Sea Ea­gles downed in a Swans thriller

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

AUSSIE RULES: The high­fly­ing Whit­sun­day Sea Ea­gles have crashed back to earth with a tough one-point loss.

Up against the Eastern Swans, the Sea Ea­gles were favourites headed into the match but it wasn’t to be at Rogers Oval in Mackay on Satur­day af­ter­noon as they went down 8.11.59 to 8.10.58.

The Sea Ea­gles flew away with the game in the first half, re­strict­ing the Swans to two goals. Tak­ing a 4.5.29 to 2.6.18 lead into the break, the Swans fought back in the third quar­ter with four goals to take the lead into the fi­nal quar­ter.

While the Sea Ea­gles clawed their way back, with three fourth quar­ter goals, they fin­ished a point short.

Coach Luke Som­merville de­scribed the match as a “heart-breaker”.

“(We) lead at half-time, but in an arm wres­tle sec­ond half we couldn’t stop the Swans from win­ning,” he said.

Sea Ea­gle Ryan Ir­win chipped in with four goals in a pow­er­ful game while Chris Mor­ri­son was one of the best on the park. John Miles was good in the mid­field while Jared Camp­bell and Alex Rodgers worked hard in de­fence.

The loss puts the Sea Ea­gles sec­ond on the lad­der and with the com­pe­ti­tion on a two week break, they will re­turn on July 8 when they take on Bak­ers Creek at Whit­sun­day Sportspark.

CLOSE: Sea Ea­gles player Jared Camp­bell (pic­tured ear­lier this year).

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