GOAL KICKER: Brodie Tebbutt kicks a goal for the Whitsunday Sea Eagles in their win over the North Mackay Saints on Saturday.
GOAL KICKER: Brodie Tebbutt kicks a goal for the Whitsunday Sea Eagles in their win over the North Mackay Saints on Saturday.

Sea Eagles defeated in semi-final

THE Whitsunday Sea Eagles fell agonisingly short of making their way into the grand final of the Mackay AFL Pre-season Carnival on Saturday at Whitsunday Sports Park.

The Sea Eagles met the Townsville-based Hermet Park side in the semi-final before going down by a small margin.

Earlier in the day, the Sea Eagles had two wins over North Mackay and Andergrove who competed in their first ever senior Aussie rules matched after they were inducted in to the 2011 season format.

Despite going down in the semi-final, Sea Eagles senior player John Ryan said the side wasn't disappointed at all.

“It would've been nice to make the grand final or even go on to win the grand final but it wasn't the end of the world,” he said.

“I think there were a lot of positive signs for us.

“We played some quality opposition on the day and played some good football.”

President Andy Ward agreed.

“It was a great effort by the boys,” he said.

“They bonded well under assistant coaches Darren Crossley and Col Hounsell. “They're all a bunch of new players but they played well as a team.”

Ward also declared this year's carnival another success for the club.

With round one competition kicking off this weekend, the Sea Eagles senior side has a bye while the reserves are expected to face off against the Eastern Swans at the Whitsunday Sports Park on Saturday, weather permitting.

“We've still got a fair bit of work to do,” he said.

“I think we are going to be showing some rapid improvement in the next few weeks.”


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