Tight fin­ish at car­ni­val

AFL car­ni­val of­fered a chance to re­lax

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT - Ja­cob Wil­son ja­cob.wil­son@whit­sun­day­times.com.au

AFL: Com­peti­tors ar­rived at the Bald Eagles AFL car­ni­val as op­po­nents, but they left as team mates.

This was the motto of the six teams that went head to head at the Whit­sun­day Sportspark dur­ing the Easter week­end as they lifted the spir­its of spec­ta­tors.

Play­ers from Bris­bane to Cairns were distributed into teams, in­clud­ing the Shirt-fron­ters, Wa­ter Rats, Des­per­a­dos, Pi­rates, Jok­ers and Ga­tors.

Bald Eagles pres­i­dent Jack Lumby said it was a week­end of ex­cep­tional foot­ball played in the right spirit.

“It was very en­cour­ag­ing, full of mate­ship and great to see the lo­cal play­ers with a smile and a laugh by Sun­day,” he said.

Satur­day fea­tured round robin games be­tween the six sides, with the top four teams play­ing for glory on Sun­day.

The Wa­ter Rats and Shirt-fron­ters com­peted for first and sec­ond place while the Des­per­a­dos and Pi­rates strug­gled it out for for third and fourth.

The Shirt-fron­ters nar­rowly took out the com­pe­ti­tion 31-26, but Lumby said it came down to the last few min­utes.

“The lead changed hands sev­eral times and it was down to the sec­ond last kick of the day,” he said.

While first and sec­ond place came with a $500 and $250 prize re­spec­tively, both were do­nated back to the Bald Eagles club to sup­port play­ers pre­par­ing for the Queens­land Coun­try Championships to be held in Townsville in May.

Lumby said spec­ta­tors ap­pre­ci­ated the range of tal­ent on the field.

“It was an op­por­tu­nity to take our mind off the con­stant pres­sure of re­cov­ery and get­ting things back to nor­mal af­ter a chaotic cou­ple of weeks,” he said.

“Peo­ple in town and my play­ers have been run­ning on adrenalin for the last cou­ple of weeks, which has put our bod­ies through ex­treme fa­tigue and tired­ness, a week­end like this has eased the anger and pain.”

Bald Eagles training runs on Wed­nes­days from 5.30pm and peo­ple are wel­come to come to the Whit­sun­day Sportspark to kick a foot­ball and have a chat.

The lead changed hands sev­eral times and it was down to the sec­ond last kick of the day.

— Bald Eagles club pres­i­dent Jack Lumby

FI­NAL: Wa­ter Rats player Steven Gibbs dur­ing the fi­nal match at the AFL car­ni­val on Sun­day.

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