Thursday, September 14, 2023
Mackay and Whitsunday Life
Whitsunday Sea Eagles Under 12s and Under 17s made the trek to Bakers Creek last weekend for AFLQ Mackay Grand Finals and their shot at taking home the cup. Both teams fought hard all day in valiant efforts putting their bodies on the line however were unable to overcome strong opposition.
After an early rise to hit the road for the 7:45am Grand Final time Sea Eagles Under 12s put in superb effort for the entire game against the taller Swans opposition. The early start provided a wet ground with the slippery ball creating challenges for both sides. After a tight first quarter the Swans adapted to the playing conditions and went on to outscore Sea Eagles by a goal in the remaining terms. Sea Eagles put their hearts in it right up until the siren sounded in a 14 – 44 loss.
In what was always going to be a tough match Sea Eagles Under 17s showed courageous effort against season rivals Moranbah Bulldogs eventually ending the game 33 – 59 down. It was a tight contest right up to three quarter time with only two points separating both teams at the start of the final term. Sea Eagles were unable to keep up with the Bulldogs who ran hard in the last to earn their place by putting on five goals to Sea Eagles single. Whitsunday Sea Eagles are proud of Under 17s season with games showcasing the skill of this playing group under the leadership of Coach Dean Armitage.
Next Saturday 16th September sees 2023 Sea Eagles Presentation Day for players and their immediate families to determine who takes out 2023 Best and Fairest awards.
U12 Sea Eagles chase the ball. Photo Credit: Cody Fowler
Under 17’s match. photo credit: Kylie Allen