Sea Eagles dominate to make finals history
AFL: Whitsunday Sea Eagles president Daniel Thomas can’t remember a time where the club had been in a stronger position heading into grand final week.
With the Under-14 side defeating Moranbah this afternoon with a tight 12-point margin - the juniors will join the Under-17 and senior sides in the pursuit of grand final glory.
The Sea Eagles had a slow start in their game, trailing Moranbah in the first quarter of the game.
The second and third quarters saw the Sea Eagles spread their wings and soar to the lead.
Despite a final quarter come back from the Moranbah Bulldogs, the Sea Eagles still cemented their lead after kicking what was described as the “goal of the day” at a crucial moment.
The final score was 9.7.61 to 8.1.49 in the Sea Eagles favour with Rhys Ward, Max Steel, Cooper Ogden, Aiden Allen-Fanke and Josh Ekert doing the heavy lifting for the victorious Sea Eagles.
If the U14 side comes out of the Grand Final victorious, it would be the third year in a row where they have staked their claim to the title.
Thomas said this impressive achievement was potentially history in the making.
“We were trying to work that the last time all these teams were in the finals together, I have been in the club for five years and its the first time since I have been here where we have had all the teams make it. I couldn’t say on record last time it happened,” he said.
Ahead of the biggest weekend of the AFL season, Thomas said the biggest challenge would be making the most of the extensive range of talent available.
“We have blokes knocking on the door but some of them will be missing out come the Grand Final,” he said.
“It is a good position to be in to have 25 fit players to squeeze into 22 spots, it will be the same with the U17s, with so many good players ready to go it will be a hard decision for the coach.”
“It is a game that doesn’t come around very often so the boys will wear their jumper with pride, they need to put in 110%, we can’t ask for any more than that and if they can do they then we will walk away with the win.”
It has been a strong year of achievement for the club with 2017 marking the inception of the Sea Eagles women’s side.
While the girls were not able to reach the Grand Finals - there is plenty of room for growth and development in the future.
The Whitsunday Sea Eagles will be running two supporter buses on September 9 for anyone who wants to cheer the Sea Eagles on in their final clashes of the AFL season.
Tickets will cost $10 for return trips, with the bus leaving at 9am from Whitsunday Sportspark.
To reserve a ticket you can contact Cabe Ayton on 0427427612. PARKRUN: A blistering pace set by newcomer to the Airlie Beach parkrun, Aiden Smith, knocked usual front runner Peter Moore from his perch at the head of the 5km event on Saturday.
Smith ran a 18.23 not faster than Moore’s personal best of 18:07 but enough to cross the line first.
Justin Helsham and Chris Murphy claimed third and fourth respectively.
A top tussle for the best placed woman saw Aimee Sulzberger and Riana Young Cashinella battle it out .
Sulzberger with a new PB of 22.11 crossed ahead of Young Cashinella and first-timer Emma Winterflood rounded out the top three.
A big thank you to all the volunteers including race director Shane Bellert who helped make the #95 of the Airlie Beach parkrun possible.
GRAND FINALISTS: Back Row (left to right): Josh Norris, Jayden Clark, Nick Roach, Luke Sommerville and Front Row: Mick Jarvis, Max Steel and Alan McMurdo are pumped for Grand Finals in Mackay this weekend.
UP AND RUNNING: Airlie Beach parkun on Saturday.