Whitsundays 8.13.61 def by Mackay City 11.9.75
THE Whitsunday Sea Eagles will face the North Mackay Saints this weekend in a do-or-die preliminary final after going down to the Mackay City Hawks by 14 points on Saturday.
Despite finishing as minor premiers, the Sea Eagles knew they were in for a tough battle against the in-form Hawks.
After leading by 22-points at half-time, the Sea Eagles appeared to become complacent and a late surge from Mackay City saw them take out their 11th win in a row and progress to the grand final.
Sea Eagles captain Peter Bond was disappointed with the loss as the match was there for the taking.
“We were ahead all day and lost it late in the match,” he said.
“I guess we lacked a bit of discipline but we've just got to put it in the past now and move on.”
Bond is now preparing his team to take on the Saints who had a 10 point victory over Bakers Creek on Sunday.
He admits that his side has lacked its winning edge in recent weeks and is confident that it will return this weekend, ensuring a win for the boys in blue.
“We've been a bit flat lately but there's a real buzz amongst the team now,” he said.
“We've got a bit to play for and losing is not an option.
“We've had it over them all year so we're confident.”
Club president Andy Ward reiterated the importance of the match and supporters heading to the game.
“It's up to the boys now,” he said. “It's in their hands.
“It's going to be tough footy and hard-hitting test of strength.”
The Sea Eagles match kick-off at 2.45pm on Saturday at Zoella Park.
The supporter's bus will leave the Whitsunday Sports Park at 10am.
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