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Sea Eagles are minor premiers

AUSSIE RULES

Whitsundays 167 def Moranbah 8

THE Whitsunday Sea Eagles wrapped up the 2010 minor premiership in style with a 159 point victory over last-placed Moranbah on Saturday.

The match also marked the 200 game milestone for Sea Eagles veteran John Ryan.

Ryan, who usually plays in the backline or in the ruck found himself in the forward line for parts of the match, kicking four goals along the way.

“It took a while to get there,” he said on achieving his milestone.

“I was just happy to get the win.

“We took out a pretty short squad and didn't have anyone on the bench.”

Although the Whitsundays team thumped their opposition the match was described as a very physical battle.

The Whitsunday Sea Eagles have no time to rest though as they prepare for their biggest clash of the year when they take on the Mackay City Hawks this weekend.

In what has been described as a grand final preview, the modest Ryan, who is the first Sea Eagles player to ever play 200 games for the club, admits that this clash is among the most crucial in his career.

“It is a very, very, very big clash,” he said.

“We haven't lost a game at home for a couple of years but they are on a really good run so it's now a test for us.”

Regardless of this weekend's result, the Sea Eagles will take on the second placed Hawks in the major semi-final in two weeks time.

Ryan believes the winner of the weekend's match will take a lot of confidence into their rematch the following week.

“If we can beat them convincingly it will give us a good mental edge,” he said.

“It will be a real confidence booster.”

The Whitsunday Sea Eagles take on the Hawks at 2.45pm at Whitsunday Sports Park this Saturday in what is the team's final home game of the year.

Reserves kick-off at 1pm.


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