A DOMINANT first quarter from the Whitsunday Sea Eagles wasn't enough to hold off the Mackay City Hawks in Saturday's grand final, going down 12.9.81-9.60.
Having secured a week off after beating Mackay City in their preliminary final two weeks ago, the Sea Eagles were rated a strong chance of claiming the 2012 premiership but fell short on the day against the defending premiers.
The Hawks were shell-shocked in the first quarter, trailing 26-1 at the quarter time break before turning the game on it's head with seven goals in a dynamite second quarter showing.
Their stunning turnaround continued in the third as they stretched their lead to 14 and they managed to maintain control of the game to finish 21-point winners and claim back to back premierships.
Sea Eagles playing coach Troy Weller was proud with the way his team played despite the result and took plenty of positives out of the 2012 season. "It was a well fought-out game and even though we didn't get the result we have to be proud of the season we've had and what we achieved this year," he said.
"From a club perspective, it's been a great year and if you would've told us before the season started that we would have been playing in the grand final then we would've been happy with that."
Weller was impressed with the efforts of all his players and in particular praised Dave Ada, Kelvin Agg and Daniel Taylor for their hard-working performances.
"It was a well fought-out game and the boys will go into next season with great hunger, they certainly won't want to lose another grand final. Some lessons have been learnt and we will keep the core of this team together and try and go one better next year," he said.
Weller led the scoring for the Eagles with four goals while Matthew Laskey, Ty Parkinson, Robert Gillespie, Thomas McDermott and Cameron Adam all added one goal each.
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