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THE Whitsunday Sea Eagles suffered their first loss at home in two seasons after they were defeated by the Mackay City Hawks on Saturday at the Whitsunday Sports Park.
In what proved to be the toughest task for the Sea Eagles in their 2010 season, the home side lost to their second-placed rivals by 33 points.
Despite the loss, Sea Eagles captain Peter Bond is confident that his side can bounce back ahead of the semi-finals.
“We're not too worried,” he said. “It's probably a good thing so it's brought us back down to earth.”
The Sea Eagles will now face the Hawks this weekend in the major semi-final fixture.
The winner will progress to the grand final while the loser will battle it out the following week in an elimination semi-final.
“Even after the loss, we've got to make sure the boys keep their heads up,” Bond said.
“We're going into the match feeling confident.”
The on-going rivalry between the Sea Eagles and Hawks is set to continue beyond this weekend as many believe both sides will battle it out in the premiership decider.
But Bond said his side is taking it week by week and are fully committed to this weekend's encounter.
“We're not even talking about grand finals,” he said.
“The Hawks definitely deserve to be (premiership) favourites now but we're definitely going in to win it.”
The Sea Eagles will take on the Hawks at 2.45pm on Saturday at Etwell Oval.
The supporter's bus will leave the Sports Park at 10am.
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