Late charge delivers win
Whitsunday 12.11.83 def Mackay City 7.11.53
THE Whitsunday Sea Eagles posted their eighth consecutive win for the season with a 30 point victory over the Mackay City Hawks on Saturday at Whitsunday Sports Park.
In this hard-fought encounter, the Sea Eagles faced their toughest challenge yet as they trailed for most of the match.
Whitsunday Sea Eagles president Andy Ward had predicted it would be a hard challenge, and he was impressed with the final result.
“We always knew it was going to be a tough game,” Ward said.
“They were leading after the first quarter and were really taking the challenge to us.”
By half-time, the situation was far worse for the Whitsunday Sea Eagles.
They trailed by two goals at the main break and found themselves a man down after John Ryan was sent off for the remainder of the match.
Coach James McKenzie was very disappointed with the home side's performance in the first half.
After he gave the team a serve at the break, the Sea Eagles found some much-needed form in the third quarter.
Midfielders Peter Bond, Mark Pollard and Jake Gschwandtner drove the Sea Eagles turn-around. They distributed the ball to forwards Nick O'Reilly and Darren Boase who each finished with three goals for the match.
“There was a lot of hard, exciting footy in the last half and it really had the crowd on edge,” Ward said.
“After pulling away in the third quarter, the team put in a really courageous effort in the fourth quarter.”
Following the match, the Sea Eagles hosted their very own Red Faces night in the Whitsunday Sports Park clubrooms.
With over 50 people in attendance, the night was described as being a huge success.
Eleven acts competed for the top spot. In the end, the singing talents of Nick O'Reilly and Priscilla saw them prevail as winners, with the Airlie Angels (John Ryan, Mark Pollard and James Rockliff) a close second.
The Whitsunday Sea Eagles have a bye this weekend before they prepare for their round 9 clash against Eastern Swans at Rogers Oval.