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Eagles retain top spot on table

Kristopher Lemm from North Mackay can only watch on as Whitsunday’s Noos O’Reilly marks during their game at Zeolla Park.
Kristopher Lemm from North Mackay can only watch on as Whitsunday’s Noos O’Reilly marks during their game at Zeolla Park. Lee Constable

WHITSUNDAY is the only unbeaten team in Mackay AFL after a 10 goals defeat of North Mackay at Zeolla Park on Saturday.

In the toughest test of the Sea-Eagles so far this season, only two goals were booted in the first half before Whitsunday put on a strong performance into the wind in the third quarter to set up the 80-20 win.

“The third quarter, they call it the premiership quarter, and that’s where we lost it,” the Saints’ Scott Thomas said.

“The first half was a really good physical contest, but after half-time they played better football than us.”

Whitsunday went to the main break 17-1 up, after kicking just two goals, but keeping the Saints to the solitary behind.

But they powered home in the second half, booting five goals in each quarter and keeping North Mackay to just three goals for the match.

Sea-Eagles coach James McKenzie said Darren Boase, who kicked four goals, was among the best along with Mark Pollard and Robert Whitton.

The Saints lost centre half back Chris Lemm and on-baller Matt Wellington to injury in the first half, but had big performances from Ben Keogh, Brody Dwyer and Brendan Cowcher during the contest.

Whitsunday 0.2, 2.5, 7.8, 12.8 (80) def North Mackay 0.0, 0.1, 1.2, 3.2 (20)


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