Whitsunday Sea Eagles 21.23.149 def Eastern Swans 3.6.24
THE Whitsunday Sea Eagles have turned their season around with an overwhelming 125-point win over reigning premiers Eastern Swans at the Whitsunday Sports Park on Saturday.
In what was the Sea Eagles' most dominant performance of the year, the home side produced the quality of football that many believe can take them all the way to a win in this year's grand final.
Before slumping to two losses in their past three outings, the Whitsunday Sea Eagles had been undefeated in their 2010 campaign.
Captain Peter Bond says he is now confident that his side have put the losses behind them and are fully focused as they approach this year's finals series.
“It was good to get back into the winning circle,” he said after the match.
“A couple of losses brought us back to earth and we kind of said ‘enough is enough'.
“We're still not playing our best footy but it's definitely a turning point in our season.”
The win was celebrated in front of a solid home crowd, as Whitsunday Aussie Rules fans turned up in big numbers for the Sea Eagle's annual Sponsors' day.
Club president Andy Ward said the club's convincing victory over the Swans made the special day just that little bit sweeter.
“With both of our senior teams winning, it was just a great all-round day,” he said.
“I've had great feedback from our sponsors and they just love being around the boys.”
The Sea Eagles showed great authority throughout the entire match as they restricted the Eastern Swans to just three points in the second half.
But although the Sea Eagles appear to be flying high, Bond is adamant that there is still plenty of work to be done in the remaining weeks of the season.
“These next two weeks against the Saints and Bakers (Creek) are going to be huge,” he said.
“All the boys are back now, so there are no excuses.
“The way we perform in these two games will really determine how we will go in this year's finals campaign.
“Anyone in the top four can win it this year and if we're not on our game, we'll get done.”
The Whitsunday Sea Eagles play the North Mackay Saints at Zoella Park this Saturday.
The reserves game kicks off at 1pm and first grade starts at 2.45pm.
A supporters' bus will leave the Whitsunday Sports Park at 9.30am.
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