Great start for new coach
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THE Whitsunday Sea Eagles have got off to a perfect start in the 2010 AFL Mackay season with a five goal win over Bakers Creek. The Sea Eagles fought off a late Bakers Creek comeback to give new coach James McKenzie a dream start to his coaching career.
The signs were good early for the Whitsunday side with the defence, led by John Ryan, working well together and key forwards Nick O’Reilly and Brad Hayes presenting well.
Sixteen-year-old Harry Quod was also busy up forward and finished the game with three goals including a sensational soccer off the ground from the pocket.
At quarter time the Sea Eagles held a two goal lead and that was increased to four goals at the main change. With his side working well together and holding a four goal lead McKenzie told his players to dig deep for the third term and continue to apply pressure to the Bakers Creek side.
The third quarter became a real battle with Bakers Creek stepping up their attack on the ball but the Whitsunday side was able to match their intensity. However when tempers started to fray during the third term the Sea Eagles side looked like they could throw away their lead. Crucially, a few senior players put their hands up and led the away side on with the job.
Midfielders Todd Hounsell and Jake Gschwandtner continued to work hard, winning a number of key clearances for the Sea Eagles.
In the final term it was Bakers Creek who came out firing, kicking three quick goals but the Sea Eagles had all the answers and managed to come away with a comfortable 31 point win.
Whitsunday Sea Eagles 13.11.89 d Bakers Creek 8.10.58
Whitsunday Sea Eagles 14.15.99 d Bakers Creek 2.4.16