Sea Ea­gles over­come Mackay Saints in a thriller

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

AUSSIE RULES: The Whit­sun­day Sea Ea­gles have come away from their clash with North Mackay Saints with a nail-bit­ing win.

The Sea Ea­gles started well and were six points up at the end of the first quar­ter.

By the end of the sec­ond quar­ter, the Saints had clawed back a goal and were trail­ing 31-32.

Dur­ing the third quar­ter the Mackay boys lifted and put on two goals to the Sea Ea­gles’ one.

The re­sult came down to the fi­nal quar­ter. The Saints failed to kick a goal, and the Sea Ea­gles kicked two.

The fi­nal score was the Saints 7.5.47 to the Sea Ea­gles 8.5.53.

Lee kicked three for the Sea Ea­gles in an out­stand­ing per­for­mance, Miller booted two goals, and Van Hees Ir­win and McCaul kicked one each.

Ritchie and Bell did well to max­imise scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties but were a lit­tle off tar­get in the goal square.

Ritchie kicked four be­hinds and Bell three.

At the end of round 14, the Whit­sun­day Sea Ea­gles are in sec­ond place in the 2017 Al­lied Pick­fords Cup to the Mackay City Hawks.

Next week a home game at the Whit­sud­nay Sportspark will see a top-of-the-ta­ble clash with the Hawks.

A win in round 15 for the home side could see the mi­nor premier­ship won. Un­der-12s

A de­pleted Un­der-12s side came ex­cru­ci­at­ingly close af­ter a re­mark­able come­back in the last quar­ter, fall­ing short by three points to the Saints.

A lack of in­ten­sity in the sec­ond and third quar­ters had the kids give away too many free kicks.

How­ever a fan­tas­tic fi­nal quar­ter showed the team is ca­pa­ble of slick run­ning and con­tested ball.

Jacob Dewis, Jor­don Daniels and Adam Sin­gle­ton were su­perb in the mid­dle, while the Costello girls, Fish and Kyan Timms had blin­ders. Xavier Prosser and Liam Eames also showed great prom­ise.

CLOSE MATCH: North Mackay Saints went down to the Whit­sun­day Sea Ea­gles on Satur­day.

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