STRENGTH IN NUMBERS: Rob Davis, Ian Hill, Robert Whitton, Luke Adamson, Jack Lumby, Dan Van Blarcom, Troy Weller, Luke Sommerville, Rob Peberdy and Barb Adamson showed their support for the Whitsunday Sea Eagles on Sunday and are looking forward to a strong season on AFL football in 2012.
Photo Aimee Vinci / Whitsunday Times
STRENGTH IN NUMBERS: Rob Davis, Ian Hill, Robert Whitton, Luke Adamson, Jack Lumby, Dan Van Blarcom, Troy Weller, Luke Sommerville, Rob Peberdy and Barb Adamson showed their support for the Whitsunday Sea Eagles on Sunday and are looking forward to a strong season on AFL football in 2012. Photo Aimee Vinci / Whitsunday Times

Sea Eagles fly on fresh wings

THE Whitsunday Sea Eagles will be soaring high after a positive response from players and supporters at their AGM on Sunday.

Positive energy filled the room as newly elected president Dan Van Blarcom said he wanted to ensure a stronger start to the upcoming AFL season and a brighter future for the club.

"I know last year wasn't bright but the sun is still shining here in the Whitsundays," he said

"It's all about getting involved.

"Regular meetings, input from players and help from volunteers, I will be setting up a website and a mailing list. These are the basic things that will make the club run smoothly."

Huge support for the club has come from mentors at the Whitsunday Bald Eagles Football Club who have offered to use some perpetual funds to give the Sea Eagles a clean slate for the upcoming season.

Bald Eagles president Jack Lumby said the Sea Eagles were a good club, a great bunch of people and that all the club needed was a fresh start and good guidance.

"It's not just the senior club, it's those little kids that are the champions of the future and it's the kids that will eventually fill our first grade sides and I don't want to see them miss out," he said.

Two new coaches have been elected for the 2012 AFL season.

Troy Weller will take control of the first grade side as a coach and as a player.

With 28 years of football experience, Weller has also trained with the Central Districts AFL side.

"We've got some really talented younger players at the moment and many more to come up from the juniors. I think I have got a lot to give to the club and to these younger players now and into the future."

Newly elected reserves coach Michael Jarvis said he was looking to a solid start to the football season and having some fun and playing a bit of football himself.

With a new committee and a clean slate the eagles have found new wings for the start of the football season.

Pre-season training will start tonight Thursday, January 12 at 6pm at the Whitsunday Sports Park and is open to new and existing members.


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