Junior Sea Eagles soaring high after club presentations
AFTER a brilliant season which saw all three grades qualify for the finals of the Mackay Junior AFL competition, the Whitsunday Sea Eagles Juniors celebrated their achievements at the club's presentation day at the Proserpine Pool on Sunday.
Highlights of the day came when best and fairest awards were presented to under-18s Rhys Adamson, under-15s Terrence Neal and under-13s Brodie Jackson, who was also awarded as the overall best and fairest player in the Mackay Junior AFL competition last month.
Club vice-president Jim Barnett praised all players for their efforts and the pride they had brought to the club.
"All teams made the finals this year which was a great result and sadly, we didn't make the grand finals, but overall we made the most of a great season with the limited numbers we had," he said.
"Many of the under-15s stood up tirelessly to play for the under-18s which meant they played two games on a weekend but we wouldn't have been able to field the teams we did without their dedication to the game and their team mates."
Barnett's main goal is to increase local talent playing for the club and maintain numbers throughout the 2014 season.
"We are looking forward to coming back next year and making the teams bigger and stronger," he said.
"The relationship between the senior and junior club is getting better all the time with a lot of the senior players helping out at training and that has a really positive impact on our young players."
Many juniors from the under-18s side are now preparing to make their debut in the senior Whitsunday Sea Eagles reserve and A grade side next year.
Under-13s coach Steve McGregor thanked all club volunteers and parents who transported players to Mackay and helped with scoring, coaching and umpiring over the season.
Best and fairest - Rhys Adamson
Runner-up - Mitch Brockley
Most consistent - Ash Liebeck
Most improved - Michael Maltby
Coach's award - Deon Ball
Best and fairest - Terrence Neal
Runner-up - Rhys Fuhrmann and Hudson McGregor
Most consistent - Jacob Healey
Most improved - Nathan Simm
Coach's award - Mathew Jenkins
Best and fairest - Brodie Jackson
Runner-up - Ethan Boyle
Most consistent - Josh Norris
Most improved - Lachlan Matthews
Coach's award - Tristan O'Sullivan and Ethan O'Sullivan