Heartbreak for Eagles as Sturt advances to grand final

Nick Hayes, Woodville West Torrens, celebrates with a team-mate after a goal, even though the side went down to Sturt in the SANFL prelim.

Nick Hayes, Woodville West Torrens, celebrates with a team-mate after a goal, even though the side went down to Sturt in the SANFL prelim.

Woodville West Torrens Football Club had a day to forget on Sunday afternoon at Adelaide Oval.

Scott Atkinson

Scott Atkinson

The minor premiers they were bundled out of the SANFL finals series with two consecutive defeats

Following a poor showing against Port Adelaide in the second semi-final, the Eagles went with a new look youthful forward line with a 17-year-old Jack Lukosius making his SANFL debut.

The Eagles played gallantly, but it was not to be.

Lukosius becomes the ninth Eagles player to play their first league game in the 2017 season.

On Sunday, the Eagles were competitive for three quarters but didn't have the firepower to get over the Double Blues.

They went down in the end by 20 points – 11.7 (73) to 8.5 (53).

Both the Hayes lads, Nick and Jack, kicked a goal.

Jack, clever effort in ruck where he grabbed the ball and snapped a major, was one of the few features for the Eagles in the last quarter.

Frustratingly for Nick Hayes, who in his third year back in the tri-colours after being rookie listed to Brisbane Lions, he has the heart break of now playing in two losing grand finals and a losing preliminary final.

Younger brother Jack played his first year of league football this year and while he tired towards the end of the season, he was certainly one of the bright lights for the campaign.

 Despite all the despair of missing another flag-winning opportunity there are a number of positive signs over the season for the Eagles at senior level.

PREMIERSHIP SUCCESS IN NEIGHBOURING COMPETITIONS

                                                                                                                                    Former Southern Flinders defender Joel Palmer enjoyed the euphoria of premiership success this year with the Kadina Bloodhounds at the Kadina Oval in the Yorke Peninsula Football League grand final.

The Bloodhounds were five goals up at half-time and held on against the Curramulka, Minlaton and Stansbury (CMS) Crows to win by two goals despite a spirited fight back by their opponents in the second half.  

Palmer was high in the best players and adds the premiership accolade to the Mail Medal he won at the Bloodhounds last year.

At Port Broughton Oval, Scott Atkinson was considered lucky to hold his place in the Crystal Brook A grade side.

The game was close at half time, but the Brook charged away in the second half to win convincingly.

Atkinson kicked two goals and added this premiership to his success at Blyth-Snowtown.