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