Sea Eagles soar to new heights
By James Perkins
WHEN IT comes to grand finals, the Whitsunday Sea Eagles know what it takes to win.
The legion of fans who followed them to Mackay on the weekend didn't leave disapointed following a stinging come from behind win against the North Mackay Saints to make it a "three-peat" of Mackay AFL trophies.
"We went absoutely nuts," captain/coach Kelvin Agg said of the win, his voice still carrying that tinge of excitement five days later.
"The full-time siren went and I looked up at the scoreboard and we were in front ... it is still sinking in."
The Sea Eagles went into the match firm underdogs after North Mackay had set the competition standard all year and at quarter time found themselves 32 points down.
"We kept everybody positive and said let's start fresh," Agg said.
"Every team in the competition has the time when they fall asleep and that was ours ... we were fine after that and played some really good football."
By half way through the second quarter Whitsunday were closing in on the lead and by the third they were in front and the classic comeback story was almost complete.
Agg said the assistance of some past club greats was invaluable in the assault on the title.
"It was very fortunate because the 2004 premiership coach Gary Hutchison managed the bench for me and last year's premiership captain ran the water and the amount of respect those guys brought to the team was priceless."
In front of past legends and the local supporters every Sea Eagle rose above any individual form they had shown earlier in the season.
"The guys that had been there all year did that bit extra," Agg said.
"Every player did their job and added an extra 10 or 20%."
With five minutes to go the Sea Eagles were three points up and weren't going to give up their lead.
"The game could have gone anywhere and the guys dug deeper," Agg said.
The Sea Eagles finished 10 points in front, 11.13-79 to 13.11-89.
The celebrations continue on the presentation night at the Whitsunday Sailing club, Friday 7.30pm.