Daniel Pul­lan and Aaron Thompson were named as best play­ers on the ground, with Bryce Matthews kick­ing five goals.

Next week, all teams will have a bye be­fore the Sea Ea­gles take on North Mackay in Mackay.

The Sea Ea­gles ladies made his­tory with their first ever com­pe­ti­tion game against the Mag­pies.

The score­board did not re­flect the phys­i­cal en­counter from both teams. The Mag­pies put on the early score­board pres­sure in the first quar­ter and it was a tug of war be­tween both sides.

Rachel Grigg played an out­stand­ing game in the mid­dle, Tanya “Fire Cracker” Hoyey put an amaz­ing tag on the league’s best player and the Pic­cinelli twins dom­i­nated both of their op­po­nents.

The un­der-17s started the year off with a win with a lot of new play­ers and they played solidly.

The U14s were un­lucky to go down 7.9.51 to 7.10.52. Af­ter a gutsy fight back it wasn’t enough in the fi­nal quar­ter. Best on the day were Ai­den Allen-Fancke, Max Steel, Cooper Og­den, Josh and Os­car Doland.

The U12s match was a hard fought bat­tle as they nar­rowly lost 11-9. Coaches votes went to Shakaya, Ja­cob, Dan, Xavier and Hay­den.

PHOTO: PETER CARRUTHERS

SOAR­ING: The Whit­sun­day Sea Ea­gles con­tin­ued their dom­i­na­tion of the 2017 Mackay/ Whit­sun­day AFL com­pe­ti­tion with a con­vinc­ing vic­tory on Satur­day.

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